Global Food Forum 2019: Speakers

Albert Tse
Wattle Hill Capital

Albert is the Founder of Wattle Hill Capital which manages an Australian based Private Equity Fund investing in local companies that benefits from China’s growing

Recently, Wattle Hill led a consortium that successfully acquired and took private Australia’s largest honey company Capilano from the ASX in a $200m transaction. This has added to Wattle Hill’s interest in Australian organic food, ginger, macadamia nuts, and goat dairy products, as well as in logistics and wholesale between the Australia and China.

Prior to establishing Wattle Hill, Albert was the Legal Representative of Macquarie Capital in Beijing focused on cross-broder M&A and Equity Capital Markets, where in 2010 he helped introduced Australia’s first ever cornerstone investment into a Chinese listing – the US$22.1bn IPO of the Agricultural Bank of China.

Allan McCallum
Cann Group Ltd

Allan has a unique set of experiences in public life across a range of industries including agriculture/ agribusinesses to pharmaceuticals and recently, with plant based medicines as Chairman of Cann Group, Australia’s first licensed/permitted grower of medicinal cannabis in Australia.

He has led or been part of the team that instituted privatisation of the grain industry storage, handling and transport sector, (Vicgrain/ Graincorp) and the merging of regional based fertiliser businesses that became a global leader in explosives (Incitec Pivot).

Also Allan has been active in the restructure of the Tasmanian salmon industry via Tassal which is now a world leader in sustainable salmon production.

Anthony Pratt
Executive Chairman

Visy, with Pratt Industries USA, is the world’s largest privately-owned recycled paper and packaging manufacturer, employing more than 10,000 people, mainly in Australasia and the USA. Annual group sales exceed $5 billion.

Visy focuses on recycling, paper, packaging, clean energy and environmental technology. The paper-making arm, Visy Paper, is one of Australia’s largest exporters of manufactured goods, with customers in China, Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and the United States.

Prior to his return to Australia in 2009, Anthony was based in the United States where he led the Pratt family’s business expansion there. Under Anthony’s leadership as Chairman, Pratt Industries USA has expanded to more than 140 sites across the country, and now employs more US citizens than any other Australian company. Anthony was this month named “North American Packaging CEO of the Year” by leading industry authority, RISI.

Anthony also serves as founding patron of Prince’s Charities Australia, which extends to Australians the charitable endeavours of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.

Firmly committed to sustainable manufacturing, Anthony is an acknowledged leader in circular business practice. In 2007 he made a commitment at President Clinton’s Global initiative in New York City to invest $1 billion in clean energy and recycling infrastructure over the next 10 years. He completed that pledge in just 6 years.

Danny Celoni
Chief Executive Officer
PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand

Danny Celoni is Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand. He has overall responsibility for PepsiCo’s snacks and beverages business and its portfolio of successful brands including Smith’s, Doritos, Red Rock Deli, Bluebird, Pepsi Max and Gatorade.

Danny has been leading PepsiCo ANZ since May 2018 and has a wealth of experience in fast moving consumer goods, both locally and globally. Danny was previously Senior Sales Director of PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand and has over 22 years of experience in senior sales, commercial and strategy roles, leading large scale businesses across multiple geographies in Asia-Pacific, 17 years with Diageo, and 4 years in strategy consulting. Danny has worked and lived in Australia, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Thailand.

Danny joined PepsiCo from Australia’s leading Food &Grocery industry commercial consulting firm, Real World FMCG Consulting, part of the Advantage group of companies, where he was Managing Director of the commercial division, working with major FMCG suppliers on commercial strategy, trading term and price increase negotiations, route to market strategy, capability and joint business planning across Asia Pacific.

Danny joined PepsiCo in Nov 2016 as Senior Director and Chief Commercial Officer ANZ, responsible for leading the total commercial and customer strategy, managing the account teams, and execution agenda across all route to markets and channels at PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand. He is also responsible for driving the P&L and driving joint business planning with Australia’s key major retail partners.

Danny is passionate about developing leaders, driving category expansion through product innovation and delivering long-term sustainable growth.

