Last chance to register for Gulfood Conference 2016

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The Gulfood Conference 2016, will feature 59 industry leading speakers over three days of presentations, panel discussions and case studies (see below).

The conference will include sessions on Halal, food science and manufacturing, public health and global food security and will be preceded by The F&B Business Forum, on February 21.

New for 2016, the conference will also see the launch of The Innovation Hub in Association with British Airways – a Dragon’s Den style competition for existing F&B small business owners owners.

To register for the conference email Gulfood@bncpublishing.net

At a glance

February 21

1pm – 6pm The F&B Business Forum

February 22

10am – 4pm The Gulfood Halal Forum

4pm – 6pm Food Science and Manufacture

February 23

10am – 2pm Global Food Security

3pm – 6pm Public Health and the Food Industry

February 21 – at Dubai World Trade Centre

The F&B Business Forum

12.50 – 12.55            Welcome Note

12.55 – 13.05             Special Address by Guest of Honour H.E. Harsimrat Kaur Badal
Hon’ble Minister of Food Processing Industries, Government of India

13.05 – 13.30            Welcome Address from Lead Sponsor: Dubai Science Park

Opportunities in the MENA Region – from Entrepreneurs to Multinational Enterprises

 Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Executive Director of Dubai Science Park

Learn about various business opportunities in Dubai for operations in the MENA region, from different models of company establishment, to the differences of a free zone and non-free zone establishment, including examples of successful set up as well as common mistakes and failures.

 13.30 – 14.00                        Presentation: Forging Partnerships Overseas

Dr. Ashraf Ali Mahate, Head of Export Market Intelligence, Dubai Exports

As trade becomes increasingly global, this session addresses how firms and brands wishing to take a product or concept overseas can do so successfully from the UAE, and which markets are the most lucrative.

14.00 – 14. 45         Discussion: The Future of Restaurant Finance

PANEL: Naim Maadad, CEO, Gates Hospitality; Daniel During, Principal and MD, Thomas Klein International; Nicholas Couvaras, MD, KROMA; Vikrant Rohatgi, Associate Director and Lead – strategy group, deal advisory, KPMG; Martin Kubler, Founder iConsultHotels

Business models are changing and so too are the ownership structures of F&B ventures. Should F&B businesses be franchised, outsourced or even run within hotels? A discussion on the opportunities and barriers to adoption of each potential avenue.

14.45 – 15.15                        Presentation: Franchising Best Practice

Murad Alnasur, Managing Director at Restonalysis

The A-Z view of how, when and what to franchise.

15.15 – 15.45                        Presentation: Commercial Competencies to Minimize Trade Risk

Huzaifa A. Nakhoda, Principal Consultant, Navigate Consulting

Learn how to abolish bad debt, manage your sales process and secure trade locally and globally.

15.45 – 16.30                        Panel: Start-up Advice for the F&B Entrepreneur

PANEL: Samer S. Hamadeh Co-founder and Managing Partner at Aegis Hospitality; Ziad Kamel, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Aegis Hospitality; Karl Naïm, Co-founder and CEO, Chef Exchange; Raki Phillips, Co-founder and CEO, SugarMoo Desserts LLC; Khalil Shadid, Founder and CEO, ReserveOut

A discussion on the challenges of launching a new operation, including advice from those who have already enjoyed successful brand and concept launches in the region.

16.30 – 17.00                BREAK

17.00 – 18.00                  The Innovation Hub in Association with British Airways and Avios

JUDGES: Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Executive Director of Dubai Science Park; Samer S. Hamadeh Co-founder and Managing Partner at Aegis Hospitality; Ziad Kamel, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Aegis Hospitality; Nicholas Couvaras, MD, KROMA.

Looking for funding? Do you have an idea for your existing business that could revolutionise the food industry? Five shortlisted entrants will have the chance to pitch their F&B innovation for five minutes to a panel of high-profile judges. The winning pitch will be announced at the Gulfood Awards on the evening of February 21.

