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Tom Parker

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

Tom Parker, Commercial Business Advisor for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, is an experienced business development, marketing, and communications specialist with a focus on international trade. A Mandarin speaker, Tom has worked in international program management (AFL & Asialink), government (Austrade, City of Melbourne), media (ABC Beijing & Melbourne), as well as successfully building two businesses.

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Jim Fader

Eden Brew

Jim Fader is a purpose-driven business leader with 20+ years in retail across multiple sectors and countries and 5+ years in business turnarounds and restructures. Jim has chased innovation all his career; from fresh food product development through award winning Duty Free store concepts to turning car tyres into printer ink in a waste-to-energy startup. Jim builds entrepreneurial cultures with an authentic leadership style focussing on people, pace and collaboration.

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Sarah Nolet

Tenacious Ventures

Sarah Nolet is an internationally recognised agriculture innovation expert and co-founder of Tenacious Ventures, Australia’s only specialist agrifood tech VC firm. Sarah has been instrumental in building the agtech ecosystem in Australia and globally, as well as been ministerially appointed to the board of Industry, Innovation and Science Australia (IISA).

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Andrew May

v2food

Andrew May is the Chief Growth Officer at v2food since joining the company in 2019. His food & FMCG marketing experience across Australia & Asia-Pacific has helped shape the global vision of v2food, and enabled the growth of the organisation from a startup to a leading player in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Kristi Riordan

Harvest B

Kristi Riordan is Co-Founder and CEO of Harvest B, a Sydney based company making ingredients to create novel plant-based meat, backed by W23, Woolworths’ venture capital arm. Kristi is an experienced operating executive that has led multiple venture backed companies over the past twenty years from startup to global scale and is driven to work on initiatives that will create a stronger future.

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Michael Fox

Fable Food

In 2019 Michael co-founded Fable Food Co. in partnership with the 3 Michelin Star British chef Heston Blumenthal. Along side Fine Dining Chef/Mushroom Scientist Jim Fuller, Michael and the team at Fable develop delicious meaty food made from mushrooms and all natural, minimally processed plant based ingredients, which are now available in Australia, the UK and Singapore at over 400 restaurants and cafes, 1,700 retail stores and through the meal kit subscription company Marley Spoon.

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Allen Zelden

PlantForm Partners

Allen Zelden is the founder of Intrinity Global and PlantForm Partners, which both assist plant-based food and next-gen material companies looking to scale-up and execute growth through increased sales, funds raised and access to global networks and manufacturing. He is also President of digital eco-conscious platform FUTUREVVORLD and Future Food Advisor at Kilara Capital.

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Bianca Le

Celluar Agriculture Australia

Dr Bianca Le is a cell biologist and Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Bianca is the Director of Cellular Agriculture Australia, a nonprofit accelerating cellular agriculture R&D. She is an experienced science communicator and has contributed to national policy projects at the Academy of Technology and Engineering.

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James Petrie

Nourish Ingredients

Dr. James Petrie is the co-founder and CEO of Nourish Ingredients. An experienced crop metabolic engineer, James is now using his decades of expertise in synthetic biology to take the plant-based meat and dairy space to the next level with Nourish’s animal-free fats.

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Diem Fuggersberger

Coco & Lucas | Earth

Diem Fuggersberger is an award winning entrepreneur, flavour alchemist and storyteller. She is the Founder of Coco & Lucas + Earth and Co-Founder & CEO Berger Ingredients. The daughter of a butcher, Diem embarked on a plant-based journey with a vision to create deep, positive and sustainable change in the diets and lifestyles of the people of Australia and beyond.

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Morten Toft Bech

Meatless Farm

Morten Toft Bech is an entrepreneur and investor who started Meatless Farm in 2016 to help reduce the world’s dependency on intensively farmed meat. In 2018, the company launched its original fresh mince in UK retailer, Sainsbury’s. It is now one of the UK’s fastest growing plant-based brands, available in 22 countries with major retail and foodservice partners.

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George Peppou

Vow

George Peppou is co-founder and CEO of Vow. Vow produces meat that is better than meat we eat today, creating the world’s most tantalising and unique culinary experiences. Vow does this by culturing the cells of animals, from both species we eat today and those we could never farm, creating a range of cell ingredients which can be turned into a wide variety of products – all produced using the same manufacturing process. George began his career as a chef whilst studying biochemistery at the Univesity of Sydney. George is a serial entrepreneur and inventor, with over 30 patents granted.

