SPEAKERS

The 2024 National Food Waste Summit features a who’s who of national and international food waste experts,
speaking across all aspects of the food supply chain, from farm to fork.

Please keep visiting this page as more speakers are continually added.


MC: Costa Georgiadis

Renowned for his passion for sustainability and environmental stewardship, Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC's Gardening Australia, will guide us through the summit as our esteemed Master of Ceremonies. With his infectious enthusiasm and deep-rooted commitment to positive change, Costa will set the stage for a truly transformative event.


INTERNATIONAL FOOD WASTE EXPERTS



Kaitlin Dawson
Executive Director, NZ Champions 12.3

As the Executive Director of NZ Food Waste Champions 12.3, Kaitlin drives collaboration and action across the food system in Aotearoa New Zealand. Kaitlin has entrenched herself in the waste minimisation sector for the past decade, previously co-directing Reground, a Melbourne based waste behaviour change social enterprise. She is most motivated when business, community and government intercept to realise impactful, sustainable change.


Jolanda Dings
Director Sustainability External Relations, Lamb Weston EMEA

Jolanda Dings is based in Breda, the Netherlands and joined Lamb Weston EMEA in 2001. She initiated the Sustainability Strategy and program for Europe in 2011 and led the implementation and sustainability reporting. She chairs the Sustainability Committees of the Dutch Food & Drink Industry Federation (FNLI) and of the European Potato Processors’ Association (EUPPA) and is a member of the EU Platform on Food Loss and Waste on behalf of EUPPA. Jolanda has a MSc degree in Animal Science (1990) from Wageningen University and has spent her entire career in the food industry, 20 years in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs and the past 14 years in Sustainability with a passion for food, nutrition & health, reducing food waste and sustainability in general.


Dana Gunders
Executive Director, ReFED, US (Virtual)

Dana Gunders became Executive Director of ReFED in 2019 after serving as a founding Board member. Deemed "the woman who helped start the waste-free movement" by Consumer Reports, Dana is a national expert who has dedicated her career to helping industry, policymakers, and consumers activate solutions to reduce food waste. Her landmark 2012 report "Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill" sparked a national dialogue about the consequences of food waste, and since then, she has continued to bring the issue to a wider audience.



Lisa K. Johnson, Ph.D., is a leader in on-farm food loss research, serving as an independent consultant and National Program Manager for USDA-SARE. Her current projects focus on providing technical assistance and protocols for in-field measurement, and estimation and analysis of food loss, in fruit and vegetable crops.


Toine Timmermans
Program Manager, Sustainable Food Chains
Wageningen University & Research Netherlands

Toine Timmermans is a global leader in food waste management and is active globally in creating impact on food waste prevention via research, innovation and establishing partnerships. Toine is currently the Program Manager of Sustainable Food Chains at Wageningen University & Research in The Netherlands, Coordinator of the European Union food waste project REFRESH, and the Managing Director of the Foundation United Against Food Waste. 

These international experts bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Summit, offering global perspectives and innovative solutions to address the challenges of food waste on a worldwide scale.

Prepare to learn more and engage in candid discussions inspired by their insights as we work together towards a more sustainable future.


SUMMIT SPEAKERS



Keynote: Craig Reucassel

Joining us as one of our keynote speakers is none other than Craig Reucassel, the dynamic host of ABC's War on Waste. Craig's groundbreaking work in raising awareness about the impacts of waste on our planet has sparked conversations and inspired action nationwide. Get ready to be captivated by Craig's insights to engage the hearts and minds of consumers for a waste-free future.


Edwina Beveridge

Edwina and her husband run Blantyre Farms, a 2,200 sow pig farm and a mixed farm of sheep, cattle and crops, near Young.

In operation for twelve years, a methane digestion system captures methane gas from pig manure and converts it into electricity. Blantyre also utilises food waste products for pig feed and saves 13,500 of tonnes of landfill each year. The NSW EPA has awarded Blantyre with a Green Globe Award for Resource Efficiency.


Dr Mark Boulet
Senior Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia, Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

Mark has been involved in behavioural-focused research of household food waste for nearly 10 years. He has worked with organisations such as Sustainability Victoria, OzHarvest and NSW EPA to provide research insights and support for the design, implementation and evaluation of their different food waste-related behaviour change campaigns. Mark is currently the Behavioural Advisor to the EFWA team developing the National Consumer Behaviour Change Campaign to reduce household food waste in Australia.


Tim Brown
CEO, Gander

As the CEO of Gander, Tim Brown leads a revolution in combating food waste with innovative technology. With over two decades of experience in the FMCG industry, Tim and the global Gander app team are on a pursuit of solutions to pressing global challenges.


