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Chris Albrecht

Editor, The Spoon

 Chris Albrecht covers startups and other food and kitchen related technology for The Spoon. In previous roles, Albrecht has been Creative Director for Gigaom and Editor and Staff Writer at Gigaom. He was the MC for most of Gigaom's events and is Master of Ceremonies at the Smart Kitchen Summit.

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Steward Alsop

Partner, Alsop Louie

In the 90s, Stewart was managing editor of InfoWorld. In 1996, Stewart changed careers to become a venture capitalist, joining New Enterprise Associates, a top-tier venture capital firm with a long track record of success in investing in early stage and growth companies. He was a general partner with New Enterprise Associates and led that firm’s investments in companies such as TiVo, Portola Communications (sold to Netscape), Netcentives, Glu Mobile, and Xfire. From 1996 to 2003, he wrote Alsop On InfoTech for Fortune.

Stewart left NEA in 2005 and invited Gilman Louie to become his partner in a new venture capital firm designed to put to use everything the partners had learned about entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation over the prior 25 years. From 2005-2013, Stewart was a member of the board of directors of Sonos, Inc., which has become a thought leader in the world of digital audio and the digital living room.

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Rodrigo Arévalo

Head of Uber Eats Europe

Ro spent the last four years building Uber’s ridesharing business in Latin America from the ground up to become the largest, fastest growing and most profitable region globally for Uber.

In his new role as Regional General Manager for Uber Eats EMEA, Ro brings his experience of winning in a fiercely competitive region to lead Uber Eats' mission to offer customers the best food delivery experience in the region.

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Alexandre Bastos

Global Director of Innovation, Givaudan

Alexandre's role as Director Adjacent Spaces for Givaudan's Flavors Division is to explore adjacent spaces and bring new opportunities by connecting with start-ups, entrepreneurs and innovation thought leaders that are disrupting the food and agriculture ecosystem. Alexandre is an active leader in the Givaudan journey to drive a more collaborative and inclusive working model to deliver innovation. 

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Xavier Boidevézi 

Vice President, Digital Factory, Group SEB

Xavier Boidevezi, VP Digital Factory Group SEB the worldwide leader in small domestic appliances has in charge the development of Group Seb digital products and services strategy. Previously, he launched Cookeo Connect, one of the first kitchen connected product. Before joining Group Seb, he subsequently spent thirteen years working for the Danone Group, where he successively held the positions of Product Marketing Manager, Brand Marketing Manager and Marketing Director, first in Germany, followed by Saudi Arabia, then France, and finally in Vietnam. He is also the national secretary of French FoodTech Ecosystem.

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Ankit Brahmbhatt

VP of Product, Innit

Ankit Brahmbhatt is the VP of Product at Innit, where he is responsible for the overall management of the Innit Connected Food Platform. Ankit has over ten years experience as an entrepreneur and product leader, and has been pioneering the smart kitchen revolution since 2013. He co-founded Orange Chef, one of the first IoT companies focused exclusively on the kitchen. Orange Chef was acquired by Yummly, where he also led product for the recipe app. Prior to this work, Ankit launched several award-winning consumer hardware products, ranging from digital health to photography. His passion is bridging the physical world we live in with the digital one we rely on, with the result being products that improve everyday lives. 

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David Cronström

Head of Strategy & Ecosystems at Electrolux Group

David Cronström is Head of Strategy & Ecosystems at Electrolux.  He manages the Group’s Smart Home strategy and its engagement in global ecosystems and strategic partnerships. David has 20 years of experience from leading positions in Strategy, Innovation and Change within the Wireless industry and currently in the Home appliance industry. Before joining Electrolux, David held several senior positions at Ericsson, a world leader in technology and services to telecom operators. He was part of the team that ran the integration of Sony and Ericsson prior to the joint venture, Sony Ericsson, was established.

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Luke Dormehl

Journalist, Digital Trends, Wired, The Guardian

Luke is a freelance journalist, author and public speaker based in the U.K. primarily covering technology including emerging tech like AI, VR and 3D printing. Luke is the author of four books including his latest on AI called "Thinking Machines: The Quest for Artificial Intelligence and Where It's Taking Us Next" and a regular contributor to a variety of tech publications including Digital Trends, Fast Company, Wired, The Guardian, Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Politico. 

