FDIN Biographies

Jane Milton – Chief Inspiration Officer, FDIN

Food industry expert Jane Milton, will lead the Food & Drink Innovation Network (FDIN) forward, by providing the FDIN community with a unique perspective on food, from innovation to new product development through her strong global network. As one of FDIN Founder, Jeffrey Hyman’s close circle of contacts, Jane will ensure Jeffrey and FDIN’s renowned heritage and legacy very much continue.

Holding 30 years’ commercial experience in the industry, Jane helps businesses identify their unique assets and advises on how to best capitalise on them. Outside the UK, she is accredited to work with Swiss businesses, has worked with trade boards and governments from several European and Caribbean countries and recently with Horticulture Innovation Australia.

Jane has a unique relationship with many UK and Irish supermarkets, convenience groups and food halls through her strategic roles across many food industry awards.

She is a non-executive director of several food businesses including some owned by the BBC’s Dragons’ Den Investors.

In 2014 the University of West London awarded her an Honorary MBA for services to the Food Industry. She is a published author and Member of the Guild of Food Writers. In 2017 Jane became the UK’s first Certified Tea Sommelier accredited by the Tea Association of Canada.

Soraya Gadelrab – Chief Experience Officer, FDIN

Soraya Gadelrab is the Portfolio Director at Fresh Montgomery, the UK’s market leading specialist exhibition organiser in the food, drink & hospitality sectors. She also co-ordinates the Food & Drink Innovation Network (FDIN), ensuring that the 11 years of experience she has gained in the food & drink industry and the connections & relationships she has developed over the years, are employed to ensure an enhanced experience for all members of the community.

Joining the business in April 2006 as a Sales Manager, Soraya has since worked across most of the events in the portfolio including IFE & Hotelympia. She was promoted to Event Manager of Speciality & Fine Food Fair & Speciality Chocolate Fair in 2009 and since then her portfolio has grown as well as her remit. She became Event Director in 2012 and added ScotHot and IFEX to her portfolio. Her current role is Portfolio Director of the company’s Food, Drink & Packaging events which include IFE, Pro2Pac, Speciality & Fine Food Fair and Food & Hospitality Africa. Soraya now also heads up the Food & Drink Innovation Network series of seminars.

Soraya has an extensive knowledge of the food industry as well as the hospitality sector and has been invited on numerous occasions to judge some of the most prestigious awards in the sector; Great Taste Awards, Q Awards, Academy of Chocolate Awards and World Beverage Innovation Awards.

Soraya also sits on the Association of Exhibition Organiser’s Development Board and Chairs the Business Technology & Innovation Group.

Before working at Fresh Montgomery Soraya worked for the UK’s leading publisher Natmags, a subsidiary of Hearst Magazine’s after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Italian & International Studies from the University of Warwick. Having spent time living and working in Italy and Egypt, Soraya speaks fluent Italian and conversational Arabic and is also competent in French.


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