Speaker Profile

Yunib Siddiqui

Chief Executive Officer, Jones the Grocer

Yunib Siddiqui photo

Yunib has been a successful entrepreneur for over half of his life, having established his first business in his early twenties sourcing and distributing handmade products to retail giants like Liberty, Debenhams, Harrods and Galleries Lafayette.

His franchising experience began in 2003 when Yunib joined the board of Team-A ventures as their Brand Development Director. Team-A is the country franchisee currently operating over 30 stores in Pakistan for brands like Next, mothercare, ELC, Debenhams, Accessorize, Monsoon, Timberland & FitFlop.

Being quite familiar with franchising and a keen foodie Yunib engaged Jones the Grocer as a franchisee for the UAE. in mid-2008 and opened the first location of the brand in Abu Dhabi in 2009. He then went on to hold the franchisor licence for the greater Middle East, Africa and surrounding territories and subsequently purchased the global IP for the brand worldwide which includes 22 operational stores and several additional locations in the pipeline.

Yunib holds a BSC (Econ) Hons, International Trade & Development, London School of Economics & Political Science. He is an active member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and author of several articles on entrepreneurship for The National newspaper. He lives in Dubai with his wife and three sons.