Middle East Food Forum


Day 3 - Monday, April 29th, 2019: Core Themes: Opportunities, Innovation and Women in F&B 

MC: Simran Samtani, Managing Partner, Xcel Accounting

12.00pm- 12.35pm: Panel Discussion: Identifying opportunities in the F&B market and where to invest


  • David Macadam, CEO, The Middle East Council of Shopping Center


  • Daniel G During, Founder and CEO, Thomas Klien International

  • Abdul Kader (Aboudi) Saadi Founder and Managing Director, Glee Hospitality Solutions

  • Ramzy Abdul Majeed, FCA, Founder, Whissle

  • James Le Gassick, CEO, More Café . Intelligent Foods

  • David Richardson Head of Leasing, Nakheel

12.40pm – 1.00 pm: Keynote: F&B Celebrate Your Failures

Rohit Bassi, Founder, ROI Talks

1.05pm – 1.40 pm: Panel Discussion: Learning and Development in F&B - Emerging & Effective Ways


  • Sunjeh Raja, Director & CEO, ICCA Dubai 


  • Khaled Bani Amer, Director HR, Movenpick Hotels & Resort

  • Chef Mauro Gomez, Executive Chef, Ritz - Carlton DIFC

  • Shagufta Patel, People Development Specialist, ICCA Dubai

  • Chef Uwe Micheel, President Emirates Culinary Guild, Vice President World Chefs, Director of Kitchens - Radisson Blu, Deira

  • Anubha Khandelwal Certified Hospitality Certified Hospitality Educator Training Manager, the Oberoi Group

1.45pm - 2.20pm: Women Leaders in F&B

  • Emma Banks, Vice President, F&B Strategy Development, EMEA Hilton Group

  • Rukshana Kausar, Founding Partner, Liquid of Life

  • Ekaterina Starodubtseva, Owner, CEO, HURMA Recruitment

  • Dana Al Sharif, Founder, Urban RetrEAT

2.25pm – 3.00 pm: Panel Discussion: Social Media Marketing - Influencer Licensing & Ethics


  • Anishkaa Gehani, Founder & Managing Director, Yardstick Marketing Management Consultancy



  • Anishkaa Gehani, Founder & Managing Director - Yardstick Marketing & Management Consultancy

  • Courtney Brandt - Founder, A to Za'atar

  • Elena Weber, Founder, Managing Director, ICONS Coffee Couture

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