A seasoned hospitality industry professional, George Kunnappally has been into franchise operations, brand development and F&B management for over 20 years. He has launched and built brands like Subway, Charley’s Philly Steaks, Whittard of Chelsea, Bateaux Dubai, Second Cup Coffee, Joe’s Café, Johnny Rockets and a host of UAE bred concepts in the Middle East, Africa and CIS regions. Starting his career with the Taj Group of Hotels in India, Kunnappally has worked at the senior management level with large conglomerates headquartered in Dubai with a MENA footprint. His previous roles were with Al Madani Group, BinHendi Enterprises, Al Faris Restaurants LLC, ADNOC Distribution. Currently, Kunnappally is the Managing Director of Nando’s Restaurants, based in Dubai. Most recently, he was Executive Director – Private Equity at Regulus Capital Limited. A graduate in Hotel Management, Kunnappally also holds a Master’s degree in Tourism Management.