GRIF x AHIC – A Focus on Hotel F&B← At-a-glance
10:00 - 10:20
Key Findings on the Food for Thought State of UAE Hospitality Report
Vikrant Rohatgi – Director, Deal Advisory, Global Strategy Group in the Lower Gulf KPMG
Director, Deal Advisory, Global Strategy Group in the Lower Gulf KPMG
10:20 - 10:40
Exclusive research for GRIF x AHIC
Hotel F&B in the Middle East is probably facing greater competition than ever. What is the owners’ perspective on how operators are tackling this? Do operators feel they are getting the support from owners they need to maximise F&B income and improve the guest experience? To what extent are operators and owners adopting other formats including leasing, franchises, JV’s etc?
Stefan Breg – Group Strategy Director, Keane
Group Strategy Director, Keane
Stefan is Group Strategy Director at Keane (www.keanebrands.com) providing the lead on strategic F&B consulting, masterplanning and concept development for Keane’s studios In London, Dubai, Bangkok and Florida.. He previously led the F&B team at Starwood/Marriott Middle East & Africa managing a pipeline of 200 openings and renovations.
Stefan has over 350 F&B concepts to his name and brought brands such as Buddha Bar, Hakkasan, Pierre Gagnaire and Embassy to the ME. His previous positions include 10 years as founder/CEO of TRIBE; one of the most successful F&B strategy houses in the Middle East with extensive work on malls such as Mall of the Emirates and Yas Mall.
He also worked with IHG on F&B strategy and concepts across SE Asia, Hilton (Europe), E&Y Consulting and in the Kingdom, he is now leading the al Widyan project with al Akaria. He is a regular speaker on industry trends and a Visiting Professor at Emirates Academy
Helen El Mettouri – Regional Director, Keane
Helen El Mettouri
Regional Director, Keane
Helen is the Regional Director at Keane (www.keanebrands.com) for the Middle East Africa & Asia.
Helen has successfully run the region from Dubai for 11 years supported by studios in London, Bangkok & Florida. She has established Keane as one of the leading providers of restaurant & leisure experiences in the region ranging from design to strategy. This culminated in recent awards for both Gold on 27 at Burj al Arab and Besh Turkish Kitchen at the Sheraton Mall of Emirates.
Key clients include long relationships with Jumeirah Group, MAF, Emirates Leisure Retail, Vox Cinemas, Raffles, Costa and Pret and is now actively engaged on the al Widyan project with al Akaria.
10:40 - 11:10
What are operators and owners doing to secure better returns from F&B in this competitive environment? What different types of approach are being adopted across the region?
Christian Abell – Vice President Food & Beverage MEA, Marriott International
Vice President Food & Beverage MEA, Marriott International
Naim Maadad – Chief Executive, Gates Hospitality
Chief Executive, Gates Hospitality
With over 28 years in the hospitality world across Australia, Asia, & the Middle East in various senior management roles, Naim has launched & operated some of the world’s best Hotels, Resorts, Spas & Lifestyle Food & Beverage Concepts.
Naim's career has exposed him to some of the best properties around the world and he partook & orchestrated several amazing openings & operations.
Covering a wide spectrum of positions within senior leadership, including the role of Managing Director for both Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas and The Anantara Group respectively. During his time with these exclusive properties, he was instrumental in nurturing sound relationships with owners, securing the best possible locations, negotiating and formalising contractual agreements, and appointing teams to infuse and reflect the ethos of the brands.
Being based in the ME over the past 18 years, he has witnessed tremendous industry growth, gained a deep cultural understanding & have been endorsed by principals & organizations alike.
In 2012, he established “Gates Hospitality” A homegrown Hospitality Company representing handpicked Concepts catering for the affluent life-stylers.
Gates Hospitality, the parent company of well-known homegrown brands such as; Ultra Brasserie, the internationally acclaimed concept; Reform Social & Grill Dubai, Folly by Nick & Scott, as well as Publique, Dubai's premier "Apres Ski chalet", The Black Lion, Bistro Des Arts and ownership of Six Senses Zighy Bay.
