The International Center for Culinary Arts in Dubai powered the GulfHost’s Restaurant Development Conference which was held in conjunction with the Middle East Food Forum on 18-20 September 2017. This educational programme is a culmination of all the major challenges and opportunities faced by hospitality professionals in the MENA region.

From entering new markets and establishing your brand to identifying what makes a good menu and finding ways to build and retain a successful team, this open-door learning platform will offer practical, topical and invaluable insights that get to the heart of what it takes to stay agile in this competitive industry.

The GulfHost Restaurant Development Conference is free to attend.

Some of the Confirmed Speakers

Ms. Courtney Ann Brandt

Author and Blogger

Mr. Hesham Almekkawi

Founder and President

AHRAMIZ FZ LLC

Mr. Kieran Mallon

General Manager

Al Futtaim Retail

Ms. Panchali Mahendra Nath Singh

Managing Director

Atelier House Hospitality, Dubai

Mr. Michel Mroue

SVP & Managing Partner

Atelier House Hospitality, NY Dubai

Ms. Melissa Murray

Partner

Bird & Bird

Mr. Chirag Oberoi

Managing Director

Chin Chin

Mr. Yousif Abdelrahman Al Hammadi

Founder & CEO

Chop't Salad Company

Mr. Tony Degazon

Regional Manager

City & Guilds

Mr. Sameer Vyas Deepak

Regional Director - Marketing strategy and development

Clique Media Group

Mr. Dhiren Bhatia

Managing Director

Cloudscape Technologies

Ms. Georgina Learman

Co-founder & Partner

Creative Intelligence

Mr. Ahmed AlFalasi

Chief Executive Officer

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing

Mr. Ian Ohan

CEO, Founder

Freedom Pizza

Mr. Naim Maadad

Cheif Executive

Gates Hospitality

Mr. Vishal Pandey

Director

Glasgow Consulting Group & Middle East Food Forum

Mr. Abdul Kader Saadi

Founder

Glee Hospitality

Ms. Meenaxy Vashishtha

Founder

GoOrganic

Mr. Kris Haggie

Founder

Haggies General Trading FZE

Ms. Lynn Baker

Programme Director

Henley Business School

Chef Daniel Hiltbrunner

Executive Chef

ICCA

Mr. Sunjeh Raja

CEO

International Centre for Culinary Arts - ICCA Dubai

Ms. Shagufta Patel

People Development Specialist

International Centre for Culinary Arts - ICCA Dubai

Mr. Tapan Vaidya

General Manager

Jawad Business Group

Mr. Mario Arjan

Co-founder

JJ Chicken

Mr. Naveed Dowlatshahi

CEO

Kash Global Group

Mr. Vit Kodousek

Owner & Executive Producer

kb4EAST

Mr. Ramzi Sohl

CEO

King Abdullah Economic City’s (KAEC)

Mr. Anoop Gopal

Director Of Real Estate

Kuwait Food Company

Mr. Akhilesh Bahl

Founder & CEO

Malt & Salt Hospitality

Mr Stefan Erhard Breg

Senior Director

Marriott Hotels (Middle East & Africa)

Ms. Marta Yanci

TV Chef & Presenter

Marta's Kitchen

HE Saleh Abdullah Lootah

Chairman F & B Manufacturing Group, Dubai Chamber

MD Al Islami Foods & Chairman of Al Farooj Chain of Restaurants

Mr. Tahir Saleem

Founder

Moti Roti

Dr. Naji Al Mahdi

Chief

Qualifications and Awards in Dubai (QAD)

Mr. George Kunnappally

Executive Director - Private Equity

Regulus Capital Limited

Mr. Murad Alnasur

Founder- Managing Director

Restoanalysis

Mr. Love Mansukhani

Founder and Managing Director

Ribbon Consulting

Mr. Baasab Deyb

Partner

RSM, UAE

Ms. Sofie Pickhard

CEO

Servicexcellence - Business Consulting and Development

Mr. Martin Kubler

CEO

sps:affinity

Mr. Sanjay Duggal

CEO

Stellar Eastern - Food & Beverage Solutions

Mr. Sajan Alex

General Manager

Tablez Food Company, Restaurant Division, LuLu Group

Mr. Duncan Fraser-Smith

Director - Global Food & Beverage

The First Group

Mr. Rehan Naeem

Cheif Happiness Enabler

Touch Points

Mr. Tony Hindhaugh

Executive Director

TTAT UK

Chef Jean Westhuizen

Executive Chef

Unilever Food Solutions

Mr. James Knight-Pacheco

Executive Chef

Vida Downtown

Zakarya Alaalam

Founder

Wokyo Noodle bar

Mr. Boudy Nasrala

CEO/ Co-Founder

WonderEight - A Global Branding and Interactive Agency

Mr. Sary El Din Mahoud Hamaway

Chief Operating Officer

World Franchise Associates

Mr. Ragnar Fridriksson

Managing Director

WorldChefs (WACS)

Ms. Simran Rajeev Samtani

Co-founder & Senior Partner

Xcel Accounting

Ms. Anishkaa Gehani

Founder

Yardstick Marketing Management

Mr. Rohin Thampi

Regional Head, Middle East and South Africa

Zomato