SPEAKERS

Ben Kelly

Ben grew up on a cropping and livestock property near Gulargambone in Central New South Wales and went on to complete a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle. In 2014 his passion for precision agriculture led him to complete a Graduate Certificate in Precision Agriculture from the University of New England.
Ben joined John Deere in 2005 and has spent the last 15 years supporting John Deere customers through various field-based roles. In Ben’s current role, he is responsible for identifying market trends in Australia and New Zealand agriculture for future product development opportunities as well as leading John Deere’s go to market strategies for the Small Grains, Cotton and Sugar Cane Production Systems.

Emma Ayliffe

Emma is a farmer, researcher and consultant based at Tullibigeal, NSW. After moving from South Australia to New South Wales working as a cotton agronomist, Emma moved to Tullibigeal with her partner where they bought her first 1700 acre farm with the support of Craig’s family and she was the 2020-2021 Australian Young Farmer of the Year. Through her time working with different farming businesses she has worked with a range of farmers that are at different stages in their journey and seen how different people have gotten into farming and the options and opportunities that present themselves for people wanting to make a living from farming.

Mark Merrett

Mark is a grower from Victoria with a high number of views and followers on social media and has been regularly featured on The Project and other major TV programs and is known as a popular young farmer. “Farming in the West Wimmera/Telopea Downs area of Western Victoria our aim is to provide an in-depth look into life on a mixed family farm. Combining wool and prime lamb production with grain and hay crops, as well as additional off farm contracting work our days are full and tasks many!”

Andrew Warren

Hailing from the family farm near Albany in Western Australia, Rabobank Manager Internal Appraisals, Andrew continues to maintain his strong connection to the ag industry as a licenced land valuer specialising in agribusiness valuations. With a career spanning more than 15 years, Andrew is passionate about supporting farmers with making informed decisions when growing their businesses and acquiring land.

Hamish Munro

Hamish is a 5th Generation farmer from Central NSW, where he managed the families zero-till broad acre cropping and pasture program and EU Steer trading enterprise. After a succession planning fallout and sale of the family farm, Hamish moved into Agtech to continue his passion for improving productivity and better management processes. In 2018 Hamish co-founded Pairtree which connects over 130 different Agtech and digital Ag solutions to provide improved oversight for farmers and better connected services for Agribusinesses and consultants.

Liam Moltoni

Liam grew up on a mixed operation farm in Pemberton, WA. Having grown a love for economics in university, Liam began his career with an investment bank in Perth. Liam went on to work for the WA Department of Agriculture and Food, before moving to VIC to work for Boortmalt.
Liam has since aligned himself with Boortmalt’s ambitious goals and sustainability focused metrics. Sustainability takes up 50% of Liam’s time in his role as Boortmalt looks towards ways of ensuring longevity of farming businesses in Australia.

Dennis Voznesenski

Based in Sydney, Dennis is a member of Rabobank’s global research team which comprises of over 90 agricultural analysts dotted across the world. In his role, Dennis shares insights with local producers on global and domestic ag commodity markets, focusing on the grains, oilseeds and wool sectors. While in his day-to-day role Dennis typically focuses his research on the present and future, he is also in the process of researching the history of food crisis.

Dr Cheryl Kalisch Gordon

As part of Rabobank’s global grains & oilseeds strategy team, Cheryl is responsible for forecasting grains and oilseeds pricing and the Australian crop and trade outlook and analysing global and local market trends. Cheryl also engages with rural and corporate clients on strategic issues and is the lead author of Rabobank reports on the ‘Australian Feed Grain Squeeze’, the ‘Black Sea Region Grains Outlook’, ‘Opportunities from De-bulking’, the ‘Impact of Trade Wars on the Grains Sector’ and ‘Getting Granular with Plant-Based Meat Alternatives’. Cheryl lives in Orange, NSW and not too far from the cropping farm she grew up on west of Forbes.

Bel Quince

Bel has over 25 years experience in the Australian legal, government and banking sectors in various executive leadership, risk management and strategist roles. She joined NAB in 2020 as their Agribusiness Strategy Executive to lead the strategic direction of NAB’s Agribusiness as a market leader in the Business Banking market.
Some of Bel’s recent strategic efforts at NAB include launching NABs first Agribusiness green loan in 2021, to support customers investing in driving improved sustainable production and outcomes across the sector, and launching NABs Future Farmers initiative in January this year, to support the ongoing succession of the industry by helping the next generation of farmers into leasing or owning their first farm.