Continuing the successful growth of Gates Hospitality’s portfolio 2017, Via Veneto Osteria e Cucina opened Q3 this year; as well as Red Farm at Covent Garden, London, U.K., the first global foray of the group vide an international venue outside the region would be launched early 2018.
In principal, GH expertise that are extended are indicative but not limited to; Hospitality Guidance | Asset Management | Pre-opening Foundation | Day-to-day Operational Success.
Naim's philosophy & approach are simple, connecting like-minded investors, operators & brands to define concepts, successful portfolios & continue on shaping the hospitality industry.
Affiliations - on the Advisory Boards of :-
- Caterer Middle East
- Hotelier Middle East
- BNC Publishing
- Middle East Food Forum
- New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Contributing Columnist for magazines :-
- Hotelier Middle East
- Caterer Middle East
- Hospitality News Middle East
Amit Nayak,CHA – Vice President and Executive Board Member, HAMA
Vice President and Executive Board Member, HAMA
Amit is an asset manager with an 18+ yr’s of experience in asset management, private equity & operations.
He is an alumnus from the prestigious Cornell NY where he specialized in asset & revenue management as well as from IHMCTAN, Mumbai School of hotel management with a post-grad in business admin from NMIMS, Mumbai .He also holds a CHA license awarded by the American Hotel & Lodging association.
He is the Managing Director of High Point providing Asset management services & Investment within the hospitality, private equity & real estate & space. Their core focus is to manage hospitality assets, investments, development projects & real estate along with land banks within UAE, KSA & Europe as well as Private Equity placements in the same geographies. The forte’ is in building shareholder value by developing & proactively asset managing high-quality assets for their owners & partners.
Prior to joining High Point Hospitality he worked as the Director of SAN Consultants, Dubai: the outfit was a boutique consultancy firm that specializes in advisory services in the field of corporate asset management, brand development and strategy for hotels, mixed-use real estate assets & luxury brands working with Owners, Operators and Investment Funds.
Earlier to this as Executive Manager, Operations and Business Development for a Private Office (SWF) in Bahrain, where he managed as owner’s representative real estate assets globally with international operators including Four Seasons, Marriott’s and Starwood’s. He was also responsible for establishing and developing the Hotel division for the Group, and subsequently overlooked it to manage both the hospitality and real estate functions along with supporting the development pipe-line of assets for the group.
He is a Mentor at iN5 Dubai and on the executive board of the Cornell University Alumni association for GCC as well Vice President and executive board member of HAMA (Hotel asset managers association) MENA & Turkey.
11:10 - 11:30
The Kitchen of the Future
Uncovering the results from a yearlong project with Emaar using pioneering technology that has the potential to have a revolutionary impact on both a business’s bottom line and the global war against food waste.
Tatiana Labaki – E25 Partner , Strategic Projects, Emaar
E25 Partner , Strategic Projects, Emaar
Ignacio Ramirez – Managing Director MENA, Winnow
Managing Director MENA, Winnow
Winnow develops digital tools to help chefs run more profitable, sustainable kitchens by cutting food waste in half. Based in Dubai, Ignacio leads operations in the MENA region working with Emaar, Majid Al Futtaim, Accor and Rotana amongst others. Prior to Winnow, Ignacio held senior F&B positions at Hilton and also ran fine dining restaurants in his native Spain.
11:30 - 12:00
Future of F&B business models in hotels
JV, Revenue share, MA, LA, Franchise, Lease, Manchise? How do you know which is for you and when do they work well
Ramzy Abdul-Majeed – Founder & Managing Director, Whissle Hospitality Group
Founder & Managing Director, Whissle Hospitality Group
Ramzy has over 25 years global experience with a strong financial background as a Chartered Accountant from PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London. Subsequently at Société Générale in London in the late 1990s as a Fund Manager, Ramzy managed over US$300m of publicly listed private equity funds with a focus on the Middle East and Eastern European markets.
