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The Thought For Food (TFF) Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of three new executive leaders:

  • Matthew Githero, Managing Director and CFO
  • Melissa Ong, CEO of SE Asia Regional Hub
  • Davide Mancini, Chairman of the Board

These senior leaders will support the work of TFF’s Regional Coordinator Team and TFF Core Team to further develop and drive forward TFF’s mission to empower the next generations to lead a sustainable food revolution through cutting-edge, science and technology-based innovation in all parts of the world.

Matt Glithero, Managing Director and CFO

Matt has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance and business leadership within multinational corporate environments, most recently at General Electric. He has a passion for continuous improvement and process excellence and gained extensive global operational finance expertise within the Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Power Generation industries, where his last role was VP Process Excellence Leader. Matt is CIMA qualified and a graduate of the GE Experienced Leadership Program. In his role as TFF’s Managing Director and CFO, Matt will provide financial oversight and business leadership to help drive a sustainable growth strategy, as well as ensure day-to-day operational excellence and successful global initiative delivery.

Melissa Ong, CEO of the SE Asia Regional Hub

Melissa brings 25+ years of Asia-regional experience in International Trade, Brand Communications, Market Research, Organisational Development, Social Strategy, and Corporate and Internal Communications in leading multinationals though to to large not-for-profit organizations. Melissa holds an MBA and is a strong and passionate champion of workplace gender equality and women empowerment. In her role, Melissa will lead the expansion of TFF operations into SouthEast Asia by opening a dedicated Regional Hub, based in Malaysia focused on building partnerships and collaborations, running local innovation challenges, and expanding the global network of TFF Ambassadors. Read the full announcement.

Davide Mancini, Chairman of the Board

Davide’s leadership experience spans the fields of finance, strategy and transformation. He brings a strong passion for technology, innovation, and sustainability to the team. He has worked and lived in 10+ countries and spent 16 years between NBC Olympics and General Electric industrial businesses where his last role was VP of Finance. Davide is a graduate of the Experienced Finance Leadership Program and HBS Executive Education. In his role on the Thought For Food Board, Davide will ensure independent organisational governance, validate and support strategic plans, and help expand the network of collaborations and global sponsor partnerships.

“TFF is the only organization in the world dedicated to transforming our food systems through next-gen-led innovation and collaboration – and we have big ambitions to grow our reach and impact even further. We are thrilled to bring on these new leaders, who are deeply committed to our mission, and will work closely to support the work of our Regional Coordinators , Core Team, and global community so that we can take all of our programs to the next level,” stated Christine Gould, Founder and CEO of Thought For Food.  

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About Thought For Food®️:
Thought For Food is the world’s entrepreneurial innovation engine for food and agriculture. We work with more than 20,000 next-generation leaders from over 175 countries, empowering them to generate and scale breakthrough business ventures that build sustainable, inclusive, and resilient food systems. Our comprehensive suite of next-gen innovation programs include the TFF Challenge®️, an annual collaborative innovation prize competition; the TFF Digital Labs, a digital startup accelerator and collaboration platform; the TFF Academy, an in-person incubation program for world-class startups; and the TFF Summit, a flagship global event focused on bringing the voices of the next generation together with policy and business leaders to co-create solutions. TFF®️‘s work is powered by a global operating structure that includes the TFF Core Team, 14 Regional Coordinators and 550 Ambassadors, as well as diverse partners such as Syngenta, KWS, Google and Rockefeller Foundation. Thought For Food®️ is a 501c3 non-profit entity. Find out more about Thought For Food®️ at

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