Global Restaurant Investment Forum

12-14 March 2018 – Palazzo Versace, Dubai


12-14 March 2018 – Dubai

2018 Programme

Day Three - Wednesday 14 March

← At-a-glance

08:45 - 09:15


09:00 - 10:00

Round Table Sessions

Join us for round table ‘brainstorming sessions’ with your fellow attendees. These sessions allow you to meet and share ideas ahead of the start of conference sessions. A great ice-breaker and an excellent way to gain industry knowledge. Network, demonstrate your expertise to potential partners and gain insight from industry leaders in an intimate setting. Each table will be hosted by an industry expert. During the session you will have the chance move tables once to discuss industry issues from the following round tables:

“How-to”: Raising Finance 

What you need to know about raising seed capital and finance for growth

“How-to”: Expansion

A look at the different business models for expansion - Franchising, management agreements, joint ventures... How do you know what’s right for your business? Evaluating strategic growth opportunities both regionally and beyond.

Nick Schapira – International Chief Operating Officer, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

Talent Retention

A discussion on the shortage of qualified staff globally in the F&B Industry. Where will talent come from? How to foster talent and get them proud of the brand to promote the brand

Operational Costs

Maximising your bottom-line against increasing operational costs. Effectively developing budgets and understanding the costs of operating an F&B venue

10:00 - 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 - 10:30

Outlook on the Future

Adapting your business model to the future trends coming your way. How to identify future consumer changes and incorporate these into your long-term strategy; how can you diversify your income stream and innovate quickly enough to keep up with the trends

Russell Danks – Futurist, Future Factory London

10:30 - 11:00

Looking Beyond Food Tech

A look at the future of convenience and experience. What is happening next? Harnessing the power of technology to own your customer

Ian Ohan – Founder & CEO , Freedom Pizza

Technological Innovation

An in-depth look at the impact of technology on the F&B sector and looking forward. What innovations are changing the traditional restaurant business model? In a world of e-commerce, can restaurants help save the bricks and mortar retail environment?

11:00 - 11:15

Food Waste: What can be done?

With pressure coming from both bottom-line and consumers to reduce food waste, how can restaurateurs address this issue in the F&B industry? An in-depth look at key facts and figures around food waste and what tools can be implemented to tackle this growing problem

Anastasia Hofmann – Co-founder, KITRO

Naomi MacKenzie – Co-founder, KITRO

11:15 - 11:45

The Evolution of Marketing for Restaurants

Strategic marketing builds businesses far beyond promotions and advertising. This session will focus on building a brand, developing a customer focused proposition, gaining buy-in from your team through better engagement tactics and building company value through external communications.

James Hacon – Development Growth and Brand Strategist,

11:45 - 12:15

Leveraging a restaurant brand into other activities

How to stretch a brand – turning a restaurant into different products or segments.

Michael Ingemann – Executive Chairman, Claus Meyer Holding; Director, Melting Pot Foundation

12:15 - 12:45

Market Spotlight: Asia

12:45 - 13:00

Curating Talent & Company Culture

How to develop your company culture and employee engagement to ensure a productive, efficient and loyal workforce.

Monique Borst – Consultant, Monique Borst Ltd

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Financier’s views on the F&B sector

Hear from the lenders and financial institutions on what it takes for them to provide funding for the restaurant industry. What are they looking for conceptually and returns-wise from an investment?

14:20 - 14:40

Doing the Deal

What do you look for when acquiring an asset or negotiating a sale? Once the deal is done, how do you add value to the investment?

David Singleton – Vice President – Hospitality, Al Tayer Group

14:40 - 15:00

Investor success stories

Hear from case studies of investments gone right. What were the keys to success?

Martin Sherwood – Partner, Enterprise Investment Partners

15:00 - 15:45

The GRIF Deal Den

A panel of expert judges evaluate the attractiveness of a selection of concepts and projects for investment.


Paul Campbell – Founder , Hill Capital Partners

Sami Daud – Managing Director, Daud Group

Martin Sherwood – Partner, Enterprise Investment Partners

15:45 - 16:00

GRIF 2018 Closing Remarks