Conference Program


R1 Seminar Hall

8.50-8.55 Official Opening Welcome to Agriworld Australia 2015
Murray Wilton
, General Manager of Agriculture, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

8.55-9.10 Opposition Ministerial Address
Fostering a Healthy, Vibrant and Prosperous Rural Australia
The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Shadow Minister for Agriculture

9.10-9.40 Opening Keynote Address
Taking a Strategic National Approach to "whole of value chain" Productivity Improvement for Food and Fibre Products
Dr Brian Keating, Executive Director, CSIRO Agriculture, Food and Health Sector

9.40-10.10 Morning Refreshments
Speed Networking Event


R1 Seminar Hall

Chair: David Foote, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Country Choice

R2 Seminar Hall

Chair: Greg Dennis, Founder, Scenic Rim 4Real Milk

10.15-10.45 AGRIINVEST

Keynote Investor Panel Discussion
What do investors look for in an agribusiness asset?

Keynote Panellists
Mark Barber,
Portfolio Manager, Laguna Bay Pastoral
Tim Faulkner, Director, Kidder Williams
David Sackett, Chief Executive Officer, Growth Farms Australia

Matt FitzGerald, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

10.15-11:00 AGRITRADE

Positioning Australia’s Agri-food Industries to Make the Most of Growing Export Opportunities

Round Table Leader
Peter Mace, Head of Skills Development, Export Council of Australia

Round Table Panelists
Michael Worthington, Chief Executive Officer, PMA Australia-New Zealand
Andrew Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Pork Limited
Dr Craig Emerson, Principal, Craig Emerson Economics
Catherine Barnett,
Chief Executive Officer, Food SA

10.45-11.20 AGRITRADE

Keynote Buyer Panel Discussion
What Do Buyers Want in a Food and Agribusiness Product?


Sophy Liu, Founder and CEO, PMI Investment and Oz-Town Australia Pty Ltd
James Hudson, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Branch, Australia China Business Council

John Wotton, Executive Director, Australia Korea Business Council

11:00-11.40 AGRITRADE

Panel Discussion
Selling the Clean and Green Australian Brand – Growing Market Opportunities for Organics, Sustainable and Ethical Produce

Michael Sutton, Special Counsel, DibbsBarker
Marg Will, Chief Executive Officer, Organic Systems and Solutions, Secretariat, Organic Industry Standards and Certification Council
Ben Copeman, General Manager, National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA)
Dr Andrew Monk, Chair, Australian Organic

11.20-11.45 AGRITRADE

Understanding Food Export Demand – Findings from the Export Market Insights Database

Dr Barry McGookin, General Manager Innovation, Capabilities and Skills, Food Innovation Australia Ltd

11.45-12.10 AGRITRADE

Changing Asian Food Demand: Implications for Australian Food Producers and Manufacturers

Dr Jammie Penm
, Assistant Secretary, Agricultural Commodities and Trade, ABARES

11.40-12.10 AGRITRADE

Taking a Whole of Value Chain Approach to Biosecurity, Food Safety and Food Related Disease

James Conlan, Senior Scientist, Food Standards Australia New Zealand

12.10 – 12.50 AGRITRADE

Where Does Australia Stand on Agribusiness? Comparing Australian Performance and Potential on a Global Stage

David Dyer, Principal, McKinsey & Company

12.10-12.40 AGRITECH

Australian Water Market Reform – Increasing Water Availability and on-farm Productivity

Alister Walsh
, Chief Executive Officer, Waterfind

12.50 - 13.50 Luncheon

13.50 – 14.20 AGRITRADE

Building Brand Australia – Developing a Strong Name for Australian Produce

Nick Nichles
, General Manager - Marketing, Online and Business Practice, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)

13.50 – 14.20 AGRIINVEST

Attracting Australian Super to the Agribusiness Sector – What Would it Take?

Pauline Vamos
, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia

14.20 – 14.50 AGRITRADE

Making the most of Chinese e-commerce Opportunities for Australian Food Producers and Manufacturers

James Hudson, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Branch, Australia China Business Council

14.20- 14.50 AGRITRADE

Need to improve and expand Australia’s agricultural export infrastructure
Michael Whitehead
, Director, Agribusiness Insights, ANZ

14.50 – 15.30 AGRITRADE

Tackling Challenging Terms of Trade for Australian Agribusiness

Dr Andrew Tomkins, Director of Agriculture, TPI 
Andrew Hudson,
Board Director and Chair of the Trade Policy Committee, Export Council of Australia
Michelle Christoe
, Executive Director, Australian Horticultural Exporters Association (AHEA)

14.50 – 15.30 AGRITECH

Making Agricultural Research Paddock Ready - Exploring Outcomes of the National Paddock Survey Project

Chris Sounness, Chief Executive Officer, Birchip Cropping Group Inc

15.30 – 16.00 - Afternoon Refreshments
Speed Networking Session

16.00 – 16.30 AGRITECH

Building Human Capacity, Diversification and Intensification of Production at Echo Hills Farm

Peter Thompson, Owner, Echo Hills Farming Co

16.00 – 17.00 AGRITRADE

Export Readiness for Food Manufacturers
Najib Lawand, General Manager - Market Development, Food Innovation Australia Ltd

16.30 – 17.00 AGRITECH

The smart and savvy future farmer
Matt Barton, Mixed Enterprise Farmer and Advisor, Resource Consulting Services

17.00 - 18.00 Close of Day One
Networking Drinks



Day two conference sponsor:

Dibbs Barker

R1 Seminar Hall

R2 Seminar Hall

8.45 Welcome from the Chair

Caroline Welsh, Chairman, Birchip Cropping Group Inc. BCG

8:50 Welcome from Chair

Scott Mckinnon, Business Development Manager, F4F Agriculture

8.50 - 9.10 AGRITRADE

Marketing and Market Development for Food Products

Jayne Gallagher, Product and Market Development Manager, Australian Seafood CRC Ltd

8:55 - 9.40 AGRITRADE

Relationship Building in the Agrifood Value Chain

Discussion Leader

Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

Round Table Members
David Foote, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Country Choice

Alison Clark, General Manager of Marketing, Houston's Farm

9.10 – 9:50 AGRIINVEST

Unlocking Northern Australian Agricultural Development Opportunities

Dr Peter Stone
, Research Director, CSIRO Land & Water Flagship
Dr Andrew Ash, Senior Research Leader, CSIRO Agriculture Flagship

9.40 – 10.20 AGRITRADE

Panel Discussion
The New Collaborative Supply Chain – Creating Connected Networks of Economic Value
Panel Leader

Taf Shaamano, ANZ
Chai Alexiou, Executive Director, Supply Chain and Procurement, Compass Group
Nick Evans, Managing Director (UK), F4F Agriculture
Michael Kilgariff, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Logistics Council (ALC)
Kirsten Larsen
, Director, Open Food Foundation

9.50 – 10.20 AGRINEXT
Meeting the growth and profit challenge in horticulture

Harry Debney, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Costa

10.20 - 10.50 Morning Refreshments
Speed Networking

10.50 – 11.20 AGRINEXT

Value Adding for Food Producers

John Brady, Chief Executive Officer, KAGOME Australia

10.50 – 11.20 AGRITRADE

Round Table Discussion
Implications of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct

John Kench, Chairman, Johnson Winter and Slattery

11.20 – 11.50 AGRINEXT

Panel Discussion
Skilling Australia’s Food Manufacturing Sector for the Future Boom

Professor Martin Cole, Director, Food and Nutrition Flagship, CSIRO
John Murray
, NSW/ACT State Director, AusIndustry Entrepreneur Development, Department of Industry
Dr. Andre Teixeira, Former Chief R&D and Quality Officer, Goodman Fielder Limited

11.20 – 11:50 AGRITECH

Panel Discussion
Building Farming Innovation Partnerships - Promoting Industry Investment in Agricultural Research, Development and Technology


Rob McInnes, Partner, Dibbs Barker

Gerard Davis, GM Innovation and Technology, Australian Agricultural Company
Dr Nigel Preston,
Research Director, Agricultural Flagship, CSIRO

11.50 – 12.20 AGRIINVEST

Lessons that the Big End of Town Can Learn from the Humble Family Farm

David Sackett, Chief Executive Officer, Growth Farms Australia

11:50 - 12.20 AGRITRADE
Learning how to reach and connect with potential buyer partners in a new market

Mr Josh Gordon, Project Officer Industry Development, DPI
Ian Sanders, Manager International Engagement, DPI

12.20 – 13.20 – Luncheon
Networking Session


13.20 – 13.40 AGRINEXT

Food Consumer Insights and Trend Forecasting

Martin Kneebone, Managing Director, freshlogic

13.20 – 13:40 AGRITECH

Best Practice Approaches to New Crop Development

Bob Williams, Director of Plant Industry Development, Northern Territory, Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries

13.40 – 14.00 AGRIINVEST

Optimising the Most Important Input in Australian Agribusiness –People!

Susan Webster, Executive officer, Agribusiness Gippsland Inc

13.40 – 14.00 AGRIINTRADE

Mapping sweet returns for farmers – advances in supply chain tracking at Wilmar Sugar

Raymond De Lai
, GIS Manager, Wilmar Sugar

14.00 – 14.40 AGRITECH

Panel Discussion
Selling Our Skills – Opportunities for Exporting Australia’s Farming Expertise

Cheryl Stanilewicz,  A/g Assistant General Manager, Food and Agribusiness, Austrade
Dr Denis Blight, Chief Executive, The Crawford Fund

14:00 - 14:40 AGRIINVEST

Young People in Agriculture - Fostering the Next Generation of Australian Producers

Round Table Leader
Michael Burgess, Executive Officer, Future Farmers Network

Matt Linnegar, Chief Executive, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation
Murray Wilton
, General Manager of Agriculture, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
Joanna Baker
, ‎Founding Director, Youth Food Movement Australia

Georgie Aley, Chair, Future Farmers Network

Alexandra Iljadica, Founding Director, Youth Food Movement Australia

14.40 – 15.05 - Afternoon Refreshments
Networking Session

15.05 – 15.50 AGRITECH

Panel Discussion
Farming Automation, Robotics, Driver Assistance, Drones and the New Remote Farmer

Greg Dennis, Founder, Scenic Rim 4Real Milk
Dr James Underwood, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Field Robotics, The University of Sydney
Professor Tristan Perez,
Professor - Leader Agricultural Robotics, Queensland University of Technology
Ed Fagan
, Manager, Mulyan Farm

Phillip Lyons, Director, Falcon UAV

15.05 – 15.20 AGRITRADE

Progress Towards a Seamless Cold Chain Netween Australia and China

Peter Verry, Managing Director, Peloris Global Sourcing

15.20 - 15.35 Dairy into China - the industry strategy of uniting a value chain to deliver into a new market

Mike Logan, Chief Executive Officer, Dairy Connect

15.50 – 16.30 AGRITECH

Panel Discussion
The New Digital Agribusiness – Precision Agriculture and Data Analytics in Agriculture

Amanda Castray, Acting Director, Sense-T
Professor David Lamb, Professor, School of Science and Technology, University of New England
Mark Pawsey,
General Manager, SST Software Australia

David Eyre, General Manager, Research & Development, NSW Farmers

15.35 - 16.30 AGRITRADE

Accessing Free Trade Agreements and Free Trade Zones, Opportunities for Australian Agribusiness

Lisa McAuley, Chief Executive Officer, Export Council of Australia

R1 Seminar Hall

16.30 – 17.30 Plenary Closing Round Table
Riding Back Up on the Sheep’s Back – An 100 Year Vision of Australian Agribusiness

Round Table Leader
Laurenz Ramdohr, Head of Business Consulting Australia, Ipsos

Round Table Members
Peter Schutz
, Chairman, Food Innovation Australia Ltd
Murray Wilton, General Manager of Agriculture, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
Catherine Barnett, Chief Executive Officer, Food SA
Michelle Christoe, Executive Director, Australian Horticultural Exporters Association (AHEA)

Georgie Aley, CEO, AIFST

17.30 - End of Conference

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