Speakers

Exceptional list of experts and renowned keynoters

Featured Speakers

Mohamed Aaly Maghrabi

Owner and Chairman
MAM Foodco LLC

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Yousif Abdulghani

Experienced QSR Professional; former VP, McDonald’s Middle East & Africa; former CEO, Americana

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Rami Abu Ghazaleh

CEO
ALBAIK

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Samer Al Khawashki

President
Olayan Financing Company

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Amal Al Redha

Director of Fundraising
Dubai Cares

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Ezio Balarini

CMO
AutoGrill

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Selim Bassoul

Chairman & CEO
The Middleby Corporation

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Ira Blumenthal

President
CO-OPPORTUNITIES, Inc.

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David Brewer

COO, Commercial Foodservice
The Middleby Corporation

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Harry Brouwer

CEO
Unilever Food Solutions

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Paul Brown

CEO
Arby's Restaurant Group

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Dan Cathy

Chairman and CEO
Chick-fil-A, Inc.

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Daniel del Olmo

CEO
Disruptive Restaurant Group

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Sarah, Duchess of York

Randy Garutti

CEO
SHAKE SHACK

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Mike Gilbert

Chief Executive – International
Retail Food Group

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Sudhakar Gupta

Director, International Business Development
IFFCO

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Julie Hamilton

Chief Customer & Commercial Leadership Officer
The Coca-Cola Company

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Aziz Hashim

Managing Partner | Immediate Past Chair
NRD Capital Management, LLC | International Franchise Association

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Glen Helton

CEO
Kudu Restaurants

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David Henkes

Senior Principal
Technomic

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Hattie Hill

President and CEO
Women's Foodservice Forum

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Roy Jackson

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Industry Affairs
The Coca-Cola Company

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Renuka Jagtiani

Chairwoman and CEO
Landmark Group

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David Jobe

Managing Director
GRLC

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Chris Keating

Group President, Restaurant Media & Events
Winsight, LLC

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Martin Lee

COO
Maxim’s Chinese Restaurants

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Paula MacKenzie

Managing Director
KFC UK & Ireland

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Josh Merin, CFE

VP, International Affairs & Chief of Staff
International Franchise Association

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Bill Mitchell

President
Dunkin' Brands International

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Joe Pawlak

Managing Principal
Technomic

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Francois Pienaar

Captain, 1995 World Champion South Africa Springboks Rugby Team

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Andrew Plimmer

Founder and CEO
Motim Technologies

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James Quincey

President & CEO
The Coca-Cola Company

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Peter Romeo

Editor-at-Large
Winsight Media

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Kurt Schnaubelt

Managing Director, Dallas
AlixPartners

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Gary Schwartz

Director of International Supply Chain
SHAKE SHACK

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Simon Seaton

CEO, Onshore Energy Worldwide and Head of Middle East
Sodexo

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Walter Seib

CEO
HMSHost International

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Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen

CEO
NOVO Cinemas

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Scott Svenson

Co-Founder & CEO
MOD Pizza

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Dawn Sweeney

President & CEO
National Restaurant Association

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Ian Toal

President, Food Division
M.H. Alshaya Co.

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Joe Tripodi

Global Chief Marketing Officer
SUBWAY

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Derrick Van Houten

Group CEO
KFC East Africa

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Adam Werner

Global Co-lead for Restaurant, Hospitality & Leisure
AlixPartners

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Ena Williams

SVP-International
7-Eleven, Inc.

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Innovation Forums Speakers

Saeed Al-Muhairy

Chairman & CEO
Jananah Investment LLC

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Kazem Abu Ghazaleh

Chairman and Co-founder
AWJ Investments

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Keith Anderson

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Harrison Architecture & Design

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Mark Avery

Business Development
Winsight Events

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Barry Barnett

Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Buffalo Wild Wings

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Mario Bauer

Executive Board Member
Vapiano SE

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Michael Beacham

President
Darden International

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Lokesh Bharwani

CEO & Founder
Mad Over Donuts

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Peter J. Boylan III

President
Ballard Brands

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Christopher Brady

President & CEO
StudioRG

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Phil Broad

Vice President, Food and Beverage
Alghanim Industries

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Richard Caron

Chief Innovation Officer
Welbilt, Inc.