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Manuel Faeh

Executive Board Member, V-ZUG

Founded in 1913, V-ZUG is the Swiss market leader for household appliances and offers high-end devices in selected international markets. As Executive Board Member Business Development, Manuel is responsible for V-ZUG's digital strategy and transformation, aiming to enable its users a seamless cooking journey rather than just selling devices. Previously he was the Head of Business Development at V-ZUG's parent company Metall Zug, a 1-billion stock listed Swiss industry conglomerate, supporting its subsidiaries in strategy and M&A.

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Anne-Marie Gloster

Professor, University of Washington

Anne-Marie Gloster has always been fascinated by food and kitchen environments. A North Carolina native, she received degrees in Food Science, Public Health Nutrition and Education from both North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and then spent fifteen years as a Registered Dietitian in corporate and medical environments before heading to academics. Dr. Gloster has taught at several NC universities and is now a full-time Lecturer at the University of Washington in Seattle.

As a Registered Dietitian, Anne-Marie has done freelance work in recipe testing, menu development, kitchen design, culinary demonstrations, media communications, and food systems management consulting. In 2009, her passions for teaching culinary arts, urban farming, sustainable food systems, and community activism led her to working with Alice Water's Edible Schoolyard Project. She assisted in the start-up of the first ESY housed in a children's museum, instead of a K-12 school.

Dr. Gloster joined the Epidemiology faculty at the University of Washington in 2015 to teach in the Nutritional Sciences Program. She has developed a variety of popular courses including Culinary Nutrition Science, Coffee: From Cultivation to Cupping, Food Truck Rodeo and Introduction to Foods. And under development, is a course about how technology, the gig economy, and millennials are changing the way we shop, prepare and consume food now and in the near future. Anne-Marie enjoys traveling and constantly expanding her culinary repertoire, never one to shy away from a cooking challenge or the purchase of a new kitchen appliance, her life is always a bite away from delicious.

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Jillian Godsil

Journalist, Irish Tech News

Jillian has held senior positions with global PR companies in Sydney, Singapore, London and Dublin. She was PRO of Iona Technologies (Ireland’s first company to float on NASDAQ). She changed the law in Ireland in 2014 and is a former European Parliamentary candidate (as an independent). She is a freelance journalist with CryptoCoin.News, The Irish Independent, Irish Tech News and The Irish Times. She has her own radio show on DublinCityFM. Her first job after graduating from Trinity College was as a systems analyst with JP Morgan. She is advisor to a number of ICOs, has been named a Crypto Queen by In Zero Conferences as well as listed in the 50 most influential women in the global blockchain rollcall.

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Lulu Grimes

hub director, bbc good food

 Lulu Grimes is currently the hub director of Good Food, she has previously been lifestyle editor, food editor and food director. She has wide experience in magazine editorial (olive magazine, Food and Travel and Sainsbury's Magazine), worked as a food editor for Murdoch books in Sydney where she researched and worked on a series of internationally published food and travel books covering China, India, Thailand, Italy and France. She has also written for The Sydney Morning Herald, has taught a course on Food Writing at City University and then at Leith’s School of Food and Wine and has published a number of cookbooks.

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Ben Harris

CEO, Drop

Ben is the CEO and co-founder of Drop, whose mission is to empower and inspire anyone to cook delicious food by connecting the world's recipes and appliances — all orchestrated through a magical user experience. Drop started with its own smart kitchen device, Drop Scale, that integrates with the critically-acclaimed Drop Recipes app. The company has since launched partnerships with Bosch and GE Appliances, with more partnerships to be announced in the coming months. Drop is backed by top-tier investors in both San Francisco and Dublin, with offices in Dublin, Zaragoza, and San Francisco. Each appliance and recipe partner they connect brings them one step closer to being the de facto KitchenOS.

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Holger Henke

CEO, Cuciniale GmbH

Passionate about cooking as an art and craft, good food and technology Holger founded Cuciniale together with friends and colleagues. It is the objective of Cuciniale to enable everybody to prepare top restaurant quality food at home. Before founding Cuciniale, he worked as global Head of Marketing and CEO of FRIMA for the German Rational group, the global market leader in professional kitchen equipment. In his role as Head of Innovation for the Brita group, he was spearheading breakthrough innovation in the field of water optimization including the integration in other consumer appliances.

