Global Restaurant Investment Forum

11-13 February 2020 – NH Hotel Grand Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam


11-13 February 2020 – NH Hotel Grand Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam

2019 Programme

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

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

Helen El Mettouri – Regional Director, Keane

10:40 - 11:10

Panel Discussion

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

Naim Maadad – Chief Executive, Gates Hospitality

Amit Nayak,CHA – Vice President and Executive Board Member, HAMA

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

Ignacio Ramirez – Managing Director MENA, Winnow

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

Christian Gradnitzer – Senior Director of F&B Operations EMEA – Hilton

​Marloes Knippenberg – Chief Executive Officer, Kerten Hospitality

Nabil Souhail – 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

Joey Ghazal – 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