SPEAKERS

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.

Tamara Uebergang

Tamara Uebergang is the manager at her families farm, "Berwyndale" on the western Darling Downs. The Uebergangs grow cotton, wheat, chick peas, mung beans, millet and sorghum. Tamara studied at Marcus Oldham and is a Nuffield Scholar. Motivated a sense of custodianship, Tamara has a strong interest in regenerative agriculture and improving rural communities.

Ray Wills

Professor Ray Wills’ wide–ranging career as researcher, academic, planner, consultant, adviser, manager, executive, director, business owner, and futurist. Ray is a recognised expert in sustainability, technology and futurism across many sectors including agriculture, the built environment, energy, industrials, manufacturing, resources, transport, and water. Ray’s research interests include adoption rates of technology and disruptive technology, particularly in relation to electrification and mobility.
Ray is: Managing Director, Future Smart Strategies; Chair, Blue By Design, Sun Brilliance Power, and Sundrop Estates; Non-executive Director of a number of other enterprises; and, Adjunct Professor at The University of Western Australia.
Ray has been independently recognised by various international groups as one of the Top 100 Global Leaders in Sustainability, Climate Change and Energy.
He also owns a wheat and sheep property in Cunderdin, WA.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Andrew Roberts

Andrew is the cofounder and former CEO of Farm Owners Academy. Andrew now works with a small group of driven entrepreneurs to help business owners grow their businesses. Andres also focuses on improving his client's life.
As a mentor and business coach, Andrew uses the skills that he applied to three companies he has built and sold in his day-to-day mentoring. Andrew has been mentoring business owners for over 20 years and has a passion for business. "My philosophy is simple; if you don't see a return you don't pay"

Jo Eady

Jo Eady is Director and lead consultant with RuralScope. She is responsible for the design and development of RuralScope programs, activities and solutions. Examples of her work include, facilitation of the formation of the Australian National Rural Womens Coalition, development of the first formal strategic plan for Cotton Australia, facilitation of a merger of a number of cotton industry organisations to enhance industry leverage, executive level advice and support to two of Australia’s largest pastoral companies, developer and facilitator of the Australian Future Cotton Leader, Australian Future Grain Leader and Australian Grain Farm Leadership Programs and she has supported over 2500 clients on their own leadership journey via programs, workshops and coaching / mentoring arrangements.

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.

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.

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.

Heidi Wright

Heidi Wright is the Managing Director of Wright Social Pty Ltd, a resourceful and strategic team of social media experts specialising in Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn marketing for the agri-rural sector.
Wright Social's purpose is to help leading organisations in the agriculture, food and fibre sectors GROW by developing world-class social media strategies and tactics, which are executed in a way that aligns with the business' core values.
Heidi shares a connection to grassroots agriculture with a passion for authenticity unique to every single business and client.

Mike Efron

Mike Efron is Head of Digital at Nutrien Ag Solutions, based in Melbourne. With more than 20 years’ experience building and growing digital products and businesses, Mike's passion is delivering world-class customer experiences. Mike has led digital inception and/or scale-up of brands like Kmart, Coles Online, Coles Insurance and SEEK Learning.
Mike is thrilled to be developing digital capabilities for Australia's growers, with the aim of helping growers save time and hassle, and take advantage of emerging technologies and data to improve outcomes on-farm.
Having arrived in Australia in 2003 from the United States, Mike lives in Melbourne with his wife, three teenage children and cat. He has become a Collingwood tragic and proud Australian citizen.

Majella Nolan

Majella has a background in business development, strategy and digital transformation. She is passionate about identifying and solving real on farm challenges. She has practical, on the ground experience in agriculture spending time as a jillaroo in far north west Queensland and shadowing an agronomist on the Wheatbelt in Western Australia during a graduate program post university. Prior to her current role Majella was Product Owner of a digital solution that streamlined communication loops and contracting processes relating to livestock sales. Majella also has a business degree from the Queensland University of Technology.

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.

Andrew Whitelaw

Andrew started his career in the United Kingdom working for a large scale grain and animal feed trading business before moving to Australia in 2010. He worked in the Australian grains industry in WA and Vic before becoming a market analyst.
In mid-2020, Andrew, with his partner, set up Thomas Elder Markets, to provide true independence and objective analysis on agricultural markets.
Andrew has worked with the industry, providing data-based insights into policy decisions around many areas, from GM crops to live export.
Andrew is also a commercial pork producer.

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.

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.

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.

Kayla Evans

Raised on a beef and grain property on the Darling Downs in Queensland, Kayla Evans has always had her roots firmly planted in the land. Kayla has a background in the primary industries sector and now co-hosts the Generation Ag podcast alongside Lavina Wehr. She is driven by a desire to create a movement of young people with the desire to impact the world through our agricultural industries.

Lavinia Wehr

Lavinia grew up on a farm in Scaddan, North-East of Esperance and now co-hosts the Generation Ag podcast alongside Kayla Evans. She is passionate about educating people in the Agricultural Industry. She has previously hosted her own podcast and hopes that Generation Ag can be for all people not just those in the industry to learn more about all the amazing things agriculture does for this country.

Hon David Littleproud MP

Born in Chinchilla, David Littleproud was elected to the House of Representatives for Maranoa, Queensland, 2016 and re-elected in 2019.
Minister Littleproud has been a Cabinet Minister since 2017, currently the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management and Deputy Leader for the National Party.
Over the past 20 years, he has owned a small business in Warwick and forged a career in agribusiness while living and working in towns such as Miles, Nanango, Charleville, St George, Stanthorpe and Warwick.

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.

Camilla Roberts

Camilla has a strong background in marketing, brand development, digital and data management, in a broad range of industries. She is both an Innovation Broker and also the Project Director for the Queen’s Wharf Social and Economic Impact Study. She has managed large digital projects and campaigns for Jamie Oliver in London and Melbourne, and has also worked across health, NFP, food, agriculture, tourism, government and university sectors. Camilla is on the Board of the International Specialised Skills Institute and was recently awarded a scholarship to study a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Queensland.

Dr Peter Carberry

Dr Peter Carberry is the General Manager, Applied Research, Development & Extension at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) since May 2020. Prior to joining GRDC, Peter was Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), headquartered in Hyderabad, India, where he was based from start 2015. From 1986 to end 2014, he worked at CSIRO, Australia, leaving as Chief Research Scientist. Dr Carberry's research expertise is in crop physiology, in the development and application of farming systems simulation models and in use of information systems in agriculture. He has been a developer of the Agricultural Production Systems SIMulator (APSIM) modelling framework.

Dennis Voznesenski

Dennis Voznesenski is an Agricultural Analyst – Grains & Oilseeds, at Rabobank.
Based in Rabobank’s Sydney office, Dennis focuses on supply, demand and price modelling for the grains & oilseeds sector.
Prior to joining Rabobank in mid-2018, Dennis worked for 2 year as a grains & oilseeds analyst at IKON commodities, analysing global and local supply & demand for a broad spectrum of grains industry clients. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney, majoring in economics and finance.