Sarah has lived and breathed the food business since working at a North Melbourne flour mill at the tender age of 18. Following university, she worked for 10 years in R&D and new product development with a range of food companies. Sarah then spent 15 years in consumer market research where she worked across every grocery aisle, including the bottle shop. For 3 tears she was General Manager of Industry Services at the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology. Sarah now has her own company, SHYLAND, where she is energised by establishing connections with all kinds of food, people and culture.
Sarah is passionate about future trends, innovations and what our relationship with food tells us about our society.
Speed Skater Steven Bradbury collected the most unlikely, unthinkable gold medal in the history of the Olympics. Australia's first Winter Olympic Gold medal! Steven tells an amazingly inspirational story of triumph over adversity, of how he underwent years of obsessive training, pain, setbacks, sacrifice and life threatening injuries and of how he armed himself with the information and tools he needed to achieve this amazing success.
Tess Walch is a Senior Commodity Advisor with Market Check, based in Streaky Bay on SA’s Eyre Peninsula. Tess grew up on a broadacre cropping property in Patchewollock in the Victorian Mallee. She has post graduate qualifications in Applied Finance and was a 2018 participant in the Grain Growers Ltd Australian Grain Leaders Program.
Tess re-joined Market Check in 2018 as a regionally based adviser after having previously worked in the Sydney office in 2013/14. Between that time, Tess worked for Clear Grain Exchange based in Melbourne before moving to the EP to work for FE Grain as a grain marketer, leveraging her knowledge of the Australian grain markets and her local presence to help maximise returns for local growers.
Claire is a lawyer and farmer near Dubbo, NSW. Claire and her husband are first generation farmers, having started their farm business in 2012 at age 28 after saving the deposit in their 20’s. Booth Ag produces irrigated and dryland horticulture, grains, pulses and livestock on the flood plains of the Macquarie River near Geurie and Dubbo.
#operationofffarmincome Claire works off farm (3 days) in the areas of estate planning and business law, with Duffy Elliott Lawyers.
As the 2017 Rabobank Nuffield Scholar, Claire, Brendan & their 1 year old son travelled to Brazil, NZ, Asia, Europe, UK and North America - to interview exceptional family farm businesses who focused on financial literacy and the intergenerational transfer of knowledge. Claire’s report focuses on land values, debt, financial literacy in agriculture.
Following the Nuffield Scholarship, Brendan & Claire decided to implement Claire’s report findings and bought their 3rd farm, tripling their turnover and debt in 2018.
Brendan and Claire’s toddler keeps life fun, having recently starting to copy his father in the sheep yards.
Guy’s interest and passion for agriculture has seen him move from his hometown of Perth to Sydney, Canberra and now Narrabri where he works as a Precision Weed Control Scientist with the University of Sydney. In this role Guy is seeking to develop site-specific weed control options including herbicide alternatives such as lasers and targeted tillage, involving robotics, machine learning and weed science. Making the decision to move into agriculture instead of studying medicine in 2016, Guy is passionate about ‘agvocacy’ and is involved with the Ag Institute Australia, AgriFutures Ignite Panel, Thought for Food Challenge, Country Education Foundation and founded his own platform AgriEducate, to help bridge the consumer-producer gap.
Brett is a fifth generation farmer running a mixed farming business in Quambatook in Victoria’s Mallee. Together with his wife, Jane, and their four daughters, they grow wheat, barley, canola, lentils and field peas, along with sheep and cattle.
He has had a long-standing involvement in the Australian grains industry which saw him serve Victorian growers as the Victorian Farmers Federation Vice President and prior to that as VFF Grains Group President from 2013 until 2017. He has a passion for growing and for supporting farmers and the small communities that support them, ensuring their voice is heard.
Brett is active in his local community and is involved in many of the organisations which contribute to keeping a small community going.
Mr Nabeen Dulal joined Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) in 2018 as a research scientist specialising in oat quality and processing. He is developing innovative products and processes to increase the use of Australian oats. Previously, he worked as a food technologist in a food processing company where he was involved in new and innovative product development, and quality control.
Mr Dulal has diverse academic background with undergraduate degree in microbiology and postgraduate degree in food science. He is also about to complete his PhD degree on plastic packaging which was co-funded by RMIT university and Coca-Cola Amatil.
McMullen Consulting began operations in 2005 and the Director is Gerard McMullen. Gerard has worked in the grain industry for 35 years. He initially worked for the Australia Wheat Board for 20 years and held a number of roles including field operations and as Manager of the Quality Assurance and Food Safety Division.
He is currently the Project Manager for Grain Quality in Grain Trade Australia responsible for providing advice on grain Standards and providing training to industry on implementation of those standards.
