Leaders in F&B Awards 2019: Meet the judges

by Dina Maaty | Published 1 year ago

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BNC Publishing and Hotel & Catering News Middle East’s Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards 2019 will take place on Wednesday, November 13 at Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City.

International brands and home-grown concepts are invited to take part in the Leaders in Food & Beverage Awards’ ceremony, which will recognise top players in the industry bringing excellence and innovation to the market.

Judges are invited to participate based on their experience, business acumen and expertise. They are independent F&B and hospitality industry leaders which we have selected in such a way so as to ensure objectivity and benefit from their breadth of expertise.

Daniel During
Founder and Principal Managing Director,
Thomas Klein International (TKI)

During has spent most of his life living and working across the globe including 10 years with Hyatt International Hotels in executive positions in luxury urban and resort properties in the Middle East, Serbia, Spain and Kazakhstan.

In 1997, During joined Wafi City and spearheaded the project from its conceptual stages, to design, development and opening. His duties as Pyramids general manager were further extended to Wafi City and MKM Group of Companies, heading up the Food and Beverage division and tasked with the opening and operations of 17 outlets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In April 2001, During established Thomas Klein International in Dubai Media City.

Conrad Gallagher
CEO, Food Concepts 360

Finian Conrad Gallagher is an award-winning, Michelin Star chef and multiple cookbook author with over 30 years of culinary experience. A visionary entrepreneur and formerly the owner and creator of his own world-renowned brands, as well as being the CEO of Aura Hospitality, a company with 30 brands and 42 outlets, Gallagher is spearheading the development of all-new concepts around the globe from London, New York, Cape Town and Dubai.

After spending many years in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and most recently Abu Dhabi and South Africa, and now bringing his unique flair to Food Concepts 360 brands, the company has continued its successful expansion under Gallagher’s leadership with the creation of new concepts.

Martin Kubler
CEO, sps:affinity – Strategic Partnership Solutions

Martin Kubler is a hotel GM and hospitality and service industries consultant with 20+ years of executive-level management experience in hotels, in Europe and the Middle East, and interim-and board-level consulting experience in Africa and Asia.

Kubler is the founder of Iconsulthotels, a boutique hospitality, leisure, and tourism consulting firm, and the CEO of sps:affinity, a Dubai-headquartered business advisory and consulting company. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, a frequent speaker at hotel, marketing and customer service conferences and events, and a regular contributor to industry websites and publications.

Martin McLean
Founder-Director, Compass Project Consulting

McLean has managed the development of a number of retail and F&B projects in Australia, Singapore and China, before taking up a project management role in Dubai where he consulted for Nakheel Shopping Malls and later, Emirates Leisure Retail. 

Along with his Partners, McLean co-founded the multi-award-winning Compass Project Consulting in 2014. To date, the team has successfully delivered over 150 F&B as well as hospitality projects throughout the region, representing respected owners, operators, designers and landlords to deliver memorable destinations.  

Guarav Sinha
Founder and CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Sinha founded Insignia Worldwide Group in 2003, and stands as the visionary mastermind behind the world’s first brand enrichment company, specialising in travel and destination creation. As a creative protagonist, he has accumulated a formidable portfolio of achievements which has solidified his status as an internationally recognised leader in his field.

Based in Dubai for the past 22 years and before launching Insignia, Sinha spent a decade in advertising at Lowe. He then took on the illustrious role of head of marketing for Hilton Worldwide in the Arabian Gulf between 1998 and 2002.

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