Middle East Food Forum


Day 2 - Sunday, April 28th, 2019: Core Themes: Food Delivery, Franchising and Food Trucks 

MC: Peggy Li, Managing Partner, sps:affinity

12.00pm - 12.35pm: Panel Discussion: Food Delivery Aggregators - Spend or Incremental Revenue for an Operator?

As delivery apps continue to disrupt the way operators do business, takeaway delivery growth is predicted to rise. Satellite and incubator kitchens can be seen opening up new opportunities- especially for startups, creating a new dimension of choice for consumers and a fresh crop of competition for existing concepts. This session recognizes the consumer as king.  What are the optimum delivery times and radius? Which outlets are succeeding through in-house delivery and how are those outsourcing success stories optimizing their margins?


  • Mohammad Al Madani, Chairman & CEO Al Madani Group

  • Akhilesh Bahl, Chief Executive Officer at Chin Chin Group of Restaurants

  • Sayed Munaf, Business Head, Zomato

  • Anurag Bajpai, Audit Partner and Head of Retail, KPMG Lower Gulf

  • Adrian Azodi, Head of Business Development, Deliveroo

12.40pm - 1.05 pm: Keynote: Digital Transformation in Food Safety

Bobby Krishna, Senior Food Safety Specialist, Dubai Municipality

1.10pm - 1.45 pm: Panel Discussion: Theater of Cooking

All things Kitchen, the challenges, the transformations, use of technology and equipment. How can one work with equipment which adds value and showcases what chefs do best.


  • Bobby Kapoor, Chef Partner, Cartalyst Solutions

  • Nigel Lobo, Executive Chief and Group Culinary Administrator, Royal Orchid Hospitality Group

  • Rabih Omran, Founder, Managing Director, Rocfort Kitchens

  • Gabriel Estrella Talentti, Director Middle East & Africa, Alto-Shaam, Inc.

1.50pm – 2.30 pm: Food Tech Pitches (Foodbyte Dubai)


Sameer Sortur, Founder and CEO, SquareCircle Tech


  • Omer Aslan Gurel, Co-founder and CEO, Repeat

  • Raghav Mimani, Founder, CEO, Nischint Technologies Limited

2.35pm – 2.55pm: Keynote: Franchising from Local to Global

Rudolf Kotik, Founder and CEO, R.K. Franchise Consultancy

3.00pm – 3.35 pm: Keynote: Design Thinking and Food Innovation

Prof. Christopher Abraham, CEO & Head - Dubai Campus, Sr. Vice President - Institutional Development, SP Jain School of Global Management

3.40pm – 4.00pm: Panel Discussion: When and how do Food Trucks make Money


  • Kris Haggie, Founder and CEO, Truck-A-Licious

  • Harsh Bhatia, Founder, Cést Cheese

  • Angelina Stoimenova, Deputy Head of Division, Binghatti Holding

  • Anil Ashok, Founder, Inkling Hospitality  Management

  • Walid Qayoumi, Executive Partner, BRGR, Lucky's Pizza, Dessert Island Distribution Middle East