Dr Anneline Padayachee
The Food Scientist - Director
Topic: The Future of Nutrition for the Australian Food Supply.
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.
Nutrition is more than a buzz word for swanky marketing. In truth all foods provide nutrition to the human body, some with an A+ grade profile, and others with a less diverse, lower quality nutritional profile. The science of nutrition is all about trying to understand the impact of food components on health and wellness. And this can have a major implication on the food supply beyond diet foods and fads. For Australia, this can be a contributing valuable factor that differentiates brand Australia from other food supplies. A high quality, safe food supply goes beyond food poisoning to include the impact on health and longevity (including sustainability) as well. Australia is renown for a high quality, safe food supply. And like most of the western world, we're focusing on sustainability too. But nutrition could be Australia's unique point of difference in a global food market vying for shares from high value consumers.
Rocket Seeder - Managing Director
Topic: Future Food Systems and Emerging Food Industries
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.