Emma Banks / Managing Director, Jumeirah Restaurant Group

Visionary leader, disruptive innovator, inspirational motivator, passionate environmentalist and equal rights champion, Emma Banks is the Managing Director of JRG Dubai – the global standalone restaurant group of Dubai Retail. In managing the Group’s brand portfolio of more than 20 award-winning food & beverage venues and international franchises, Banks spearheads the company’s long-term commercial strategy and leads multi-departmental performance in everything from day-to-day operations and streamlining service standards, to driving new concept development, delivery and execution. In addition to breathing new life into celebrated Dubai institutions including Pierchic, Pai Thai and Al Nafoorah, Banks has proven equally adept at launching new-to-market brands and reinvigorating the Group’s legacy properties. Banks is married to Jon with a teenage daughter Lily; she cares deeply about animal welfare and shares her home with three rescue cats and a rescue dog Bella. In her downtime she can normally be found with her family at the beach or mall by day, and in one of her restaurants by night.