The first 50 speakers have registered for the Future Hospitality Summit in Dubai


The Future Hospitality Summit (FHS) has confirmed the first 50 speakers for the region’s flagship hospitality investment platform, to be held September 19-21 at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

Co-organized by The Bench and MEED, FHS consists of multiple conference tracks, awards, workshops and personal networking features. These include the 18th edition of AHIC – Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, GRIF – Global Restaurant Investment Forum, AHIF Marketspace – Focus on Morocco, Startup Den, the Sustainable Hospitality Challenge Finals and much more – all under one roof. The overarching theme of the summit is “Lead the change’and host sponsor is Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts.

Leading figures from some of the world’s most dynamic hotel brands have agreed to speak, including José Silva, CEO of Jumeirah Group Hotels & Resorts; Puneet Chhatwal, MD and CEO of Indian Hotels Company Limited; Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO Minor Hotels; Guy Hutchinson, President and CEO of Rotana; Sandeep Walia, chief operations officer at Marriott International; Khalid Anib, CEO of Abu Dhabi National Hotels; Marloes Knippenberg, Managing Director of Kerten Hospitality; Haitham Mattar, Managing Director MEA & South West Asia at IHG Hotels and Resorts; Dimitris Manikis, President EMEA at Wyndham Hotels, Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, President Middle East, Africa & Turkey at Hilton and Chris Newman Executive Director Hotel Development at Neom; Agnès Roquefort, Chief Development Officer at Accor and Elie Younes, Chief Development Officer at Radisson.

Among the names representing the global food & beverage investment community gathering for the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) on day one of FHS are Alan Laughlin, CEO of Vapiano; Annick van Overstraeten, CEO of Le Pain Quotidien; Edward Devenport, CEO of the Incipio Group; Ed Loftus, restaurant group manager for the Jamie Oliver restaurant group; Naim Maadad, Chief Executive and Founder of Gates Hospitality; and Jon Lake, Managing Director of Chopstix Group; Atul Chopra, Founder and CEO of Fresh On Table; and Kaniz Samir, Founder of BLK Cab Coffee.

“We are delighted to have signed our first 50 speakers in what is expected to be an exceptional lineup of global and regional leaders representing some of the world’s most respected hospitality brands and organizations,” said Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of The Bench. “We are working with them and our Advisory Board members on the program to address the most relevant developments and challenges in the industry and stimulate conversations that will accelerate progress and lead change.”

For more information and to register for delegate badges, visit Discounted rates are available for students, investors, and startups.

Anne Bleiker
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