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2022
Speakers

JORDANA BORENSZTAJN

Master of Ceremonies

Jordana Borensztajn speaks at corporate conferences around the world and she’s performed two sold-out shows in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She is a humourist, author, presentation skills coach, social media strategist and proud millennial.

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ADAM BRIGGS

Head of Data and Insights
Hort Innovation

Adam is the Head of Hort Innovation’s Data & Insights team where he leads the management of levy investment to support business insights across both supply (production) and demand (consumer insights) initiatives.

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ANDREW JONES

Partner, Tax
BDO Australia

Andrew is a corporate and international tax partner with BDO in Brisbane, and is a member of the BDO Food and Agribusiness team.

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ANDREW MACNISH

Team Leader Supply Chain Innovation
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Dr Andrew Macnish is a postharvest horticulture and supply chain management specialist with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. He has 25 years of experience in enhancing fresh produce quality through adoption of improved handling practice and technology.

READ MORE

ANITA LONG

Hort Innovation-sponsored Churchill Fellow, 2020

Anita Long is a 2020 Churchill Fellow, who is set to investigate development programs for young beekeepers that are scalable to an Australian context.

READ MORE

BELINDA HAZELL

Hort Innovation-sponsored Churchill Fellow, 2018

Belinda Hazell is a leading advocate for the agricultural sector, particularly around the treatment of rural women in the workplace.

READ MORE

BERNARD SALT

Executive Director
The Demographics Group

Bernard Salt is an Australian speaker, social commentator, business advisor and columnist who is perhaps best known for popularising the phrase ‘smashed avocado’.

READ MORE

BILL BULMER

Chairman
AUSVEG

Lindenow grower Bill Bulmer was elected to the AUSVEG Board on 27 November 2014, and elected as AUSVEG Chair on 13 November 2017.

Bill is a third generation Victorian vegetable farmer running the family business Bulmer Farms Pty Ltd.

READ MORE

BREI MONTGOMERY

Head of International Trade
Hort Innovation

As the Head of International Trade at Hort Innovation, Brei focuses on building Australian horticultural industries' profile and positive reputation to advance global markets, including incorporating strategic agility into planning in an increasingly virtual world.

READ MORE

CATHERINE VELISHA

Managing Director
Velisha Farms

Catherine Velisha is a third-generation vegetable grower and Managing Director at Velisha Farms. Catherine is the founder of VEG Education, which focuses on horticulture industry training, and she is the creator and host of VEG TV, an outlet to connect consumers and the next generation with the vegetable sector.

READ MORE

CARLO MAGNI

Global Consumer Insights Director
FORWARD Insight and Strategy

Global Consumer Insights Director at FORWARD Insight & Strategy - Carlo specialises in using consumer insights to identify great products and positioning opportunities in horticulture, and the Primary Sector overall.

READ MORE

CHANEL DAY

Executive Manager, Fresh and Packaged Food
Quantium

Chanel has spent over 20 years in Retail in a number of leadership roles spanning business development, analytics, strategy consulting, and most recently as the Executive Manager for Fresh and Packed Food at Quantium.

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CRAIG TAYLOR

General Manager Fresh Produce
Coles

Craig is the General Manager of the Fresh Produce Business Unit where he is passionate about the continuous improvement of the overall customer experience.

READ MORE

DARREN KEATING

Chief Executive Officer A-NZ
International Fresh Produce Association

Darren brings energy and a dynamic approach to International Fresh Produce Association Australia New Zealand. One of his key strengths is his ability to build positive relationships and strategic alliances with a range of stakeholders across all sectors.

READ MORE

DAVID MCKINNA

Director
McKinna et al

Dr David McKinna' influence is imprinted widely across the Australian agrifood landscape. For over 30 years he has advised agrifood companies, industry bodies and governments on strategy and export development.

READ MORE

DEAN PARSONS

Sustainability Programmes Manager
CHEP

Dean has worked with leading Australian companies, industry sectors and the whole supply chain, from retailers through to manufacturers, producers and growers to achieve sustainable outcomes through collaboration and greater adoption of CHEP’s circular solutions for more than a decade.

READ MORE

FRANK SCIACCA

Director
Pacific Cost Eco Bananas

Frank is the pioneer of the Ecoganic™ ‘farming with nature’ system that utilises a non-chemical approach for maintaining ecosystem equilibrium and biodiversity. The system focuses on elimination of synthetic and organic coping strategies that often have unintended consequences on soil health, crop productivity and water quality.

