Our team is composed of seasoned professionals with a longstanding history of achievements in the food and beverage industry, and backed by leading Middle Eastern groups with strong networks across the platform’s key markets.
We benefit from extensive restaurant operations experience, complemented by a deep understanding of the F&B industry and our analytical approach is the key to our success. After identifying a niche segment, we search for new and exciting outlets to fill that gap, ensuring they already have a proven track record. The customer is at the heart of everything we do and consumer research is always undertaken to understand their needs.
We mainly focus on quick service restaurants (QSR) and full-service restaurants (FSR), including casual and fast casual concepts that are inventive, scalable and easily adapted to suit the local market. In order to guarantee excellence we have strict selection criteria so that our guests can enjoy the very best.
With a bold and ambitious development plan in mind, our ultimate goal is to exceed expectations with superb quality, on-trend outlets and achieve healthy profits for investors and partners with a detail-oriented approach.
Faysal began his career in 1999 with Alshaya, a leading retail franchise operator and one of the Gulf’s premier commercial organisations. Here he worked with Starbucks Coffee during which time he opened the brand’s first outlet in Lebanon. As regional operations manager Faysal played a central role in the brand’s expansion across 8 countries and 100 stores. Before joining Eathos in 2014, Faysal was the F&B president of Azadea Group where he was responsible for a multi-brand portfolio of eight franchise concepts including Paul, Eataly, The Butcher Shop & Grill & Kosebasi.
Nadim is one of the founding members of Eathos. He spent 9 years with the global firm Quilvest Private Equity, with a concentration on deal sourcing, execution and post-acquisition support in the F&B restaurant sector. During his tenure, Nadim worked closely with a number of portfolio companies, including YO! Sushi to support them in a range of strategic, financial and operational activities. Nadim holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, MS from Stanford University and BE(Hons) from the American University of Beirut..
Charlie has over 13 years of experience in creating and operating concepts, ranging from coffee shops, quick service restaurants, fast casual, casual dining, and upscale restaurants of world class brands such as Starbucks, Tony Roma’s and many more. Before joining Eathos, Charlie spent over 4 years in Qatar as the Head of the Restaurant Division operating upscale restaurants.
Garo has over 10 years’ experience in restaurant operations and brand management, graduating with a business degree specialising in hospitality management from Notre Dame University (NDU). He has worked with the leading lifestyle group Azadea to develop their F&B franchise portfolio in Lebanon, Dubai and Kuwait.
Briefly put, Wafic has broad experience in the Food Service Industry, ranging from Fine Dining concepts creation and management with big name chefs, to casual dining, to coffee shops and quick service restaurants. Wafic has been a franchisee, a franchisor, and has worked on standardizing operations of family owned concepts, setting up the franchise manuals and preparing them for franchising (Lebanese Restaurant, Nutrition Catering, Coffee Shop). He initially studied law but quickly decided to pursue his passion for F&B.
Diana Studied Law in Beirut where she developed a passionate interest in Human Rights that lead her to pursue a career in Human Resources. After obtaining her PHR Certification, Diana worked for several companies in Beirut and Dubai, in the fields of Manufacturing and Food & Beverages, where she was able to develop her knowledge of the industry and the region’s requirements and best practices.
As a fan of Julia Childs, Diana loves cooking and baking with her daughter and agrees that “People who love to eat are always the best people”. When she’s not cooking or reading, Diana enjoys spending time with her family and Yoga classes.
Lucien Hakim is passionate about Italian food, especially Northern dishes, and enjoys the finest things in life. For him, the “Truth is in the Details”, and the key to successfully delivering projects of high quality on time. Lucien has over 15 years of experience in Architectural Design and Project Management. Throughout his career, he gathered a vast experience working for major groups of the Region, namely in both the UAE and KSA.
Focusing on all phases of construction, from design, to planning & execution, Lucien has managed to consistently complete dozens of projects for reputable brands in various sectors; Hospitality, Retail and Food & Beverages. Never shying away from a challenge, Lucien has become a reference in all technical and operational aspects related to setting up F&B establishments in the Gulf.
Amy moved from the United States to Jordan in 2010 and fell in love with the cultures, cuisines, and challenges of doing business in the MENA region. She has implemented successful marketing campaigns in Jordan, Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia.
Prior to joining eathos, Amy was an Account Director for McCollins Media in Dubai, managing the online and offline account teams for clients like Paavo’s Pizza, Alison Neilson’s Chocolate Bar, and DipnDip. Before eating her way through a career in F&B, Amy gained an in-depth knowledge of the regional retail landscape while working for the fashion conglomerate Apparel Group. Amy holds a degree in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Rodolph’s career started with Azadea Group as a financial analyst focused on the F&B sector in the MENA region. He then switched to financial advisory where he spent 4 years advising clients in the MENA region on capital raising, mergers & acquisitions and restructuring assignments.
Subsequently, Rodolph headed the financial division of a large-scale startup focused on agriculture and food production where he was responsible for establishing the finance department from scratch. Rodolph is a CFA charter holder.