Oli Le Lievre

Oli Le Lievre is the founder of Humans of Agriculture, a storytelling brand that showcases the true faces, real stories and authentic experiences of those involved in modern agriculture. Prior to stepping into Humans of Agriculture fulltime, Oli has spent time working across the supply chain in his early days as a jackaroo, to business development roles including in an AgTech Startup to corporate Food & Agribusiness consulting. His work has seen him working across industries including fresh produce, red meat, grains, and seafood. At the end of the day, it's Oli's love for the people involved in agriculture and that's why he is so passionate about building a platform and community to celebrate those who are shaping a world that's happier, healthier and more prosperous through agriculture.

Kristina Hermanson

Kristina Hermanson is the Managing Director Australasia and ASEAN at FMC. With proud roots from a small dairy farm in Wisconsin, Kristina has more than 25 years of international leadership experience in general management/commercial, business development, strategy, transformation and M&A roles. After a career beginning as a mechanical engineer based in Europe and nearly a decade with global agribusiness firm, Archer Daniels Midland, she moved to Australia in 2013 for the GrainCorp takeover attempt. Most recently, Kristina served as Director of Growth & Collaboration, at Coca Cola Amatil before joining FMC as Managing Director for ANZ with recent expanded responsibility including ASEAN. Kristina is also a Non-Executive Board member of a non-profit, Business for Development and Board Member of CropLife Australia and Ag Safe. A strong believer that each and every one of us a leader, no matter what role we play, and a truly Inclusive workplace drives innovation and profitability!!

Ben White

Ben is an agricultural engineer, Kondinin Group’s research manager and editor of Farming Ahead magazine and as an independent consultant is a member of the GRDC stored grain extension team.
Based in Western Australia, Ben comes from a family farm in the New England region of northern NSW and since completing his engineering studies at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, has worked predominantly for the Kondinin Group for over 20-years.
Ben has extensive experience in delivery of research and has expertise in the areas of farm machinery investment, sheep handling and livestock infrastructure, farming technology and communications, grain storage, precision farming, engine technology, harvesting, seeding and spraying equipment.

Richard Officer

Richard Officer joined Achmea Australia in February 2016 as a Farm Insurance Specialist supporting the Moree (NSW) and Goondiwindi (QLD) regions. Since then, Richard has held several positions with Achmea Australia including as Regional Manager for NSW to support the farm insurer’s strong growth in the agricultural sector. Currently, as Achmea Australia’s National Strategic Alliance Manager, Richard is delighted to work closely with GrainGrowers to support the Innovation Generation Conference. Born and raised on a broad acre farming enterprise outside of Boomi in Northern NSW, Richard understands first-hand the importance of risk mitigation to help keep farmers farming.

Kate Gunn

Kate, together with her parents and brother, runs a progressive family farming business on the Liverpool Plains which comprises of broadacre rain fed winter and summer crops, grain handling, storage and logistic operations, as well as a beef cattle operation.
Kate holds Bachelors of Science and Commerce and a Master of Economics, and has recently been admitted as a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. Kate sits on the GrainGrowers National Policy Group and represents growers from the Northern Region. Kate and her family were awarded The Weekly Times Coles 2021 Cropping Farmer of the Year.

Brett Hosking

Brett Hosking is the Chair of GrainGrowers and a fifth-generation farmer running a mixed farming business in Quambatook, Victoria. Brett, his wife Jane and their four daughters grow wheat, barley, canola, lentils and field peas as well as run sheep and cattle. Brett is a grower director, the current Chair of GrainGrowers and has had long-standing involvement across the Australian grains industry. This has included Victorian Farmers’ Federation (VFF) Grains Group President and Vice-President. Brett has a passion for agriculture and for ensuring farmers and the regional communities where they operate are strongly represented and their voices heard.

Carissa Buckland

Carissa is Nutrien Ag Solution’s Director, Government & Industry Affairs, based in Melbourne. She is also the Chair of the company’s Gender Working Group.
Over the past 20 years, Carissa has held roles in global agriculture and mining companies, working with government and industry to navigate issues including glyphosate litigation, trade barriers with China, state bans on GM crops, major workforce restructures and government policies that impact industry’s productivity.