READ MORE

GILAD SADAN

Managing Director
N.A.V.I. Co Global

Gilad Sadan specialises in innovations for the Fresh Produce sector focusing on new packaging development, branding, marketing, engaging artwork design to take products from concept to fruition.

READ MORE

GREG CALVERT

Co-founder and Director
FreshChain Systems

Greg Calvert is a Co-founder and Director of FreshChain Systems which was established in July 2018. The company's focus is to enhance end to end traceability, assurance and deeper connection with farmers and growers in all fresh food categories.

READ MORE

JANE BUNN

Meteorologist and Founder
Jane's Weather

Jane Bunn is a highly credentialed meteorologist with an infectious enthusiasm for the weather.

READ MORE

JODIE CAMPBELL

Principal Horticulturist (Supply Chains)
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Jodie Campbell is a Principal Horticulturist with over 35 years experience in domestic and export horticulture supply chain development and extension. She has been instrumental in the development of new supply chain handling and marketing initiatives for several temperate and tropical fruit crops.

READ MORE

JOE CLARKE

Group General Manager
Centrefarm

Joe Clarke is an Arrernte man from Central Australia. Joe is perhaps best known across the region in his role as the longstanding CAAMA radio sports anchor. Joe is the Group General Manager of Centrefarm and plays a key role in the Alekarenge horticultural Work Experience Pathway Project.

READ MORE

JONATHAN HOLLOWAY

Head of Regulatory Affairs and Stewardship
Syngenta Australia and New Zealand

Jonathan Holloway is the Syngenta Australia and New Zealand (A-NZ) Head of Regulatory Affairs and Stewardship. He has studied extensively in the UK and the United States with a focus on insecticide resistance.

READ MORE

JUSTIN DRY

Entrepreneur and Co-founder
Vinomofo

A multi award winning entrepreneur, Justin is a vibrant and inspirational speaker. He shares the many lessons he has learned in the building of Vinomofo.

READ MORE

JUSTINE COATES

Managing Director
Fruit and Vegetable Consortium

Justine is the Managing Director for the Fruit and Vegetable Consortium (The FVC) which is a cross-sector collaboration of organisations spanning health, food, agriculture, government, retail, and research sectors.

READ MORE

JOSEPH EBBAGE

Marketing Program Manager
Almond Board of Australia

Joseph Ebbage has managed the development and delivery of the Almond Board of Australia’s market development program since its inception in 2003. In that time, almond production has grown from 10,000 tonnes to over 140,000 tonnes.

READ MORE

KATHERINE SULLIVAN

National Rural Reporter
ABC

Kath reports for the ABC across television, radio and online from Parliament House in Canberra. Kath has spent more than a decade reporting on rural and regional affairs across Australia.

READ MORE

KATHRYN YOUNG

R&D Manager - NRM and Emerging Technologies
Hort Innovation

Kathryn is the R&D Manager for Horticulture Innovation’s Natural Resource and Emerging Technology portfolios. Kathryn has been involved with the horticulture industry for nearly 20 years and is passionate about delivering sustainable outcomes to meet industry’s R&D needs.

READ MORE

LUCIANO MESITI

CEO
Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia

Luciano is the CEO of Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA), whose aim is to promote food and fibre education in schools nationally.

READ MORE

MARIE PICCONE

Managing Director
Manbulloo Limited

Marie Piccone is an experienced horticulturist who has provided consultancy services to industry across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

She is now Managing Director of Manbulloo, a successful mango growing operation that supplies directly to Coles and exports a range of mangoes globally.

READ MORE

MARK BARTHEL

Chief Operating Officer
Stop Food Waste Australia

Mark joined the Fight Food Waste CRC as a Special Advisor in 2019, bringing 30 years experience of working with agri-food businesses to improve food chain resilience, intelligence, collaboration and transparency.

READ MORE

MATT CROUCH

Co-founder
Soto Group

Matthew Crouch has been at the helm of some of Australia’s largest fresh produce IP brands of the last ten years, including Sumo Citrus, Modi Apple and Tangold Seedless Mandarins.

READ MORE

MICHAEL ROGERS

CEO
Australian Fresh Produce Alliance

Michael has been the inaugural CEO of the Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) for the last 3 and a half years.

READ MORE

NOEL AINSWORTH

Principal Supply Chain Scientist
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Noel’s career has involved a number of management, extension, research, and consulting roles in non-government and government entities. Since 2015 Noel has worked with the avocado industry on a number of projects improving export and domestic supply chain performance.

