World Franchise Associates Team

World Franchise Associates works with investors seeking to secure the rights to international retail, food and service brands, and with established and emerging franchise brands seeking to recruit international licensees.

Company Directors

Paul Cairnie

CEO

Founder of World Franchise Associates. 25 years of international franchising experience encompassing development, marketing and media in North America, Europe & Middle East markets. Member of the Advisory Council for the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference.

Martin Hancock

COO North America

Martin's extensive experience includes facilitating international development in over twenty countries for brands in all sectors of franchising. Martin currently advises multiple US Brands on global development strategy. Martin is a regular speaker on Global Franchising at International Franchise events and serves on the International Franchise Association (IFA) International Committee.

Troy Franklin

COO South East Asia

Troy has more than 25 years of experience in senior executive positions in international franchising and business development working directly with and consulting for both franchisors and master franchisees. Troy's experience spans across multiple regions including extensive experience in the Asia Pacific Region.

Sary Hamway

COO Middle East

Winner of the International Franchise Association Award and many International & Regional Trophies. Sary has accumulated experience of over 30 years in the restaurant franchising business. Recognized as an international authority on franchising in the Arab World, he currently speaks at major franchise seminars and other related events around the globe.

Christopher Brinkley

Director Franchise Investor Relations

Founder member of World Franchise Associates. His franchise experience goes back to 1996 in staging the UK's National Franchise Exhibitions over 4 years and being linked to the organisers of international franchise events in the US, Europe and the Middle East. As well as directing World Franchise Associates's own international franchise events, he is Director of Investor Relations to support the Company's growing portfolio of international Brands in Europe, the MENA Region, Asia, Latin America and the Far East.

Jake Kidde-Hansen

CTO

Founder member of World Franchise Associates. Jake's career includes project management with the United Nations in East Africa and tourism management and marketing in Kenya. Over 19 years experience designing and creating websites, his innovative approach ensures World Franchise Associates stands out from the crowd.

Country Associates

Yuliya Bilous

Yuliya Bilous

Canada

Director of Franchising, Canada. Experienced senior professional with a diverse international background in marketing, business development and management

Elvin Hajiyev

Elvin Hajiyev

Azerbaijan

Director of Franchising, Azerbaijan. A young entrepreneur from Azerbaijan, educational background from George Washington (USA) and Oxford University (UK).

Abbas Khalil

Abbas Khalil

Qatar & Egypt

Abbas is French Egyptian with 25 years plus of Branding, Marketing, Trading, Business Development and General Management

Hesham Mourad

Hesham Mourad

Qatar & Egypt

Hesham boasts 17 years of International Trade, Management, Retail, Sales and Business Development

Amjad Siddique

Amjad Siddique

Oman

A Business development , sales & operation expansion expert with 25 years experience

Rudy Kunz

Rudy Kunz

Austria & Germany

Rudy is shareholder and executive consultant in the institute of entrepreneurship (IoE)

Mohammed Abu Zaid

Mohammed Abu Zaid

Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Abu Zaid is a Marketing bachelor graduate from King Fahad University of Petroleum

Gary Chagalasyan

Gary Chagalasyan

East Europe

Karen Gary Chaglasyan is the Founder, President and the CEO of InterDining Group based in Moscow, Russia

Jon Cullen

Jon Cullen

United Kingdom

Former European Managing Director of Cartridge World and European Franchise Director for Pirtek

Sandra Carrillo Massa

Sandra Carrillo Massa

Latin/South America

Managing Partner and Head of the Consulting Business Unit of Grupo Nexo Franquicia

Fernando López de Castilla

Fernando López de Castilla

Latin/South America

Founding Partner of Grupo Nexo Franquicia, Latin America’s # 1 franchise consultancy

Phi Nguyen

Phi Nguyen

Indochina

Phi’s experience spans over 15 years as a senior executive in brand, retail, and franchise development across global emerging markets

Rich Backstrom

Rich Backstrom

Philippines

Rich Backstrom is an experienced restaurant and hospitality industry professional with over 24 years of experience

Hsien Naidu

Hsien Naidu

Singapore

Hsien Naidu is a Senior Practicing Management Consultant, founder and director of Astreem Consulting

Burang Riyadi Saleh

Burang Riyadi Saleh

Indonesia

Burang Riyadi is one of the pioneers in franchise consultancy in Indonesia

Sofia Leong Abdullah

Sofia Leong Abdullah

Malaysia

Sofia has almost 30 years of accumulated hands-on experience in design & construction, property management, services & hospitality and franchising

Maki Higashijima

Maki Higashijima

Japan

With 10+ years of international business experience, Maki specializes in helping businesses grow in the U.S. and Japan

Jonathan Kwon

Jonathan Kwon

South Korea

Jonathan Kwon studied hospitality management and started his career in the hospitality industry, UK

Murad Alnasur

Murad Alnasur

Restonalysis FZE

Mr. Alnasur has extensive experience in the restaurant business and franchise model with 30 years in the US and more than 12 years in the UAE.

Associate Consultants

Mark Avery

Mark Avery

Avery Global

Supply Chain Management

Victor Jones

Victor Jones

Consultant

Restaurant Operations

Stuart K. Smith

Stuart K. Smith

CHA

Global Hospitality Consulting

Sharif Akkad

Sharif Akkad

Lawyer

Franchise Law, Middle East

Venu Babla, M.Ed.

Venu Babla, M.Ed.

Franchise Mind USA

Franchise system strategy & development: Operations, Training, & Support systems

Mustafa Al Ansari

Mustafa Al Ansari

Entrepreneur

UAE Franchise Development

Ahmet Murtezaoglu

Ahmet Murtezaoglu

Consultant

QSR Training Executive, Turkey

Dugan Aylen

Dugan Aylen

Franchise Recruitment Services (FRS)

Franchise Recruitment Systems

World Franchise Associates - Team

Winona Gagan

Winona Gagan

Events Manager, World Franchise Associates

Fiona Perera

Fiona Perera

Business Development Manager South East Asia

Stuart Anderson

Stuart Anderson

Editor, World Franchise Review

Stephanie Thompson

Stephanie Thompson

International Franchise Development Manager

Olya Gundyak

Olya Gundyak

Senior Business Manager

Yuliya Nazarchuk

Yuliya Nazarchuk

Business Manager & Editor of FranSpeak International

Davies Malesi

Davies Malesi

IT Developent

Maral Annayeva

Maral Annayeva

Forum Support Services