Day 1 – Saturday, April 27th, 2019: Core Themes: Challenges, Financing and Marketing


MC: Georgina Learman, Managing Partner, Creative Intelligence

12.00pm – 12.20pm: GCC F&B Market Landscape – What’s up?

Abdul Kader (Aboudi) Saadi Founder and Managing Director, Glee Hospitality Solutions

As competition in the market intensifies, untapped opportunities in mid-market F&B are impacting the industry as a whole. With price continuing to play a significant role in attracting and retaining guests, this session addresses the realities we are facing as F&B owners in a saturated market. With two decades of experience bringing both standalone F&B concepts and hotel restaurant outlets to life, this regional expert of the highest order provides much needed clarity on what it takes to move forward both as a brand and as an industry.

12.25pm – 1.00pm: Panel Discussion: UAE – The Classic Demand-Supply Debate

Join us in deferring to some of the region’s biggest and most enduring success stories as we explore what works, what doesn’t and how your business can adapt.


  •  – Naim Maadad, Chief Executive Officer, Gates Hospitality
  •  – Sajan Alex, VP Operations, Tablez Food
  •  – Stefan Breg, Serial restaurant concept creator and strategist, Keane Brands
  •  – Marvin Alballi, Director of Restaurants & Bars – IHG

1.05pm – 1.30pm: Creating a World Class Gastronomy Destination

Darren Tse, Commercial Director – Concessions, Dubai Expo 2020

1.35pm – 2.10pm: Panel Discussion: Financing in the F&B sector


  •  – Duncan Fraser-Smith, Director, Global Food and Beverage, The First Group
  •  – Omer Aslan Gurel, Co-founder & CEO, Repeat
  •  – Nader Bassit, CEO, Wakira Investments
  •  – Walid Mansour, Partners & CIO, Middle East Venture Partners – MEVP

2.15pm – 2.55 pm: Pitch Presentation: Five (5) Food Tech Pitches

Sameer Sortur, Founder and CEO, SquareCircle Tech


  •  – Benjamin Mouflard, Co-founder, ChatFood
  •  – Rida Abi Farraj, General Manager, IoT Plus Middle East LLC
  •  – Anand Kumar Ranganathan, Co-Founder, Queue Guru
  •  – John Balian, CEO BIM POS

3.00pm – 3.35pm: Panel Discussion: Smart Marketing and the Role of Videos


  •  – Reim El Houni, Executive Producer and CEO, Ti22 Films and dubai ON demand
  •  – Prafull Dwivedi, Director, FoodKraft International
  •  – Sajith Ansar, Founder & CEO, Idea Spice

3.40pm – 4.15pm: Panel Discussion: Launching a startup – how do you transform your idea into a business?

Karthik Ramamurthy, Regional Director& Head, IPSOS


  •  – Murad Alnasur, Managing Director, Restonalysis Hospitality
  •  – Firas Alsahin, Co-Founder, Design Director, 4SPACE Design

Day 2 – Sunday, April 28th, 2019: Core Themes: Food Delivery, Franchising and Food Trucks

MC: Peggy Li, Managing Partner, sps:affinity

12.00pm – 12.35pm: Panel Discussion: Food Delivery Aggregators – Spend or Incremental Revenue for an Operator?

As delivery apps continue to disrupt the way operators do business, takeaway delivery growth is predicted to rise. Satellite and incubator kitchens can be seen opening up new opportunities- especially for startups, creating a new dimension of choice for consumers and a fresh crop of competition for existing concepts. This session recognizes the consumer as king.  What are the optimum delivery times and radius? Which outlets are succeeding through in-house delivery and how are those outsourcing success stories optimizing their margins?


  •  – Jamal Wick, Co-Founder at Flip Management & Consultancy
  •  – George Kunnappally, Managing Director, Nando’s UAE LLC
  •  – Mohammad Al Madani, Chairman & CEO Al Madani Group
  •  – Akhilesh Bahl, Chief Executive Officer at Chin Chin Group of Restaurants

12.40pm – 1.05 pm: Keynote: Digital Transformation in Food Safety

Bobby Krishna, Senior Food Safety Specialist, Dubai Municipality

1.10pm – 1.45 pm: Panel Discussion: Theater of Cooking


  •  – Bobby Kapoor, Chef Partner, Cartalyst Solutions

1.50pm – 2.30 pm: Pitch Presentation: Five (5) Food Tech Pitches

Sameer Sortur, Founder and CEO, SquareCircle Tech

2.35pm – 2.55pm: Keynote: Franchising from Local to Global

Rudolf Kotik, Founder and CEO, R.K. Franchise Consultancy

3.00pm – 3.35 pm: Keynote: F&B Celebrate Your Failures

Rohit Bassi, Founder, ROI Talks​

3.40pm – 4.00pm: Panel Discussion: When and how do Food Trucks make Money


  •  – Kris Haggie, Founder and CEO, Truck-A-Licious

Day 3 – Monday, April 29th, 2019: Core Themes: Opportunities, Innovation and Women in F&B

MC: Simran Samtani, Managing Partner, Xcel Accounting

12.00pm- 12.35pm: Panel Discussion: Identifying opportunities in the F&B market and where to invest

David Macadam, CEO, The Middle East Council of Shopping Center


  •  – Daniel G During, Founder and CEO, Thomas Klien International
  •  – Abdul Kader (Aboudi) Saadi Founder and Managing Director, Glee Hospitality Solutions
  •  – Ramzy Abdul Majeed, FCA, Founder, Whissle
  •  – James Le Gassick, CEO, More Café . Intelligent Foods

12.40pm – 1.00 pm: Keynote: Design Thinking and Food Innovation

Prof. Christopher Abraham, CEO & Head – Dubai Campus, Sr. Vice-President – Institutional Development at SP Jain School of Global Management

1.05pm – 1.40 pm: Panel Discussion: Learning and Development in F&B – Emerging & Effective Ways

Sunjeh Raja, Director & CEO, ICCA Dubai


  •  – Khaled Bani Amer, Director HR, Movenpick Hotels & Resort
  •  – Chef Mauro Gomez, Executive Chef, Ritz – Carlton DIFC
  •  – Shagufta Patel, People Development Specialist, ICCA Dubai
  •  – Maneesh Bhatia, L&D Manager at Atlantis, The Palm
  •  – Chef Uwe Micheel, President Emirates Culinary Guild, Vice President World Chefs, Director of Kitchens – Radisson Blu, Deira

1.45pm – 2.20pm: Women Leaders in F&B

  • Emma Banks, Vice President, F&B Strategy Development, EMEA Hilton Group

  • Rukshana Kausar, Founding Partner, Liquid of Life

2.25pm – 3.00 pm: Panel Discussion: Social Media Marketing – Influencer Licensing & Ethics


  •  – Anishkaa Gehani, Founder & Managing Director – Yardstick Marketing & Management Consultancy
  •  – Courtney Brandt – Founder, A to Za’atar