READ MORE

PETER CREASER

Assistant Secretary of Plant Systems and Strategies Branch
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Peter's responsibilities include working with Australia’s plant industries to open new and improved markets, coordinating engagement with Australia’s key trading partners, strategising technical market access for plant products and engaging industry stakeholders.

READ MORE

ROBERT WATKINS

Director
Evolution Industries

Robert Watkins is a one of Australian horticulture’s leading inventors. Robert has built a thriving business that began by transforming waste bananas into a highly nutritious food source.

READ MORE

RUTH AHCHOW

Partner | Strategy and Transactions
Ernst & Young

Ruth is a Partner in the Strategy and Transactions group at EY. Her focus is in economic, policy and regulatory advice for both the public and private sector.

READ MORE

RYAN DENSLEY

Commercial Business Manager
Moffatt Fresh Produce

Ryan is the Commercial Business Manager at Moffatt Fresh Produce. His role is multi-layered, covering supply chain improvements, new product integration and development, development domestically and internationally, and management key accounts for the company.

READ MORE

RYAN MARR

Managing Director
Marbiz P/L (Trentham Fresh)

Ryan is a Grower/Packer. Coming from an Engineering background, Ryan and family purchased the Trentham Cliffs property in 2010 and over 6 years, developed it to avocados and mangoes as well as commissioned a new packing facility.

READ MORE

SACHIN AYACHIT

Fair Farms National Program Manager
Growcom

Before joining the Fair Farms Program, Sachin was the General Manager of Certification at ACO Certification. Currently Sachin is working with more than 350 Fair Farms members, and engages with growers and more than 10,000 workers the program covers.

READ MORE

SHANE QUINN

National Sales Manager
Mulgowie Farming Company

Shane Quinn is Mulgowie Farming Company’s National Sales Manager. With many years of experience working in the fresh produce sector, he oversees Mulgowie's sustainable farming approach – working with nature to sequester carbon and generate carbon credits.

READ MORE

SHANNA WHAN

CEO + Founder
Sober in the Country

In 2015 Shanna Whan was fighting for her life after a two-decade battle against alcohol addiction. After making a full recovery despite endless odds - the rural woman and now Australian of the Year (Local Hero, 2022) - decided to dedicated her life to creating positive change in the alcohol culture of the bush through Sober in the Country Ltd.

READ MORE

SHARA JONES

Avocado Quality Control Manager
Costa Group

Shara Jones is the Avocado Quality Control Manager at Costa. With over 20 years global experience in the fresh produce sector in Australia and the United Kingdom, she oversees all aspects of quality in the domestic and export supply chains.

READ MORE

DR SHARON JONES

General Manager Technical
One Harvest

Dr Sharon Jones has broad global experience with over 25 years in the food Industry. Currently working as General Manager Technical with OneHarvest. OneHarvest are a third generation family owned company who have been serving Australian families with fresh salads for over 35 years.

READ MORE

STEPHANIE GERSEKOWSKI

Production Systems Manager
John Deere Limited

Steph is John Deere’s Production Systems Manager for Australia and New Zealand. In Steph’s current role as Production Systems Manager, she is responsible for supporting the horticulture segments across Australia and New Zealand through delivering products and solutions to help meet customer needs.

READ MORE

DR SUKHVINDER PAL SINGH

Institute Director
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries

Dr Sukhvinder Pal (SP) Singh leads the Horticultural Food Safety Research Program at the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

READ MORE

TONY HUNTER

Global Food Futurist
Future Cubed

Tony Hunter is a Global Food Futurist Speaker, Food Scientist, author and strategic foresight consultant specialising in the Future of Food. His Big Idea is that food is now technology and technology advances exponentially. Food is now TECHXponential™.

READ MORE

TONY MAHAR

CEO
National Farmers' Federation

Tony has extensive experience in working with global food manufacturers, major Australian agribusinesses and the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture.

Tony was appointed NFF CEO in March 2016 and has tertiary qualification in agricultural commerce from Sydney University and a Masters in industry policy from ANU.

READ MORE

TRISTAN KITCHENER

Director
Kitchener Partners

Tristian Kitchener has extensive retailing experience, both in Australian and UK markets, having worked in management roles for both supermarkets and suppliers.

READ MORE

VINCENT LANGE

CEO
Centrefarm

Vincent has an ability to clearly and quickly identify opportunities and challenges, and to develop robust and workable responses, Vin’s innovative approach and business acumen underpins Centrefarm’s success.