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Tim Noakesmith

Vow

Tim Noakesmith is a serial entrepreneur, design professional and the Co-founder of Vow – a future-focussed food company, blending biology breakthroughs and food science to create a new category of food made with animal cells, and not the animal. Tim has held a number of Senior roles in Design and Product Strategy and before launching Vow was the Global Human-Centred Design Lead for Cochlear.

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Esha Saxena

ME& Food Tech

Co-Founder of ME& Food Tech Esha Saxena is a proven brand and business executive with a decade of experience in new product development, brand building, in-store ranging and execution and consumer marketing from Google and Mars. Esha has a passion for disruptive innovation and food sustainability and is the only female entrepreneur in cellular agriculture in Australia.

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Alejandro Cancino

Fenn Foods

Highly awarded chef Alejandro Cancino never set out to become a pioneer of the plant-based cooking scene. And yet – having spent many years building a remarkably successful career as a respected culinary talent, Alejandro made the bold decision to found Fenn Foods, a company which is now leading the plant-based meat industry in Australia.

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Ben Krasnostein

Kilara Capital

Ben Krasnostein is Principal and Managing Director of Kilara Capital, a deal origination and investment management business, dedicated to providing sustainable investment opportunities for a zero-carbon future. Ben leads the Kilara Private Equity Team and is responsible for overall management and strategy across the Kilara Group.

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Vanessa O’Neill

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Vanessa is NZTE’s trade commissioner and consul-general in Melbourne. Most recently she was an enterprise consulting director with KPMG Auckland, following their acquisition of her consulting business Estute+. At KPMG she was also the food and beverage sector lead, advising companies on growth and export strategies. Her industry experience spans technology, telecommunications, seed and venture capital, FMCG, large-format retailing, foodservice and packaging in NZ, Australia, and the UK.

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Sam Perkins

Cellular Agriculture Australia

Dr Sam Perkins is the newly appointed CEO at Cellular Agriculture Australia. Sam is an experienced humanitarian engineer, accomplished academic and nonprofit leader. He has over 10 years experience across the academic, nonprofit and private sectors in Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Sam developed and applied his expertise in strategic leadership and innovation management at organisations such as UNHCR, Bright Products AS, and Engineers Without Borders Australia. Sam completed a PhD in aeronautical engineering and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tasmania.

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Glen Neal

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

As the General Manager, Risk Management and Intelligence for FSANZ, Glen Neal is responsible for the risk management and intelligence functions associated with developing food standards. This includes labelling, contaminants, composition, additives and foods requiring preapproval such as novel foods, public health nutrition standards, and the economics and social science inputs to standards development.

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Matthew Dunn

ProForm Foods

Matthew Dunn is the Chief Executive Officer of ProForm Foods and founder of MEET. As a triple Olympian for Australia in swimming, he understands the benefits of good nutrition to maximise physical and mental performance. He has joined the family business and continues to apply his philosophy of great tasting nutritious products that are good for you and benefit the environment.

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Minister Mary-Anne Thomas

Victorian Minister for Agriculture

Mary-Anne Thomas was first elected to Parliament as the Labor Member for Macedon in 2014 and appointed Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Regional Development in 2020. She has a strong appreciation of the needs of people living in regional communities, having grown up in a small farming community in NE Victoria. Prior to being elected to Parliament, Minister Thomas worked across the public, private and community sectors, including as a communications executive at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, NAB, and Plan International. 

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Jane Sydenham-Clarke

Food Frontier

Jane Sydenham-Clarke is CEO of Food Frontier, where she applies her impressive track record driving purposeful systems change to expanding Food Frontier’s role as the lead educator and facilitator in the alt-proteins ecosystem down under. She has held executive and management positions in government, commercial and not-for-profit sectors, including current board roles. Most recently, Jane was CEO of Skyline Education Foundation Australia, and held C-suite roles at Federation Square, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct, Kidney Health Australia and VicHealth. 

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Thomas King

Food Frontier

Thomas King is Founder and Chair of Food Frontier. A social entrepreneur, international speaker and future food specialist, for the last decade Thomas has driven food systems, environmental and poverty alleviation initiatives across five continents. He founded Food Frontier to help businesses, policymakers and innovators to understand the emergence and unlock the benefits of alternative proteins. He is a Myer Fellow (2019), Young Australian of the Year VIC (2015), and a seasoned public speaker, having presented at 100+ conferences, schools and summits since 2014

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Dr Garry Rosewarne

Agriculture Victoria

Dr Garry Rosewarne is a Senior Research Scientist at Agriculture Victoria, overseeing the National Lentil and Field Pea Breeding programs along with several pulse research projects. He has released 14 crop varieties and published over 40 scientifically reviewed articles. He is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne and President of the newly formed Pulse Grains Society of Australia Inc.

