FMCG, Chocolate and Koko Black with Nicolas Georges

Nicolas Georges is an innovator and a system thinker leading Koko Black through major transformational change. Challenged in his first year of leadership by a global health pandemic and business lockdown, Nic’s previous FMCG and retail experience was put to the test. 

Before Koko Black, Vitasoy Australia and Bakers Delight, Nic had already spent 15 years with Nestle in Europe and then time with Kraft Foods and Mondelez in Australia – where he helped spearhead the AUD$2billion multinational to become one of the most innovative food manufacturers in the country – and joined Monash University to create the Food Innovation Centre – where he remains an adjunct professor in Chemical Engineering.


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SPC, Much More Than Baked Beans and Spaghetti with Robert Giles

SPC is Australia’s leading producer of premium packaged fruit. It’s a company with over a hundred years of history and one that has subsidiaries that many of us have fond memories of. Robert Giles – a recognised senior leader of large scale FMCG and multiple channel businesses – leads them as their CEO.

With 30 years of experience across brands like Simplot, Nestle and Coca-Cola, Rob believes that despite Australia’s small market, if executed correctly, SPC will put Australian food manufacturing on the map.


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Food Systems Innovation with Sarah Nolet

Sarah Nolet is an internationally recognised food systems innovation expert, the CEO and Founder of AgThentic – a global food and agriculture strategy firm – and co-founder of Tenacious Ventures – Australia’s first dedicated agri-food tech VC firm.

Sarah has been instrumental in building the early stage AgTech ecosystem in Australia by advising entities of all shapes and sizes – governments, universities, startups and more – to develop and implement forward-looking initiatives in food system innovation.


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Stagekings Makes Furniture with Jeremy Fleming

Jeremy Fleming is the Managing Director of Stagekings – the company behind the sets of events like the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Ninja Warrior and Ultra Music Festival.

Navigating the company through this very difficult time, Jeremy saw an opportunity for Stagekings to manufacture WFH office furniture and thrive over 2020.

After reemploying his staff and another 70 more, the company has built the IsoKing range and donated over $50k to Support Act – a music industry crisis relief charity.


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Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index with Andrew Shirley

Combined with its New York-based affiliate, London-founded Knight Frank is one of the world’s largest global residential and commercial property consultancies.

Andrew Shirley is a senior member of their International Residential Research team and Head of Rural Research – which provides insight into farmland values and agricultural trends.

He’s also the editor of The Wealth Report – the firm’s annual thought-leadership publication for its Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) clients and their advisors.


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Animal Feed and ProAgni with Lachlan Campbell

Lachlan Campbell, the Co-Founder and CEO of ProAgni – an antibiotic-free animal feed supplement company – opens conversation on the economics of animal food and what he’s doing to make a difference in the industry.

Lachlan grew up on the family sheep farm in Australia and has decades of experience in livestock production and farm management – as a specialist consultant, advising hundreds of family farming businesses on planning and long-term sustainability.


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Ovolo Hotels with Girish Jhunjhnuwala

Girish Jhunjhnuwala is the founder of Ovolo Hotels – an international hotel group with eleven designer properties across Australia, Hong Kong, and soon, Bali.

Drawing on insights gained in the watch business, prior to Ovolo and as a regular hotel guest, Girish has steered away from the traditional ‘cookie cutter’ approach (with each property having its own story, design, and touch) and demonstrates his desire for a seamless and all-inclusive experience across key customer touch points.


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Banking to Baskin-Robbins with Ben Flintoff

Long before his current role as General Manager of Baskin-Robbins, Ben Flintoff worked in small business lending with a major Australian bank and further developed his finance career with a private bank in London, establishing a strong analytical foundation that led him to a holiday resort company in Canada, winery in Queensland and cafe and catering business in Brisbane. 

Ben’s passion for food and guest satisfaction ring through as he leads his team to create unforgettable memories through ice cream.


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Irrigation and SWAN Systems with Tim Hyde

Tim Hyde is the CEO and Co-Founder of SWAN Systems, a Perth based AgTech company that enables irrigators to optimise their water and nutrient applications to improve yields, reduce costs and conserve resources. 

With extensive experience across major horticultural and agricultural groups, as a grower and consultant, Tim has gained a deep knowledge of the issues that irrigators face on a daily basis and now, through SWAN Systems, heads a team of irrigation experts throughout Australia, to fulfill their vision of becoming ‘the global industry leader in irrigation and nutrient management software’.


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Proof and Company with Paul Gabie

Paul Gabie is the Co-founder and CEO of Proof & Company, one of Asia Pacific’s leading independent spirit companies.

With over nine offices across China, Singapore and Australia, Paul has established one of the most highly regarded creative teams in the bar world.

Guiding the development of countless bars across Asia, five have ranked in the World’s 100 Best Bars in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

In addition to engineering and law degrees, Paul holds also an MBA from IMD, in Lausanne Switzerland.


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