evokeAG. 2019

Melbourne, Australia

2019 Speakers.

  • food
  • farm
  • future
  • Mark Allison

    Managing Director & CEO

  • Ric Clark

    AgriFutures Australia

  • John Harvey

    Managing Director
    AgriFutures Australia

  • Gerard Chia

    Investments & Portfolio Management
    VisVires New Protein

  • Dr. Martin Clough

    Head, Global Product Biology
    Syngenta Crop Protection AG

  • Michael Dean

    Co-Founder & CIO

  • Isabelle Decitre

    Founder & CEO
    ID Capital Pte Ltd

  • Oded Distel

    Founder & Director
    Israel NewTech

  • Nitza Kardish

    Trendlines Incubators Israel

  • George Kellerman

    General Partner & CEO
    Yamaha Motor Ventures

  • Arama Kukutai

    Managing Partner
    Finistere Ventures

  • Alec Lee

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Endless West

  • Ethy Levy

    Bridge Hub

  • Spencer Maughan

    Managing Partner
    Finistere Ventures

  • Adam Melonas

    Founder & CEO
    Chew LLC + Nursery LLC

  • Emma Parsons


  • Meiny Prins


  • Ian Proudfoot

    KPMG New Zealand

  • David Rosenberg

    Co-Founder & CEO

  • Steven Saunders

    Founder & Managing Director
    Robotics Plus

  • Prof. Oded Shoseyov

    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Gideon Soesman

    Co-Founder & Managing Partner
    GreenSoil Investments

  • Dror Tamir

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Hargol FoodTech

  • Will Wells

    Founder & CEO
    Hummingbird Technologies

  • Emma Weston

    Co-Founder & CEO

  • Tina Wilson

    Director Māori Business
    New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

  • Eugene Wong Hin Sun

    Founder & Managing Director
    Sirius Venture Capital

  • Joseph Zhou

    Investment Partner
    Bits x Bites

  • Andy Ziolkowski

    Managing Director
    Cultivian Sandbox Ventures

  • Mark Zwinkels

    World Horti Center

  • Chris Riddell

    Futurist, provocateur & global trend spotter

  • Dr. Angeline Achariya

    Monash Food Innovation Centre, Monash University

  • Dr. Iffat Ara

    Research Fellow (Spatial Science)
    Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
    University of Tasmania

  • Andrew Bate

    Founder & CEO
    SwarmFarm Robotics

  • Frances Bender

    Co-Founder & Executive Director
    Huon Aquaculture

  • Skye Blackburn

    Edible Bug Shop

  • David Blackmore

    Managing Director
    Blackmore Wagyu

  • Helen Brown

    Managing Director
    Bisnis Asia

  • Esther Callcott

    PhD Candidate
    Functional Grains Centre,
    Charles Sturt University

  • Ben Cocks

    Research Director
    Agriculture Victoria

  • A/Prof. Cassandra Collins

    Associate Professor in
    Viticulture & Research Fellow
    University of Adelaide

  • Topaz Conway

    Cicada Innovations

  • Kate Cooper

    Head of Innovation
    Westpac Group

  • Dr. Bob Dambergs

    Senior Research Scientist
    The Australian Wine Research Institute

  • Darren De Bortoli

    Managing Director
    De Bortoli Wines Pty Limited

  • Dr. Chris Downs

    Research Director – Food
    CSIRO Agriculture & Food

  • Amanda Garner

    Australian Native Foods & Botanicals

  • Jodie Goldsworthy

    Beechworth Honey

  • Sean Hallahan

    Costa Group

  • Ros Harvey

    The Yield

  • Paul Hersbach

    Head of Growth Products
    Australia Post

  • Ashley Hunter

    Executive Wireless Access

  • Tony Hunter

    Food Futurist
    Future Cubed

  • Brad Jones

    Owner & Producer
    Bungulla Farming

  • Thomas King

    Food Frontier

  • Andrea Koch

    National Farmers Federation

  • Chris Lehnert

    Robotics Lecturer
    Queensland University of Technology

  • Anastasia Lloyd – Wallis

    General Manager Consumer Insights & Projects
    Retail Doctor Group

  • Richard Macchiesi

    General Manager
    Insights & Innovation

  • Rob McGavin

    Executive Chairman &
    Boundary Bend Olives

  • Chris McLoghlin

    Co-Founder & Director
    Escavox & Mycelia Organics

  • Sean Meneaud

    Innovation Projects Manager

  • Jacinta Monck

    Co-Founder & Director
    Kimberley Wild Gubinge

  • Emma Moss

    University of Queensland, Gatton

  • Dr. Fatima Naim

    Research Fellow & Domain Lead (Crops)
    Queensland University of Technology

  • Sarah Nolet

    Founder & CEO

  • Graham Page

    Head of Technical Services
    Elders Rural Services

  • Ken Pagden

    Head of innovation

  • James Pateras

    Modular Farms Australia

  • Dianne Phan

    Trade Lead
    Hort Innovation

  • Dr. Christine Pitt

    Food Futures Company

  • Brad Plunkett

    Senior Economist, Trade & Industry Development
    Department of Primary Industries & Regional Development

