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.
Chief Product Officer
Dawn Foods Global
With more than 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Johan has dedicated his career to providing the industry with innovative new ideas and offerings to help companies of all sizes grow their business. As Chief Product Officer, Johan is responsible for Dawn’s R&D and Category marketing globally, prioritizing innovation efforts within Dawn to provide customers with the best bakery products in the business. Since joining the team in 2012 as vice president of R&D in Europe, Johan has led the research and development of multiple Dawn product launches, specifically the Dawn Balance Line, which contains clean label, vegan and better-for-you products. In addition to his focus on product development, he also drives global technology projects to keep Dawn at the front of introducing new industry capabilities both for bakers and within the walls of the company.
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.
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.
Group Technical Excellence Manager
AB World Foods Ltd
I graduated in Biochemistry in 1985, and since then I have been fortunate enough to accumulate 34 years’ experience working in a variety of new product, processes and R&D departments of FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) food manufacturing businesses both in the UK domestic and International sectors covering frozen, chilled and ambient retail and food service products. During my years of food manufacturing development, I’ve managed and led new product and process projects, and I have had the privilege of heading new product and process development teams over multiple sites and countries. Currently, I work for Associated British World Foods Limited based in Leigh (north-west of Manchester, UK ), and in June 2019 I moved into a new role of overseeing the technical aspect of new major investments in ABWF, while also advising, mentoring and training technical departments and associated line-managers.
Serena Venturi Elisei
Senior Technical Project Manager
Born in 1972 and degreed at the University of Bologna in Animal Production, she attended a Master's degree in quality assurance in Padova. Her work experience is in the quality assurance department/laboratory of confectionery and pasta companies. Since 2008 she is responsible of the Italian IFS office with the role of technical project manager in the definition of the IFS standards and in support of the development of the Italian market.