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All Receptions Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May Global Restaurant Investment Forum Breakouts

6:30pm – 9:00pm KSA

Networking Area

Reception: 23rd May - Hosted by Dur Hospitality at the Riyadh Airport Marriott Hotel

Join us at the Moroccan-themed opening reception as we showcase charming hospitality concepts in a unique futuristic landscape.

Receptions

8:00am – 9:00am KSA

Registration Area

Registration

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

9:00am – 9:05am KSA

Main Stage

Welcome Remarks & Introduction to the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF)

James Hacon

Chief Marketing Officer,
MAPAL Group

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Global Restaurant Investment Forum

9:00am – 10:30am KSA

Breakout

The Future of Hotel Asset Management - HAMA Asset Management Workshop - Invitation Only

Rabih Feghali

Board Member,
HAMA MEA

Oliver Judge

HAMA MEA Member

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Breakouts

9:05am – 9:15am KSA

Main Stage

Market Overview of Restaurant Trends in Saudi

Muhammad Ali Syed

Founder & CEO,
Mingora

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Global Restaurant Investment Forum

9:15am – 9:35am KSA

Main Stage

Trends Affecting the Global and Saudi Arabian Market

James Hacon

Chief Marketing Officer,
MAPAL Group

In conversation with:

H.E Prince Waleed Nasser Al Saud

Chief Executive Officer,
Mukatafa

Muhammad Ali Syed

Founder & CEO,
Mingora

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Global Restaurant Investment Forum

9:35am – 9:45am KSA

Main Stage

Picking the best from around the world; choosing the right restaurant franchisor and brand to suit the KSA market

Stefan Breg

Managing Director,
KEANE Consult & Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

In conversation with:

Mohammed Jawa

Founder & Chairman,
MJS Holding

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Global Restaurant Investment Forum

9:45am – 10:10am KSA

Main Stage

The Boom in High-End Dining in the Kingdom; exciting new brands in the pipeline and the potential for home-grown concepts

Stefan Breg

Managing Director,
KEANE Consult & Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

In conversation with:

Abdullah Al Muslemani

Chief Executive Officer,
Crown & Co

Mayada Badr

Chief Executive Officer,
Culinary Arts Commission

Nicolas Budzynski

Global Operations Director,
LPM Restaurants & Bar

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Global Restaurant Investment Forum

10:10am – 10:30am KSA

Main Stage

Curating and Creating Great Concepts that Survive the Test of Time

Matteo Frigeri

Founder & Business Director,
Seeds Consulting

In converssation with:

Rohit Sachdev

Chief Executive Officer,
Soho Hospitality

Hilari Voorthuis

F&B Manager, India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey,
Accor

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Global Restaurant Investment Forum

10:30am – 10:45am KSA

Networking Area

Networking Coffee Break

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

10:30am – 11:00am KSA

Breakout

The Future of Loyalty Schemes, Transparency and Brand Loyalty 

Scott Antel

Partner/Owner,
Scotts FZ LLE

In conversation with:

James Britchford

Vice President Commercial IMEA,
IHG Hotels & Resorts

Bani Haddad

Founder & Managing Director,
Aleph Hospitality

Oliver Judge

HAMA MEA Member

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Breakouts

10:45am – 11:10am KSA

Main Stage

Leveraging Technology to Improve Business Performance

Paul Webster

Business Development Manager,
MAPAL Group

In conversation with:

Joey Barnett

CEO & Co-Founder,
Leslie

Peter Bruun

Chief Operating Officer,
Boxooo International

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Global Restaurant Investment Forum

11:00am – 11:20am KSA

Breakout

The Future of Sustainable Mobility

Dr. Felix Klanner

Director, Electric & Autonomous Mobility,
NEOM

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Breakouts

11:10am – 11:40am KSA

Main Stage

Food Sustainability & Security - Banking on Change

Michael Ingemann

Chairman, Nordic Harvest,
Non-Executive Director, I am Doner

In conversation with:

Emma Banks

Vice President, F&B Strategy and Development EMEA,
Hilton

Atul Chopra

Founder & CEO,
Fresh On Table

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Global Restaurant Investment Forum

11:40am – 12:10pm KSA

Main Stage

Creating a Workplace Where People Thrive and Stay

David Singleton

Partner, Strategic Advisor and Coach,
Socius Group

In conversation with:

Mert Askin

President of Food & Beverage,
Azadea Group

Duncan Muir

Cafe Director,
Bateel International

Roaya Saleh

President & Founder,
RS Management WLL

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Global Restaurant Investment Forum

12:00pm – 1:00pm KSA

Networking Area

Networking Lunch

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

1:00pm – 1:05pm KSA

Main Stage

The Future Hospitality Summit - Saudi Arabia

Gemma Greenwood

Director,
Content Inc.