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Dr. Stefan Hilgers

Vice President, Vorwerk

Dr.Hilgers is Vice President of International Product Management and Lead Creator of the Thermomix, the all-in-one kitchen gadget that replaces over 12 appliances in your kitchen, helping users mix, chop, knead, weigh, and steam their way to restaurant-quality meals in a fraction of the time. He has been an engineer and inventor for over 20 years.

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Nick Holzherr

CEO, Whisk

Nick is the CEO of food-tech company Whisk.com, the world’s leading Cognitive Food Platform. Whisk powers smart and shoppable food experiences for some of the world’s largest food retailers, publishers and brands. Whisk uses Deep Learning (AI) to map millions of data points on users, recipes and store products across the world in order to provide recommendations based on this data. In 2012 Nick first pitched Whisk.com to business mogul Lord Sugar in the final of the UK hit TV-show The BBC Apprentice, where Nick achieved the series' best task-win record. In 2017 Nick was awarded an honorary doctorate (DSc) in Enterprise from Aston University. Prior to founding Whisk, Nick worked for Deutsche Bank’s Investment Banking team.

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Jon Jenkins

Director of Technology, Hestan Smart Cooking

Jon has been a startup and technology addict for more than 20 years.  He spent close to a decade at Amazon working on everything from the e-commerce website, to developer tools, to web services, to the launch of the Kindle Fire tablet.  In need of more adventure he moved to San Francisco to become the head of engineering at Pinterest where he grew the tech team fivefold in two years.  In 2014 Jon founded Meld which joined forces with Hestan Smart Cooking in 2015 to bring the concept of guided cooking to home cooks.  In his current role as Director of Technology he focuses on the science of cooking and travels the world to establish strategic partnerships between Hestan Smart Cooking and other companies.

 

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Catherine Lamb

Writer & Community director, The Spoon

Catherine Lamb is a writer, and food anthropologist based in Seattle

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Christian Lane

CEO, Smarter

As CEO and founder, Christian Lane, has been the real driving force behind the rapidly-expanding innovative UK-based company, Smarter.

Being quite the serial entrepreneur at an early age, Christian - a former Dragon’s Den winner, has had several successful business ventures in the past, with a vision of the digital world paving the way for his industry-leading technology start-up.

Quickly finding his place as one of the key innovators in the kitchen, Christian identified that there was real potential for disruption in the market using the very best in IoT (Internet of Things) technology.

Smarter has garnered much international fame through several of its successful connected product launches over the years, including the world’s first Wi-Fi controlled kettle, the iKettle, Smarter Coffee maker and FridgeCam, the world's first wireless fridge camera.

Christian’s aim is to ensure that technology is a seamless part of people’s everyday lives – that save time, money, energy and waste whilst also being easy to use.

The 30-year-old is a recognised leader and has previously won the Great Britain Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Tech Track Ones To Watch, London Design Awards, CES Smart Home Honouree and National Technology Award.

 

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Johan Langebick

CEO, FoodPairing

Johan Langenbick is co-founder and CEO of the company Foodpairing®. Having dedicated his entrepreneurial career to building cutting edge startups, he is poised at the intersection of innovation, food tech and sustainability.

Johan’s expertise in product development and business administration are backed by his passion as an avid sports fan. As CEO, he applies the same high performance principles of sports to bolster the company. Principles such as mastery through practice, establishing balance, endurance, the paradox of failure and—above all—the importance of self-coaching teams are fundamental values within the corporate culture of Foodpairing.

 

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Robin Liss

CEO, Suvie

As Co-Founder and CEO of Suvie, Robin brings her deep experience from covering the appliance industry, reviewing appliances, and analyzing smart home products. Robin is the founder and former CEO of Reviewed.com, a leading consumer technology and home appliance review publication. She led Reviewed.com as a startup and sold it to USA TODAY in 2011 where she expanded Reviewed.com to the largest home appliance review site on the web.