Scott Reardon

Scott lost the lower half of his leg in a farm accident while a school boy. He could have hidden from the world or take it up as a challenge and attack it head on. Scott became a champion water skier before moving across to athletics and representing Australia at the London Paralympics winning silver in the Men’s 100m T42. At Rio four years later he won Gold. Now an inspiring speaker, he specialises in resilience, workplace safety and high performance.

Gihan Perera

Gihan is a futurist, online presenter, and author who shows you how to be fit for the future in a fast-changing world. For 25 years, he has worked with organisations and leaders throughout Australia, as well as in New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and North America - helping them to thrive in a fast-changing world. Since the pandemic, he has helped people lead in uncertainty, and act with clarity and confidence through crisis, recovery, and growth.

What does Gihan have to say about the future of farming? Find out at Innovation Generation!

Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the General Manager at Market Check, an independent, Australian owned grain marketing business that advises and executes innovative marketing strategies for Australian growers. Richard has an exemplary background in the grain industry with over 13 years’ experience in domestic and international grain markets. Richard has previously overseen the trading and risk management of over one million tonnes of grain per annum and one of Australia’s largest pool marketing programs. Richard uses his extensive professional experience to lead business development strategy and the Advisory team in new and innovative directions to support our grower clients throughout Australia. Richard is committed to leveraging his experience to increase productivity and returns for Australian growers through innovation and collaboration.

Meg Kummerow

Meg is a grower at Norwin on the Darling Downs (QLD) and has been involved in the cotton and grains industries for over two decades. Meg is Grower Engagement Officer - QLD at GrainGrowers and is passionate about working with QLD growers to ensure any challenges or opportunities on-farm are supported by the work GrainGrowers does.

David McKeon

Dave is the CEO of GrainGrowers. He is passionate about strong grower representation and ensuring the right policy and industry settings provide the environment for profitable and sustainable farm production.
Dave has held senior positions in the National Farmers’ Federation and worked in the Department of Agriculture. He has worked on mixed farming operations and still keeps in touch through his family’s property in western NSW. Dave holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) and Bachelor of Agribusiness, along with a Diploma of Government, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Diana Fear

Originally from Goulburn, NSW Diana lived in Sydney for 20 years where she worked in politics before moving to the country to be with her farmer husband near Condobolin, NSW. They have two children and run a mixed cattle and cropping enterprise. Diana is the CEO of Central West Farming Systems Inc (CWFS) which is a not-for-profit farming systems organisation set up by local growers in 1998 to undertake RD&E in the low rainfall zone of Central West NSW. Diana is an alumni of the NFF’s Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program and is a board member of Regional Development Australia Central West (RDACW) and the Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW (RFCS).

Nigel Corish

Nigel is a fourth-generation farmer from Goondiwindi QLD with over 20 years’ of farming and business management experience, and is also Director for the Northern Region for GrainGrowers. Nigel is the Managing Director of New Leaf Ag Pty Ltd, a family owned food and fibre company. Nigel holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Agronomy from the University of Queensland. Nigel’s work across agriculture has been recognised as Australian Cotton Grower of the Year and ABC Rural Australian Young Farmer of the Year. Nigel also received a Nuffield Scholarship. Nigel currently sits on the board of Cotton Seed Distributors.

Dan Allen

TradeMutt is a social impact workwear brand, by tradies for tradies founded by Dan and Ed. TradeMutt aims to make tradies and workers of all kinds look and feel great at work, and in doing so, reduce the rate of male suicide in Australia. The loud and vibrant shirts act as a catalyst to starting the conversation around mental health in men, a topic that has been hard to approach in the past for blokes, mostly due to the attached stigmas and perceived weakness.

Dr Kate Burke

Dr Kate Burke is the founder of Think Agri based in Echuca, Victoria, Australia. Kate is a highly respected agri-strategist with specialist knowledge including corporate governance in farming, water efficient dryland crop production and direct investment in broadacre farmland and operation across Australia. Kate is the author of Crops People Money and You, The Art of Excellent Farming and Better Returns. This book outlines a road map for sustainable profit taking and legacy making with less stress.
Kate’s previous roles include Commercial Manager of Warakirri Cropping, an 80,000 Ha national cropping business with $200M and Senior Consultant with JSA Independent in Western Victoria for 12 years.