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman & CEO,
the bench

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

1:05pm – 1:15pm KSA

Main Stage

Welcome From Our Host

Sultan Bader Al-Otaibi

Chief Executive Officer,
Dur Hospitality

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

1:15pm – 1:25pm KSA

Main Stage

Key Note Official Opening Remarks

Qusai Al-Fakhri

Chief Executive Officer,
Tourism Development Fund

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

1:30pm – 2:00pm KSA

Main Stage

Global Economic Outlook with a Focus on Saudi Arabia & the Middle East

Pat Thaker

Editorial and Regional Director, MEA,
The Economist Intelligence Unit

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

2:00pm – 2:20pm KSA

Main Stage

Setting the Scene for Destination & Hotel Development in Saudi Arabia

Robin Rossmann

Managing Director,
STR

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

2:20pm – 3:00pm KSA

Main Stage

The Future of Hospitality in a Dynamic Market

Nick van Marken

Managing Director,
van Marken Limited

In conversation with:

Hassan Ahdab

President of Hotels Operations,
Dur Hospitality

Guy Hutchinson

President & CEO,
Rotana

Haitham Mattar

Managing Director, India, Middle East & Africa,
IHG Hotels & Resorts

Mark Willis

Chief Executive Officer, India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey,
Accor

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

2:45pm – 3:20pm KSA

Breakout

Signing Ceremony of the First International Third-Party Operator in the Kingdom

Muhammad Al Amir

Chief Executive Officer,
AIMS Hospitality

Fernand Donnet

Founder, Chairman & CEO,
Sophos Hotels SA / Horesman SA

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman & CEO,
the bench

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Breakouts

3:00pm – 3:30pm KSA

Networking Area

Networking Coffee Break

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

3:30pm – 3:50pm KSA

Main Stage

The Future Life in the MetaVerse

Joachim Marciano

Head of Service Industries - Middle East & North Africa,
Meta

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

3:30pm – 4:00pm KSA

Breakout

"Hybrid Lives" - The Big Shift and Vision of Future Spaces

Catherine Monthienvichienchai

Chief Branding Officer,
QUO

In conversation with:

Tareq El Zayat

Managing Director - Dubai, Board Director, Corporate Counsel,
OBMI

Hamza Khan

Co-Founder,
Letswork

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Breakouts

3:50pm – 4:05pm KSA

Main Stage

The Future of Sustainable Advanced Air Mobility in the Kingdom

Victor Maurice Philippe Lefevre

Middle East & Africa Lead,
Eve Air Mobility

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

4:00pm – 4:40pm KSA

Breakout

Why Sustainability is Key for the Future of the Hospitality Industry

Sarah Hedley Hymers

Editorial Director,
Connecting Travel

In conversation with:

Maher Abou Nasr

Vice President Operations Saudi Arabia,
IHG Hotels & Resorts

Noelle Homsy

Co-Founder,
ENVI Lodges

Omar Issa

Director of Strategy,
Dur Hospitality

Richard Williamson

Chief Commercial Officer,
Considerate Group

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Breakouts

4:05pm – 4:25pm KSA

Main Stage

Future Travel Trends Shaping the Middle East

Gemma Greenwood

Director,
Content Inc.

In conversation with:

Ross Veitch

CEO & Co-Founder,
Wego

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

4:25pm – 4:55pm KSA

Main Stage

Tourism and Vision 2030: Accelerating the Growth of Saudi Arabia's Tourism Industry through Funding

Amal Dokhan

Partner,
500 Global

In conversation:

Wahdan Alkadi

Chief Business Officer,
TDF

Tareq Al Sadhan

Chief Executive Officer,
Riyad Bank

Cyril Piaia

Chief Executive Officer,
EMAAR Economic City - King Abdullah Economic City

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

4:55pm – 5:20pm KSA

Main Stage

How are Leaders Addressing the Challenge of Innovation and Redefining Transformation in a Rapidly Changing Environment

Sarah Hedley Hymers

Editorial Director,
Connecting Travel

In conversation with:

Federico J. González

Chief Executive Officer,
Radisson Hotel Group

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

5:20pm – 5:25pm KSA

Main Stage

Announcement - Breaking News

Noelle Homsy

Co-Founder,
ENVI Lodges

Eng. Aiad Mushaikh

Managing Director,
Al Rasim Hotels & Resorts

Chris Nader

Co-Founder & CEO,
ENVI Lodges

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman & CEO,
the bench

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

5:25pm – 5:30pm KSA

Main Stage

Signing of Finance Agreements between Tourism Development Fund and Remal AlKhobar for the Development of Nobu Hotel & Restaurant

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman & CEO,
the bench

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

5:30pm – 6:10pm KSA

Main Stage

From White Label Operators, Franchising to Traditional Management Agreements - What is the Future?