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Angela Malik

Chef & Board Member, London Food Board (Food TEch)

Angela Malik’s focus is the future of food. A government adviser, food tech mentor and industry consultant, she’s here to shake things up. Obesity, older people’s diets, food poverty – her goal is to find innovative solutions to the challenges we face as a society. An entrepreneur who built a deli business and multi-site Asian cookery school, Angela is programme director of prestige contract caterers, Gather & Gather. She was appointed to the London Food Board in 2017, advising Mayor Sadiq Khan on the future food habits of people who live and work in the capital. Angela is also the first Indian woman to appear on BBC2's Great British Menu. She was a regular panellist on BBC Radio4’s The Kitchen Cabinet and is frequently invited by ITV and Channel 4 to share her insights into the food industry. 

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Thomas Mastrobuoni

Chief Financial Officer, Tyson New Ventures

Tom is the Chief Financial Officer of Tyson New Ventures, the corporate venture capital division of Tyson Foods. In this role, he is responsible for sourcing investment, valuing and monitoring the portfolio. Prior to joining Tyson, Tom was the Chief Financial and Compliance Officer at Advance Vixeid Partners, a growth equity firm affiliated with Advance Publications. Prior to AVP, Tom was the Chief Financial and Compliance Officer at RedBird Capital Partners, Senior Vice President of Finance at The Electrum Group, and the Chief Financial and Compliance Officer at Augusta Columbia Capital Group.

Tom has fourteen years of experience in alternative asset management and received a BS in Accountancy from Villanova University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation from the AICPA. Tom is a member of the AICPA, the New York State Society of CPA's and serves on the State Society's Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee.

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Niels Munksgaard

Head of Product Marketing, Electrolux EMEA

Niels Munksgaard heads up Product Marketing for Electrolux’s kitchen business in EMEA. With his strong consumer background in FMCG with Procter & Gamble combined with high-tech experience in mobile devices and services from Nokia and Telenor Mobile, he is a leader in driving Electrolux’s transformation from being an appliance maker to delivering simply outstanding consumer experiences. Niels Munksgaard holds an M.Sc. in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and New York University.

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Michela Petronio

Vice President of the Global Discovery Center at Barilla and Director of Blu1877

Michela Petronio is Vice President of the Global Discovery Center at Barilla and Director of Blu1877 the Corporate Venture Capital . She drives the long term research project portfolio coordinating global collaborative networks . She has a deep experience of most of the Food Technologies, Consumer understanding, Design Thinking, Advanced Laboratories, Nutrition, contributing to new products and business models , through proprietary developments and external alliances.

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Mario Pieper

Chief Digital Officer, BSH Home Appliances Group

After his studies of Business and Economics at Westfälische Wilhelms University of Münster, Mario Pieper started his career in 1999 at the strategy consultancy of Accenture. 2002, he moved on to Deutsche Telekom. After different positions within Corporate Strategy as well as in operational management of Telekom Germany, Mario Pieper co-founded a startup in the Smart Home environment. Since 2014, Mario Pieper is the Chief Digital Officer of BSH Home Appliances Group and since 2018 also Head of the Digital Business Unit.

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Daniel Protz

CEO, Flavorwiki

Daniel Protz hails from the consumer internet space, most recently as Senior Director in charge of product and technology for Groupon, the daily deals marketplace. It was while running inventory planning at Groupon that Daniel first recognized the possibilities of individual consumer level taste data that would allow each person to eventually have a data map of their taste preferences.  With the help of PhD food scientists, Daniel started applying agile methods of online consumer research and digital data collection to profiling food products in 2015 and in May 2017 FlavorWiki launched its first commercial SaaS product.  Daniel started his career in finance, first at Goldman Sachs and later with a hedge fund focused on algorithmic trading where he developed his love of all things data driven.   This is his third technology start-up since earning his MBA from Stanford University in 2007. 

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Katie Quinn

Video Creator, YouTuber & Host

Katie Quinn is a video creator, podcast host, and cookbook author. She thinks there is a story to be told everywhere and she believes that food connects people. Every week she posts food & travel videos to her YouTube Channel (which has over 3 million views). Her slogan and podcast title is Keep It Quirky because she thinks life, both in the kitchen and out of it, is more enjoyable if you don’t take yourself too seriously. You may have caught her on NBC's Today Show, as a contestant on the Food Network's 'Chopped' or as a judge on 'Beat Bobby Flay.' She attended Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris and is the author of the "Avocados" cookbook, published by Short Stack Editions. Before starting the QKatie brand, she worked for NBC, Serious Eats, and NowThis.

