Speaker Profile

Gert Kopera

Executive Vice President of Global Restaurants, Hakkasan Group

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Gert Kopera joins Hakkasan Group as a 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry. With extensive global experience, Kopera most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for D.ream, an international restaurant group with 54 brands in its portfolio including Zuma and Coya. Prior to that, Kopera was the Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage for Jumeirah Group, based in Dubai, UAE. 

Before he joined Jumeirah Group, Kopera spent 15 years with Rosewood Hotels and Resorts serving in both on-property and corporate based positions. In his roles as Director of Operations and Managing Director, he was integral in the development of food and beverage offerings in its hotels across the globe. He then moved to the company’s corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas serving as Vice President of Food & Beverage, where he was responsible for the success of all restaurant and bar operations in the company’s entire global portfolio. In 1985, Kopera joined Hilton International where he spent 12 years setting the base for his career in food and beverage with roles in Austria, UK, UAE, Madagascar, Kenya and Greece.

Kopera joined Hakkasan Group in 2017 as the Executive Vice President of Global Restaurants where he oversees concept development and operations of Hakkasan Group’s continuously growing restaurant collection. His extensive background in hospitality makes him a visionary for the future of the global hospitality organization. Emphasizing the importance of incessantly building a family-like culture, Kopera’s strong focus on career building and employee development, he believes success starts with the company’s greatest asset – its people.