Daniel is a Professor of Practice at Hult, London Undergraduate campus. He is a leading consultant and remains research active with interests in Strategy and Innovation. His corporate experience with companies like TNT, FedEx and DHL provide the complex link between corporate strategy, innovation and the academic world.
Current areas of interest include- Innovation in uncertain times; Reframing and Future Proofing growth opportunities for business and how to drive high engagement for customers.
Daniel also lectures at the graduate level at the University of Chester where he works with students to co-create alongside corporate firms on prevailing challenges.
Global Vice President, Marketing & Innovation
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Glenn Mathijssen is the co-CEO & Co-Founder of Alberts, leading a Belgium-based team focusing on food robotics and AI. The result is Vending 2.0 solutions for personalized smoothies & soups as well as personalized nudging solutions for food service providers looking for options to offer healthier snacks and meals. Alberts joined EIT Food as a Rising Food Star. Glenn holds a double degree Ph.D. in Electro-Mechincal Engineering with specialty in Robotics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and the University of Pisa (Italy). In 2019, Glenn was chosen as Belgium's FITCE Young ICT Personality.
30 years of experience in RD&Q as Manager, Director and Chief Officer in Italy and International environment in FMCG companies. Degree in Agricultural Science (110/110 cum laude), Member of the Academy of Georgofili, Florence (the oldest Scientific Academy in Italy)
Major Areas of Competencies are:
Innovation, Product Innovation, Phase & Gate process, New Trends, Research
Projects, Product, Design and New Product Development Management, Food safety
Management, Quality Improvement, Global Team Building, Co-Manufacturer
Management, Consumer Feedback Management, Employee Development, Career
Planning and Mentoring
Insight, Brand and Content Director
Heidi (M.Sc.) is an experienced customer insight and brand strategist on a mission to live the change. She has worked with retail and FMCG brands for over 15 years and the past years she has been a part of the team transforming the K retail brands towards more customer centric and purposeful paths. In her work she focuses on the emerging customer needs and possibilities of the future combined with design thinking and observational research.
Senior Research, Development & Quality Director
R&D - Licensing
A native of Northern Germany, Jörn Gutowski spent most of his young adulthood abroad. After studying marketing at Emerson College in Boston and a one year stint at a PR agency, he worked for an international non-profit organization. While travelling the world, he was exposed to many new cultural and culinary experiences. His passion and appreciation for food was so deeply affected that in 2013, he decided to put his 10+ years background in marketing and business into his new venture TRY FOODS. Following the slogan „feed your curiosity“, TRY FOODS has been helping people to expand their knowledge of and their palate for high-quality food products. In 2018, he co-founded another food startup, called Zeevi Kichererbsen GmbH. Zeevi is the first European company producing and selling a chickpea tofu, called Kofu.
José María Fernández Ginés
Chief Innovation Officer
Head of Global Innovation
Tata Global Beverages
An experienced, international business leader, Liliana has been leading transformational growth across brands and portfolios to drive step changes in business results for over 20 years. She is a leading expert on innovation, communication and business strategy within the FMCG and luxury industries, working with top blue-chip companies: Unilever, Tata, on world-class brands and portfolios. Her sector experience covers Consumer Goods, Personal Care, Home Care, Foods, Refreshments and Luxury, as well as driving disruptive innovations projects. She holds a Master’s in Marketing & Communications and an Executive MBA.
With extensive marketing and leadership experience gained across multi-category, multi-brand, and multi-cultures, Liliana has a track record of shaping and unlocking opportunities, accelerating and leading incredible business growth with her trademark energy, drive and possibility mind-set. She is passionate about inspiring possibility: growth for people and business.
Liliana is Professor of Practice at Hult International Business School, teaching on Trends and Innovations and Brand Management subjects. She has also lectured as a keynote speaker around the world on Marketing, Omnichannel and Digital customer experience, Change Management and Disruptive Innovation topics.
Luis Carlos Chacón
Op-Ed Columnist | Global Consultant
Forbes Latin America | BusinessCase
Luis Carlos Chacón leads the BusinessCase team, global boutique consultancy that works with multinational FMCGs identifying emerging and future business opportunities. Also, has been a columnist for Forbes Latin America for several years (being nowadays top-rated) and currently finishing a postgraduate degree in Global Business at the University of Oxford (where previously graduated in Strategy and Innovation), his educational background includes studies in Design Thinking at Stanford, and Futures at The University of Manchester, and Houston. In business, he has worked for more than nineteen years for the operations of Fortune 500 Companies such as Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, LVMH, Diageo, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Dannon, AbInbev, among many others. Behavioral economics enthusiast (understanding the cross between needs and contexts) and believer in connecting the distant (linking the disconnected but inseparable) under the influence of socio-cultural changes in industries and consumption.
