Global Restaurant Investment Forum

24 June 2020 | GRIF Marketplace - Our virtual meeting space

24 June 2020 | GRIF Marketplace - Our virtual meeting space

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For queries with regards to GRIF Marketplace, please email: hello@benchevents.com

Calling all restaurateurs!

Are you a restaurant owner, operator or investor? This is your opportunity to network, discover solutions for your restaurants and make deals from the comfort of your home. Best part: It is free to attend!

Apply to attend GRIF Marketplace

GRIF Marketplace speakers

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Christian Abell

Vice President Food & Beverage MEA, Marriott International

Prince Waleed bin Naser bin Farhan Al Saud photo
Prince Waleed bin Naser bin Farhan Al Saud

CEO & Founder, Mukatafa Co. for Advocacy; CEO, R&C Association Qoot

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Peter Backman

Principal, Peter Backman

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Mario C. Bauer

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

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Lynn Chouman

News Editor, LinkedIn

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Chris Daniels

General Manager, Munch delivery app

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Babette Marzheuser-Wood

Global Head of Franchise Group, Dentons

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Paul Wainwright

Director, Asia-Pacific, Harrison

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Samantha Wood

Publisher, Editor & Consultant, FooDiva

GRIF Marketplace Programme (Dubai Time)

11:45 - 12:00

Welcome

The Big Picture

12:10 - 12:30

Looking at the Global Perspective

Peter Backman, Principal, Peter Backman will examine how the global restaurant industry has coped with the coronavirus lockdown and how it has impacted on delivery specifically.

Peter is an independent voice for the restaurant industry, based out of the UK but has a Global network and perspective. He has become the man the media goes to for commentary on the F&B industry and delivery in particular.

After his session Peter will be available in the MERA booth for Q&A pop in, pick his brain or just have a chat.


12:15 - 12:45

DTCM Booth

Chat with DTCM

Sally Edwards – Senior Advisor, Events and Festivals at Dubai Tourism

12:30 - 12:50

European focus - Innovation, shifts in the industry and reopening

Angela Malik, Partner & Strategy Director, THINK Hospitality in conversation with Mario Bauer, Co-Founder & CEO Love & Food Restaurant Holding; Proud owner of Vapiano Brand who has recently put together a consortium and acquired Vapiano & one of Europe’s most innovative and ambitious restaurateurs, Co-Founder, Big Mama Group, Victor Lugger.

After their session Victor,Mario & Angela will be available in the MERA booth in the expo for Q&A. Pop in, pick their brains or just have a chat.

12:50 - 13:10

Riding the wave

Total lock down, social distancing, the new normal, where to now? What are restaurants going to look like? What are the top things you can do to adapt to new regulations and social norms without losing your venue’s personality or too much space?

Lynn Chouman – News Editor, LinkedIn

In conversation with:

David Singleton – Partner, Socius Group

Paul Wainwright – Director, Asia-Pacific, Harrison

After their session Lynn, David & Paul will be available in the Harrison booth in the expo for Q&A. Pop in, pick their brains or just have a chat.

13:10 - 13:20

Looking at the key issues of Food Safety, Security & Quality and simplifying procurement

Naim Maadad – Chief Executive, Gates Hospitality

in conversation with:

Kevin McKenna – Trade Commissioner / Consul-General, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE)

Síle Sweeney – Trade & Commercial Advisor, ​New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE)​

After the session Naim, Kevin and Sila will move straight to the NZTE booth and be available for 20 mins for Q&A. Pop in, pick their brains or just have a chat.

13:20 - 13:30

Break for Networking with Industry Peers

13:20 - 13:35

Alacarte Booth

Become paperless, reduce waste and increase revenue with Alacarte digital menu platform

Ali Jalloul – Managing Director - MENA, Alacarte

Middle East in Focus

13:30 - 13:45

Preopenings, Pandemics, and People - The Power of Positivity

Eliza Sloane, Founder & Managing Director, For Example Hospitality LLC in a one-on-one with Joey Ghazal, Founder & CEO, Fighter Brands; Founder & Managing Partner, The Maine and BARBARY– opening in a pandemic. What has his experiences been and how has he had to adapt? How do you build a team and keep them motivated?

After the session Joey & Eliza will move straight to the MERA booth and be available for 20 mins for Q&A. Pop in, pick their brains or just have a chat.