18.00                             Close of Forum

 

Gulfood 2016 Conference Agenda

Day 1 – February 22, Conrad Dubai

The Gulfood Halal Forum

10 – 11am                  Registration and networking

11.00 – 11.20am       Special Address by Guest of Honour: H.E. Nabil bin Ameen Molla

Secretary General, Gulf Standards Organisation and Gulf Accreditation Center

11.20 – 11.45am       Keynote: The Potential and Opportunities in the Global Halal Economy- An Overview

Asad Sajjad, CEO, Gulf Halal Centre

11.45 – 12.30             Discussion: Exporting Halal to the GCC

PANEL: Dr. Ashraf Ali Mahate, Head of Export Market Intelligence, Dubai Exports; Sarah Ahli, Head Of Consumer and Chemical Products ESMA; Jasim U Ahmed, Halal Bangladesh Services Ltd; Professor Reyad Shaker Obaid, Chair of Dept. Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah; Dr David Beatty, International Business Manager, Meat and Livestock Australia MENA.

As Halal food imports into the GCC increase, what do source producers need to know about the market, regulatory environment and trade procedures?

12.30 – 12.40            Presentation: Global Halal Food M&A Activity and Opportunities

Adnan Halawi, Senior Proposition Manager, Thomson Reuters

A presentation of the findings of the Global Halal Food M&A Activity and Opportunities report.

12.40 – 13.00           In Person: M&A activity in the Halal market

A live interview with Dr. Hassan Bayrakdar, Managing Director, RAQAM Consultancy

Despite the sizeable Muslim contribution to global food and beverage spend, there has been limited M&A activity reported in the Halal food industry, with significant untapped potential for corporate and private equity investors.

13.00 – 13.45       LUNCH

13.45 – 14.15            Presentation: Issuing Halal Standards in the UAE

Sarah Ahli, Head Of Consumer and Chemical Products ESMA

A snapshot of the growing demand for Halal, the ratification of new standards in the GCC and the global call for unified Halal practices.

14.15 – 14.45            Presentation: Certification vs Commercialisation: Halal Beyond the GCC

Victoria Hassani, Managing Director, GMA Middle East

This session focuses on marketing and distribution strategy of Halal products with an eye towards the creation of Muslim “superbrands” that have universal appeal to both Muslim and non-Muslim consumers alike.

14.45 – 15.30           Discussion: Halal Food and Dubai’s Economic Ambitions

PANEL: Y. Bhg. Dato Seri Jamil Bin Bidin, Halal Industry Development Corporation CEO; Eng. Yousef Almrzooqi, ESMA; Sunjeh Raja, CEO, ICCA; Mufti Zeeshan Abdul Aziz, Chairperson, Shariah Board, Halal Development Council; Victoria Hassani, Managing Director, GMA Middle East.

The role of the food industry in Dubai’s quest to be the centre of the global Islamic economy.

15.30 – 16.00          Presentation: The UAE Halal National Mark

Eng. Yousef Almrzooqi, ESMA

A snapshot of the growing demand for Halal, the ratification of new standards in the GCC and the global call for unified Halal practices.

16.00 – 16.15       BREAK

 

Food Science and Manufacture

16.15 – 16.45            Keynote: Engineering Food for Health

Karen Hargreaves, Founder, Beat Obesity                          

Modern day diet trends in the region are largely unsustainable. What role can food scientists play in revolutionising the health of the Arab world?

16.45 – 17.15            Case Study: The Future of the Modern Diet

Thorsten Hartmann, Director of Consulting EMEA, Canadean

A discussion on the rise of gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar free foods and how this is fragmenting food sales and creating a new food economy.

17.15 – 18.00            Discussion: Nourishing Africa through Industrialisation

Sanjay Sethi, Investor – Agribusiness Projects in Africa; Eng.Riath Shnyin, Agricultural Investment Manager of Alebdaa Alzahabi Investment, organic expert;  Erkut Ozer; Co-Founder; Gulf Agri Ltd; Eng. Mariam Aljenaibi, CEO Alebdaa Alzahabi Investment, Organic Guild Director; Jason Moore, Co-founder Local Food UAE; Bhaskar Reddy, CEO, KJR Group

Africa’s drive to increase quality and nutritious food consumption through scaled up industrialization.