Rob Clayton

Rob is based in Melbourne Australia and has held the position of VP and Managing Director of Nutrien Ag Solutions for the past 3 years.
Originally from a wheat, sheep and beef farming background in Northern NSW, Rob holds strong ties to the agriculture industry across both the supply and demand channels.
His passion is and always has been agriculture and works hard every day to inspire his team to improve the profitability and sustainability of the Australian farmer.

Fiona McCredie

Fiona drives the sustainability projects of GrainGrowers, currently leading the Grains Sustainability Framework project that involves all of the grains industry.
Fiona has driven agricultural policy outcomes for more than 20 years, both in farmer organisations such as NSW Farmers and at the NSW Dairy Corporation. She was also Corporate Affairs Manager at GrainCorp Pty Ltd. She holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) and an MBA.

Dave Stanko

Dave recently joined Nutrien Ag Solutions’ Australian Leadership Team as the Head of Commercial Sustainability. In this role, he leads Nutrien’s efforts to innovate, build and adopt technologies that measure, monitor, and improve the environmental impact of agriculture across Nutrien’s expansive footprint. Before joining Nutrien, he served as President of Agrible, a software startup with a suite of tools that enabled farmers and their supply chain stakeholders to understand and manage the environmental impact of their agricultural operations. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Carolyn Cresswell

Carman’s founder Carolyn Creswell is an inspirational leader whose success proves that you can run a multinational business, love what you do and have a genuine worklife balance. In December 2017 Carman’s proudly celebrated its 25th birthday and is Australia’s number one selling muesli brand along with being a leader of deliciously good for you bars and nutritional snacks.
Carolyn’s business acumen has led to a number of accolades including being named the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year and the winner of 2007 Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark Scanlon

Mark is the Director of Next Rural and a Chartered Accountant who has worked for international accounting firms KPMG and Grant Thornton.
He has spent most of his professional life working with businesses throughout rural and regional Australia. In 2008, Mark formed Next Rural, a company that specialises in assisting farming families manage generational change, specifically in the areas of business transition and succession planning.

Tim Eyes

Tim is a first generation farmer without a farm. From studying and starting his career through the lens of a traditional pathway into agriculture, Tim has flipped the narrative to open the door to farming practices that honour the animals and the people who choose to eat them. Tim farms every day and documents his journey through social media to an ever growing audience who are engaged and eager to see Australian agriculture warts and all. Tim believes farmers and agribusiness have a story worth sharing and through honesty, consumers and our urban counterparts will help grow a truly sustainable food system.

Rebecca Kelly

Bec is a farmer from Mingenew in Western Australia where she runs her families mixed cropping farms. Her path to agriculture wasn't a straight line with quite a few years spent working as a tourguide in Europe and South America before completing an agricultural business degree and moving back to her family farms 4 years ago.

Sam Marwood

Sam Marwood is a community driven problem solver from central Victoria who is redefining the farming and agriculture industry. With a background in environmental science and social entrepreneurship Sam spent his early years as a policy advisor to the Victorian Government before connecting to his roots- farming and all things the environment.
In 2016 Sam recognised an emerging farming problem. Retiring farmers were simply selling off vast amounts of property and with it a deep understanding of farming. All the while young aspiring farmers found it near impossible to acquire the capital and acute knowledge to begin a new generation of farmers. Answer: Cultivate Farms. A match maker for retiring farmers and want-to- be farmers alike. Since its launch, Cultivate Farms have nurtured many new farming partnerships across Australia, with the first of its kind in Albury, now operating as Hicks Country Beef.

Zachary Whale

Zach is the General Manager, Policy and Advocacy at GrainGrowers. He manages GrainGrowers’ policy and advocacy efforts working to ensure the right policy settings for Australia’s grain growers. Previously, Zach has worked for the Department of Agriculture and most recently was the Grains Policy Director at AgForce Queensland Farmers. He has qualifications in International Relations and Public Policy and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Zach is from Merriwa in rural New South Wales, where his family remains involved in agriculture.

