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World Franchise Associates Announces Keynote Speakers for 4th Dubai International Franchise Forum

Published on: March 27, 2013

Keynote speakers and new brands added to the program for International Franchise Forum taking place on 23rd-24th April 2013 in Dubai   


London March 2013

World Franchise Associates has announced the line-up of keynote speakers for its forthcoming International Franchise Forum to be held in Dubai on 23rd and 24th April 2013. The list of prominent industry presenters includes:

  • Mr Yousif Abdulghani : Head of McDonald’s, Middle East
  • Mr Mark Koprowski : Regional Director for the Middle East & Russia, Marks & Spencer
  • Mr Hamdi Osman : Former Senior VP for Fedex in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa
  • Mr Hani Kafafi : Chief Executive Officer, Al Houda Hotels&Tourism, Kuwait
  • Mr Stuart Nielsen : Director of Restaurants, GQ Bar, Tatler Club and Vogue Café, Conde Nast.
  • Ms Cherryh Butler : Editor of Fast Casual discussing ‘Fast Casual and the Future’


Kit Brinkley, Forum Director for WFA commented ‘Our distinguished keynote speakers bring years of franchising expertise to the table, providing invaluable insights to potential investors seeking advice on strategies to create a successful franchise brand’.

WFA is also delighted to announce the attendance of several additional brands seeking investors across the GCC including Planet Hollywood, Earl of Sandwich, Bucca di Beppa, Le Verger Shop, Chocolate and Chocolate, Crepe Delicious/Froshberg.

Kit Brinkley continued ‘The International Franchise Forum in Dubai presents an ideal opportunity for serious investors wishing to add to their portfolio or for those seeking to build a successful network across the region. Many of  the brands represented are new to the international franchise markets’.

The International Franchise Forum will take place in the luxurious surroundings of the Grosvenor House Hotel which lies in the heart of Dubai Marina.  Franchising professionals and investors who are interested in attending the event can contact WFA directly or register their interest via the World Franchise Associates website. Delegate numbers are limited to 125 so that early registration is recommended.

In 2012, World Franchise Associates secured country and area development agreements for 17 brands in 68 markets


About World Franchise Associates

World Franchise Associates (WFA) is an international franchise development, marketing and media company working with franchisors to expand their businesses internationally. WFA also advises and assists international franchise buyers looking to acquire the best franchised business brands.  WFA is a member of the International Franchise Association and National Restaurant Association and founders of the East Europe Franchise Association.



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