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Hort Connections always delivers a diverse and educational range of speakers who present on a wide range of industry topics. Browse the list of confirmed speakers below and stay tuned for upcoming speaker announcements.


GIAAN ROONEY

Master of Ceremonies,
Hort Connections

Giaan Rooney’s memorable smile, natural beauty and ability to engage are almost trumped by her enormous energy for work. An adept speaker and presenter, Giaan is a person of enormous talent and professionalism.

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ANDREW INGLIS

Director,
Cellysis Pty Ltd

Andrew Inglis is an industrial R&D food scientist with mechanical engineering, process development and research experience, commissioning his first Food Safety process in 1991.

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ANDREW MUIR

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director,
E.E. Muir & Sons

A proven performer with over 20 years in the family business, Andrew was appointed CEO and Managing Director of E.E. Muir & Sons and its associated entities in July 2019.

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BELINDA VAN SCHAIK

Head of Customer Marketing,
Hort Innovation

Belinda Van Schaik is Head of Customer Marketing at Hort Innovation, responsible for delivery of marketing programs that drive demand for Australian Horticulture.

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BEN HOODLESS

Managing Director A-NZ,
International Fresh Produce Association

Ben has over 20 years’ experience working in A-NZ and South-East Asia for large multinational R&D companies. With a global mindset, Ben is committed to delivering value for IFPA members, both in A-NZ, but also globally.

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BROOKE HANSON OLY OAM

Chief Motivation Officer,
Lane 6 Australia Pty Ltd

Brooke Hanson OLY OAM, an Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist empowers people to live a purpose driven life, motivating individuals and inspiring organisations to achieve greatness.

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DR CATHY WILKINSON

Chief Executive Officer,
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

Dr Cathy Wilkinson is CEO of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and has over 20 years leadership experience in sustainable development in Australia and Europe.

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CLINTON MULLER

Senior Consultant,
RMCG

As a Senior Consultant at RMCG, Clinton is uniquely placed to provide an independent perspective of the drivers, implications and decision points for horticulture producers around the emerging carbon farming space.

READ MORE

DEBBIE LEE

National Womens and Action Plan Lead,
Australian Football League

Often referred to as a pioneer of Women's Football for her work both on and off the field, Debbie’s extensive experience in the football industry has lifted her into the top echelons of Australian Sport.

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EMMA HERD

Partner Climate Change & Sustainability & Co-Leader of the EY Net Zero Centre,
Ernst Young

Emma is a Partner with EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability team and the Co-leader of the EY Net Zero Centre with over 20 years’ experience in climate change, sustainable finance and sustainability practice.

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FRANCOIS VISSER

Founder/Managing Director,
Carbon Friendly

Francois Visser drives Carbon Friendly, a team of soil and carbon specialists empowering agriculture for climate change solutions.

READ MORE

GEORGIA STORMONT

Sales & High Performing Teams Coach,
Curious Georgia Coaching

With an impressive career spanning 20 years in sales and 15 years in Ag, Georgia has harnessed her extensive expertise to establish her own coaching business. She does so by seamlessly intertwines her 2 passions: horticulture and coaching.

READ MORE

JADE KING

Director & Owner,
Green Valley Fingerlimes

Jade King is a passionate fingerlime producer on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and Chair of the Australian Native Fingerlime Alliance (ANFA). Having travelled extensively, she has an extensive knowledge of fingerlime production worldwide.

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JANE BUNN

Founder and CEO/Meteorologist and Weather Presenter,
Jane's Weather/Seven Network

Jane is Channel 7 Melbourne’s resident weather forecaster and presenter, as well as Founder and CEO of Jane founded Jane’s Weather.

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JOHN SAID

Founder/CEO,
Fresh Select & NutriV

John brings excellent strength in strategy and business management, with his approach seeing the Fresh Select business grow and diversify into a fresh produce farming and distribution business.

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JULIAN HORSLEY

Systems Division Manager,
A&D Australasia

Julian Horsley's expertise lies in weighing and measurement solutions, with over 30 years’ experience in delivering retail compliant product inspection and data capture systems.

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LUCY BLOOM

Former Chief Executive Officer,
Sunrise Cambodia and Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia

Lucy is an award-winning leader and speaker. She is a change-maker, exceptional communicator, and business fixer with the best mohawk in the business. You will find her challenging and entertaining in equal measure.

READ MORE

MATTHEW CROUCH

Co-Founder/Creative Director,
Soto Group

Matthew Crouch is co-founder and creative director of Soto Group, a Melbourne-based creative agency focused on fresh produce that delivers an educational, creative experience for all.

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MATTHEW PALISE

Director,
Red Rich Fruits (NSW)

Matt Palise is the director of Red Rich Fruits (NSW), an Australian family-owned grower, packer and marketer of mangoes, citrus, apples, pears and stone fruit.

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DR MICHAEL CONSIDINE

Principal Research Fellow,
University of Western Australia

Mick is Principal Research Fellow, jointly funded by the University of WA and Dept Primary Industries and Regional Development (WA).

