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2021
Speakers

ADELE SPURGIN

Peak Performance Coach & Profiler

Adele is a Peak Performance Coach & Profiler that specialises in Mind/Body Performance.

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ALICE ZASLAVSKY

Cookbook Author and Broadcaster

Alice Zaslavsky is a cookbook author and broadcaster bringing good food to people of all ages.

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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.

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ASHLEIGH CARTER

Group Account Director - Atomic 212°

Ashleigh is one of the founding members of Atomic 212°’s media team and has been one of the core drivers of the agency’s success, delivering remarkable results for her clients.

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ASTRID POELMAN

Team Leader Sensory and Consumer Science - CSIRO Agriculture and Food

Dr Astrid Poelman is Team Leader Sensory and Consumer Science at CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Sydney with 22 years of translational research experience.

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BELINDA ADAMS

General Manager, Coastal Hydroponics

General Manager of Coastal Hydroponics, family owned and operated salad and herb producer based on the Gold Coast

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BEN REILLY

Fresh Produce Business Manager, Steritech

Ben has worked with Steritech, Australia’s phytosanitary irradiation provider for the past five years.

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BENJI BLEVIN

John Deere Precision Ag Product Manager

Benji grew up on a tobacco and rose farm in Zimbabwe. He immigrated to Queensland with his family in 2003, and after spending some time in the Australian Defence Force.

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BREI MONTGOMERY

Head of International Trade, Hort Innovation

Brei Montgomery is the Head of International Trade at Hort Innovation.

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CHERIE GAMBLEY

Project Leader - Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries

Dr Cherie Gambley, project leader for VG16086 ‘Area wide management of vegetable diseases: viruses and bacteria’.

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CLAIRE GARDNER

Research Manager, Flinders University Caring Futures Institute

Claire is a Dietitian with over 15 years’ experience in public health nutrition and more broadly health and wellbeing.

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CORI HODGE

Director - Fiftyfive5

Cori is a brand and positioning strategy expert with a strong understanding of consumer trends and challenges.

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DAVID COX

Principal Research Scientist - CSIRO Nutrition and Health

Dr David Cox is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Nutrition and Health.

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DR. IAN NEWTON

Senior Entomologist - Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries

an is a Senior Entomologist based in Mareeba, North Queensland. He has a PhD in entomology and over 20 years experience as an applied entomologist.

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DR. SIVA SUBRAMANIAM

Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries

Dr Siva Subramaniam has a PhD in Entomology and over 30 years’ experience in applied field entomology, and pest management in horticultural crops.

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EVAN ROBERTS

Chief Creative Officer - TWBA\Australia

Evan joins TBWA Sydney from Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, where he was Executive Creative Director. In 2017, Evan jointly led the team that took home both Cannes Lions Global Agency of the year and D&AD Global Agency of the year.

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GEMMA BURGER

Consultant - Rimfire Resources

With a BSc in Animal Science from the UK Gemma spent 15 years living internationally and across Australia working in a variety of Agriculturally.

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JACK MILBANK

CEO + Agronomist + Beef Producer, AgPro Technology

Jack Millbank was brought up on a mixed farming property in Zimbabwe. He completed a BAppSc at The University of QLD, Australia in 2001.

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JIM PRATLEY

Professor of Agriculture, Charles Sturt University

Jim is Research Professor of Agriculture at Charles Sturt University and Secretary of the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture.

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JOHN DUFF

Project Leader - Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries

John Duff is the project leader for MT20005 Management strategy for serpentine leafminer, Liriomyza huidobrensis.

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JOHN LOPRESTI

Horticulture Production Sciences, Agriculture Victoria

John Lopresti has over 27 years’ experience in horticultural supply chain research and extension.

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JOHN SIMONETTA

Chief Commercial Officer - Perfection Fresh Australia

John has extensive experience in the industry, having grown up in a family business which has evolved into Perfection Fresh – a $700m national and international fruit and vegetable business.

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KERRI-ANN LAMB

Owner Directior & Production Manager - Wickham Farms

Kerri-Ann is the Owner Director & Production Manager- Value Add at Wickham Farms Killarney, overseeing daily operations, process flow, product sales, marketing, research and development, administration, and quality management systems.

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LEWIS MUSCAT

Manager, Fresh Analytics

One of NielsenIQ Australia’s most experienced Fresh Analytics consumer panel insights provider’s.

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LUCIANO MESITI

CEO - Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)

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

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MARK MITCHELL

Chairman - Australian Food Cold Chain Council

The Australian Food Cold Chain – New Training and Code for Fresh Produce.

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MARK TURNER

Professor in Food Microbiology, University of Queensland

Professor Turner is Deputy Head of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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MARSHA ARALAR

Fair Farms National Program Manager

Marsha Aralar is the national program manager for Fair Farms who enjoys delivering engaging, thought-provoking presentations.

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MATTHEW DWYER

Group Marketing Manager - Hort Innovation

Matthew Dwyer is the Group Marketing Manager at Hort Innovation.

