Global Restaurant Investment Forum

GRIF 2020 Speaker Updates

Gaggan Anand

Internationally Acclaimed Chef (2*), Rebel & Rockstar

Jeremy King OBE

Co-Founder & CEO, Corbin & King

Grace Dent

Restaurant Critic, The Guardian

Robin Rowland OBE

Operating Partner, TriSpan

Mourad Mazouz

Founder, Sketch London, 3*

Henry McGovern

Founder and Former Chief Emotional Officer, AmRest

Lydia Forte

Group F&B Director, Rocco Forte Hotels

Jo Fleet

Managing Director, Flat Iron

Chris Miller

Founder, White Rabbit Fund

Fyodor Ovchinnikov

Founder & CEO, Dodo Pizza

Jillian MacLean

Founder & CEO, Drake & Morgan

Ramzy Abdul-Majeed

Founder & Managing Director, Whissle Hospitality Group

Peter Backman

Principal, Peter Backman

Dirk Bakker

Head of EMEA Hotels, Colliers International

Charles Banks

Co-Founder, thefoodpeople

Emma Banks

VP Food & Beverage Strategy & Development EMEA, Hilton

Mario C. Bauer

Co-Founder & CEO, Love & Food Restaurant Holding; Proud owner of Vapiano Brand

Will Bowlby

Co-Founder & Head Chef, Kricket

Tommaso Chiabra

Co-Founder, Neat Burger

Chong Chu

Co-Founder, Foodhallen

Darrel Connell

Partner, Imbiba

Sami Daud

Managing Director, Daud Group

Yuandi de Herdt

Co-Founder, Yummy Popcorn

Frank de Ruwe

Creative Partner & Founder, Natwerk

Jack de Wet

Director of Development, Big Mamma Group

Jonathan Doughty

Global Head of Foodservice, Leisure and Placemaking, ECE

Elena Duggan

Host, My Market Kitchen (MasterChef Winner 2016)

Yossi Eliyahoo

Founder, The Entourage Group

Michael Ellis

Chief Culinary Officer, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts

Yasha Estraikh

Associate Partner, Piper Private Equity

Ahmass Fakahany

CEO and Owner, Altamarea Group and Atelier House Hospitality

Duncan Fraser-Smith

Founder & Managing Partner, The Cutting Edge Agency

Sarah-Jane Grant

Director, LXA

Morris Greenberg

Managing Director, CDG Leisure

James Hacon

Managing Director, THINK Hospitality

Jan-Willem Hilbron

Director, Albron

Ross Hodgson

Consultant, Think Hospitality

Herman Klok

Regional Director of Operations Amsterdam, UK, Switzerland, NH Hotel Group

Max Kochen

Founder, Beets&Roots

Naim Maadad

Chief Executive, Gates Hospitality

Greg Malouf

Chef and Author

Maarten Markus

Managing Director Northern Europe, NH Hotel Group

Babette Marzheuser-Wood

Global Head of Franchise Group, Dentons

Henry Mason

Managing Director, Trend Watching

Harry McKinley

Writer, Editor and Hospitality Consultant

Nick Morss

Technical Delivery Manager, Olam

Amit Nayak

Vice President and Executive Board Member, HAMA

Chris Naylor

Executive Chef of Restaurant Vermeer (1*), NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace

Rhys Oldfield

Co-Founder, Be At One

Ian Ohan

Founder & CEO, KRUSH Brands

Shelina Permalloo

Founder, Lakaz Maman (MasterChef Winner 2012)

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines

Managing Director Middle East, Bench; Co-Founder, GRIF

Simon Potts

CEO, The Alchemist

Rosie Prior

Brand & Digital Manager, Petersham Nurseries

Heleri Rande

Hospitality Strategist, Writer, Speaker, Presenter, Supper Magazine

Sven Sallaerts

Co-Founder, Younique Concepts

Amrik Sangha

Co-Founder, Ramusake

Jeremy Scarf

Co-Founder, Keane

Wes Schreutelkamp

Founder, The Streetfood Club

Johannes Schuster

Vice President Business Development & Franchise, L’Osteria

Claire Scullion

Account Director, MVAD

Ron Simpson

Founder, The Avocado Show

David Singleton

Partner, Socius Group

Graeme Smith

Managing Director, AlixPartners - London

Mark Stretton

Managing Director, Fleet Street Communications

Nick Turner

Laura Ashley Hospitality Principal and MD of OM Group International

Ernest van de Voort

Marketing & Concepts Director, Albron

Freek van Noortwijk

Co-Founder, The Breda Group

Etienne van Unen

Partner, Director Food & Beverage, Co Head EMEA Retail, Colliers International

Inge van Weert

General Manager at QO Amsterdam

Michael Webb

Director, Distrkt

Douwe Werkman

Founder, IQ Creative

Rob Wickenden

Expansion Manager, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Simon Wood

Founder, WOOD Manchester (MasterChef Winner 2015)

Georgina Woollams

Founder & Managing Director, Katch International

Barney Wragg

Co-Founder & CEO, Karakuri

Kurt Zdesar

Founder, NZR Group

Marc Zornes

Co-Founder, Winnow Solutions

GRIF 2020 Workshops

Restaurant Marketer & Innovator Masterclass

James Hacon presents Restaurant Marketer & Innovator Masterclass at GRIF with a like up of leading marketers and business leaders, including winners of the RMI Awards. The session will cover strategy, influencers, online reviews, PR, innovation and campaigns with case studies from around the world. This is the third time this oversubscribed event will be hosted as part of GRIF.

Franchising workshops at GRIF hosted by Dentons

There will be two workshops at GRIF as follows:

1. An introduction to international franchising – This will be a basic track introductory workshop for companies that are new to franchising and want to understand the different franchise models that are used in the market, fee and financial models and other business and legal considerations. This workshop is suitable for delegates who have no or limited experience with franchising.

2. Advanced Franchise Negotiation Workshop – This will be an advanced workshop for companies that have existing franchise operations in a number of countries. Delegates will be senior management, international directors, franchise development leaders and expert consultants who have several years of experience with international franchising. The workshop will offer an option to benchmark existing models against industry best practice and learn about the latest market trends and cutting edge developments.








Running for six successful years, GRIF is a three day annual restaurant investment event featuring an unmissable industry conference, mouth-watering culinary tours and some of the most valuable networking receptions offered at an industry event!

Thank you to our GRIF 2019 Speakers!

GRIF’s speakers are prominent members of the restaurant investment community. Their expertise, practical advice and forecast will provide attendees with the latest information on development, trends and best practice in the hotel and restaurant industry.

If you are interested in speaking on the programme please contact Jennifer Pettinger

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Ron Simpson

Founder, The Avocado Show

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Raymond Blanc OBE

Chef Patron, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons; Founder, The Raymond Blanc Consultancy; President of The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA)

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Victor Lugger

Co-founder, Big Mamma Group

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Lesley Bamberger

Managing Director, Kroonenberg Groep

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Mario C. Bauer

Co-Founder & CEO, Love & Food Restaurant Holding; Proud owner of Vapiano Brand

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Monique Borst

Consultant, Monique Borst Ltd

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Stefan Breg

Group Strategy Director, Keane

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Paul Campbell

Founder, Hill Capital Partners