Gerard is Chair of the National Working Party on Grain Protection, responsible for providing advice to industry in the areas of post-harvest grain storage and hygiene, chemical use, outturn tolerances, international and domestic market requirements and chemical regulations.
His business also offers consultancy services to the grain industry on aspects relating to grain quality, food safety, market requirements and identity preservation.
A born and raised city kid who ended up in the country. Zoe's social media pages are dedicated towards supporting and encouraging young Aussies to become a part of the Australian Agricultural Industry. Zoe has over 35,000 followers on Instagram, over 150,000 followers on Facebook and 6,700 subscribers on youtube. Check out her hilarious videos that give a unique insight into Australian agriculture.
Sally’s expertise in animal behaviour, welfare and learning science has been integral to the development of Agersens’ first product, eShepherd. This world-first virtual herding technology will enable cattle producers to fence, move and monitor their livestock remotely. Sally also works closely with a variety of external stakeholders to ensure the animal behaviour and welfare science around virtual herding technology is clearly communicated and well understood.
Sally continues to deliver guest lectures at the University of Melbourne as an expert on dog and cat behaviour and welfare. Sally trains her own dogs for obedience, agility, retrieving and the occasional starring role.
Shane was born and raised on his family’s grain farm on Eastern Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Being one of seven children didn’t leave him much chance to become a grain farmer, but his passion for farming led him to a career in agribusiness investments first in Australia, then in the US and now in Europe. Shane currently works for Unigrains, a French grain farmer owned investment group with a portfolio of +100 minority/non-control investments in agribusiness, food companies and farmer co-ops. It all started in 1963 when the French grain growers, founders of Unigrains, decided to invest (by way of grower levies) in the French agri-food industry to support the promotion of their grains and other crops. Unigrains has been developing steadily ever since in France and abroad, amassing +€850m of its own capital, making it one of the largest grain farmer controlled investment groups in the world. Unigrains’ mission is to continuing supporting the development and strengthening of agri-food and agribusiness sectors by promoting the emergence of leading companies within the industry
Jason has been involved in grain quality for 23 years, beginning in Newcastle terminal in 1995. Jason has progressed in a variety of leadership roles across port and country environments with GrainCorp Operations Limited, and in particular has a major focus on understanding importing country and regulatory requirements as they relate to grain exports. Jason has overall responsibility for GrainCorp’s Quality Assurance department.
Jason is a member of the GTA Standards Committee, GTA Trade & Market Access Committee, a member of GIMAF and a member of the Department of Agriculture industry consultative committee - GPPEICC.
Dennis Hoiberg has a background and interest in behavioural change management teamed with over 30 years experience working with individuals and organisations to reach their full potential and bounce forward through change. The founder of Lessons Learnt Consulting has brought his unique views and strategies on resilience across Australia and overseas including a recent successful tour spreading his message of hope to farmers across America and regional NSW with the NSW Government’s The Big Community Muster Tour.
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. Jo grew up in a small dairy farming community in Victoria.
Shona Gawel, GrainGrowers General Manager, Grower Engagement will be presenting on “Brand You: being heard in a loud world”.
This does not mean you will necessarily emerge from the session as the next Kim Kard-AG-shian. Shona’s presentation however will hopefully provide you with some strategic approaches for achieving your professional goals, utilising contemporary communication channels.
Just in case though, you are on track to be the next big thing since sliced bread, Shona will also be running through some tips on working with the media.
Shona has almost 20 years’ experience in communications across the public and private sector, both in Australia and internationally. Shona is looking forward to working with you at Innovation Generation 2019.
Tony Mahar is Chief Executive Officer of the National Farmers’ Federation.
He first joined the NFF as General Manager, Economics and Trade in July 2012. In December 2014 Tony was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and since March 2016 has held the position of Chief Executive Officer.
Tony has a long history of working with and representing industry and government across a range of areas including economic policy, international trade and sustainability. He has lead high profile national industry campaigns on issues such as the review of national competition policy, fuel tax credits and backpacker tax to name a few. As part of his role at NFF he has developed and led Federal election strategies and budget responses and headed up the national media and communications responses on industry wide issues.
Prior to joining the NFF, Tony worked with global food and grocery companies on economic and sustainability issues at the Australian Food and Grocery Council. He worked for a number of years with the Federal Department of Agriculture in International Trade and Horticulture Industry Policy. Prior to that he worked for Elders in Griffith NSW. He holds tertiary qualifications in business, commerce/economics and a Masters in Business and Industry Policy.
Julia Hausler is a mixed farm grower in the Wimmera region of Victoria. She has more than 20 years’ experience in agriculture including expertise in marketing, accumulation, education, agribusiness finance and rural policy.
Julia is Chair of Rural NorthWest Health Board, Group Treasurer for Central Wimmera CWA and a member of the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) Research Committee. She has been a GrainGrowers member since 2004.
