More than 50 speakers confirmed for the Future Hospitality Summit in Dubai

More than 50 speakers confirmed for the Future Hospitality Summit in Dubai

The Future Hospitality Summit (FHS), which is set to take place from September 19-21 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, has confirmed the attendance of 50 senior leaders from the industry’s most dynamic and leading hospitality companies.

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

Titled “Lead the Change,” the 18th edition of the show will be bringing together 50 leaders from some of the world’s most dynamic hospitality brands, including: 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 at Rotana; Sandeep Walia, COO at Marriott International; Khalid Anib, CEO of Abu Dhabi National Hotels; Marloes Knippenberg, CEO of Kerten Hospitality; Haitham Mattar, MD 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, as well as Chris Newman, executive director hotel development at NEOM; Agnès Roquefort, chief development officer at Accor and Elie Younes, chief development officer at Radisson.

Members of the global food and beverage investment community who will be coming together on the first day of FHS for the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF) include: Alan Laughlin, CEO of Vapiano; Annick van Overstraeten, CEO of Le Pain Quotidien; Edward Devenport, CEO of Incipio Group; Ed Loftus, restaurant group director of Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group; and Naim Maadad, chief executive and founder of Gates Hospitality.

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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