Meet the Forward Food Tech team

Rob Ward


Rob has created, built and sold five business related to the agriculture and food industries. These range from Agricultural Tech, Grocery Retail; CPG Grocery Wholesale; Food Brand Investment Accelerator and Food Technology in the UK and Europe.

His wide experience places him as someone that has a full understanding of the entire supply chain, from farming, food production to consumption, particularly in launching businesses in the Ag-tech and Food-tech sectors. Rob is an acclaimed international keynote conference speaker.

Ilario Di Bon


As a global investor, executive and advisor for over 25 years, Ilario has developed unique expertise in dealing with the growth challenges of a variety of companies, large and small. Ilario's worked with leading MNCs and investment houses.

He has extensive experience in supporting founders and entrepreneurs on scale-up and business growth. He has been advising startups, SMEs and investment funds, and has a special interest in the agri-food, health and technology sectors.

Iliyana Dimitrova

Digital Marketing & Client Relations Manager

Data-driven digital marketer and communicator. In her free time, Iliyana studies new technologies, sustainability and enjoys cycling in nature.

Iliyana has experience in working with tech start-ups in multiple industries. After graduating in London, she ran a food business which later won a Great Taste Award. Her deep passion for food and agriculture was sparked from her family - her grandma was an agronomist and her dad runs a cherry orchard.

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