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The Judging Panel

World Food Innovation Awards 2024

Gavin Wren

Gavin is a content creator and food policy consultant, helping people and organisations learn how our global food system works.

Every month his food policy videos and food waste challenges reach millions on social media, showing people where their food comes from, how to be more healthy and sustainable. He’s written about food policy in national titles and worked with organisations across Europe including the European Commission and WWF, on sustainable food systems projects via his consultancy Wren&Co. Prevously he worked as a food photographer for SMEs and titles including National Geographic Traveller.

He's spoken on TV, radio and podcasts in the UK and US, and has been featured in the press as far afield as Mexico, Japan and Kazakhstan.

Food systems consultant, content creator and writer

María Mascaraque

María is a Global Industry Manager at Euromonitor International with a focus on Food and Nutrition. Based in London, she has more than 11 years of experience in the industry.

María drives the content and quality of Euromonitor’s global food industry research, provides global expertise and forward-thinking insights and identifies latest product developments and key market trends.

María advises clients on food and nutrition trends and has a special interest in the dairy industry, plant-based eating and health and wellness trends.

She holds a PhD in Nutrition from Complutense University, Spain.

Global expertise in Food and Nutrition | Consumer Insights | Market Research

Federico Dellafiore

I’m delighted that IFE and FoodBev have once again partnered to run the World Food Innovation Awards, with the results announced on 25 March at ExCeL London as part of Food, Drink & Hospitality Week.

I’m also thrilled to have the chance to be a judge for this year’s awards and discover first hand some of the products and businesses at the forefront of food & drink innovation. Visitors to IFE prioritise innovation perhaps above all else, with retailers, wholesalers, hospitality professionals and more seeking to discover the products that will define the future of food & drink and help them stay ahead of the competition.

Event Manager | IFE

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Morgan Oliveira

Morgan Oliveira, founder and principal of Grounded, Etc., specializes in consulting with startups in various ways, including communications, strategy, and more. With a track record of working with top brands including sweetgreen, Apeel Sciences, and, Morgan also serves as an advisor to companies such as Actual Veggies and FTW Ventures, and as a Venture Partner to New Climate Ventures. Previously, she was the first employee at Eat JUST, a global food technology company known as an early leader in the space as well as its egg made from plants. Recognized as one of the Top 50 Best PR People in the Tech Industry by Business Insider, Morgan's earlier achievements include significant revenue growth and influencer co-branding strategy development at LA-based Fresh 'N Lean. Beyond work, she enjoys fitness, painting, and of course, food.

Food Systems | Sustainability | Startups

Steve Osborn

Having graduated as an Analytical Chemist, Steve completed a Research Masters on Maillard Reaction Flavours, with the University of Reading. This was followed by many years in commercial and technical roles with Nestlé, Northern Foods, Ashbury Confectionery and Leatherhead Food Research where he became a recognised food industry expert. The Aurora Ceres Partnership Ltd was established in 2015, and provides innovation management for the Food and Beverage industry. A key focus is technology scouting through the ‘ACTION’ technology scouting platform, and the ‘FoodDrinkACTION’ innovation portal. Steve is also a regular contributor to food and beverage industry events and has spoken on numerous topics from nutrition, including salt and sugar reduction to waste valorisation and the future of food themed discussions. He is also a regular invited expert judge for a number of food and beverage innovation awards panels.

Steve Osborn BSc (Hons), M.Phil, Director & Technology Scout

Stefania Pérez Beltrán

I'm a gastronomy and Marketing expert, with 12 years of experience in the food industry. My knowledge is focused on building business strategy, marketing and disruptive innovation. I'm passionate about developing concepts, understanding consumer needs and building strategies that help companies to increase their impact and fit into the market.

I'm currently working as a Business Hunter Manager, dedicated to look and hunt new opportunities based on food trends, consumer habits, market, sustainability and technology.

Also I'm inspired through culinary trends, this makes me understand the versatility of products, ingredients and packaging concepts and through this lens makes me consider the real experience for a consumer.

I´m so honoured and excited to see the new product pr

Business Hunter Manager Team Foods - Colombia

David Echevarría

David is a news reporter at FoodBev Media, a platform dedicated to the dissemination of food and beverage industry news.

“The world of food and beverages is a fast-growing and ever-changing landscape, with each year presenting new opportunities for innovation. As a journalist for FoodBev Media, I get to watch those innovations and trends evolve in real time, from dairy products to packaging, and from technological innovations to marketing campaigns.

Plant-based foods capture my attention because of their vast innovation potential. As more people adopt a plant-based diet, these products are expected to meet higher standards. Evaluating how each product rises to this challenge certainly piques my interest.

Given the continued importance of reducing emissions and using green energy, I’m excited to see what innovations and technologies are offered with environmental benefits.

The health of the planet is just as important as the health of the people living on it. Functional products have been trending recently and that trend doesn’t seem likely to go away anytime soon. Seeing the innovations and products in this area is certainly something I’m looking forward to.”

News Reporter | FoodBev Media

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Silvia D'Alesio

Silvia D’Alesio is a food ad packaging expert and an international scouter on food innovation, leading several projects regarding developing new food and beverage products and businesses. BSc. in Food Sciences and Technology and International MSc. in Food Innovation and Product Design. Currently, she can count on several collaborations, including research projects and scientific direction for Digital Food Ecosystem and FoodTech European Events; assistant professor at the University of Milan Department of Nutrition and Environment; and Professor of Futures Studies and Brand Packaging Design at NABA, Milan.

Food & Packaging Ecosystem Expert

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