Brianna Casey
CEO, Foodbank Australia

Brianna is the CEO of Foodbank Australia, the country’s largest hunger relief organisation. Brianna joined Foodbank in July 2016, following her successful term as CEO of Australian Childcare Alliance NSW. Prior to that, she spent 14 years in agri-politics, both in NSW (as Policy Director) and Queensland (as CEO). Brianna currently serves on the Board of Volunteering Australia, is a proud member of Chief Executive Women and a past recipient of the Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 Award.


Michael Dossor
Group General Manager, Result Group

Michael Dossor is a well-known packaging industry personality and general manager of Result Group with over 35 years’ experience in the packaging industry in the areas of Print, Machinery and Materials. He is an active industry contributor, participating in education forums and on advisory groups helping to shape the packaging industry’s future.



Phoebe Dowling
Head of Global Food Sustainability, Simplot Australia

Phoebe Dowling looks after Sustainability for the global Simplot food business, overseeing the pillars of people, planet and prosperity. She has enjoyed a 20+ year career with Simplot, working across multiple functions and geographies. Phoebe has been a key driver of getting the business behind the Australian Food Pact, recognizing the role that food waste plays in multiple facets of business including process efficiency, business profitability, emissions reduction and addressing food insecurity.


Nerida Kelton
Executive Director , AIP Vice President. Sustainability & Save Food – WPO

Nerida has worked in the packaging industry for over 27 years and is the lead for the EFWCRC Save Food Packaging project. She is also the lead lecturer in the Save Food Packaging training course and presents on the important role that packaging plays in minimising food loss & waste all across the world


Dr Steven Lapidge
CEO, End Food Waste Australia

Dr Steven Lapidge is the creator and CEO of Fight Food Waste Ltd, which incorporates the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Stop Food Waste Australia. His career has focussed on industry-based science and commercialisation across the wildlife management, agri-food production and sustainability fields. His qualifications include a PhD and an MBA. He is a Fulbright Professional Business/Industry Fellow, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and European Summer School for Advanced Management (Denmark), and a Professional Member and former Non-Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology. 


Boris Munster
Managing Director, Tetra Pak Oceania

Boris Munster is the Managing Director for Tetra Pak in Oceania, a world-leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Mr. Munster was appointed into the role in March 2023 after serving as Vice President of Contract Manufacturing at Tetra Pak in the U.S. and Canada.   

Based in Melbourne, Mr. Munster brings more than 20 years of experience working alongside global brands to collaborate on ingredients, processing and packaging solutions. In his current role, Mr. Munster is focused on driving sustainable growth through collaboration with Tetra Pak customers to deliver product innovations into Oceania, while also advancing sustainability progress through Tetra Pak’s contributions toward the local circular economy. 


Dr Ian Oppermann
MBA (Lon), PhD (Syd). FIEEE, FIEAust, FTSE, FACS, FRSN, GAICD

Dr. Ian Oppermann is considered a thought leader in the area of the Data, AI and the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on data and digital, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. Ian is co-founder of ServiceGen, helping Governments accelerate digital service delivery. He is also an Industry Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). From 2015 to 2023, Ian was the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist working within the Department of Customer Service where he held numerous roles including chairing the NSW government’s AI Review Committee and Smart Places Advisory Council. With a solid track record of entrepreneurialism, business transformation and business growth through partnerships, coupled with a hands-on, “can do” attitude, Ian has almost 30 years’ experience in the ICT sector and has led organisations and delivered products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. 


Lukas Parker 

Lukas Parker is an Associate Professor of Communication in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. He specialises in social marketing and behaviour change for sustainability and health.


Renee Prime
Behaviour Change Engagement Lead, Sustainability Victoria

Renee is the Behaviour Change Engagement Lead in Sustainability Victoria's Social Impact team, promoting circular behaviours with a focus on reducing food waste at home. With over ten years’ experience in marketing and behaviour change, she is dedicated to creating impactful campaigns that inspire positive environmental action.


Sophie Sumner
Marketing Communications Manager, SealedAir

Sophie Sumner is a dynamic Marketing Communications Manager at Sealed Air, passionate about how packaging innovation adds tangible value to our global food sector, and consumers around the world. With a knack for storytelling and securing 23 PIDA and WorldStar awards for Sealed Air (ANZ) since 2016, she's a creative force seamlessly blending technical expertise with compelling sustainability narratives.

Further summit speakers will be announced in the lead up to the event.


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