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Invited Speakers

Etsuo Kitahara

Etsuo Kitahara was appointed Executive Director of the International Grains Council (IGC) in February 2006. Before joining the IGC, he served as the Vice- President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Mr. Kitahara started his career at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 1974, where he held a number of senior positions including as Director for GATT Affairs (1989-1993), and as Permanent Representative of Japan to the FAO in Rome (1996-1999). He has an MA in Public Administration from the University of Michigan and a BA in Law from the University of Tokyo. He has also undertaken Master courses in Agricultural Economics at the University of California, Davis.

Anthony Abraham

Anthony Abraham has overall responsibility for Macquarie’s retail agribusiness operations. In 2003, Anthony led the team that developed and now operates the Macquarie Forestry Investment and the Macquarie Almond Investment. Anthony joined Macquarie in 1990 after four years in the tax consulting division of one of the big four chartered accounting firms. He has an Economics Law degree from Macquarie University and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Sydney. Anthony is also a Chartered Accountant.

Vince Peterson

Vince Peterson joined U.S. Wheat Associates in 1985 and was appointed to his current position as Vice President of Overseas Operations in June, 2004. His twenty years of service with USW include nearly eleven years based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands directing USW’s operations in Europe and the former Soviet Union and three years managing the firm’s export market development programs in the Middle East and East Africa from Cairo. Vince was also USW’s Vice President of Marketing in Washington DC from 1988 to 1993.

Rob Gordon

Rob Gordon, President South-East Asia and Senior Vice President, Viterra, joined the company in January 2010. As the leader of Viterra’s operations in Australasia, he works in concert with

senior management to identify and pursue growth opportunities to expand Viterra’s presence and influence in Australia and South East Asia, consistent with Viterra’s overall plans for diversification and global growth.

Tom Puddy

Tom joined the CBH Group in 2006 as Wheat Marketing Manager, with a focus on growing the company’s wheat sales internationally. Before joining CBH Grain, Tom spent 15 years in the private grain exporting business, targeting niche buyers of cereal grains and pulses across Asia, the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East. Tom holds a Bachelor of Agribusiness from Curtin University of Technology. His experience in grain trading and marketing has proven invaluable in helping to transform CBH Grain into one of the Australia’s largest wheat exporters in the newly deregulated environment.

Dr Bruce Lee

Dr Bruce Lee is the Director of the CSIRO Food Futures National Research Flagship. As Director, Bruce provides science and business development leadership to a team of more than 250 leading research scientists and technical staff with skills in many diverse areas of scientific research.

Julian Cribb - MC

Julian Cribb is an author, journalist, editor and science communicator and principal of Julian Cribb & Associates who provide specialist consultancy in the communication of science, agriculture, food, mining, energy and the environment. His career includes appointments as newspaper editor, scientific editor for The Australian newspaper, director of national awareness for CSIRO, member of numerous scientific boards and advisory panels, and president of national professional bodies for agricultural journalism and science communication.

His published work includes over 8000 articles, 3000 media releases and eight books. He has received 32 awards for journalism. His latest book, The Coming Famine, explores the question of whether we can feed humanity through the mid-century peak in numbers and food demand.


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