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MELANIE WISHART

Senior Account Manager – Retail Customer Engagement, GS1 Australia

Melanie is passionate and committed to providing expert advice to best address client and industry challenges.

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NEIL MCSKIMMING

Acting Manager for Export Development, Agriculture Victoria

Neil is the Acting Manager for Export Development at Agriculture Victoria in the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

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PETER HATHAWAY

General Manager, Macro Wholefoods Company

Peter leads the Macro Wholefoods Market business within Woolworths Food Company and is passionate about helping customers make little differences through products that provide simple, honest goodness.

READ MORE

ROB MUSTOW

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Rob commenced his retail career at Coles Supermarkets before transferring to the supplier side where he enjoyed successful stints at Lion Dairy & Beverages.

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ROB REDENBACH

Author & Leadership Coach

After leaving school at 15 to dig ditches on building sites in Tasmania, Rob Redenbach would go on to be listed by Business Review Weekly as one of Australia’s top ten professional speakers.

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ROSE ELPHICK-DARLING

Research Fellow, Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics Deakin University

Rose Elphick-Darling is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics at Deakin University.

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SAMANTHA PARKER

Group Marketing Manager - Hort Innovation

Samantha Parker is setting the category marketing agenda for fresh produce as the Group Marketing Manager at Hort Innovation.

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SHADIA DJAKOVIC

APD, Senior Project Manager: Schools and Community, Healthy Kids Association

As the Senior Project Manager at Healthy Kids Association, Shadia Djakovic manages key nutrition projects supporting the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy.

READ MORE

SHAKIRA JOHNSON

Communications & Extension for iMapPESTS

Shakira joined AUSVEG in July 2018 to investigate the application of a draft area freedom framework policy in relation to the Tomato Potato Psyllid.

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TARA LEONG

Qualified Nutritionist

An Associate Registered Nutritionist, teacher, speaker, author and podcaster, Tara is renowned for her no-nonsense approach to nutrition and health.

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THOMAS KING

Founder and CEO of Food Frontier

Thomas is the founder and CEO of Food Frontier, Australia and New Zealand’s independent think tank and expert advisor on alternative proteins.

READ MORE

PAUL LEVINS

Open Innovation Expert

Paul Levins co-founded Xinova, a 12,000 member global innovation network based in Seattle with diverse customers including PepsiCo, Honda, Hyundai, Meat and Livestock Australia and Hort Innovation.

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.

READ MORE

ASHLEIGH CARTER

Group Account Director - Atomic 212°

Ashleigh is one of the founding members of Atomic 212°’s media team and has been one of the core drivers of the agency’s success, delivering remarkable results for her clients.

READ MORE

ASTRID POELMAN

Team Leader Sensory and Consumer Science - CSIRO Agriculture and Food

Dr Astrid Poelman is Team Leader Sensory and Consumer Science at CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Sydney with 22 years of translational research experience.

READ MORE

BELINDA ADAMS

General Manager, Coastal Hydroponics

General Manager of Coastal Hydroponics, family owned and operated salad and herb producer based on the Gold Coast

READ MORE

BEN REILLY

Fresh Produce Business Manager, Steritech

Ben has worked with Steritech, Australia’s phytosanitary irradiation provider for the past five years.

READ MORE

BREI MONTGOMERY

Head of International Trade, Hort Innovation

Brei Montgomery is the Head of International Trade at Hort Innovation.

READ MORE

CHERIE GAMBLEY

Project Leader - Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries

Dr Cherie Gambley, project leader for VG16086 ‘Area wide management of vegetable diseases: viruses and bacteria’.

READ MORE

CLAIRE GARDNER

Research Manager, Flinders University Caring Futures Institute

Claire is a Dietitian with over 15 years’ experience in public health nutrition and more broadly health and wellbeing.

READ MORE

CORI HODGE

Director - Fiftyfive5

Cori is a brand and positioning strategy expert with a strong understanding of consumer trends and challenges.

READ MORE

DAVID COX

Principal Research Scientist - CSIRO Nutrition and Health

Dr David Cox is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Nutrition and Health.

READ MORE

DR. IAN NEWTON

Senior Entomologist - Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries

an is a Senior Entomologist based in Mareeba, North Queensland. He has a PhD in entomology and over 20 years experience as an applied entomologist.

READ MORE

DR. SIVA SUBRAMANIAM

Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries

Dr Siva Subramaniam has a PhD in Entomology and over 30 years’ experience in applied field entomology, and pest management in horticultural crops.

READ MORE

EVAN ROBERTS

Chief Creative Officer - TWBA\Australia

Evan joins TBWA Sydney from Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, where he was Executive Creative Director. In 2017, Evan jointly led the team that took home both Cannes Lions Global Agency of the year and D&AD Global Agency of the year.

READ MORE

GEMMA BURGER

Consultant - Rimfire Resources

With a BSc in Animal Science from the UK Gemma spent 15 years living internationally and across Australia working in a variety of Agriculturally.

READ MORE

JIM PRATLEY

Professor of Agriculture, Charles Sturt University

Jim is Research Professor of Agriculture at Charles Sturt University and Secretary of the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture.