Prior to settling in Dubai in 2004, Ramzy spent four years as the General Manager of Investments & Risk Management for Xenel Industries, one of the largest conglomerates in Saudi Arabia that also holds significant interests through joint ventures, alliances and direct investments in a variety of sectors globally. He was enticed to move to Dubai to assist with heading up the Strategy team at National Bank of Dubai. Having gained a reputation as the numbers man with an in-demand “Midas” touch, Ramzy, together with partner and longtime friend Markus Thesleff, co-founded Whissle, and together continue to bring a new dimension to the rapidly expanding hospitality scene in Dubai.
Christian Gradnitzer – Senior Director of F&B Operations EMEA – Hilton
Senior Director of F&B Operations EMEA – Hilton
Marloes Knippenberg – Chief Executive Officer, Kerten Hospitality
Chief Executive Officer, Kerten Hospitality
Marloes Knippenberg started her career with Hilton's award-winning fast track program, after which she held senior operational and commercial management positions in EMEA for 10 years, leaving Hilton in 2013 to become an entrepreneur. Testing the waters, she partnered with a Venetian Contessa and developed a line of Italian products for the American and Middle Eastern market. Following its success, Knippenberg returned to hospitality where her heart and expertise lay, developing and launching Kerten Hospitality. Kerten Hospitality is the umbrella brand for a portfolio of hospitality brands that can be operated in any boutique mixed-use projects. Brands under the group include: House Hotels, a portfolio of luxury boutique hospitality experiences for travelers in the know; Cloud7Hotels, a mid-market lifestyle concept; Ouspace, offices that provide an inspirational working environment for a developed and sophisticated audience; and an F&B division dedicated to creating both plug-in and standalone concepts, which includes among other upcoming brands, Frikadell, a tech-savvy premium burger brand.
Nabil Souhail – Vice President-Business Dev & Ops Buddha Bar and Hotels, Resorts and Spas
Vice President-Business Dev & Ops Buddha Bar and Hotels, Resorts and Spas
12:00 - 12:30
How to design and invest in the new “All Day Dining”
Models that move away from leaving the operator with a dead space after breakfast. In an increasingly tough operating environment ensuring all your space is working for you throughout the day.
Duncan Fraser-Smith – Vice President, TFG, Food & Beverage
Vice President, TFG, Food & Beverage
Having spent the past 6 years in the Middle East region in key food and beverage roles within the hotel industry, Duncan has a wealth of experience in this region.
Duncan spent 3 years in Doha, Qatar, developing the hospitality operations for Qatar Sports City and the Cultural Village. Most recently his role as Group Director of Design, Food and Beverage for Middle East, Africa and Asia, involved creating and developing over 150 different food and beverage concepts for InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the largest hotel companies in the world, so Duncan is well recognized and respected in the hotel and restaurant industry within the Middle East/GCC region and internationally.
Duncan’s 20 years in the hospitality industry, spanning Asia, Australia and the Middle East, have seen him developing both edgy brand defining concepts and establishing, both stand alone and hotel based outlets from deconstructed bars, cafes and lifestyle outlets through to contemporary steakhouses and high street fine dining .
Duncan has a unique approach to developing hotel food and beverage operations by identifying the mix of offerings falling under the three categories of , Core, Impulse and Destination and to make strategic, long
term decisions on the correct use of each individual space.
Joey Ghazal – Founder and Managing Partner, The Maine and BARBARY
Founder and Managing Partner, The Maine and BARBARY
12:30 - 12:45
Interview with Nirmal Sethia
An interview with Nirmal Sethia, the Founder of Newby Teas on the power of tea culture and why it is an important part of the world of hotels.
Nirmal Sethia – Founder, Newby Teas
Founder, Newby Teas