Danny holds a Bachelor of Communication and lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

DD Saxena
Founder & Promoter Director
Riverina Oils & Bio Energy

DD is the founder of Riverina Oils & Bio Energy, a $150 million investment in an oilseed crushing & refining plant in Wagga Wagga, Australia.

He has successfully set up multiple green-field projects, and has senior management experience with quality organisations such as Unilever, Thapar Group of Companies (Ballarpur Industries) and was Managing Director of Bakrie International which is a multi billion dollar company in South East Asia.

In 2016, DD was awarded the Asia Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Times Now, and the CEO of the year award for the Energy and Resources Category instituted by Hancock Investments.

Fiona Simson
National Farmers’ Federation

Fiona Simson is the President of the National Farmers’ Federation and is the first woman to hold the post.

A mixed farmer and grazier with tertiary qualifications in business and education, Fiona’s passion for local food production and the growth and sustainability of rural and regional Australia has led to her current career in agricultural advocacy and as a non-Executive Director.

She also sits on the Board of the NRMA (NSW), the Australian Made Campaign Ltd, AgStewardship Australia, the Australian Farmers Fighting Fund and SproutX.

Jayne Hrdlicka
Managing Director and CEO
a2 Milk Company

Jayne commenced as Managing Director and CEO of The a2 Milk Company in July 2018.

Jayne is a senior executive with extensive experience in strategy formulation and execution, insight into customer-centricity and innovation and, importantly, an understanding of operating in a disruptive environment.

Prior to joining the Company, Jayne was most recently employed for five years in the role of CEO of the Jetstar Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas Limited with extensive coverage in Australia, New Zealand and across Asia. Previous to this Jayne led the business transformation of Qantas Airlines from 2010 to 2012. Jayne also served as a Non-Executive Director of Woolworths Limited from 2010 to 2016. In her earlier career, Jayne was a partner at Bain & Company, where she was focussed on consumer orientated businesses across many industries and markets. Jayne is also the current non-executive President of Tennis Australia.

Jayne resides in Australia.

Khan Horne
Regional Customer Executive, NSW Regional and Agribusiness

Khan is currently NAB’s Regional Customer Executive, NSW Regional and Agribusiness, which consists of approximately 250 bankers in 25 locations. In his previous role as General Manager of Agribusiness, Khan specialised in agribusiness banking with a key focus on farm gate, post farm gate business and corporate agribusiness. He is now leading from the front and has an opportunity to showcase his strong interest in supporting regional businesses.

Khan’s career has been in agribusiness banking since he joined NAB in 1992 as a graduate at Gunnedah. Khan was born in Grafton, Northern NSW where he also completed his schooling. He remains heavily involved in the family farm, a commercial Angus herd located in the Northern Rivers. He is passionate about Regional Australia, and the role agriculture plays in the economy.

Khan has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Finance from the University of New England. He is a strong believer in tertiary and post graduate education for agricultural bankers and in his current role recruits circa 30 graduates annually, predominantly with Agricultural / Economic and Commerce degrees. He attended St Johns College at Sydney University and now sits on the College Finance Committee and Council.

Lex Greensill
Chief Executive Officer

Lex Greensill, CBE, founder and CEO of Greensill, has devoted his career to devising innovative solutions that give companies greater access to working capital.
Lex’s early life was spent on his family’s sugar cane farm in Queensland, Australia where he learnt first- hand how a business can be made or broken by the supply chains to which it belongs. Lex, who founded Greensill in 2011, still finds time to harvest cane on the family farm and in so doing, remains intimately connected to the global supply chain. It is upon this foundation that Greensill builds unique working capital solutions for its clients, from the smallest of suppliers to the largest multinationals.

Today, Greensill’s working capital and supply chain finance solutions have helped to fund everything from mobile phone handsets, to the purchase of passenger aircraft and the acquisition of hydro- electric power generation plants.

