Dr. Steven Lapidge
Fight Food Waste Ltd - CEO
Topic: Fighting food waste in Australia - past, present and future
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.
This presentation will outline the major events that have occurred in Australia over the last decade in relation to Australia’s fight against food waste, our current commitment of halving food waste by 2030, and how we can collectively achieve the audacious goal over the next 8 years. Detailed will be the different yet integrated roles of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre and Stop Food Waste Australia, federal and state governments, industry and the not for profit sector.
Dr. Simon Lockery
RMIT - Associate Professor
Topic: Food waste reduction through date labels and storage advice
Associate Professor Simon Lockrey is the Reduce Program Leader in the Fight Food Waste CRC. The domains in which Dr Lockrey has managed research include life cycle assessment, co-design, design innovation, marketing, resource efficiency, and food waste. As a result, he has generated millions of dollars of ‘industry facing’ Category 1, 2, 3 and 4 research, creating global impact through policy change, commercial outcomes, media coverage, and thousands of citations. Dr Lockrey’s projects have required the deployment of sustainability strategy, tool development, and training for global and nationally significant companies, including Chep, Visy, Nestlé, Lendlease, Costa, Grocon and Breville. Relevant government and NFP projects have also ensued, with Sustainability Victoria, Australian Fresh Produce Alliance, Australian Food and Grocery Council, Australia Post, Australian Antarctic Division, Uniting AgeWell, and Meat and Livestock Australia. On practice, his experience has been wide and varied for organisations such as Cyclone, Dyson, Whirlpool, Sabco, Sorbent, Novatech Controls, Schiavello, and Henkel, which has resulted in the generation of billions of dollars in income and Intellectual Property. Products he has designed have won Australian Design Awards, and the internationally recognized Red Dot Award. Simon is currently Executive Director of Glowpear, Vice President of Automotive Historians Australia, and sits on the board of International Sustainable Development Research Society.
Date labels and storage advice assist consumers to safely store, prepare, and eat food. Confusion about such labelling and advice is often highlighted as a key driver of food household waste. This presentation showcases three related research projects within the AU$121 million Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre, detailing the role date labels and storage advice play in both the industry and consumer contexts with insights about how they may be more effective. As such a larger research project is presented (starting immanently), that aims at transforming how future date labels and storage advice are deployed in the Australian context.
Fight Food Waste Ltd - Project Manager
Topic: What has the Household Intervention project taught us about reducing our own food waste?
Dr Gamithri Karunasena is a consumer behaviour specialist with extensive experience in marketing food projects. Her international experience includes marketing and branding with multinationals such as Nestle. She has co-authored numerous industry reports and academic journal articles on household food waste in Australia.
Gamithri was Project Manager for the Household project and currently leads the Evaluation of Interventions project under the ENGAGE program within Fight Food Waste CRC. The Household project provided insights around food behaviours in Australian households which help guide decision makers to develop more effective interventions seeking to reduce household food waste. The Evaluation of Interventions project will evaluate selected household food waste reduction interventions in Australia and is anticipated to be finished in early 2023.
Gamithri has a PhD at University of New South Wales, an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, and first-class honors undergraduate degree in marketing, from the University of Colombo. Gamithri is working as a research fellow in the School of Business and Law, at the Sydney campus of Central Queensland University.
Prof. David Pearson
Fight Food Waste CRC - ENGAGE Program Manager
Topic: The business case for a nationwide consumer food waste behaviour change campaign
Professor Pearson is an executive in Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre. He has had a major role in development of the Business Case for Nationwide Consumer Food Waste Behaviour Change Campaign.
David is leading the Fight Food Waste CRC ENGAGE Program. This embraces a portfolio of research projects providing evidence to support behaviour change for consumers, education of future leaders (30 PhD and 12 Masters), and skills training in industry through the Industry Connection Hub.
David has considerable leadership achievements in industry as an investment banker in the development capital markets, significant engagements with the Not-for-profit sector, and expertise in pursuing environmental sustainability in consumer society. This internationally recognised thought leadership focuses on encouraging consumers to make considered choices, such as improving their health and contributing to a more environmentally sustainable global food system.