George Kunnappally, Managing Director, Nando’s UAE /

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. He has been part of organisations including Al Madani Group, BinHendi Enterprises, ADNOC Distribution, Regulus Capital Limited and Al Faris Restaurants LLC. He has also sat on the boards of Diamond Lifestyle Limited, Gulf Pinnacle Logistics Limited, Al Najah Education Limited and Al Maha Infrastructure Limited. Currently, he is the Managing Director of Nando’s Restaurants in Dubai.