Host: Ticky Fullerton

Business journalist, ABC

Ticky Fullerton presents The Business on ABC News 24 and ABC. Ticky joined the ABC in 1995. For five years she was an investigative reporter for Four Corners and has been both a business and political reporter for Lateline and the presenter of Australia’s national rural program, Landline. In 2004, Ticky won the Australian Government Peter Hunt Eureka Prize for Environmental Journalism.

Prior to her career in journalism, Ticky was an Associate Director at investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston. Ticky is the author of Watershed: Deciding Our Water Future, the first comprehensive book on the challenges facing Australia’s water resources and is a director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures.

With a law degree from Oxford University, Ticky spent 10 years working in London and Sydney in capital raising and business advisory for governments and corporates.

Roald P. Lapperre

Deputy Director-General, Agro and Food, Ministry of Economic Affairs of The Netherlands

Roald Lapperre is deputy director-general for Agro and Food within the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands and managing director of department for European Agricultural Policy and Food Security.

Food security and international agricultural policy matters are at the core of his portfolio.

Previously, Mr. Lapperre held several managerial and policy positions within the Ministries of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, as well as the Government Service for Land and Water Use.

He has served as Agricultural Counsellor to the Netherlands Permanent Mission in Geneva and served as chairman of the WTO Committee on Agriculture in 2004 to 2005.

Mr. Lapperre holds an MSc degree from Wageningen Agricultural University with majors in agricultural economics, land use planning and agrarian law.

Berry Marttin

Member of the Executive Board, Rabobank Nederland

Berry Marttin is a member of the Executive Board of Rabobank Nederland and is responsible for the worldwide Rural and Retail Division of Rabobank International.

He has extensive experience as an international banker in both wholesale and retail banking. He joined the bank in 1990 as a management trainee after completing his degree in business administration in Brazil.

His career has taken him to managerial positions in Curacao, Hong Kong and Indonesia and he has served as Deputy General Manager of Rural Banking in Australia and New Zealand. Before joining the Executive Board of Rabobank Nederland in 2009, he was Chairman of the Board of Rabobank Amsterdam.

Kevin Bloch

Chief Technology Officer, Cisco

Kevin Bloch is Chief Technology Officer at Cisco.

He provides leadership of technology vision as well as leadership of people within Cisco to communicate and execute on that vision.

Kevin is a member of the global Cisco CTO Forum, Cisco’s most senior technology leadership board, representing APAC, Japan and China (APJC). He is also currently active on external commercial and government technology advisory boards.

Before joining Cisco 14 years ago, Kevin held senior positions with other telecommunications equipment manufacturers, systems integrators and service providers including Lucent, JNA Telecommunications and Telstra.

Kevin is the author of six technical reference books.

Ros Harvey

Founding CEO, Sense-Co

Ros Harvey is the founding CEO of Sense-Co, which is developing new sensing technology and services to transform agriculture.

Sense-Co is a spin-off company of the highly regarded Sense-T program based at the University of Tasmania, for which Ros was founding director.

Sense-T and Sense-Co work as an ecosystem, with Sense-T advancing scientific research and discovering new ways for sensing technology and data analytics to make industry more efficient, competitive and sustainable.

Sense-Co works as the commercial vehicle to get research outcomes out of the lab and into the hands of industry.

Ros was previously Deputy Secretary of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts in Tasmania.

During a 15-year international career, Ros also founded the global Better Work program – a partnership between the World Bank Group and the United Nation’s International Labour Organisation.

Better Work strives to improve working conditions for apparel factory workers in developing countries, while helping to make global supply chains more competitive. It is internationally recognised as a landmark in corporate social responsibility, global supply chains and international development.

Ros continues her involvement in this field as a Special Advisor to the International Financial Corporation (IFC) Compliance Ombudsman on labour standards in its $15 billion annual loan portfolio.

Anthony Houston

CEO, Houston's Farm

Houston’s Farm is a major producer of pre-washed, fresh-cut salads in Australia.

The company was established in 1991 by Anthony and Colin Houston.

Over the decade from 1995-96 to 2004-05, Houston’s Farm became one of six major fresh cuts producers in Australia, supplying 75 per cent of its fresh cut salads to the major supermarket chains, Woolworths and Coles.

In 2006-07, Houston’s Farm introduced 14 new products to its already impressive product range. By early 2007, the company was supplying its products to almost 1,400 supermarket stores around Australia.

Anthony is an advocate for the use of technology to increase productivity. He uses management techniques learnt in the corporate world to reduce costs and maximise returns from product innovation.

Danny Mekić

CEO and founder, NewTeam

Danny Mekić is a Dutch entrepreneur and expert in the fields of technology and the Internet.

