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Rob Hargrove

EVP R&D, Quality and Innovation

Mondelēz International

Rob is a member of the Mondelēz Executive Team, and his current role includes technical leadership of innovation, materials productivity, quality systems and reporting, scientific and regulatory affairs, and nutrition initiatives across the entire company.

Prior to joining Mondelēz, Rob worked for PepsiCo for 18 years, most recently as SVP R&D for the $14Bn Europe Sector. A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Rob holds a Master degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London

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Gil Horsky

Director of Innovation SnackFutures

Mondelēz International

Gil Horsky is a member of the SnackFutures founding team, the Mondelēz innovation & venture hub that is inventing and investing in new snack brands that are good for people, kind to the planet and deliciously fun. Gil is a key architect in building an ecosystem of cutting-edge external partners to drive innovation in a disruptive and different way.

During his career, Gil launched new products for the world’s most iconic food brands: Milka, Oreo, Cadbury and Toblerone. He is a MBA graduate of the Kellogg School of Management

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Manuela Borella

GM of Manifesto Innovation Accelerator 


Manuela is a Passionate General Manager with strong drive to grow people, and businesses to scale.

A “Danoner” since 2000, with a deep wealth of operational experience in corporate strategy, brand building, P&L management and marketing.
Manuela founded one of the first multinational internal accelerators, Manifesto Innovation Accelerator, with the objective of bringing growth and new capabilities to Danone

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Avner Avidan

CEO & Co-Founder


Vegan. Athlete. Foodie. Innovative. From Israel to Antigua to Melbourne Australia and back. Established Inspecto to ensure we have access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food.

Inspecto is developing a nanoscale portable device, based on Raman Spectroscopy, for early detection of food contaminants in the food

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Sabine Flechet

Director Innovation Fund 

LeadX Capital Partners

Following 10+-year experience in consulting, PE and investment banking, Sabine now supports early- and growth-stage start-ups with capital at LeadX Capital Partners

LeadX invests in fast-growing, disruptive digital solutions within the hospitality, retail and food industries, mostly European & Israel based, and runs investments into Metro Accelerator graduates as well as more mature investments with > 1 million EUR revenue, covering stages from Seed / Series A to Growth

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Matilda Ho

Founder & MD

Bits X Bites

Matilda heads up, Bites X Bites, China’s first and only food tech-focused venture capital fund. Its mission is to shape the future of good food by investing in people and technology to create more sustainable food systems.

Bits X Bites looks for pre-A and A-stage startups that have potential to disrupt China’s food supply chain, and its portfolio includes 11 investments, out of which 4 are Israeli based startups

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Liron Nimrodi

CEO & Co-Founder

Zero Egg

Liron is a business leader with vast experience in introducing innovative products to the market. Experienced FMCG Marketer from Osem-Nestle and SodaStream HQ.

She holds B.S.C in Food and Biotechnology Engineering, The Technion Haifa & MBA in Business Management, Tel-Aviv University.

Zero Egg is a nutritious plant-based egg that tastes, looks and functions like a real egg 

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