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General Session Speakers

Abeer
Almutlaq

Chef, Nutritionist, and Founder
Wabi Sabi

Mert
Askin

President F&B
Azadea Group

Omayah
Atassi

Recipe and Menu Developer

Elaine
Bowers Coventry

Global Chief Customer & Commercial Officer
The Coca-Cola Company

Paul
Brown

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Inspire Brands

Zak
Brown

Chief Executive Officer
McLaren Racing

Jessica
Cravero

Vice President, Business Development
Technomic

Brandon
Guthrie

Founder & Principal
Black Sands Consulting

Michael
Haley

President and Managing Director, International
Inspire Brands

Matt
Haller

President & CEO
International Franchise Association

David
Henkes

Senior Principal
Technomic

Chris
Keating

Executive Vice President, Conferences
Winsight

Bill
Keffer

Cluster General Manager of Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Mike
Kehoe

President, EMEA
Subway

Valeria
Krynetskaya

Head Plant-Based Venture
IFFCO

George
Kunnappally

Managing Director
Nando's

Korhan
Kurdoglu

Co-Founder & CEO
Tab Food Investments

Brandon
Landry

CEO/Founder
Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux

Naim
Maadad

CEO & Founder
Gates Hospitality

Trevor
MacKenzie

Managing Director
Exquisine Global

Jonathan
Maze

Editor-in-Chief
Restaurant Business

Stratis
Morfogen

Restaurateur

Amit
Nayak

Vice President
Hospitality Asset Managers Association, MEA

Carl
Orsbourn

Chief Operating Officer of Juicer & Author Delivering the Digital Restaurant

Fyodor
Ovchinnikov

Founder and CEO
Dodo Brands

Maxi
Peralta Jr.

Assistant Vice President and Head International Franchising and Business Development
Jollibee Foods Corporation

Alessandro
Preda

Chief Executive Officer
QSRP

Abigail
Pringle

President, International and Chief Development Officer
The Wendy's Company

Phil
Radford

Senior Vice President of New Product Development and Innovation
Welbilt

Suk
Singh

President of Aussie Grill
Bloomin' Brands

Barry
Thomas

Senior Thought Leader
Kantar Consulting Practice

Tapan
Vaidya

Chief Executive Officer
Papa Johns (UAE, KSA & Jordan)

Marie
Zhang

Chief Supply Chain Officer
Blaze Pizza

Innovation Forum Speakers

Abe
Acosta

Director of Culinary & Operations Excellence
Darden

Muhammad
Ali

Founder
Uptivity

Bernard
Fernandez


Creative Technology

Walid
Hajj

Co-founder/CEO
Lavoya Restaurants Group

Jim
Hartenstein

Former SVP-International at Wendy's and Little Caesars Pizza
International Franchise Consulting

David
Henkes

Senior Principal
Technomic

Carlos A.
Herrera Cuellar

Chief Economist – Coca-Cola North America
The Coca-Cola Company

Scott
Hudson

Head of Global Enterprise
OpenTable

Mohammad
Hussein

IT Director
Herfy Food Services Co.

Enrique
Kaufer

Vice President International Franchise Development
Dine Brands

George
Kunnappally

Managing Director
Nando's UAE

Peggy
Li

Managing Partner
SPS: Affinity

Trevor
MacKenzie

Managing Director
Exquisine Global

Joel
Montaniel

CEO & Co-Founder
SevenRooms

Duncan
Muir

Senior Director - F&B and Retail
Bateel International

Melissa
Murray

Partner
Bird & Bird (MEA) LLP

Andrew
Robins

CEO and Co-Founder
Paytronix

Suk
Singh

President of Aussie Grill
Bloomin' Brands

Dan
Young

Founder
Lavagel

80+Speakers
700+Attendees