Turab Saleem

Partner - Head of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Consultancy – MENA,
Knight Frank

In conversation with:

Fahad Al-Fawaz

Chief Executive Officer,
Al Hokair Group

Fernand Donnet

Founder, Chairman & CEO,
Sophos Hotels SA / Horesman SA

Chadi Hauch

Regional Vice President, Lodging Development – Middle East,
Marriott International

Jad Shamseddin

Chief Operating Officer,
Aleph Hospitality

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May

7:00pm – 10:00pm KSA

Networking Area

Reception: 24th May - Cocktail, dinner and live entertainment reception hosted by Radisson Hotel Group at the Radisson Hotel Riyadh Airport

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 May Receptions

8:45am – 9:00am KSA

Main Stage

Welcome Back!

Gemma Greenwood

Director,
Content Inc.

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman & CEO,
the bench

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

9:00am – 9:15am KSA

Main Stage

Destination Data - The Key for Smart Investors

Olivier Ponti

Vice President Insights,
ForwardKeys

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

9:00am – 10:00am KSA

Breakout

How will you 'Lead The Change'?

Judges:

Tareq El Zayat

Managing Director - Dubai, Board Director, Corporate Counsel,
OBMI

Rohan Ranade

Associate Vice President – Real Estate & Development,
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)

Changemakers:

Bani Haddad

Founder & Managing Director,
Aleph Hospitality

Sally Alkatat

Senior Manager, Development Middle East & Africa,
IHG Hotels & Resorts

Sarah-Jane Grant

Director,
LXA

Rahaf Alaish

Student,
Glion Institute of Higher Education

Atul Chopra

Founder & CEO,
Fresh On Table

Abdullah Al Muslemani

Chief Executive Officer,
Crown & Co

Gauthier Guillaume

CEO & Creative Director,
GG&Grace International & Grace Virtual Reality

Kristina Zanic

CEO & Founder,
Kristina Zanic Consultants

Hamza Khan

Co-Founder,
Letswork

Joey Barnett

CEO & Co-Founder,
Leslie

Olivier Ponti

Vice President Insights,
ForwardKeys

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May Breakouts

9:15am – 9:35am KSA

Main Stage

The Future of Air Connectivity To, From and Within Saudi Arabia

Olivier Ponti

Vice President Insights,
ForwardKeys

In conversation with:

Khalil Lamrabet

Chief Executive Officer,
Saudi Air Connectivity Program

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

9:35am – 10:00am KSA

Main Stage

An Insightful "Duologue" - A High Octane Conversation on the Women-Led Transformation in the Kingdom

Aradhana Khowala

Chief Executive Officer & Founder,
Aptamind Partners

In conversation with:

Mae Al Mozaini

Founder & CEO,
The Arab Institute for Women’s Empowerment - Nusf

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

10:00am – 10:30am KSA

Main Stage

Human Capital - The Challenge and the Opportunity for Our Industry

Olivier Harnisch

Founder,
Lunasole Hospitality

In conversation with:

Bandar Al-Safeer

General Manager Nationalization and Training,
Ministry of Tourism of Saudi Arabia

Ahmad G. Darwish

Group Chief Administrative Officer,
The Red Sea Development Company and AMAALA

Sandeep Walia

Chief Operating Officer Middle East,
Marriott International

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

10:30am – 10:45am KSA

Main Stage

Meaningful Hospitality for the Future Traveller

Gemma Greenwood

Director,
Content Inc.

In conversation with:

Abdullah Al-Jumah

Travel Blogger & Influencer Saudi Arabia

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

10:45am – 11:15am KSA

Networking Area

Networking Coffee Break

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

11:15am – 11:45am KSA

Main Stage

Supporting Sustainable Business Models Embedding Global Expertise and Local Knowledge & Culture

Gemma Greenwood

Director,
Content Inc.