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Phil McFarlane

Australian Plant Proteins (APP)

Phil McFarlane is a Co-Founder & Director Australian Plant Proteins (APP). APP was founded in 2016 to capture the significant opportunity for Australia to play a key role in the supply of high-quality plant proteins to meet increasing global demand. APP produces protein isolates from pulses (faba beans, pea, lentils, chickpeas, mung beans) using a proprietary process which creates highly functional, ‘clean’, great tasting proteins suitable for a range of food and beverage applications. Phil is responsible for APP’s R&D, business operations, and developing its future assets expansion strategy.

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Dr Jared Raynes

All G Foods

All G Foods Head of Precision Fermentation & Dairy, Dr Jared Raynes previously worked as team leader of Food Chemistry at the CSIRO. He spent the last 9 years researching casein proteins and the casein micelle in unparalleled detail and achieved what we believe is a world’s first in assembling casein micelles using precision fermentation.

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David Jochinke

Grains Farmer

David Jochinke, otherwise known as ‘DJ’, is a third generation dryland broadacre grain farmer at Murra Warra in the Wimmera. He is a Nuffield Scholar and Australian Rural Leadership Fellow and has been heavily involved in farmer advocacy since finishing his Diploma of Applied Science at Longerenong College.

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Hamish Campbell

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

Hamish Campbell is NZTE’s Sydney trade commissioner, with a background in sales, category and commercial strategy leadership in the FMCG industry. Hamish has worked across New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, spending 25 years with global multi-nationals Unilever & Kimberly-Clark in a variety of leadership roles.

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Kim Berry

Food & Drink Business

Kim Berry is the editor of the media platform Food & Drink Business. She specialises in reporting on innovation and leadership, consumer trends, sustainability, and technological change in Australia’s largest manufacturing sector. Her passion is to showcase the people and companies pushing boundaries and being bold, whether they are scrappy start-ups or global players. She produces twice weekly eNewsletters, a weekly video news bulletin, a monthly magazine, and a regular podcast.

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Danielle Bowling

Intermedia

Danielle Bowling is a Journalist and Researcher at Intermedia, Australia and New Zealand’s largest business-to-business publishing company. She has extensive experience reporting on and promoting Australia’s foodservice industry, and spent the best part of a decade as Journalist and Editor at Hospitality magazine, before moving into a PR and Communications role at a premium restaurant group in Sydney’s CBD. At Intermedia, Danielle’s at the helm of Future Alternative, a roundtable and networking event for Australia’s plant-based and alternative protein industry, and is continuing to research this burgeoning sector.

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Tony Hunter

Future Cubed

Tony Hunter is a Global Food Futurist Speaker, Food Scientist, and Strategic Foresight consultant specialising in the Future of Food. His Big Idea is that food is now technology and technology advances exponentially. Food is now TECHXponential™.

His distinctive combination of scientific qualifications, business experience and detailed understanding of food technologies drives his unique perspective on the Future of Food.

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Cookbook Author & Broadcaster

Alice Zaslavsky is a cookbook author and broadcaster bringing good food to people of all ages. Her vegetable bible In Praise of Veg topped the Australian cookbook charts, proving that you can, in fact make friends with salad. As a regular face and voice on ABC News Breakfast and ABC radio nationally, Alice brings audaciously accessible recipes and useful tidbits to viewers and listeners that helps drive the country’s conversations around food. Alice is also the creative force behind Nomcast and Phenomenom (with an M!), a Hort Innovation funded project, redefining what it means to teach kids about fresh produce and bringing food into every subject – both in the classroom and at home.

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German Spangenberg

Agriculture Victoria

Professor German Spangenberg is Head, Agriculture Victoria Research for Agriculture Victoria; Professor and Head of School of Applied Systems Biology with La Trobe University; and Director of AgriBio. He is also Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the agricultural biotechnology company Phytogene Pty Ltd. Professor Spangenberg was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service through scientific research programs in the agricultural sector in Victoria on Australia Day 2017.

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