One of the most requested speakers in the Netherlands on the topics of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, Danny was awarded the “most successful young entrepreneur of the Netherlands” by Sprout, an entrepreneurial magazine, and was recognised by Quote and Elsevier, two leading magazines in the Netherlands.

In 2010, Danny was appointed to the advisory board of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, tasked with stimulating entrepreneurship in the educational system. In 2011, he founded NewTeam – an international consultancy agency that focuses on strategic boardroom consultancy to large organisations on technology, media and communications, disruptive innovations and new business models.

NewTeam works for 40 of the 100 biggest organisations in the Netherlands and several government agencies, and has customers in seven other countries in Europe, America and Australia.

Danny has an honors degree from the University of Amsterdam and teaches at several other universities.

Dr Renske Landeweert

Managing director, Clear Detections

Renske Landeweert is the managing director of ClearDetections, a plant health diagnostics company from The Netherlands. Being a biologist by training, Renske Landeweert is passionate about soil and its crucial value for successful agriculture worldwide.

ClearDetections is one of the flagship companies of DutchSprouts, a recent Dutch initiative. DutchSprouts represents a group of young companies combining affordable sensing technologies and big data tools to develop soil and crop measuring devices. A fine balance of chemical, structural and biological components indicates a good quality, fertile soil.

By offering low cost, on site soil measurements, DutchSprouts offers farmers – even in remote areas – access to soil data and agricultural advice in order to implement the right (fertilizer) treatments.

DutchSprouts envisages that it will reach out with innovative field-based solutions to millions of farmers, to help them manage their soils and increase crop production.

Julian Cribb

Principal, Julian Cribb and Associates

Julian Cribb is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. From 1996-2002 he was Director at Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO where he oversaw a 150 per cent growth in the organisation’s media profile.

A journalist since 1969, he was editor of the National Farmer and Sunday Independent newspapers, editor-in-chief of Australian Rural Times, and chief of the Australian Agricultural News Bureau. For 10 years he was agriculture correspondent, science and technology correspondent and scientific editor for the national daily, The Australian.

Julian has received 32 awards for journalism including the Order of Australia Association Media Prize, the inaugural Eureka Prize for environmental journalism. He was national foundation president of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC), president of the National Rural and Resources Press Club, a member of CSIRO advisory committees for agriculture, fisheries and entomology.

He has served as a Director of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Crawford Fund, the Secretariat for International Landcare, CSIRO Publishing, the Australian Minerals and Energy Environment Foundation and the National Science and Technology Centre, Questacon.

Donald McGauchie

Non-executive chairman, Australian Agricultural Company Limited

Donald McGauchie is non-executive chairman at Australian Agricultural Company, independent non-executive director at GrainCorp, chairman at Nufarm, deputy chairman at James Hardie Industries, and chairman at Australia Wool Testing Authority Limited.

He has wide commercial experience within the food processing, commodity trading, finance and telecommunication sectors. He also has extensive public policy experience having previously held several high-level advisory positions to the government including the Prime Minister’s Supermarket to Asia Council, the Foreign Affairs Council and the Trade Policy Advisory Council.

From a farming background and with extensive experience in agricultural trade, policy and market reform, Donald was previously chairman of Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria, non-rxecutive director at the Reserve Bank of Australia, chairman at Woolstock Australia Limited, chairman at Telstra Corporation, deputy chairman at Ridley Corporation, and president of the National Farmers’ Federation. He also served on the board of National Foods.

Brent Finlay

Board member, World Farmers' Organisation (Oceania)

Brent Finlay has more than 25 years experience in agriculture through his family’s farming business in Queensland. Brent has worked extensively in sheep, wool, cattle, grain and hay production and now runs "Cooinda", a sheep meat, wool and beef property in the Traprock region of Queensland.

Brent’s roles in agricultural representation began in 2000 when he was elected president of the Traprock Wool Association, one of Australia’s premier wool producing groups. During that time he focused on marketing, environmental issues and membership growth.

Between 2003 to 2007, Brent ran a manufacturing, importing and retail business, Wool-Overs and was elected to the AgForce Queensland Sheep and Wool Board. He was appointed to the board of WoolProducers Australia and elected senior vice president. He was also elected as president of the AgForce Sheep and Wool Board, chair of the National Wild Dog Management Advisory Group, and chair of the Queensland Dog Offensive Group.

In 2010, Brent was elected president of AgForce Queensland where he was head of the organisation during a challenging period for Queensland farmers and graziers, marked by floods, cyclones, wild dogs and the live-export crisis.

While president of AgForce, Brent was appointed to the board of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and later appointed its vice president.

Brent was elected as president of the National Farmers’ Federation in November 2013 and has since been appointed board member (Oceania) of the World Farmer’s Federation.