In conversation with:

Jerry Inzerillo

Group CEO,
Diriyah Gate Development Authority

John Pagano

Group CEO,
The Red Sea Development Company & AMAALA

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

11:15am – 12:00pm KSA

Breakout

hotelNFT bridging the physical to digital worlds with Web3.0

Nimesh Patel

Founder & CEO,
Kabuni

In conversation with:

Moh Belkhodja

Director Investments & Special Projects,
Ras Al Khaimah Tourims Development Authority

Amedeo Guffanti

Managing Director, Jakala Spa BC,
Founder, Gotu.io

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May Breakouts

11:45am – 12:15pm KSA

Main Stage

Marketing Strategies of Megaprojects & the Impact of Sustainability on Market Trends

Gaurav Sinha

CEO & Chief Strategist,
Insignia Worldwide

In conversation with:

Abdullah Alzahrani

Brand and Marketing Excutive Director,
The Red Sea Development Company & AMAALA

Kiran Jay Haslam

Chief Marketing Officer,
Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

12:15pm – 12:55pm KSA

Main Stage

The Influence of Lifestyle and Heritage Brands to a Destination

Ali Manzoor

Head of Hospitality | Hotels & Tourism,
CBRE Middle East Region

In conversation with:

Paul Gardiner

Chief Executive Officer,
Mantis Collection

Hicham Hassouni

Stategy & Business Development Chief Officer,
Boutique Group

Shane Lahiff

Architecture Director,
SSH

John Northen

Executive Director – Head of Hotels and Resorts,
Royal Commission for AlUla

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

12:55pm – 1:00pm KSA

Main Stage

Announcement - Breaking News

Tareq El Zayat

Managing Director - Dubai, Board Director, Corporate Counsel,
OBMI

Ranjit Phillipose

General Manager, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai,
Area Director - Middle East, The Indian Hotels Company Ltd

Rohan Ranade

Associate Vice President – Real Estate & Development,
The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

1:00pm – 2:00pm KSA

Networking Area

Networking Lunch

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

2:00pm – 2:40pm KSA

Main Stage

The Development & Brand Life Cycle of a Hotel and Beyond KPI’s

Damien Rizzi

Head of Hospitality MEA,
Voltere by Egis

In conversation with:

Paul Diab

Vice President Operations MENA,
Louvre Hotels Group

Amir Lababedi

Managing Director Development MENA,
Hilton

Elie Milky

Vice President Development,
Radisson Hotel Group

Spencer Wylie

Chief Executive Officer,
Compass Project Consulting

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

2:00pm – 3:00pm KSA

Breakout

A focus on Africa – risk and rewards – how to make the most of being a first mover

Scott Antel

Partner/Owner,
Scotts FZ LLE

Gauthier Guillaume

CEO & Creative Director,
GG&Grace International & Grace Virtual Reality

Bani Haddad

Founder & Managing Director,
Aleph Hospitality

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May Breakouts

2:40pm – 3:10pm KSA

Main Stage

How TDF is Driving the Tourism Sector in KSA from Partnerships to New Concepts to Finance

Christopher Lund

Executive Director | Head of Hotels | MENA Region,
Colliers

In conversation with:

Elie Milky

Vice President Development,
Radisson Hotel Group

Siegfried Nierhaus

Vice President Middle East,
Deutsche Hospitality

Marko Vucinic

Director of Hospitality and Real Estate Development,
Tourism Development Fund

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

3:10pm – 3:40pm KSA

Main Stage

The Future of Hospitality Investment in Saudi Arabia

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman & CEO,
the bench

In conversation with:

Muhammad Al Amir

Chief Executive Officer,
AIMS Hospitality

Saleh Bin Habdan Alhabdan

Chief Executive Officer,
Taiba Investments Company

Dr. Adel Ezzat

Chief Executive Officer,
Elaf Group

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

3:40pm – 4:10pm KSA

Main Stage

Startup Kingdom: How to Thrive in the World of Hospitality Startups

Bassam AlKharashi

Chief Executive Officer,
ibehub

In conversation:

Abdullah Alghalaiqah

Entrepreneurship Expert,
Monsha’at

Fares Al Rashed

Chairman & Founder,
Oqal

Latifah AlTamimi

Co-founder & CEO,
GatherN

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

4:10pm – 4:45pm KSA

Main Stage

Innovation in Times of Change from Design to Build to Conversion

Tini Meyer

Co-Founder,
interior360

In conversation with:

Gauthier Guillaume

CEO & Creative Director,
GG&Grace International & Grace Virtual Reality

Marcus Tait

Head of New Hotels India, Middle East & Africa,
IHG Hotels & Resorts

Najee Syriani

Corporate Vice President – Projects,
Rotana

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May

4:45pm – 5:00pm KSA

Main Stage

Closing Remarks

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 May