Team

Meet the Forward Food Tech team

Rob Ward

CEO

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

CFO

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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