Global Restaurant Investment Forum

24 June 2020 | GRIF Marketplace - Our virtual meeting space

24 June 2020 | GRIF Marketplace - Our virtual meeting space

Speaker Profile

Samantha Wood

Publisher, Editor & Consultant, FooDiva

Samantha Wood is a British-Greek-Cypriot resident of Dubai and wears a number of hats - a restaurant reviewer, food writer, marketing/ F&B consultant and event organiser with 25 years of experience in the United Kingdom and the Middle East. Having left the hospitality PR world in Dubai, she set up her own business eight years ago – an impartial restaurant review website, FooDiva ( that has collected ten awards. Samantha also organises mystery #DineAroundDubai and #ThreeChefsDinner experiences. She has featured prolifically in local and international media including guest segments on CNN. Furthermore, she takes on freelance writing and broadcasting commissions, most recently as the UAE contributor for the global Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery restaurant guide. Samantha is a member of the Guild of Food Writers, holds a WSET Level 2 wine qualification, and is a speaker and industry awards judge on her favourite subjects – food, restaurants and social media.