13:45 - 14:15

Munch: The delivery app the industry has been waiting for? What sets the market’s newest entrant apart?

Simon Ritchie – Editor, Caterer Middle East

In conversation with:

Chris Daniels General Manager, Munch delivery app and Ian Ohan Founder & CEO, KRUSH Brands on one of the most hotly debated topics of the last few months; delivery, aggregators and operators.

After the session Chris, Ian & Simon will move straight to the Munch booth in the expo area and be available to take your questions. Pop in, pick their brains or just have a chat.

14:15 - 14:30

Saudi in focus - Is the path to recovery in view?

Lynn Chouman – News Editor, LinkedIn

In conversation with Prince Waleed N. Al-Saud, CEO & Founder, Mukatafa Co. for Advocacy; CEO, R&C Association Qoot on what the situation is for the Restaurant industry is Saudi Arabia and what the government is doing to support the sector.

After the session Prince Waleed & Lynn will move straight to the MERA booth in the expo area and be available to take your questions. Pop in, pick their brains or just have a chat.

14:30 - 14:40

Chat with Talabat

Ravi Chandran – Chief Executive Officer, Liwa Minor

In conversation with:

Muhammed Yildirim – Managing Director, Talabat

14:40 - 14:45

Break for Networking with Industry Peers

14:30 - 15:10

Breakout Session

What is next for hotels F&B?

How are hotel outlets adapting their offering and outlets to the new normal and also working to boost customers’ confidence levels?

Rohit Sachdev – Chief Executive Officer, Soho Hospitality

In conversation with:

Christian Abell – Vice President Food & Beverage MEA, Marriott International

Dean Concannon – Design Director, Harrison

Michael Ellis – Chief Culinary Officer, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts

Amit Nayak – Vice President and Executive Board Member, HAMA


Followed by presentation on:

Sky High Food Waste as Dubai Lifts the Lockdown a perspective on rising food waste and costs post lockdown and what to look out for in your own operations.

Daniel Truss, Director, Chefs Eye

After the session Daniel will move straight to the Chef's Eye booth in the expo area and be available to take your questions. Pop in and ask him how you can reduce your operation's food waste.

Marketing & Communications

14:45 - 15:00

The world has changed, has your brand?

Adapting, Creating & Communicating to remain relevant. Who has done a good job and how can you?

Georgina Woollams – Founder & Managing Director, Katch International

15:00 - 16:00

Breakout Session

Franchising: Re-calibrating, Re-negotiating, Re-franchising. Come to discuss your questions, challenges or to just join the discussion.

You have the opportunity to ask your questions and share knowledge.

Babette Marzheuser-Wood – Global Head of Franchise Group, Dentons

David Singleton – Partner, Socius Group

15:00 - 15:30

The ‘why’ and ‘what’ of restaurant re-opening communications.

Duncan Fraser-Smith – Founder & Managing Partner, The Cutting Edge Agency

In conversation with:

Samer Hamadeh – Creator, Akiba Dori

Briar Jacques – Counselling Psychologist, Mindfulness & ACT Trainer

Martin Kubler – Creator & Chief Muncher, JLT Dining

Samantha Wood – Publisher, Editor & Consultant, FooDiva

After the session the speakers will be available in the Katch booth in the expo area and be available to take your questions. Pop in, pick their brains or just have a chat.

15:30 - 15:45

One on one with FoodSheikh

The first ever live interview on putting together the FoodShiekh All Stars.

15:45 - 15:50

Closing remarks

15:50 - 16:00

Open Networking

GRIF MARKETPLACE FEATURES

INSIGHT-PACKED ROUNDTABLES

Industry experts will be hosting virtual clinics to answer your pressing questions and provide their professional opinions on reopening restaurants, hotel F&B, communication strategy during crisis, franchise negotiations and legal matters linked to the restaurant world.

LIVE STAGE PRESENTATIONS

Innovative solution providers are joining the GRIF Marketplace virtual stage to tell you how they can ease your business' journey on the road to recovery.

SOCIALLY DISTANT NETWORKING

The virtual platform algorithm will match you based on your professional details to other attendees for a three-minute video call where you can discuss business and exchange contact details if you would like to continue the conversation.

VIRTUAL EXHIBITION BOOTHS

You can visit exhibition stands from the comfort of your couch!

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