18th European Foodservice Summit

26 - 27 September 2017

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Danielle Anderson

Wroclaw, Poland, www.amrest.pl

Danielle is Director of Digital at AmRest. With over 12 years experience in Hospitality, Luxury Goods and Consumer-focused industries, her aspiration is to deliver innovative, best-in-class initiatives – both online & offline. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and has previously worked among others at Burberry, Mr & Mrs Smith and Harris + Hoole. AmRest is the largest independent chain restaurant operator in Central & Eastern Europe with well-recognized brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King and Starbucks.

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Mario C. Bauer

Bonn, Germany, www.vapiano.com

Mario C. Bauer is member of the Executive Board of Vapiano SE (International Growth & Partnerships). He and his team are responsible for almost 200 restaurants in over 30 countries around the globe. Vapiano is a fresh casual, front cooking Pasta – Pizza – Bar lifestyle concept within a Mediterranean ambience. While growing up in his family’s restaurant business in Vienna, Austria, he developed an entrepreneurial mindset from an early age by founding several start-ups (Bagel Station, Papernomad, Curtice Brothers).

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Nadine Beshir

Dubai, UAE, www.dinnertimestory.com

Nadine Beshir’s latest business is a unique experimental dining show (3D-projection – 6-course-menu). She started her career as MD of Cilantro Café in Egypt and managed the growth of the chain from 12 to 80 outlets in 5 countries. In 2014 she moved to Dubai to assume the role of CEO of London Dairy Café (ice cream parlors in the UAE). Now, two years later Nadine with her strong entrepreneurial vision, Belgian partners and cutting edge technology has launched a first of its kind digital concept.

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David Bosshart

Zurich, Switzerland, www.gdi.ch

Dr. David Bosshart is CEO of one of Europe’s leading think tanks. He is a frequent speaker at events in Europe, the USA, Latin America and Asia. His work and research focuses on megatrends and countertrends, the future of consumption, management, social change and globalization.

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Karl Brauckmann

Essen, Germany, www.back-werk.com

Karl Brauckmann is CEO of BackWerk. With a franchise network the company operates 350 units, mainly in Germany, The Netherlands and Austria. The brand started as a discount bakery format. Today it’s leading in bakery-gastronomy. A remarkable move from food to foodservice. Karl has also held management positions at Behaton and Vaillant (building materials, ventilation technology). He has a Master of Science degree in Management from Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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David Campbell

London, UK

David Campbell was CEO of Wagamama from 9/2013 to 4/2017, leading the Japanese-inspired Asian restaurant group’s successful international turnaround, transition and brand repositioning while almost doubling profits. Over the last 25 years, David has held the position of CEO at various leisure, entertainment and media businesses. He was also a Director of Formula One. Under his leadership Wagamama (4/2017: 169 restaurants in 20 countries) has outperformed the Peach Tracker for an unprecedented 152 consecutive weeks. He remains a shareholder.

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Hannelore Daniel

Munich, Germany, www.professoren.tum.de

Hannelore Daniel holds the position of a full Professor of Physiology of Human Nutrition at the Technical University of Munich. Her main research interest includes the concept of ‘personalized nutrition’. Hannelore is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). She is also a reviewer and advisor for the EU commission and has published around 400 scientific papers, reviews etc. Hundreds of oral presentations as invited speaker.

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Jan-Willem Dockheer

Zaandam, The Netherlands, www.ah.nl

Jan-Willem Dockheer is General Manager of Albert Heijn TOGO – the convenience business within Ahold Delhaize NL & Germany with 85 locations. In his former career he worked for brands like Heineken, Nestlé and Philips in China, Russia and Scandinavia. He has a passion for developing, launching and commercializing business ideas as well as for people and managing teams to get the most out of them. By the way, he started in Asia bridging University and Professional life.

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Jonathan Downey

London, UK, www.londonunion.com

Jonathan Downey is a food & drink entrepreneur on the mission to transform London’s foodservice landscape. He is a highly influential voice in hospitality. In 2012 Jonathan brought his expertise to Street Feast. He has since organized events and street food arenas all over London. Street Feast currently operates four sites – including three all-year-round concepts in UK’s capital – Dinerama in Shoreditch, Hawker House in Canada Water and Giant Robot in Canary Wharf.

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Stéphane Garelli

Lausanne, Switzerland, www.garelli.ch

Stéphane Garelli is a world authority on competitiveness. Professor at IMD (Institute of Management Development) in Lausanne, closely connected to the world of business. He was Managing Director of the World Economic Forum and of the Davos Symposium for many years. Stéphane reads today’s global economic picture better than anyone else. Presentations challenge people to think ‘outside the box’

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Dan Holm

Tampa/St. Petersburg, USA, www.carrabbas.com

Dan Holm is Director Brand Marketing & Digital Experience for Carrabba’s Italian Grill. He has 10+ years of experience in digital product, strategy, digital marketing, e-commerce and customer loyalty. Formerly he was Director of Digital Innovation at Bloomin’ Brands – responsible for a portfolio of national restaurant chains. Dan is a modern marketer and family man with three children.

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David McDowall

Ellon/Scotland, www.brewdog.com

David McDowall is Managing Director BrewDog Retail, leading the day to day operations and strategic growth of the business. BrewDog has quite a story to tell! Founded in 2007 by two friends (and a dog) the business now employees 750 team members, has 50 bars around the globe, will turnover more than £100m in 2017 and brews beer on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Christopher C. Muller

Boston, USA, www.bu.edu/hospitality

He is the leading thinker and teacher in the field of „Successful Multi-Unit Restaurant Management“. His research has focused on chain-restaurant organization, development and growth and the training of multi-unit managers. Chris has lectured on these topics throughout the world. Book publication „The Leader of Managers“.

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Jambu Palaniappan

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, www.uber.com

Jambu Palaniappan is General Manager for UberEATS in EMEA region. He oversees market strategy, expansion and operations for UberEATS and is currently focused on launching the business in new cities across the region. Jambu joined Uber in the summer of 2012 and has been a key part of Uber’s growth into almost 350 cities across 60+ countries worldwide. He grew up in Silicon Valley and studied Public Policy and Economics at Vanderbilt University.

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Marc Schumacher

Stuttgart, Germany / San Francisco, USA, www.liganova.com

Dr. Marc Schumacher is Managing Director of Liganova, The Brand- Retail Company (Sales-effective, cross linked Brand Communication at the cutting edge). He previously served as the head of Tom Tailor Group’s retail division (global expansion of international companycontrolled retail spaces). Marc began his career with Breuninger and Hugo Boss.

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Gretel Weiss

Frankfurt, Germany, www.cafe-future.net

Gretel Weiss is co-founder and Publisher of the two leading trade magazines – food-service (since 1982) and FoodService Europe & Middle East (since 1998). She is a recognized expert with insider knowledge of the chain-restaurant industry. Her background is farming, university degrees in Nutritional Science and Economics.

FULL CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2017

Hosting Partners

Chris Muller (Boston University School of Hospitality), Gretel Weiss (FoodService Europe & Middle East), and David Bosshart (GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute). For more information see below left.

Seminar - 22 – 24 May 2018
Successful Multi-Unit Restaurant Management
by Prof. Chris Muller and Andreas Karlsson


Contact Administration

Brigitte Fischer
brigitte.fischer(at)gdi.ch
+41 44 724 62 66

Contact Organisation

Susanne Hanselmann
susanne.hanselmann(at)gdi.ch
+41 44 724 62 15


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