READ MORE

ADAM BRIGGS

Head of Data and Insights
Hort Innovation

Adam is the Head of Hort Innovation’s Data & Insights team where he leads the management of levy investment to support business insights across both supply (production) and demand (consumer insights) initiatives.

READ MORE

ANDREW MACNISH

Team Leader Supply Chain Innovation
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Dr Andrew Macnish is a postharvest horticulture and supply chain management specialist with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. He has 25 years of experience in enhancing fresh produce quality through adoption of improved handling practice and technology.

READ MORE

BILL BULMER

Chairman
AUSVEG

Lindenow grower Bill Bulmer was elected to the AUSVEG Board on 27 November 2014, and elected as AUSVEG Chair on 13 November 2017.

Bill is a third generation Victorian vegetable farmer running the family business Bulmer Farms Pty Ltd.

READ MORE

BREI MONTGOMERY

Head of International Trade
Hort Innovation

As the Head of International Trade at Hort Innovation, Brei focuses on building Australian horticultural industries' profile and positive reputation to advance global markets, including incorporating strategic agility into planning in an increasingly virtual world.

READ MORE

CATHERINE VELISHA

Managing Director
Velisha Farms

Catherine Velisha is a third-generation vegetable grower and Managing Director at Velisha Farms. Catherine is the founder of VEG Education, which focuses on horticulture industry training, and she is the creator and host of VEG TV, an outlet to connect consumers and the next generation with the vegetable sector.

READ MORE

DAVID MCKINNA

Director
McKinna et al

Dr David McKinna' influence is imprinted widely across the Australian agrifood landscape. For over 30 years he has advised agrifood companies, industry bodies and governments on strategy and export development.

READ MORE

FRANK SCIACCA

Director
Pacific Cost Eco Bananas

Frank is the pioneer of the Ecoganic™ ‘farming with nature’ system that utilises a non-chemical approach for maintaining ecosystem equilibrium and biodiversity. The system focuses on elimination of synthetic and organic coping strategies that often have unintended consequences on soil health, crop productivity and water quality.

READ MORE

JANE BUNN

Meteorologist and Founder
Jane's Weather

Jane Bunn is a highly credentialed meteorologist with an infectious enthusiasm for the weather.

READ MORE

JODIE CAMPBELL

Principal Horticulturist (Supply Chains)
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Jodie Campbell is a Principal Horticulturist with over 35 years experience in domestic and export horticulture supply chain development and extension. She has been instrumental in the development of new supply chain handling and marketing initiatives for several temperate and tropical fruit crops.

READ MORE

JOE CLARKE

Group General Manager
Centrefarm

Joe Clarke is an Arrernte man from Central Australia. Joe is perhaps best known across the region in his role as the longstanding CAAMA radio sports anchor. Joe is the Group General Manager of Centrefarm and plays a key role in the Alekarenge horticultural Work Experience Pathway Project.

READ MORE

JONATHAN HOLLOWAY

Head of Regulatory Affairs and Stewardship
Syngenta Australia and New Zealand

Jonathan Holloway is the Syngenta Australia and New Zealand (A-NZ) Head of Regulatory Affairs and Stewardship. He has studied extensively in the UK and the United States with a focus on insecticide resistance.

READ MORE

JOSEPH EBBAGE

Marketing Program Manager
Almond Board of Australia

Joseph Ebbage has managed the development and delivery of the Almond Board of Australia’s market development program since its inception in 2003. In that time, almond production has grown from 10,000 tonnes to over 140,000 tonnes.

READ MORE

KATHERINE SULLIVAN

National Rural Reporter
ABC

Kath reports for the ABC across television, radio and online from Parliament House in Canberra. Kath has spent more than a decade reporting on rural and regional affairs across Australia.

READ MORE

KATHRYN YOUNG

R&D Manager - NRM and Emerging Technologies
Hort Innovation

Kathryn is the R&D Manager for Horticulture Innovation’s Natural Resource and Emerging Technology portfolios. Kathryn has been involved with the horticulture industry for nearly 20 years and is passionate about delivering sustainable outcomes to meet industry’s R&D needs.

READ MORE

MARK BARTHEL

Chief Operating Officer
Stop Food Waste Australia

Mark joined the Fight Food Waste CRC as a Special Advisor in 2019, bringing 30 years experience of working with agri-food businesses to improve food chain resilience, intelligence, collaboration and transparency.