Global Marketing Director
After the graduation in Economics at Università Bocconi and a Master of Science in International Public Policy at UCL (University College London), Matteo joined The Monitor Group, a strategy consulting firm, supporting companies' business development in EMEA.
He joined Barilla in 2008 and moved from Marketing to Innovation in 2012 to develop and launch CucinaBarilla, which he led as the CucinaBarilla Managing Director.
In 2018 he was appointed Global Marketing Director at Barilla, leading of the most dynamic and vibrating product categories of the company with a global footprint.
He is passionate about Food, business modelling, trends and innovation.
He will be chairing the Food Innovate Summit for the second time and attending it for the third time.
Group Chief Development Officer
Co-founder and CEO, B.Sc.,MBA
Racheli is an executive manager with rich and diverse experience in the Israeli start-up scene both in private and public sector. She is passionate about innovation and making an impact on people’s lives through the judicious use of technology and life sciences.
R&D Director and Business Leader for Packaging Sustainability
Senior Researcher, Consumer Behaviour and Food Innovation
Wageningen University & Research
Siet Sijtsema works at Wageningen University and Research and holds a PhD about Consumers’ perception of Health in the perspective of consumer oriented product development and an Msc in Sociology and Bsc in Food technology. She has 20 years of experience in conducting consumer research in the food and sustainability domain. She participated in national and international projects on consumers perceptions about fruit and vegetables, bio-based products and packaging, food waste, food safety, confidence and circular economy. She has experience with quantitative and especially qualitative consumer research methods such as focus groups discussions in which projective techniques are applied. Based on her research last decades, she developed Circular Food Design model which represents a multidisciplinary and users oriented approach.
Chief Innovation Officer
ICA Sverige AB
Regional Brand Director
Born and raised in Rotterdam, Holland, I started my career in marketing at Unilever.
After 10 years at Unilever, I spend 2 years at Danone, and have been at Bacardi for the past 5 years. My career has brought me living and working across multiple countries, in different marketing roles, from global to regional to local, including all aspects from marketing.
I’ve had the joy working on a range of global leading brands, like Knorr, Activia, Bacardi, Bombay Sapphire, Lipton IceTea and Wall's Ice cream.
Innovation and Technical Director
Tormaresca (Marchesi Antinori)
A native Apulian with a passion for spreading the gospel of his native soil, Vito Palumbo is the embodiment of Italy’s blossoming wine region of Puglia: sunny, breezy, sleek and soulful – all words describing the man and the place. With his finger on the pulse of what’s making Italy’s southern coastal gem a burgeoning wine travel destination, Vito is well connected to the art, music, literature and trending cultural vibrancy that is leading Puglia, with Tormaresca at the forefront, to become Italy’s next top wine region.
Vito Palumbo is the Brand Manager for Tormaresca, with responsibilities that include directing the sales and marketing strategy of the company.
A former KPMG accountant and renewable energy consultant, Vito entered his family business (his father Giuseppe is the CEO of Tormaresca) of the Antinori-owned estate in 2010. In addition to running the wine sales strategy for Europe and North America, Vito oversees production, packaging creative (he implemented the colorful, edgy label design by artist Valeria Patrone on Tormaresca’s popular Calafuria Rosato), and the opening of the winery’s proprietary restaurant Tormaresca Vino e Cucina in Lecce.
Vito attended Bocconi in Milan - Italy’s leading business university - where he earned his Bachelor degree and a Master of Science in Economics and Management of Public Administration and International Institutions.
Senior Research Analyst
As a Research Analyst within the Food and Nutrition vertical in London, Giuseppe is responsible for management and execution of research projects that focus on Packaged Food, Health and Wellness, Fresh Food, and Pet Care. Since joining Euromonitor International in 2019, Giuseppe has developed his expertise in the food industry. His primary area of research was in Italian and Spanish markets and has now expanded into the UK, Greek, Netherlands and Portugal markets. Giuseppe holds a 1st Class BA (Hons) in International Business with Language from the University of Greenwich.
Marketing & Communications Director
Mr Lee's Noodles
Industry & Solution Strategy Director, Food & Beverage