Professor Peter Warr

John Crawford Professor of Agricultural Economics, and director of the Poverty Research Centre

After receiving his PhD in 1974, Peter was Postdoctoral Fellow in International Trade and Economic Development at the University of Minnesota. He taught economics at Monash University from 1976 to 1979, and then joined the Economics Department, RSPAS, Australian National University in 1980.

Peter has been the holder of the John Crawford Chair since 1989. He was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 1997 and is Editorial Board member for several academic journals.

Peter has consulted widely including for the Australian Government, the Thai Government, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations.

His current research includes general equilibrium of Indonesian and Thai economies, especially as regards the relationship between economic policy and poverty incidence. Peter is also working on macroeconomic analysis of the Thai economy.

Dr Alan Barkley

Chief scientific officer, Glycemic Index Foundation

Alan is an accredited practicing dietitian and accredited nutritionist and has a PhD from the University of Sydney on the association between glycemic index and glycemic load and the risk of developing lifestyle-related diseases.

The main chapters of his thesis, and associated works, have been published in some of the world’s leading nutrition and diabetes journals, and have been presented at scientific conferences around the globe.

Alan is currently the chief scientific officer at Glycemic Index Foundation (part-time).

Alan worked for Diabetes Australia in both a full and part-time capacity, from 1998–2014, most recently as head of research, and prior to that as research and development manager. Alan has worked in clinical dietetics in rural Australia and at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and has maintained a private practice in Sydney since 1995. Alan is an official media spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia and has appeared frequently in local newspapers, magazines, radio and television news.

Alan is also one of the co-authors of the New Glucose Revolution: Diabetes & Pre-diabetes handbook and The Ultimate Guide to Sugars and Sweeteners.

Alexandra Iljadica

Youth Food Movement Australia

Alexandra is the founder of the Youth Food Movement Australia, a formidable part of the food movement spreading across the country.

The Youth Food Movement is growing a generation of young Australians empowered with the ability to make healthy and sustainable food choices.

Over the last three years Alexandra has grown the Youth Food Movement into a national organisation with a community of more than 7500 young people in chapters across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Most recently, she lead a volunteer team in creating CropFest, a campaign and event tackling the impact that appearance standards have on generating food waste.

Other projects include the Reel Food Night – a night of film and conversation about the most pressing issues facing our food system; the Ride On Lunch – connecting everyday people with local food champions; and the annual Passata Day – preserving hundreds of kilos of tomatoes and food skills to be enjoyed throughout the year.

Through these projects she is providing young people with a place to come together to find solutions and opportunities to the issues we face in the Australian food and agriculture sectors.

Corbin Schuster

Ambassador, Global Youth Ag Summit

Corbin works full-time on the 2000-hectare Schuster family farm in Freeling, north of Adelaide, Australia. The operation produces quality hay for the domestic horse market, with export hay, straw and grain production making up the remainder of the total farm enterprise.

He was awarded the AFIA Leadership Award and attended the Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program in 2011. In 2013, he was selected to represent Australia at the Global Youth Ag-Summit, a gathering of over 120 delegates from 30 countries, where the issue of the food & fibre production requirements of a population of nine billion was discussed. Corbin has since taken on the position of Australia’s representative on the Youth Ag-Summit Board of Directors. In 2013 Corbin took on a two-year stint as the president of the Freeling Ag Bureau. He has also assisted in forming Barossa Young People in Ag, a regional group based north of Adelaide, aiming to raise awareness of the great career opportunities available in agriculture.

Luke Chandler

General manager, Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory, Rabobank Australia and New Zealand

Luke is responsible for managing Rabobank’s analysis and outlook for the world’s major agri commodities markets, including price forecasts for the key grains and oilseeds, softs and livestock commodity markets. In addition, his team of analysts works closely with Rabobank’s commodity division on servicing client price risk management needs and is part of the bank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) division.

Rabobank’s FAR division comprises a unit staffed by an international team of research specialists focused on producing comprehensive, world class research on global food and agribusiness markets, including the latest market trends, future industry developments, sector and environmental issues.

Luke has extensive experience working in commodities having worked at some of Australia’s major agribusiness companies. Luke holds a Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and a Master of Economics both from the University of New England.

Dr Jim Woodhill

Australia G20 Taskforce on Food Security and Nutrition

Jim Woodhill is directly involved in the preparation of the global food security framework into the 2014 G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane.

He has worked for more than 25 years in the agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and international development sectors.

Prior to joining the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2013, Jim was Director of the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands.

Jim has worked extensively on the challenges of global food security and has a keen interest in brokering cooperation between business, policy, NGO and research stakeholders. He studied agricultural science at the University of Sydney and gained a PhD in Political Economics from the Australian National University. Formerly Jim worked for the International Agriculture Centre in the Netherlands, the World Conservation Union in East and Southern Africa and lectured at the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury. Having worked on a family farm, Jim has a grounded understanding of agriculture.


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