Julia completed the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2013 and was named as a finalist in Fairfax Media’s Inaugural 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness Awards.
In her role as Grower Relations Manager – South for the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Courtney Ramsey works with growers, advisers, researchers and other industry stakeholders to identify constraints and opportunities affecting grain grower profitability, and to act as a two- way conduit for information flow with the GRDC. Courtney is based in Horsham, Victoria and along with two Adelaide-based counterparts, services the GRDC Southern region, encompassing Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia. Courtney established her career as a researcher in functional genomics (salinity tolerance) and in-crop herbicide tolerance. She has been a grower, and prior to joining the GRDC, worked as an adviser in SA state politics. In 2014 Courtney was awarded the title of Rural Ambassador for Australasia and has previously served as the president of young farmer group, SA Next Gen. She has been with the GRDC since 2017 and is passionate about ensuring research delivers impact on the ground for southern Australian grain growers.
Steve started his career at PWC but he soon realised he was far more entrepreneur than accountant and left to launch his first startup, a social-commerce platform. It was featured as one of Apple's Top Lifestyle Apps and Steve was recognised as one of Australia's Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25 by StartupSmart in 2013.
Steve then sought out serial entrepreneur and BRW Young Rich-Lister Dr Sam Prince and started an Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship in 2013. After spending three years working with Sam, Steve and Sam founded Shine together, creating Australia’s first Nootropic Drink developed for optimal mental performance.
Under Chapman's leadership, Shine+ is one of the fastest growing beverage companies in Australia. In three short years Shine+ can now be found in over 3,000 retailers across Australia including Caltex, Harris Farm, IGA and have recently launched into Coles & Woolworths.
Born and raised in Tasmania and descended from convicts on both sides of his family, Patrick is a true representation of the Tassie spirit. One of the founding fathers of the modern Tasmanian and Australian whisky industries and an inaugural member of the Tasmanian Whisky Producers Association and the Australian Distillers Association, his passion and vision survived countless ups and downs as the craft Australian distilling industry was first getting off the ground.
During his early years at the helm of Sullivans Cove, Patrick did everything from working the still, to rolling barrels, to filling bottles, and travelling the world to introduce people to Tasmanian single malt whisky. His efforts were soon rewarded when in 2007, Sullivans Cove became the first ever Australian whisky to win "Liquid Gold" status in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible. Then in 2014 Patrick's world, and the Tasmanian whisky industry, changed forever when Sullivans Cove was named "World's Best Single Malt" at the World Whiskies Awards.
Lucy has recently joined the GrainGrowers team, having previously worked in farm policy research with the Australian Farm Institute. Lucy is currently completing a Master of Environmental Science and Management specialising in crop physiology and has experience in both industry and government-based roles, having previously worked as a research Agronomist with Kalyx Australia and as a Research Officer (life-cycle assessment) with the NSW Department of Primary Industry.
Stuart was born and raised on his family’s dry area farm north of Barellan in the Western Riverina region of New South Wales. On his 12th birthday he was given 50 acres to farm as he pleased and has been experimenting and growing a wide range of cereal grains here for more than 20 years. Moving away to University during the Millennial drought, Stuart developed a strong passion for home brewing, which then saw him travel the world seeking out high quality brewing ingredients, traditional brewing processes and unique and rare beers.
Working closely with his childhood mate and farming neighbour Brad Woolner, Stuart and Brad established the Barellan Beer Company, a Not for profit community organisation that took locally grown Barley and had it turned into a community beer ‘Golden Grain Ale’- One of the first beers in the country that had full product traceability. Due to strong demand for similar raw brewing ingredients from other craft brewers and distillers, Stuart and Brad established Voyager Craft Malt. Australian first on farm craft malthouse, creating the world’s most sustainably produced malt house which now supplies more than 25 single origin artisan malt varieties to craft breweries and distilleries around the country.
As Mecardo’s Business Development Manager, Andrew is responsible for managing both the strategic and marketing direction and day-to-day operations of Mecardo. Andrew has a strong agricultural background with extensive understanding of grain markets and commodity risk management.
Andrew has spent the past fifteen years in the grain/animal feed industry in Europe and Australia. Andrew’s main motivation within the industry is assisting producers (and consumers) to reduce their price risk through the adoption of management strategies.
Robert is KPMG's National Lead Partner - Food and Agribusiness. He works across the agribusiness and food supply chain to help businesses build profit and growth, solve complex problems and harness new ideas.
He is passionate and experienced leader in the agribusiness, food and fibre sector. He grew up on the family farm and studied agricultural science and business leadership. He has worked for many outstanding agribusinesses across finance, genetics, policy and operations. His goal is to ensure that KPMG's client's current and/or future investments in agribusiness and food are profitable and sustainable.