READ MORE

JOHN DUFF

Project Leader - Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries

John Duff is the project leader for MT20005 Management strategy for serpentine leafminer, Liriomyza huidobrensis.

READ MORE

JOHN SIMONETTA

Chief Commercial Officer - Perfection Fresh Australia

John has extensive experience in the industry, having grown up in a family business which has evolved into Perfection Fresh – a $700m national and international fruit and vegetable business.

READ MORE

KERRI-ANN LAMB

Owner Directior & Production Manager - Wickham Farms

Kerri-Ann is the Owner Director & Production Manager- Value Add at Wickham Farms Killarney, overseeing daily operations, process flow, product sales, marketing, research and development, administration, and quality management systems.

READ MORE

LUCIANO MESITI

CEO - Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)

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

MARK TURNER

Professor in Food Microbiology, University of Queensland

Professor Turner is Deputy Head of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia.

READ MORE

MATTHEW DWYER

Group Marketing Manager - Hort Innovation

Matthew Dwyer is the Group Marketing Manager at Hort Innovation.

READ MORE

PETER HATHAWAY

General Manager, Macro Wholefoods Company

Peter leads the Macro Wholefoods Market business within Woolworths Food Company and is passionate about helping customers make little differences through products that provide simple, honest goodness.

READ MORE

ROB MUSTOW

-

Rob commenced his retail career at Coles Supermarkets before transferring to the supplier side where he enjoyed successful stints at Lion Dairy & Beverages.

READ MORE

SAMANTHA PARKER

Group Marketing Manager - Hort Innovation

Samantha Parker is setting the category marketing agenda for fresh produce as the Group Marketing Manager at Hort Innovation.

READ MORE

SHADIA DJAKOVIC

APD, Senior Project Manager: Schools and Community, Healthy Kids Association

As the Senior Project Manager at Healthy Kids Association, Shadia Djakovic manages key nutrition projects supporting the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy.

READ MORE

TARA LEONG

Qualified Nutritionist

An Associate Registered Nutritionist, teacher, speaker, author and podcaster, Tara is renowned for her no-nonsense approach to nutrition and health.

READ MORE

PAUL LEVINS

Open Innovation Expert

Paul Levins co-founded Xinova, a 12,000 member global innovation network based in Seattle with diverse customers including PepsiCo, Honda, Hyundai, Meat and Livestock Australia and Hort Innovation.

READ MORE

ADELE SPURGIN

Peak Performance Coach & Profiler

Adele is a Peak Performance Coach & Profiler that specialises in Mind/Body Performance.

READ MORE

ALICE ZASLAVSKY

Cookbook Author and Broadcaster

Alice Zaslavsky is a cookbook author and broadcaster bringing good food to people of all ages.

READ MORE

JACK MILBANK

CEO + Agronomist + Beef Producer, AgPro Technology

Jack Millbank was brought up on a mixed farming property in Zimbabwe. He completed a BAppSc at The University of QLD, Australia in 2001.

READ MORE

LEWIS MUSCAT

Manager, Fresh Analytics

One of NielsenIQ Australia’s most experienced Fresh Analytics consumer panel insights provider’s.

READ MORE

ROB REDENBACH

Author & Leadership Coach

After leaving school at 15 to dig ditches on building sites in Tasmania, Rob Redenbach would go on to be listed by Business Review Weekly as one of Australia’s top ten professional speakers.

READ MORE

THOMAS KING

Founder and CEO of Food Frontier

Thomas is the founder and CEO of Food Frontier, Australia and New Zealand’s independent think tank and expert advisor on alternative proteins.

READ MORE

BENJI BLEVIN

John Deere Precision Ag Product Manager

Benji grew up on a tobacco and rose farm in Zimbabwe. He immigrated to Queensland with his family in 2003, and after spending some time in the Australian Defence Force.

READ MORE

JOHN LOPRESTI

Horticulture Production Sciences, Agriculture Victoria

John Lopresti has over 27 years’ experience in horticultural supply chain research and extension.

READ MORE

MARK MITCHELL

Chairman - Australian Food Cold Chain Council

The Australian Food Cold Chain – New Training and Code for Fresh Produce.

READ MORE

MARSHA ARALAR

Fair Farms National Program Manager

Marsha Aralar is the national program manager for Fair Farms who enjoys delivering engaging, thought-provoking presentations.

READ MORE

MELANIE WISHART

Senior Account Manager – Retail Customer Engagement, GS1 Australia

Melanie is passionate and committed to providing expert advice to best address client and industry challenges.

READ MORE

NEIL MCSKIMMING

Acting Manager for Export Development, Agriculture Victoria

Neil is the Acting Manager for Export Development at Agriculture Victoria in the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

READ MORE

ROSE ELPHICK-DARLING

Research Fellow, Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics Deakin University

Rose Elphick-Darling is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics at Deakin University.

READ MORE

SHAKIRA JOHNSON

Communications & Extension for iMapPESTS

Shakira joined AUSVEG in July 2018 to investigate the application of a draft area freedom framework policy in relation to the Tomato Potato Psyllid.

READ MORE

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