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DR NEIL WILSON

Director of Research,
Metagen Pty Ltd

Dr Neil Wilson is a microbial ecologist with more than 20 years research experience. After many years as a university-based researcher, he became Director of Research at Metagen 5 years ago.

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PAUL OMODEI

Consultant,
Planfarm

Paul is a director of Planfarm and has been instrumental in developing the vegetable and onion industry business performance benchmarks both in Western Australia and the national program, Level Up Hort.

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DR PETER BATT

Professor, Food and Agribusiness,
Curtin University

As Professor, Food and Agribusiness at Curtin University in Perth WA, Dr Peter Batt also maintains his own international consultancy business.

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PIA PIGGOTT

RaboResearch Associate Analyst,
Rabobank

Pia Piggott is an associate analyst at RaboResearch focusing in horticulture, viticulture and sugar markets. Prior to working at Rabobank Pia worked as a research assistant at Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre and associate at Purposeful.

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DR SARAH OXFORD

Senior Researcher,
Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research at Monash University

Dr Sarah Oxford is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) at Monash University. She is passionate about making work on farms safer through practical solutions.

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SU MCCLUSKEY

Special Representative for Australian Agriculture,
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

As the inaugural Special Representative for Australian Agriculture, Ms McCluskey is a prominent voice to promote Australia’s commitment to sustainable agriculture, to the multilateral system and to the principles that underpin global trade in agricultural goods and products.

READ MORE

SUSANNAH ROELOFSZ

Technical Officer,
Fresh Produce Safety Centre

Susannah holds a Master of Science Degree in Microbiology with over 20 years of Global Experience gained through a range of areas within the horticulture industry.

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TAMARA MURUETAGOIENA

Vice President of Sustainability,
International Fresh Produce Association

Tamara Muruetagoiena brings over two decades of experience in sustainability for agriculture and forestry to her role, having worked in both policy and academia.

READ MORE

TIM SIDES

Director,
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Tim is the Director of the Landscapes, Innovation and Adoption Program for the Future Drought Fund within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. A 5th generation farmer, Tim grew up on the edge of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and has been around horticulture most of his life.

READ MORE

WAYNE PROWSE

Principal and Senior Analyst,
Fresh Intelligence Consulting

Wayne Prowse commenced his marketing career at Edgell Birds Eye (now Simplot) and worked through domestic and export marketing roles at Horticulture Australia, and the Department of Agriculture before establishing Fresh Intelligence Consulting.

READ MORE

GIAAN ROONEY

Master of Ceremonies,
Hort Connections

Giaan Rooney’s memorable smile, natural beauty and ability to engage are almost trumped by her enormous energy for work. An adept speaker and presenter, Giaan is a person of enormous talent and professionalism.

READ MORE

BROOKE HANSON OLY OAM

Chief Motivation Officer,
Lane 6 Australia Pty Ltd

Brooke Hanson OLY OAM, an Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist empowers people to live a purpose driven life, motivating individuals and inspiring organisations to achieve greatness.

READ MORE

DR CATHY WILKINSON

Chief Executive Officer,
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

Dr Cathy Wilkinson is CEO of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and has over 20 years leadership experience in sustainable development in Australia and Europe.

READ MORE

CLINTON MULLER

Senior Consultant,
RMCG

As a Senior Consultant at RMCG, Clinton is uniquely placed to provide an independent perspective of the drivers, implications and decision points for horticulture producers around the emerging carbon farming space.

READ MORE

DEBBIE LEE

National Womens and Action Plan Lead,
Australian Football League

Often referred to as a pioneer of Women's Football for her work both on and off the field, Debbie’s extensive experience in the football industry has lifted her into the top echelons of Australian Sport.

READ MORE

FRANCOIS VISSER

Founder/Managing Director,
Carbon Friendly

Francois Visser drives Carbon Friendly, a team of soil and carbon specialists empowering agriculture for climate change solutions.

READ MORE

DR MICHAEL CONSIDINE

Principal Research Fellow,
University of Western Australia

Mick is Principal Research Fellow, jointly funded by the University of WA and Dept Primary Industries and Regional Development (WA).

READ MORE

DR SARAH OXFORD

Senior Researcher,
Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research at Monash University

Dr Sarah Oxford is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) at Monash University. She is passionate about making work on farms safer through practical solutions.

READ MORE

SUSANNAH ROELOFSZ

Technical Officer,
Fresh Produce Safety Centre

Susannah holds a Master of Science Degree in Microbiology with over 20 years of Global Experience gained through a range of areas within the horticulture industry.

READ MORE

WAYNE PROWSE

Principal and Senior Analyst,
Fresh Intelligence Consulting

Wayne Prowse commenced his marketing career at Edgell Birds Eye (now Simplot) and worked through domestic and export marketing roles at Horticulture Australia, and the Department of Agriculture before establishing Fresh Intelligence Consulting.

READ MORE

GIAAN ROONEY

Master of Ceremonies,
Hort Connections

Giaan Rooney’s memorable smile, natural beauty and ability to engage are almost trumped by her enormous energy for work. An adept speaker and presenter, Giaan is a person of enormous talent and professionalism.