READ MORE

MATT CROUCH

Co-founder
Soto Group

Matthew Crouch has been at the helm of some of Australia’s largest fresh produce IP brands of the last ten years, including Sumo Citrus, Modi Apple and Tangold Seedless Mandarins.

READ MORE

MICHAEL ROGERS

CEO
Australian Fresh Produce Alliance

Michael has been the inaugural CEO of the Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) for the last 3 and a half years.

READ MORE

NOEL AINSWORTH

Principal Supply Chain Scientist
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Noel’s career has involved a number of management, extension, research, and consulting roles in non-government and government entities. Since 2015 Noel has worked with the avocado industry on a number of projects improving export and domestic supply chain performance.

READ MORE

RYAN DENSLEY

Commercial Business Manager
Moffatt Fresh Produce

Ryan is the Commercial Business Manager at Moffatt Fresh Produce. His role is multi-layered, covering supply chain improvements, new product integration and development, development domestically and internationally, and management key accounts for the company.

READ MORE

RYAN MARR

Managing Director
Marbiz P/L (Trentham Fresh)

Ryan is a Grower/Packer. Coming from an Engineering background, Ryan and family purchased the Trentham Cliffs property in 2010 and over 6 years, developed it to avocados and mangoes as well as commissioned a new packing facility.

READ MORE

SHANNA WHAN

CEO + Founder
Sober in the Country

In 2015 Shanna Whan was fighting for her life after a two-decade battle against alcohol addiction. After making a full recovery despite endless odds - the rural woman and now Australian of the Year (Local Hero, 2022) - decided to dedicated her life to creating positive change in the alcohol culture of the bush through Sober in the Country Ltd.

READ MORE

SHARA JONES

Avocado Quality Control Manager
Costa Group

Shara Jones is the Avocado Quality Control Manager at Costa. With over 20 years global experience in the fresh produce sector in Australia and the United Kingdom, she oversees all aspects of quality in the domestic and export supply chains.

READ MORE

DR SUKHVINDER PAL SINGH

Institute Director
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries

Dr Sukhvinder Pal (SP) Singh leads the Horticultural Food Safety Research Program at the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

READ MORE

TONY HUNTER

Global Food Futurist
Future Cubed

Tony Hunter is a Global Food Futurist Speaker, Food Scientist, author and strategic foresight consultant specialising in the Future of Food. His Big Idea is that food is now technology and technology advances exponentially. Food is now TECHXponential™.

READ MORE

TONY MAHAR

CEO
National Farmers Federation

Tony has extensive experience in working with global food manufacturers, major Australian agribusinesses and the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture.

Tony was appointed NFF CEO in March 2016 and has tertiary qualification in agricultural commerce from Sydney University and a Masters in industry policy from ANU.

READ MORE

TRISTAN KITCHENER

Director
Kitchener Partners

Tristian Kitchener has extensive retailing experience, both in Australian and UK markets, having worked in management roles for both supermarkets and suppliers.

READ MORE

VINCENT LANGE

CEO
Centrefarm

Vincent has an ability to clearly and quickly identify opportunities and challenges, and to develop robust and workable responses, Vin’s innovative approach and business acumen underpins Centrefarm’s success.

READ MORE

BERNARD SALT

Executive Director
The Demographics Group

Bernard Salt is an Australian speaker, social commentator, business advisor and columnist who is perhaps best known for popularising the phrase ‘smashed avocado’.

READ MORE

CHANEL DAY

Executive Manager, Fresh and Packaged Food
Quantium

Chanel has spent over 20 years in Retail in a number of leadership roles spanning business development, analytics, strategy consulting, and most recently as the Executive Manager for Fresh and Packed Food at Quantium.

READ MORE

CRAIG TAYLOR

General Manager Fresh Produce
Coles

Craig is the General Manager of the Fresh Produce Business Unit where he is passionate about the continuous improvement of the overall customer experience.

READ MORE

DARREN KEATING

Chief Executive Officer A-NZ
International Fresh Produce Association

Darren brings energy and a dynamic approach to International Fresh Produce Association Australia New Zealand. One of his key strengths is his ability to build positive relationships and strategic alliances with a range of stakeholders across all sectors.

READ MORE

JUSTIN DRY

Entrepreneur and Co-founder
Vinomofo

Keynote Speaker - Breakfast

A multi award winning entrepreneur, Justin is a vibrant and inspirational speaker. He shares the many lessons he has learned in the building of Vinomofo.

