Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

April 2020 | United Arab Emirates

2019 Session

Premium & VIP Delegates - Workshop: GRIF x AHIC – A Focus on Hotel F&B


10:00 – 10:20

Key Findings on the Food for Thought State of UAE Hospitality Report 

Vikrant Rohatgi Deal Advisory, Global Strategy Group – KPMG


10:20 – 10:40

The State of the Market - Exclusive research report 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 Elmettouri Regional Director – KEANE


10:40 – 11:30 

The State of the Market - How are owners & Operators working together.

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?

Stefan Breg Group Strategy Director – KEANE

In conversation with:

Christian Abell Vice President Food & Beverage MEA – Marriott International

Anil Bhardwaj Director – A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises LLC

Naim Maadad Chief Executive – Gates Hospitality

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

Russell Scott Vice President Food & Beverage, Luxury Brands – Accor


11:30 – 11:50

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’ bottom line and the global war against food waste.

Tatiana Labaki E25 Partner – Emaar

Ignacio Ramirez Managing Director MENA – Winnow Solutions


11:50 – 12:20

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

Helen Elmettouri Regional Director – KEANE

In conversation with:r

Ramzy Abdul-Majeed Founder – Whissle

Michael Ellis Chief Culinary Officer – Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts

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

Nabil Souhail Vice President Business Development & Operations MEA & Asia – Buddha-Bar International


12:20 – 12:50

How to design and invest in the new “All Day Dining” models that moves away from leaving the operator with a dead space after breakfast.  In an increasing tough operating environment ensuring all your space is working for you throughout the day.

Duncan Fraser-Smith Vice President Food & Beverage – The First Group

Joey Ghazal Founder and Managing Partner – The Maine and BARBARY

Marloes Knippenberg Chief Executive Officer – Kerten Hospitality


12:50 – 13:10

Jonathan Worsley, Chairman, Bench Events in conversation 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

Jonathan Worsley Chairman and Founder – Bench Events