GFA is a member of Synergia One Group of Companies, a diversified group of business ventures that takes advantage of beneficial interactions amongst its management systems and team members in a diverse range of industries, comprising: franchise and brand development, food research and product development, coffee roasting and wholesale production, information technology, investment strategy, interior design and construction, jewelry, publishing, and media. The Group of Companies is fully dedicated to quality, and relies on an innovative Integrated Quality Management System that leverages technology and includes ISO 9001-2008 standards and Lean Six Sigma.


From our Global Service Center based in Thailand, we manage a comprehensive Quality Management System overseeing the entire value chain, complete with interior store design and graphics team, multimedia production facilities, research and development department, global quality management & data analysis, and a Training Academy. Every aspect has been developed and refined to achieve our quality mission: the continuous improvement of the customer experience at all GFA stores under each brand, worldwide.


Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Synergia One Group of Companies, Fred Mouawad is a global citizen with a passion for building businesses. Originally from Geneva, Switzerland, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and an MBA from Harvard University. Fred earned a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America and is also trained in Lean Six Sigma and ISO 9001.

GFA's parent company Synergia Group currently operates in 12 countries across a diverse range of industries, including the food service business, food manufacturing, creative media, interior design and construction, private equity advisory, IT development and consulting, publishing and trade shows, franchising, and jewelry e-tailing.


In 1997, Coffee World launched in Thailand by a group of entrepreneurs who believed that coffee would be the next big F&B trend throughout Asia. In 2004, Global Franchise Architects (GFA) was founded, with the dream of having one company with a single operating system managing multiple brands in various countries. As a franchisor, we also offer deserving entrepreneurs the opportunity and means to own their own businesses. Today, GFA continues our expansion, with New York 5th Av. Deli launching in 2004 and the first Cream & Fudge opening in 2005, followed by Coffee World Restaurant in 2011, and our latest brand Thai Chef Express in 2014.