David Singleton

David Singleton

David has worked in the hospitality and retail industry in the USA, EMEA and South Asia as a brand builder, creator, operator, franchisee, franchisor for some of the world’s best known and respected brands. He advises brands how to strategically grow through franchising, project master planning, organisational structure, brand design and development or investment. In the UK he had a long career with Mitchells and Butlers one of the largest operators of restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK before starting his international career in Russia, CIS and then the Middle East. Most recently he was Vice President for Hard Rock leading the franchise business in EMEA and South Asia before joining with Socius Group in Dubai, a strategic business development advisory consultancy

He sits on the Advisory Board of the Global Restaurant Investment Forum and a co-founder of The Middle East Restaurant Association

David Singleton has led and developed organisations around the world before settling in Dubai in 2014. He now works as an accredited transformational growth coach and strategic advisor to brands, organisations, teams and ambitious senior executives in growth mode. 

He is a subject matter expert in F&B and hospitality and has extended his portfolio to wide ranging sectors from foodtech to brand development to private equity investment and wider consumer brands. He is widely regarding a leading expert in hospitality franchising. 

He held senior Board positions with Al Tayer and Hard Rock International before establishing He established his practice Oraculi in 2021. David’s work is centred around globalisation and growth, advising brands on their growth strategy whether they are an emerging brand ready to go from entrepreneur start up to an international program, or a brand ready to export from, or import to the Middle East where he is based. 

In 2022 he was recognised in the UAE by Caterer Middle East Power List as an entrepreneur who helps take businesses to new heights, “pushing the boundaries of region’s F&B scene and helping the industry reach the next level of technological advancement”.

He is a thought leader, speaker and contributing author. He is currently authoring his book ‘Beyond Boundaries BEYōND’. His two daughters both live and work in Dubai, Katie, a teacher, Hollie a PR Manager. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Global Restaurant Investment Forum.