TO THE TABLE MEA 2019 Seminar Speakers

The Importance and Power of a Brand

Candice D'Cruz, Vice President, Luxury Brand Marketing & Management, Marriott International, Middle East & Africa

Robbie Bargh, Founder/Director, Gorgeous Group

Navigating the Restaurant & Bar Landscape in the Middle East

Christian Abell, Vice President Food & Beverage MEA, Marriott International

Christian Gradnitzer, Senior Director of Food & Beverage Operations MEA, Hilton Worldwide

Russell Scott, Vice President Food & Beverage MEA, Luxury Brands, Accor Hotels

Concept Creation and Bucking the Trend

Samer Hamadeh, Founder, Aegis Hospitality

Parolio, Creative Director/ Founder, Parolio & Euphoria Lab

Colin Clague, Executive Chef, Rüya

Training and Retaining the Industry Front Line

Sunjeh Raja, Director & CEO, International Centre for Culinary Arts, Dubai

Mahmoud Abulwafa, Area Director of Human Resources - Abu Dhabi & Al Ain, Marriott International, MEA

Richard Vivian, Head of Centre of Excellence, Transguard Group

TO THE TABLE MEA 2017 Seminar Speakers

Design Principles for Millennial Restaurants, with a case study on the W Amman

Patrick Waring, Partner - Silverfox Studios

Stefan Breg, Senior Director of Food & Beverage MEA, Marriott International

Heleri Rande, F&B Strategist & Consulting Editor, SUPPER Magazine

The Experts Discuss Technology, Social Media, Digital Marketing and Effective Solutions

Sarah Hawilo, CEO - serVme

Georgie Woollams, Founder - Katch International

Duncan Fraser-Smith, Director Global Food & Beverage - The First Group

Panel Discussion: Developing Restaurant Concepts for the Middle East

Guy Heksch, Vice President - Pure Grey, part of Marriott International

Shane Giles, Director of Food & Beverage Concepts, AMEA - InterContinental Hotels Group

Sanjay Murthy, Co-Founder, Figjam

Eugenie Dronneau, Business Development Manager, The Cutting Edge Agency

Devina Divecha, Group Editor, Hospitality Group - ITP Publishing

Restaurant Tour & Chef Demonstration

Shane O'Neill, Executive Chef, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

TO THE TABLE MEA 2016 Seminar Speakers

Reinventing Innovation in Restaurant Design

Stefan Breg, Director of Food & Beverage EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Aidan Keane, Founder & CEO, KEANE

Panel Discussion: International Brands vs Home Grown Brands - What Makes for the Best Restaurants in the MEA Market?

James Wierzelewski, Corporate Vice President Food & Beverage Operations, Rotana

Stefan Breg, Director of Food & Beverage EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Naim Maadad, CEO, Gates Hospitality

Jason Myers, CEO, Busaba Eathai

The Value of Human Capital and Relationships in F&B Success

Duncan Fraser-Smith, Founder and Managing Director, The Cutting Edge Agency

Elena Akopiyants, Founder and F&B Operations Specialist, Caterers' Lab

Nicolas Pierre, Managing Director/Founder, Strategic Staffing

Restaurant Tour & Chef Demonstration

Oliver Jackson, Executive Chef, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

TO THE TABLE MEA 2015 Seminar Speakers

Keynote Presentation & Culinary Demonstration

Chef Vineet Bhatia

Challenging the Status Quo of Restaurant Design

Afroditi Krassa, Founder & Creative Director, Afroditikrassa Ltd

Dino Michael, Senior Director, Global Restaurant Development

Top Operators Panel Discussion

Simon Lazarus, Vice President Food & Beverage, Europe, Middle East & Africa - Hilton Worldwide

Phil Broad, Vice President Food & Beverage, Asia, Middle East & Africa - InterContinental Hotels Group

Achim Lenders, Global Vice President Food & Beverage - Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Concept Innovation & Growth - The Independent Restaurant Perspective

Jason Myers, CEO, Busaba Eathai

TO THE TABLE MEA 2014 Seminar Speakers

Specialist Presentation and Culinary Demonstration

Chef Paul Gayler MBE

Keynote Presentation: Developing a Vision for R&B

Jason Myers, General Manager, Jumeirah Restaurants

Industry Leader's Presentation: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future – Dubai prepares for World Expo 2020

Harald Oberender, Director of Kitchens, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)

Panel Discussion: The Design Brief - Inspirations, Trends and Making it Work

Robbie Bargh, Founder/Director, Gorgeous Group

Tim Mutton, Founder/CEO, Blacksheep

Jonas Holmsgård, Concept Developer & Storyteller, Stylt Trampoli