18.00          Closing remarks and close of conference

 

Gulfood Conference Agenda

Day 2 – February 23, Conrad Dubai

Global Food Security

10 – 11am                  Registration and networking

11.00 – 11.20am Welcome Address from Lead Sponsor: Bicoloured Apples Europe

Importing International Produce vs Hydroponic Growing in the Desert

It is widely understood that produce grown in certain regions has flavour and nutritional qualities that cannot be replicated elsewhere. This session will explore the benefits of importing, versus growing produce using hydroponic methods, referring to apples from Europe as an example.

11.20 – 11.35am       Keynote: Taking Action for Arab Food Security

Dr. Ashraf Ali Mahate, Head of Export Market Intelligence, Dubai Exports

An update on the region’s progress to secure its food and water supplies and the road ahead, with reference to the progress made in the UAE and Kuwait.

11.35 – 12.35 Discussion: World Food Security and Agriculture

PANEL: Dr. Ashraf Ali Mahate, Head of Export Market Intelligence, Dubai Exports; Sanjay Sethi, Sanjay Sethi, Investor – Agribusiness Projects in Africa; Erkut Ozer; Co-Founder; Gulf Agri Ltd; Eng. Mariam Aljenaibi, CEO Alebdaa Alzahabi Investment, Organic Guild Director; Eng. Riath Shnyin, Agricultural Investment Manager of Alebdaa Alzahabi Investment; Jason Moore, Co-founder Local Food UAE; Bhaskar Reddy, CEO, KJR Group

A snapshot debate about the current situation and potential future outcome of food security in the Arab and wider world, and an assessment of the necessity of a sustainable agriculture industry as populations continue to grow.

12.35 – 13.00 Break

13.00 – 13.30                        Presentation: EIU’s Global Food Security Index

By the Economist Intelligence Unit

13.30 – 14.00                        Presentation: Veganism and the Global Food Crisis

Laura Allais-Maré, Leader, Slow Food Dubai

An assessment of the sustainability of global food production under current processes and how a wider adoption of meat-free diets may present a solution to the looming global food supply crisis.

14.00 – 15.00       Lunch

 

Public Health and the Food Industry

15.00 – 15.30            Keynote: Processed Foods and Health

Dr. Graham Simpson, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Intelligent Health

Should processed food face greater regulation and how can manufacturers increase the credentials of their products?

15.30 – 16.00 Presentation: Food Safety Trainings: Are your programmes really working and what you can do to improve them

Judy Sebastian, consultant and trainer, APEX Food Consulting and author, Food She Blogged

Assessing the gap in food compliance training, between what’s on paper and what’s being practiced. Can food business managers add value to staff trainings and, if so, would this mean better efficiency on the field?

16.00 – 16.45           Discussion: The Future of Food Hygiene

PANEL: Judy Sebastian, consultant and trainer, APEX Food Consulting; Dr. Hassan Bayrakdar, Managing Director RAQAM Consultancy; Atef Idriss, CEO, Mefosa; Ghida Walid Sarieddine, Director of Special Projects for Royal Catering, Royal Catering.

Every year, millions of the consumers have their health compromised through poor hygiene. This discussion will explore the mechanisms in place to protect them and the future of regulation.

16.45 – 17.00            Presentation: Food Supply and Allocation of Resources

Jade W. Dagher, Problem Solver, EXPAND MENA

Economies, demographics and environments have dramatically changed due to wars, crisis and immigration. Session will show how to link resources to opportunities in an unstable environment.

17.00 – 17.30           Case Study: Maintenance Regimes: the dangers in poorly maintained Kitchens

Chris Craggs, Director, McFarlane Telfer Ltd

Kitchens present a range of potentially hazards which can affect staff and customers. Correct installation, operation and regular maintenance of equipment will help reduce risks – from food safety through fire, explosion, shocks or health issues.

17.30 – 18.00            Presentation: The Sugar Time Bomb

Alex Ionides, Head of Corporate Health Solutions

An analysis of the responsibilities of food and drinks manufacturers when it comes to lowering sugar content in food, including a case study on how other nations have approached the issue.

18.00                             Close of conference

        

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