READ MORE

MARIE PICCONE

Managing Director
Manbulloo Limited

Marie Piccone is an experienced horticulturist who has provided consultancy services to industry across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

She is now Managing Director of Manbulloo, a successful mango growing operation that supplies directly to Coles and exports a range of mangoes globally.

READ MORE

RUTH AHCHOW

Partner | Strategy and Transactions
Ernst & Young

Ruth is a Partner in the Strategy and Transactions group at EY. Her focus is in economic, policy and regulatory advice for both the public and private sector.

READ MORE

SHANE QUINN

National Sales Manager
Mulgowie Farming Company

Shane Quinn is Mulgowie Farming Company’s National Sales Manager. With many years of experience working in the fresh produce sector, he oversees Mulgowie's sustainable farming approach – working with nature to sequester carbon and generate carbon credits.

READ MORE

ANDREW JONES

Partner, Tax, BDO Australia

Andrew is a corporate and international tax partner with BDO in Brisbane, and is a member of the BDO Food and Agribusiness team.

READ MORE

ANITA LONG

Hort Innovation-sponsored Churchill Fellow, 2020

Anita Long is a 2020 Churchill Fellow, who is set to investigate development programs for young beekeepers that are scalable to an Australian context.

READ MORE

BELINDA HAZELL

Hort Innovation-sponsored Churchill Fellow, 2018

Belinda Hazell is a leading advocate for the agricultural sector, particularly around the treatment of rural women in the workplace.

READ MORE

CARLO MAGNI

Global Consumer Insights Director
FORWARD Insight and Strategy

Global Consumer Insights Director at FORWARD Insight & Strategy - Carlo specialises in using consumer insights to identify great products and positioning opportunities in horticulture, and the Primary Sector overall.

READ MORE

DEAN PARSONS

Sustainability Programmes Manager
CHEP

Dean has worked with leading Australian companies, industry sectors and the whole supply chain, from retailers through to manufacturers, producers and growers to achieve sustainable outcomes through collaboration and greater adoption of CHEP’s circular solutions for more than a decade.

READ MORE

GILAD SADAN

Managing Director
N.A.V.I. Co Global

Gilad Sadan specialises in innovations for the Fresh Produce sector focusing on new packaging development, branding, marketing, engaging artwork design to take products from concept to fruition.

READ MORE

GREG CALVERT

Co-founder and Director
FreshChain Systems

Greg Calvert is a Co-founder and Director of FreshChain Systems which was established in July 2018. The company's focus is to enhance end to end traceability, assurance and deeper connection with farmers and growers in all fresh food categories.

READ MORE

JUSTINE COATES

Managing Director
Fruit and Vegetable Consortium

Justine is the Managing Director for the Fruit and Vegetable Consortium (The FVC) which is a cross-sector collaboration of organisations spanning health, food, agriculture, government, retail, and research sectors.

READ MORE

LUCIANO MESITI

CEO
Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia

Luciano is the CEO of Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA), whose aim is to promote food and fibre education in schools nationally.

READ MORE

PETER CREASER

Assistant Secretary of Plant Systems and Strategies Branch
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Peter's responsibilities include working with Australia’s plant industries to open new and improved markets, coordinating engagement with Australia’s key trading partners, strategising technical market access for plant products and engaging industry stakeholders.

READ MORE

ROBERT WATKINS

Director
Evolution Industries

Robert is one of Australia's leading inventors in Horticulture. For his enthusiasm and vision Robert has received numerous accolades for his inventions and food processing techniques.

Robert has designed a thriving business that began by transforming waste bananas into a highly nutritious food source.

READ MORE

SACHIN AYACHIT

Fair Farms National Program Manager
Growcom

Before joining the Fair Farms Program, Sachin was the General Manager of Certification at ACO Certification. Currently Sachin is working with more than 350 Fair Farms members, and engages with growers and more than 10,000 workers the program covers.

READ MORE

DR SHARON JONES

General Manager Technical
One Harvest

Dr Sharon Jones has broad global experience with over 25 years in the food Industry. Currently working as General Manager Technical with OneHarvest. OneHarvest are a third generation family owned company who have been serving Australian families with fresh salads for over 35 years.

READ MORE

STEPHANIE GERSEKOWSKI

Production Systems Manager
John Deere Limited

Steph is John Deere’s Production Systems Manager for Australia and New Zealand. In Steph’s current role as Production Systems Manager, she is responsible for supporting the horticulture segments across Australia and New Zealand through delivering products and solutions to help meet customer needs.

READ MORE

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