Emma CoathRocket Seeder - Managing Director
Emma is the Managing Director of Rocket Seeder Limited. She has a passion for building a sustainable food and agriculture sector through supporting innovative founders.
Emma started her career in the food industry in the late 90's, exporting food to Asia. Since then she has worked for the Victorian government in a number of food-related roles, studied food supply chains and clusters and, now, supports new food businesses to get off to a good start.
Emma has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Deakin University), a Master of eBusiness (RMIT University) and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Anneline Padayachee
The Food Scientist - Director
Dr Anneline covers a range of food and nutrition aspects from paddock to gut health to mental health, giving meaning to nutrition & identifying high value commercial opportunities. From human breast milk to alternative proteins and 3D printed foods to waste transformation, Dr Anneline is across anything related to the science of food and nutrition. Renown for her easy communication style, translating the complex into relevant bite-sized chunks with the aim of making food relevant and nutrition meaningful, Dr Anneline is a highly sought after thought leader with a reputation for mixing food and nutrition science with human physiology, consumer behaviour and anthropology. Dr Anneline has a BApplied Science (Food Science and Nutrition), Honours majoring in Nutritional Epidemiology and a PhD in Nutritional Food Science. She is a professional member of the Nutrition Society of Australia and the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST). Dr Anneline was named a Future Food Leader in Innovation by Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL), and is a recipient of the Nutrition Society of Australia’s award for Excellence in Nutrition and Dietary Fibre Research and Australia’s Best Performing Science Communicator award. She has held positions in academia and the food industry, and currently is a consultant, writes feature editorials for Food and Drink Business magazine, and is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with The University of Queensland.
Coles Group-Group Manager Nutrition & Health
Kim Tikellis is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian with over 25 years food industry experience in consumer education and food promotion, at diverse companies including Heinz Wattie’s, National Foods, Fonterra and Simplot. Kim gained food regulatory experience working for the federal government in food regulation at FSANZ plus marketing activation experience at Dairy Australia and Nestlé Healthcare Nutrition.
Adding to her diverse skill set, Kim has successfully developed & executed a retail brand strategy for health & wellness for Coles Group Supermarkets to help deliver the Coles vision for healthier & happier Australians.
Kim is a past-President of ILSI International Life Sciences Institute Australasia, and co-convenor of the non-affiliated Food Industry Nutrition Group in Victoria.
Working with food industry provides an opportunity to optimise the food supply system to positively impact population health. Influencing future food encompasses supply system stakeholders including agricultural food producers, processors, retailers and distributors of food, plus regulatory & nutrition policy to influence consumers who make choices about what to purchase and eat. Food is fundamental to our health and wellbeing, but our food supply system also affects the world around us. It’s an exciting time to be working in health & nutrition!
Food Frontier- Head of Industry Engagement
Susie is an experienced stakeholder manager with an extensive career in the agriculture and forestry sectors, working with and across primary producers, government, R&D, regulatory and supply chain organisations. She has held executive positions with VicForests and Bayer, the latter of which included overseeing the development of the company’s grains industry supply chain management plan for canola, requiring collaboration across multiple constituencies. Susie’s early career with Aventis CropScience included sales and marketing roles focused on identifying product, marketing and market development opportunities. Susie recently completed an MBA, equipping her with design thinking and futures thinking techniques she believes can uncover new ways to solve problems and envision future pathways for an emerging sector.
Dr Steven Lapidge
Fight Food Waste Ltd - CEO
Dr Steven Lapidge is the instigator and CEO of Fight Food Waste Ltd, which incorporates the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Stop Food Waste Australia. His 20+ year career has focussed on industry-based science and commercialisation, predominantly in CRC’s. In recent years he has represented Australia at G20, OECD, FAO, APEC, the Vatican and other international food waste forums. He is a member of the G20 MACS Food Loss/Waste Working Group and a Professional Member and former Non-Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology. His qualifications include a PhD and an MBA. He is a Fulbright Professional Business/Industry Fellow and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and European Summer School for Advanced Management.
Northern Australia Aboriginal Kakadu Plum Alliance Cooperative Limited - CEO
Paul Saeki is the current Chief Executive Officer for the Northern Australia Aboriginal Kakadu Plum Alliance Cooperative Limited. He has previously worked for the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation and within the Higher Education international and research sectors. He has an Honours in Archaeology, Masters in Project Management and has completed a Diploma of Food Science and Technology.
Mr David Landers
David Landers is a R&D Leader with expertise in Product Development, Culinary Arts, Innovation Approaches, Team & People Development, Productivity, and Cost Saving Initiatives. He has proudly learned from both successful and failed launched innovations in a variety of categories and across two continents.