Soraya Gadelrab

Soraya Gadelrab

Leader in the Exhibition & Events industry

Soraya Gadelrab is a knowledgeable leader in the exhibition & events industry who specialises in navigating the food, drink & hospitality industries.

With 14 years experience of running varied events for Montgomery Group, the UK’s market leading specialist exhibition organiser in the food, drink & hospitality sectors, Soraya’s experience is incredibly comprehensive. She is familiar with running large mature events such as IFE and HRC, specialist niche events such as Speciality & Fine Food Fair which she also geo-cloned to launch a sister show in Singapore, has launched events including Speciality Chocolate Fair, curated and hosted the monthly Food & Drink Innovation Network conferences and consulted on a USAID funded programme to launch Belgrade Food Show in Serbia. She is known for networking with ease, identifying opportunities and being an incredibly effective project manager. She also enjoys hosting and presenting at live events and in the digital world.

Soraya has an extensive knowledge of the food & drink 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, Quality Food Awards, Academy of Chocolate Awards and World Food Innovation Awards. She is also an ambassador for the food waste charity City Harvest and has spoken on numerous podcasts and webinars about the big issues in the industry.

Soraya is passionate about driving forward the exhibitions and events sector and is incredibly well networked. She thrives on developing the next generation of leaders in the industry and encouraging others to join this incredible sector through regular talks at universities. She sits on the AEO Development Board, is Vice Chair of the AEO Technology Group, is President of Women in Exhibitions Network UK and regularly mentors more junior members of the industry. She has also spoken at and hosted panel discussions about the future of our industry at the AEO Conference and at International Confex.

Soraya Gadelrab

"My dream job as a child was to be either an actress or a car mechanic, these days I do often find myself speaking at events and hosting panel discussions and webinars so I have found some of the spotlight."

Soraya Gadelrab
Leader in the Exhibition & Events industry

What is your Favorite 90's song?

End of the Road, Boyz II Men

If you could invite anyone to present with you on stage who would it be?

The Pharaonic Queen Cleopatra – a female leader ahead of her time.

Imagine you are famous, who would you be?

A formula 1 driver. That way I'd be able to travel the world and drive fast cars for a living!

Who inspired you the most in your life and how?

My Dad, he was an entrepreneur who always had his own businesses and empowered me and my sisters to learn the businesses with him to set us up in later life.