READ MORE

BEN HOODLESS

Managing Director A-NZ,
International Fresh Produce Association

Ben has over 20 years’ experience working in A-NZ and South-East Asia for large multinational R&D companies. With a global mindset, Ben is committed to delivering value for IFPA members, both in A-NZ, but also globally.

READ MORE

EMMA HERD

Partner Climate Change & Sustainability & Co-Leader of the EY Net Zero Centre,
Ernst Young

Emma is a Partner with EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability team and the Co-leader of the EY Net Zero Centre with over 20 years’ experience in climate change, sustainable finance and sustainability practice.

READ MORE

JOHN SAID

Founder/CEO,
Fresh Select & NutriV

John brings excellent strength in strategy and business management, with his approach seeing the Fresh Select business grow and diversify into a fresh produce farming and distribution business.

READ MORE

LUCY BLOOM

Former Chief Executive Officer,
Sunrise Cambodia and Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia

Lucy is an award-winning leader and speaker. She is a change-maker, exceptional communicator, and business fixer with the best mohawk in the business. You will find her challenging and entertaining in equal measure.

READ MORE

SU MCCLUSKEY

Special Representative for Australian Agriculture,
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

As the inaugural Special Representative for Australian Agriculture, Ms McCluskey is a prominent voice to promote Australia’s commitment to sustainable agriculture, to the multilateral system and to the principles that underpin global trade in agricultural goods and products.

READ MORE

TAMARA MURUETAGOIENA

Vice President of Sustainability,
International Fresh Produce Association

Tamara Muruetagoiena brings over two decades of experience in sustainability for agriculture and forestry to her role, having worked in both policy and academia.

READ MORE

ANDREW INGLIS

Director,
Cellysis Pty Ltd

Andrew Inglis is an industrial R&D food scientist with mechanical engineering, process development and research experience, commissioning his first Food Safety process in 1991.

READ MORE

ANDREW MUIR

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director,
E.E. Muir & Sons

A proven performer with over 20 years in the family business, Andrew was appointed CEO and Managing Director of E.E. Muir & Sons and its associated entities in July 2019.

READ MORE

BELINDA VAN SCHAIK

Head of Customer Marketing,
Hort Innovation

Belinda Van Schaik is Head of Customer Marketing at Hort Innovation, responsible for delivery of marketing programs that drive demand for Australian Horticulture.

READ MORE

GEORGIA STORMONT

Sales & High Performing Teams Coach,
Curious Georgia Coaching

With an impressive career spanning 20 years in sales and 15 years in Ag, Georgia has harnessed her extensive expertise to establish her own coaching business. She does so by seamlessly intertwines her 2 passions: horticulture and coaching.

READ MORE

JADE KING

Director & Owner,
Green Valley Fingerlimes

Jade King is a passionate fingerlime producer on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and Chair of the Australian Native Fingerlime Alliance (ANFA). Having travelled extensively, she has an extensive knowledge of fingerlime production worldwide.

READ MORE

MATTHEW CROUCH

Co-Founder/Creative Director,
Soto Group

Matthew Crouch is co-founder and creative director of Soto Group, a Melbourne-based creative agency focused on fresh produce that delivers an educational, creative experience for all.

READ MORE

MATTHEW PALISE

Director,
Red Rich Fruits (NSW)

Matt Palise is the director of Red Rich Fruits (NSW), an Australian family-owned grower, packer and marketer of mangoes, citrus, apples, pears and stone fruit.

READ MORE

DR NEIL WILSON

Director of Research,
Metagen Pty Ltd

Dr Neil Wilson is a microbial ecologist with more than 20 years research experience. After many years as a university-based researcher, he became Director of Research at Metagen 5 years ago.

READ MORE

PAUL OMODEI

Consultant,
Planfarm

Paul is a director of Planfarm and has been instrumental in developing the vegetable and onion industry business performance benchmarks both in Western Australia and the national program, Level Up Hort.

READ MORE

DR PETER BATT

Professor, Food and Agribusiness,
Curtin University

As Professor, Food and Agribusiness at Curtin University in Perth WA, Dr Peter Batt also maintains his own international consultancy business.

READ MORE

PIA PIGGOTT

RaboResearch Associate Analyst,
Rabobank

Pia Piggott is an associate analyst at RaboResearch focusing in horticulture, viticulture and sugar markets. Prior to working at Rabobank Pia worked as a research assistant at Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre and associate at Purposeful.

READ MORE

TAMARA MURUETAGOIENA

Vice President of Sustainability,
International Fresh Produce Association

Tamara Muruetagoiena brings over two decades of experience in sustainability for agriculture and forestry to her role, having worked in both policy and academia.

READ MORE

TIM SIDES

Director,
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Tim is the Director of the Landscapes, Innovation and Adoption Program for the Future Drought Fund within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. A 5th generation farmer, Tim grew up on the edge of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and has been around horticulture most of his life.

READ MORE

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