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Devvret Rishi

Product Manager, Google Assistant (Food)

Dev Rishi is a product manager on the Google Assistant, working on building a more immersive AI that can help our users with everyday tasks and conversations. His work focuses on bringing advancements from Google’s Research organization to the Assistant product and building compelling user journeys across our different surfaces & hardware devices. Given its routine nature, kitchen productivity has been a key area of development where digital assistants are positioned to excel and Dev is excited to share the progress made.

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Marius Robles

CEO, reimagine food

Marius Robles is the CEO & Co-Founder of Reimagine Food, the world’s first disruptive center committed to anticipate the future of food. It connects startups, entrepreneurs, universities, investors, tech centers and the F&B Industry to build a better global food system. Recognized by Fast Company magazine as a food futurist and by CNN as a visionary, Marius Robles was also considered in 2014 one of the 10 most successful entrepreneurs in Spain by the prestigious MIT Technology Review. Marius has written several articles where he analyses the future of food and the food tech revolution. He is currently finishing his book “Eatnomics: the new food economy” which provides a new perspective on where the future of food is heading, along with the opportunities and challenges that will come within.

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Beatriz Romanos

Founder, Techfood Magazine

Beatriz Romanos is founder and director of TechFood Magazine, content platform of reference about Food Tech and Food Innovation. She is also advisor and mentor in startup accelerator programs like METRO Accelerator by Techstars (for Hospitality and Retail) and Culinary Action! from Basque Culinary Center. Beatriz has participated in events like Seeds&Chips, Hospitality Innovation Planet or EAT2GO and innovation initiatives such as Talentum-elBulliLab or Imagine FoodTech-Basque Culinary Center. Previously, Beatriz Romanos developed her carreer in high tech and telecomunications companies.

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Kishan Vasani 

Co-Founder & CEO of dishq

Kishan has worked in the food tech industry since 2011. He is the Co-Founder & CEO of dishq, an AI company that leverages food science, rich data, and machine learning to predict a person’s taste. dishq’s technology powers more than 2 million personalised recommendations each month for food platforms. Before starting his own venture, Kishan previously worked in 2 leadership roles at Just Eat over 3.5 years, first as Head of International Marketing and then as COO of Just Eat’s Indian business.

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Michael Wolf

Founder, Smart Kitchen Summit & Publisher, The Spoon

Michael Wolf is the creator of the Smart Kitchen Summit and publisher of The Spoon. He decided to put this conference together because he is fascinated by how technology will change the way we cook, eat and live. Wolf has written for such publications as Forbes, Gigaom and the New York Times and has published a book on the future home. As you can probably guess, he also has too many kitchen gadgets. 

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Miles Woodroffe

CTO, Cookpad LTD

Miles is CTO at Cookpad Ltd in Bristol UK, where he is building a world-class team of app/server engineers and machine learning researchers at their new Global Product HQ. Previously at Cookpad Japan for 7 years, and at various startups in San Francisco for 10 years prior to that, he has a wealth of hands-on technical experience and a unique insight into delivering truly global digital products and services to millions of users worldwide.
In his previous career in rock-n-roll, he toured the world as a sound engineer - insanely lucky to work with artists from Bob Dylan to Ray Charles to The Specials to Joe Strummer. 

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Jeff Xie

Cofounder, Chefling

Jeff Xie is the cofounder of Chefling. He started Chefling right away after graduating from Northwestern, with the mission of bringing real intelligence to kitchen in every household by using AI. 

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Dan Warne

Managing Director, Deliveroo 

Dan is Managing Director of Deliveroo in the UK & Ireland. Since joining the company in 2014, he has played a key role in its expansion into more than 100 British towns and cities. Dan now oversees hundreds of full-time staff in the UK in multiple offices, as well as Deliveroo's partnerships with more than 10,000 restaurants and its relationship with over 15,000 self-employed riders. Dan was previously VP of Business Development at the fast-growth Travelzoo, an international travel media company, where he spent over 5 years driving the growth of the business worldwide.

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Fabio Ziemssen

Director of food innovation, HoReCa Digital GmbH/METRO AG

Fabio Ziemssen is the director of food innovation for Metro AG, a German diversified grocery and cash and carry retailer. He is also co-founder of FOODnext and regularly speaks and writes on food innovation and technology.