Luiz Beling

Luiz is the current President of FBN Global Direct. FBN Direct provides an e-commerce platform for farmers to shop and purchase their ag inputs and services online anywhere, anytime and enjoy the convenience of getting their crop protection, seed, animal health and feed products delivered direct to their farm.
Prior to joining FBN Direct, Luiz spent 20 years with Monsanto/Bayer in senior leadership roles across different business units and countries.

Hannah Greenshields

Hannah is a first generation farmer and co-founder of The Food Farm; a paddock to plate business providing beef, chicken and eggs to hundreds of consumers each week who are conscious about where their food comes from. Farming across 7 lease farms just 1 hour from over 6 million people; Hannah is passionate about telling the story of agriculture in an open and transparent way to people who are hungry to connect with the how, why and what of Australian Agriculture through social media and on-farm experiences.

Amelia Shaw

Amelia is the Policy Manager, Rural Affairs at GrainGrowers and hails from sunny Queensland ,having spent a period of her childhood on sheep and cattle stations. Amelia has a Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing) and Arts (Political Science and International Relations) from the University of Queensland. Amelia started her career in Ag a little over two years ago when she took up a policy role with AgForce Queensland Farmers where she fell in love with the industry and grew a passion for helping the voices of farmers be heard.

Emma Weston

Emma is the CEO and a Co Founder of AgriDigital which launched its digital supply chain platform in 2017 bringing efficiency and transparency to global grain supply chains. Emma holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a LL.B. (Hons) and B.A.from the University of Melbourne and is a director of the Australian Government’s Digital Skills Organisation Ltd, a member of Australia's National Farmers’ Federation Farm Data Code Working Group and Grain Trade Australia’s IT Advisory Committee, as well as an advisor to Geora Pty Ltd and Inspiring Girls Australia. Emma farms with her family in New South Wales and is motivated personally and through AgriDigital to ensure global rural communities are sustainable, that agriculture is a valued career choice and to build connection between consumers and their food.

Kayla Evans

Raised on a beef and grain property on the Darling Downs, Kayla Evans has always had her roots firmly planted in the land. After a stint in the Royal Australian Navy and earning her degree in Public Relations and Human Resources Management, she has spent the last five years managing capacity building and careers programs in the Australian agricultural industry. She spearheaded the WA-based Careers in Grain project and now leads the Commonwealth funded national gap-year pilot, AgCAREERSTART. In 2020, Kayla won the WA Young Achiever (Agricultural) Award for her work in co-founding the Generation Ag podcast, which celebrates the stories of young people in ag. Kayla is also the Secretary of the WA Rural Media Association and is an MLA Red Meat Ambassador. She is driven by a desire to create a movement of young people who impact the world through our agricultural industries.

Chris Moloney

Chris Moloney is a grower from Arthurton in SA, where he farms 1500 hectares with this family. Chris is a graduate of GrainGrowers' Australian Grain Leaders Program (AGLP) and has also completed the Grains Social Leadership Program (GSLP). He has also studied Agricultural science at the University of Adelaide and now has a Master of Agribusiness as well.

Ed Ross

TradeMutt is a social impact workwear brand, by tradies for tradies founded by Dan and Ed. TradeMutt aims to make tradies and workers of all kinds look and feel great at work, and in doing so, reduce the rate of male suicide in Australia. The loud and vibrant shirts act as a catalyst to starting the conversation around mental health in men, a topic that has been hard to approach in the past for blokes, mostly due to the attached stigmas and perceived weakness.

Mick Colliss

This is the story of Mick Colliss, a man who desperately wanted to wear the green and gold and represent Australia. After trying numerous different sports, from rugby to lawn bowls, he finally achieved his dream, just not in the way you might think. Mick’s is a laugh out loud true story about mateship, having a go and never giving up.

David Brightling

David is Assistant Secretary of the Trade Disputes Branch, Office of Trade and Investment Law, at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has over a decade of experience as a lawyer, negotiator and diplomat working across a range of trade and agricultural market access issues. David served as Trade Counsellor in Washington DC from 2015 to 2018. Prior to this he was Legal Counsel and Deputy Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations. David has been part of Australia's negotiating teams on Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Japan, Korea and Malaysia and has worked on agriculture negotiations in the World Trade Organization. David grew up on a property in Western Victoria.