Speakers and Chairs

Our 2018 conference speakers and chairs are listed below with biographical details. Their address abstracts and presentations have been added where available.



The Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for Foreign Affairs



The Hon John Anderson AO
Chair of the Crawford Fund



Ms Frances Adamson
Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government



Dr Alessandro Demaio
Chief Executive Officer, Eat Foundation and co-host of the ABC television show Ask the Doctor



Dr Jessica Fanzo
Co-chair of the Global Nutrition Report; Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer, UN FAO; and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University



Prof Andrew Campbell
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)



Dr Anna Okello
Associate Research Programme Manager, Livestock Systems, ACIAR



Joanna Kane-Potaka
Assistant Director General, External Relations, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and Executive Director, Smart Food



Dr Marco Wopereis
Director General, World Vegetable Center



Professor Glenn Denning
Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and Earth Institute



Tania Paul
Horticulture Team Leader and Research Fellow, Charles Darwin University and Crawford Fund Northern Territory Committee Coordinator



Philmah Seta Waken
Agronomist, Papua New Guinea National Agricultural Research Institute and Masters Candidate in Agricultural Science with an ACIAR John Dillon Fellowship at the University of Queensland



Annie Major
Senior Manager, Adam Smith International, Asia Pacific



Dr Jessica Bogard
Nutrition Systems Scientist, CSIRO



Dr Shamia Chowdhury
Nutrition Specialist, WorldFish



Associate Professor Alex Johnson
School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne



Rebecca Boustead
Head of Corporate Communications, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Kellogg Asia Pacific



Professor Robyn Alders AO
Professor of Food and Nutrition, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney



Dr Mario Herrero
Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO Agriculture and Food



Professor Maggie Gill
Chair of the Independent Science & Partnership Council, CGIAR



Dr Sarah Pearson
Chief Innovation Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade



Malcolm Thompson
Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources