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2019 Keynote Speakers

Secretary John F. Kerry (USA)

68th Secretary of State

John Kerry served as Secretary of State of the United States from 2013 to 2017. During this time, he was a key architect of the 2016 Paris Climate Accord to reduce carbon emissions and instrumental to the United States signing the historic agreement. A United States Senator since 1984, Kerry became Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2009, assuming a leadership role on key foreign policy and national security issues, including climate change.

The humanitarian threat posed by rising global temperatures is an issue Kerry has actively campaigned on since leaving public office. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs at Yale University as well as the inaugural Visiting Distinguished Statesman for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Secretary John F. Kerry is appearing on Tuesday 3 September, 10:00am-11:00am

Dr Howard-Yana Shapiro (USA)

Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars Incorporated

Dr Shapiro has spent more than 50 years working in agricultural and agroforestry systems, systems biology, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics. He led the global effort sequencing, assembling and annotating the Theobroma cacao genome, and initiated the sequencing of the Arachis genome. Shapiro founded the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) and the African Plant Breeding Academy (AfPBA) in 2011, training mid-career plant breeders to increase the nutritional value of 101 traditional food crops. In October 2017 he launched the Foldit Aflatoxin Puzzle with 460,000 gamers to redesign and improve enzymes to degrade aflatoxins. To date over 1.5 million puzzles have been submitted. In 2018 he co-authored a seminal paper providing proof of nitrogen fixation in maize.

Shapiro’s lifetime of work in plant genetics and the food industry is reflected in his role as Senior Fellow, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis, as well as a Distinguished Fellow at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi and a Scientific Advisor, MIT Media Lab in Cambridge.

A highly regarded world leader in this space, Shapiro is the author of five books, many articles and dozens of interviews. He speaks regularly on the need for innovation in agricultural production and uncommon collaborations.

Dr Howard-Yana Shapiro is appearing on Wednesday 4 September, 9:15am-10:00am

Shama Sukul Lee (NZ)

Founder and CEO of Sunfed

Sunfed founder Shama Sukul Lee, a software engineer turned food technology entrepreneur, is reimagining the food system, starting with meat. Her breakthrough company, which started in New Zealand, uses clean technology to make delectable meat without the animal, with debut product Chicken Free Chicken becoming a runaway success.

Lee’s vision is to create a highly scalable regenerative protein company that can feed the world without doing damage. Lee is conscious that food is the largest market in the world, the foundation of human health and the largest form of energy we consume, with a massive footprint impacting the whole planet. She believes changes in the food system can significantly transform the world: the better the food system, the better the wellbeing of all life. Next up for Sunfed is developing new products, including beef and bacon, along with continuing its expansion out of Australasia to the rest of the world.

Shama Sukul Lee is appearing on Thursday 5 September, 9:15am-10:00am

2019 Conference Speakers

Dr Angeline Achariya

Dr Angeline Achariya

Chief Operating Officer, Monash Food Innovation Centre

Virginia Birrell

Virginia Birrell

Australia China Business Council Victoria

Nicola Carè

Nicola Carè

Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of Italy

Dr Rachel Carey

Dr Rachel Carey

Lecturer, The University of Melbourne

Brianna Casey

Brianna Casey

CEO, Foodbank Australia

Sandro Demaio

Sandro Demaio

CEO, EAT

Denise Hamblin

Denise Hamblin

National Sector Head, FMCG, Colmar Brunton

Nick Hazell

Nick Hazell

CEO, v2food

Andrew D. Ive

Andrew D. Ive

General Managing Partner, Big Idea Ventures

Andrew Kuiler

Andrew Kuiler

Founder & CEO, The Silk Initiative

Najib Lawand

Najib Lawand

Founder, Export Connect

Professor Andrew Lowe

Professor Andrew Lowe

Director, University of Adelaide

Gerardo Mazzeo

Gerardo Mazzeo

Global Food Innovation Director, Nestlé

Jim Mullan

Jim Mullan

CEO, SecondBite

Sharon Natoli

Sharon Natoli

Director, Food & Nutrition Australia

Danielle Nierenberg

Danielle Nierenberg

Founder, Food Tank

Mirjana Prica

Mirjana Prica

Managing Director, Food Innovation Australia Limited

Matthew Pryor

Matthew Pryor

Partner, AgThentic

Adrian Spencer

Adrian Spencer

Founder, Sampano

Mark Tanner

Mark Tanner

Managing Director, China Skinny

Professor Alice Woodhead

Professor Alice Woodhead

Leader, Agricultural Value Chains and Food Systems, University of Southern Queensland

Olympia Yarger

Olympia Yarger

CEO, Goterra