  • Anthony Pratt

    Executive Chairman

  • Prof. Sakkie Pretorius

    Deputy Vice Chancellor
    Research at Macquarie University

  • Prof. Peter Ralph

    Executive Director – Climate Change Cluster (C3)
    University of Technology, Sydney

  • Reeanjou Ram

    BlockBit Solutions

  • James Riddell


  • Xavier Rizos

    Westpac NEXT

  • Karen Ross

    General Manager
    Digital, Innovation & Brand

  • Robbie Sefton

    Managing Director

  • Craig Shapiro

    Co-CEO & Founder
    Blue River Group & Bridge Hub

  • Fiona Simson

    National Farmers’ Federation

  • Ken Sloan

    Deputy Vice Chancellor & Vice-President (Enterprise)
    Monash Univeristy

  • David Smith

    Ceres Tag Pty Ltd

  • Flavia Tata Nardini

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Fleet Space Technologies

  • Matthew Pryor

    Tenacious Ventures

  • Ben van Delden

    Partner, Head of AgriFood Tech & Markets
    KPMG Australia

  • Jackson Virgo

    T-Provenance Pty Ltd

  • Anastasia Volkova

    Founder & CEO

  • Krista Watkins

    Managing Director
    Natural Evolution

  • Jonah Williams

    Sales Manager
    Airbus Defence & Space - Intelligence

  • Anthony Willmott

    Co–Founder & CEO
    Digital Agriculture Services

  • Alice Woodhead

    Professor Agricultural Value Chains and Food Systems

  • Olympia Yarger

    Founder & CEO

2019 Future Young Leaders

evokeAG. Future Young Leaders celebrates the diversity of thought and encourages and supports emerging leaders to present their thoughts and ideas about the agriculture of tomorrow. Applications for the evokeAG. Future Young Leaders program will open in June 2019.

2019 Pitch Tent & Startup Alley Highlights

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    6 International Pitch Tent applications

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    60 Startup Alley applications

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    20 Startups selected

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2019 Highlights.

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    57 Applications

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    10 Future Young Leaders

2019 Finalists.

  • Rebekah Ash

    Undergraduate Student
    University of Queensland

  • Rayali Banerjee

    Agribusiness Analyst
    Commonwealth Bank

  • Dylan Bellchambers

    University of Tasmania

  • James Bidstrup

    Elders Esperance WA

  • Callan Daley

    Beef Producer
    SJ & MM Daley

  • Jordy Kitschke

    MEQ Probe

  • Emma Moss

    University of Queensland, Gatton

  • Matthew Nevison

    University of Sydney

  • Minh Nga Nguyen

    Recent graduate
    Year 12 Student (2018)

  • Kate Taylor

    Senior Lead:
    Bioeconomy for Society
    Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

  • "I can tell you that it was unlike anything I've ever been part of, and I had the time of my life learning, interacting and enjoying what can only be described as a masterpiece."

    James Bidstrup, Future Young Leader
  • "This was a highlight and one of my favourite parts."

    Delegate, Post Event Survey
  • “Our group of Future Young Leaders have been conversing about how we can continue to work together to make progress on some of the challenges and opportunities that arose at evoke AG.

    Jimmy Bidstrup, Future Young Leader

    2019 Partners


    Elders has played a key role in rural Australia for 180 years. Their expansive network offers links to markets, tailored advice and specialist knowledge across a range of products, including farm supplies, livestock, wool, grain, finance, insurance and real estate. They are committed to delivering value to the local communities in which they operate and the future of Australia’s agriculture industry.

    Through their technical services business they offer sustainable crop and livestock production management advice, Thomas Elder Consulting provides independent premium services to drive long-term sustainable farm profitability consulting through to industry research, development and extension. Thomas Elder Institute drives collaboration and partnerships for better adoption of RD&E.





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    Additional Partners.

    Corporate Lounge.

    Media Partner.

    Event Organisers.

    • "Everything I experienced, saw and heard about this event, and the support from Austrade, makes this the stand out ag event of the last years."

      Gavin Smith, Bosch Australia
    • "We, and our customers that we brought with us, all enjoyed the two days at the event, found it to be one of the best we have ever attended."

      Denis Gavin, Lindsay NZ
    • "Thank you for an amazing two days – was such a fantastic and inspiring event. Exceptionally well run too.”

      Sarah Keenan, NZTE
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