AusAg & Foodtech Summit 2018 seeks to present a suite of topics relevant to agritech and foodtech innovation. You can download the full program to date by clicking on the button below.
- The Australian Agrifood tech advantage
- Ag accelerators and incubators
- Medical cannabis and government regulation
- Role of RDC’s in the AgTech and FoodTech Ecosystem
- New models for early stage funding
- FoodTech and innovation
- Update on gene editing and registration of new varieties
- AgTech Adoption a 360 Degree Case Study
- The opportunities in Ag and Foodtech in Asia
Sarah Nolet - CEO of AgThentic
Sarah Nolet is a globally recognised food systems innovation expert and the CEO of AgThentic, a global food and agriculture technology consulting firm. Sarah has been instrumental in building the early-stage food system innovation ecosystem in Australia, including coaching dozens of startups, designing accelerator programs, and helping industry and government to implement international best practices in food and ag innovation.
A systems thinker with an understanding of the complexities of the food system, Sarah brings a visionary yet pragmatic approach to her work with farmers, agribusinesses, universities, investors and entrepreneurs. Sarah is on the Board of the Future Farmers Network, and holds a Masters in System Design and Management from MIT, and a B.S. in Computer Science and Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University.
Dr Christine Pitt - CEO of Food Futures Company
Dr Pitt is the Founder and CEO of the Food Futures Company, focused on creating a vibrant innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Australian agri-food and fibre sector and a unique ‘landing pad’ in Australia for local and global AgTech, FoodTech and Future Food entrepreneurs and investors. For the past 20 years, she was a senior executive with Meat & Livestock Australia and the inaugural CEO of MLA Donor Company (MDC) with overall responsibility for a +$200M strategic Agtech, Foodtech and Future Food innovation investment portfolio that covered: precision agriculture, livestock genetics; automation and robotics; environmental technologies; high value product and packaging solutions; digital platforms; objective measurement; traceability and food safety; value chain design; and building whole-of-industry innovation capability.
Dr Pitt’s career has included extensive commercial experience at CEO and director level across a range of industries spanning health, finance, retail, manufacturing and food. She holds tertiary qualifications in Science, a Masters of Health Administration and a Doctor of Business Administration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr Pitt is a proactive and successful entrepreneur and has established and successfully exited a number of start-up companies. In 2018, she also established the new social venture, Indigenous Food Connect, with the aim of creating a commercially viable and sustainable Indigenous food sector in Australia that connects key stakeholders and participants within the ecosystem.
Radek Sali - Chairman of Light Warrior
Radek Sali is the former CEO of Swisse Wellness and a brand visionary who revolutionised the vitamin and supplements product category making it aspirational. Radek pioneered the use of brand ambassadors to promote health and happiness as a way of life and ultimately led Swisse Wellness to become Australia’s largest global wellness company.
Radek is particularly insightful on building a positive organisational culture and most importantly a workplace place that people love coming too. Under his leadership, the company was for 8 years consecutively the world’s fastest growing pharmacy brand. Swisse Wellness sold to Hong Kong listed Biostime for over $1.7 billion, one of the biggest private company transactions in Australian history.
At the end of 2016, Radek moved on from Swisse to build his own investment office, Light Warrior where he could continue to live out his dreams, invest in businesses that he felt truly passionate about and have a positive societal impact.