Jordi Barri Carles is CEO of Teresa Carles Healthy Foods. It’s a family business with him, his sister Mar and their parents in ownership and operations. The new generation’s drive gave life to different projects – including Flax & Kale (3 restaurants in Barcelona at present). The goal: to lead, transform and grow the category of healthy eating. It’s a passion! Jordi’s background: consulting and marketing in multinational companies, such as KPMG or Kraft Foods.
Kaspar Basse is CEO & Founder of Joe & The Juice. In 2002, after working six years in the world of advertising, and completing his Masters in International Marketing he started the brand. As an elite-athlete (Kumite on the Danish National Team), Kaspar was inspired to create an environment offering uncompromised quality and nutrition in a carefully developed made-to-order range of juices, coffees and Sandwiches. High employee engagement. Today the company has a strong global presence with more than 240 stores in 15 countries. Growing presence in Europe, Asia and expanding heavily in the US market.
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.
Benjamin Calleja is Founder of Livit Design – the world’s largest restaurant design company, focusing on improving brand’s performance through guest experience design. Active in 40 countries over 5 continents, developing a new restaurant every 8h somewhere in the world. As part of his commitment to constant innovation he has launched the Fast Fine Restaurant Group, a disruptive restaurant chain and an innovation lab in Stockholm for extraordinary guest experiences.
Benjamin holds two Masters of Architecture degrees and is considered an expert in the area of hospitality design and technology.
The Italian former referee was chosen as the ‘World’s Best Referee’ for six years running (1998-2003). During his career he refereed the 1996 Olympic Games Final, the 1999 Champions League Final, the 2002 World Cup Final and the 2004 UEFA Cup Final. Currently he is the Chairman of both FIFA Referees Committee and UEFA Referees Committee. Collina is a sought-after expert on questions of leadership, motivation and decision-making under pressure.
Enrique Francia joined Grupo Vips in 2008 as Senior Executive Vice President and CFO and was appointed CEO in 2010, an office he currently holds. Over the last several years he has driven and coordinated the in-depth transformation and modernization process the company has gone through. Grupo Vips is one of the leading multi-brand and multiformat players in the food service sector in Spain. Six well-known chains, more than 400 locations, serving more than 120,000 customers a day, 9,000 employees – 400 million euros turnover in 2017. Enrique started his career at Arthur Andersen.
Christopher C. Muller is Professor at the Boston University. 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“.
Herculano Rodrigues is an Associate Director in the Locations & Analytics practice at Javelin Group, which is part of Accenture Strategy. He has over a decade of experience in retail/restaurant strategy and consumer insight, working with leading international retailers and landlords to develop commercial insights to inform finance, marketing and strategic planning. Herculano is the chairman of the ICSC European Next Gen committee, sits on the ICSC Innovation committee, and is a frequent speaker at events in all different industries.
He has been CEO of Pret A Manger for 15 years. The company – UK’s leading sandwich chain – operates 515 shops in the UK, US, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai, Singapore and France with annual sales of over $1 billion. Clive has nearly 30 years' experience in the food business, both with Pret and with Jardine Matheson, the Hong Kong based multinational. He joined Julian Metcalfe as a founding partner in Itsu in 1998 before moving to Pret A Manger in 2003.
He was appointed CEO of Burger King France & Quick on February 2016. The company owned by the Groupe Bertrand is number 2 in the French Hamburger Restaurant Business with more than 460 units of both brands and €1.1 billion system sales. Jérôme began his career at auditing and consulting firm Deloitte. Then he held a number of executive management roles before joining McDonald’s France in 1996 as CFO. 2009 he became Corporate Senior Vice President of McDonald’s Europe. 2014/2015 Executive Director of Chipotle Europe.
Kavi Thakrar co-founded Dishoom in 2010. Before Dishoom, Kavi lived in Washington DC where he worked for the World Bank and also held various roles in the food Industry for several years. Dishoom now has five cafés in London, one in Edinburgh and employs over 700 people. Kavi and the Dishoom team care enormously about creating beautiful and democratic shared spaces which pay homage to the old Irani Cafés of Bombay. They also care deeply about creating a company which is an awesome place to work.
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.