Lex built Greensill from the ground up. In just seven years the company has grown to become a world leader in working capital finance with more than $50 billion extended to a pool of 1.7 million suppliers in more than 60 countries. Greensill owns a bank, based in Bremen, Germany, and has more than $5 billion of assets under management in a suite of supply chain finance investment funds operated by leading fund management organisations. This financial solidity, coupled with the company’s proprietary technology and expertise, is the basis for our clients’ success.

Prior to starting Greensill, Lex was Managing Director and Head of Supply Chain Finance for Europe, Middle East & Africa at Citibank, and established Morgan Stanley’s global supply chain finance business. Lex is a venture capitalist — backing several successful start-ups — and is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia.

Matt Tapper
Managing Director
Lion Global Markets

Matt Tapper is Managing Director, Lion Global Markets, which was formed in 2016. In his role Matt is focussed on developing Lion’s international craft beer and wine operations. Matt Tapper joined Lion in 1997 and has held a number of senior Marketing and Sales roles in both Australia and New Zealand.

His previous role has been National Marketing Director for the past five years, during which time Lion firmly established itself as Australia’s leading brewer. Among Matt’s key achievements are establishing XXXX GOLD as Australia’s best-selling beer, nurturing the country’s leading craft beer portfolio, and leading the development of Beer The Beautiful Truth, the most significant category campaign Lion has invested in.

Matt completed a Global Executive MBA, studying in Sydney, Bangalore, Silicon Valley & London in 2013. He is also a Chairman of the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA), which he has been a director and deputy chairman of for the last five years.

Olympia Yarger
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Olympia is a farmer, innovator and a pioneer of the insect farming industry in Australia. She’s the Founder and CEO of insect farm Goterra, a company that manages food waste and farms insects for human consumption and livestock feed, using robotic, modular insect farms.

She’s also the founding Director and Chair of the Insect Protein Association of Australia. A species of fly discovered in the Daintree rainforest in 2018 was named Hermetia Olympiae in honour of her work in building the insect farming industry in Australia.

Peter Greensill
Co-founder and board member

Peter Greensill is co-founder and board member of Greensill. A third-generation farmer with over two decades of experience, he also serves as CEO of Greensill Farming Group, a Queensland, Australia-based company first established by his grandfather, Roy, in 1947.

Born in Bundaberg, Peter co-owns the family business with his brothers Lex and Andrew. Under Peter, Greensill Farming Group has expanded to a team of over 100 local employees, and its operations include significant plantings of sweet potatoes and watermelons, grown in rotation with sugar cane. These crops are farmed on over 2,000 hectares of productive land across the Wide Bay region.

Peter is a graduate of Burdekin Agricultural College. Beyond his roles at Greensill and Greensill Farming Group, he is also a Director of the Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Board, and Grower Elected Director of Isis Productivity Limited.

Roger Fletcher
Fletcher International Exports

Roger Fletcher started using Council and Government owned abattoirs throughout NSW and Queensland in 1972 to process sheep for a developing customer base in Australia.

The company’s main production is sheep meat and all various by-products, which are exported to more than 95 countries globally. The abattoirs have the combined processing capacity of up to 90,000 sheep per week, employing over 1,000 people in total. According to customers, the Fletcher Brand is the most established and valued for sheep meat and lamb worldwide.

From modest beginnings, the success story has continued across 4 decades. A passionate commitment to the sheep industry in Australia is Roger’s calling. In addition to the empire he has built, he is an active member of the Australian Meat Industry Council, Australian Wool Innovation and Infrastructure NSW. Roger has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business by Charles Sturt University and is also a Patron of the Westhaven Association.

Salah Sukkarieh
Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems
University of Sydney

Salah Sukkarieh is the Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney. He was the Director Research and Innovation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics from 2007-2018, where he led the strategic research and industry engagement program in the world’s largest field robotics institute.

He is an international expert in the research, development and commercialisation of field robotic systems and has led a number of robotics and intelligent systems R&D projects in logistics, commercial aviation, aerospace, education, environment monitoring, agriculture and mining.

He was awarded the NSW Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies in 2014, the 2017 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science, and the 2019 NSW Australian of the Year nominee.

Salah is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and has over 500 academic and industry publications in robotics and intelligent systems.

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