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Sam Chamberlain

Chief Operating Officer
FIVE GUYS

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Ravi Chandran

CEO
Liwa Minor

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T.C. Chatterjee

Chief Executive Officer
Griffith Foods

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Darren Coleman

President
Premier Food Industries

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Ted D’Cruz-Young

Founder and CEO
Morsum

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Damien Drap

General Manager
UberEATS UAE

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Troy Franklin

COO, Southeast Asia
World Franchise Associates

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Luke Fryer

CEO
HARRI

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Brock Furlong

President & CEO
Stampede Meat, Inc.

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Mitesh Gala

CEO
Altametrics

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Jerry Gamez

Partner and Chief Business Development Officer
Consumer Investment Partners, AG

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Jeff Garascia

Chief Innovation Officer
Marmon Holdings, LLC

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Jacqueline Gonzales

Global Marketing Director
SHAKE SHACK

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Brian Griffith

Executive Chairman
Griffith Foods

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Steve Grover

Executive Vice President, Purchasing & Development
COSI Restaurants

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Alisha Gulden

Vice President Sales
National Restaurant Association and ServSafe

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Walid Hajj

Executive Chairman
Cravia

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Sary Hamway

Chief Operating Officer, Middle East
World Franchise Associates

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Jim Hartenstein

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

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Jorge Hernandez

Chief Food Safety Officer
Wholesome International

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Yvonne Heyne

CEO
NextX

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Prof. em. Dr. Ir. Andre Huyghebaert

Henry Jimenez

President
Sysco International Food Group

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Donna Jones

Director, International Development, Asia
Bloomin' Brands International

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Aaron Jourden

Managing Editor & Analyst
Technomic

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Alican Karaca

Food Development Manager
Caribou Coffee MENA

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Chris Keating

Group President, Restaurant Media & Events
Winsight, LLC

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Larry Kruguer

President, International
WingStop Restaurants Inc.

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Fred LeFranc

President & CEO
Results Thru Strategy Inc.

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Jeffrey Llamas

Director
Wells Fargo Securities

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Nino Lopez

Innovation Manager
Premier Food Industries

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Trevor Mackenzie

Managing Director
Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide

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Stephen Marks

Senior Director, International Supply Chain
Arby's Restaurant Group

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Shaun J. Mathew

Deputy Head, Shareholder Activism Response Team
Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Darren Miles

Vice President of International
Caribou Coffee

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Mahmoud Mousavi

Director of Franchising & Real Estate
Gourmania

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Carl Napiwocki

Vice President, Global Supply Chain
FIVE GUYS

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Anton Nicholas

Partner
ICR

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Pat Noone

EVP
Technomic

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John Pain

Managing Director, Asia Pacific & EMEA
Wendy's

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Claudiu Pasa

Head of EMEA IOT Competence Center
Amazon Web Services

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Joe Pawlak

Managing Principal
Technomic

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Maximino Peralta, Jr.

AVP – Franchising Head
Jollibee Foods Corporation

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Mike Phalen

Head of Retail Investment Banking
Wells Fargo Securities

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Stelios Pigadiotis

Partner Hospitality Practice Leader MEA & Russia/CIS
Stanton Chase

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Dejan Popadic

Regional Director of F&B South West Asia
Hyatt

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Chef Bernard Proot

Owner
DelReY

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Frank Rasche

CEO
Element Fresh

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Vladik Rikhter

CEO & Founder
Zenput

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Anjum Sadaqat

CEO & Founder
Intellytics

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Christopher Sebes

President
Heartland Commerce

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Brian Siemienas

Operations
Darden Restaurants, Inc.

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Marlijn van Straaten

Director Marketing and Communication
HMSHost International

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Terry Varner

Vice President
Herman/Stewart Construction Development

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Rebecca Viani

Head of Franchising
AWJ Investments, Operation Falafel

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Alison Vickers

Business Development Director
YO! Sushi

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Nikhil Vij

Business Head, E-Commerce
Zomato

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James Vitrano

General Counsel, Vice President Global Franchise DevOps
Ruby Tuesday

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Chris Ward

Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Church's Chicken/Texas Chicken

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Tim Whitehead

Vice President
Premier Food Industries

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Majed Yaghi

Senior International Director
The Coca-Cola Company

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Don Zimmerman

General Manager, Global Hospitality Group
NCR Corporation

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Award Winners

Josh Kilimnik

Regional Vice President
Domino’s Pizza International

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Maximino Peralta, Jr.

AVP – Franchising Head
Jollibee Foods Corporation

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Frank Rasche

CEO
Element Fresh

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Ian Toal

President, Food Division
M.H. Alshaya Co.

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