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Ian Yule | PlantTech Research Institute

Research Director, PlantTech Research Institute Ian Yule is an experienced leading researcher with a strong track record of working in higher education conducting industry-relevant research and commercialisation. Ian has spent the bulk of his recent career working on contract research in the areas of precision agriculture, agri-technology and remote sensing; with a particular focus on hyperspectral imaging and image analysis. …

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Jurgen Vangeyte | ILVO, Belgium

Director Agrifoodtechnology, ILVO Dr. ir. Jürgen Vangeyte (M), is scientific director at ILVO. ILVO performs multidisciplinary, innovative and independent research aimed at economically, ecologically and socially sustainable agriculture and fisheries in a from farm to fork approach. He manages the research and the technical activities to support the implementation of the research and innovation. Jurgen works on several large European …

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Glenn Johnstone | Vodafone NZ

Head of ICT Practices, Vodafone NZ Glenn is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of Vodafone’s IoT, UC&C, Security, and Cloud Partners practices. He is passionate about developing future solutions and technology that can help businesses and people work the way they want to. Before Vodafone, Glenn was the CEO of WorldxChange. He has a background in modern …

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Alpha Kennedy | Prime Consulting International

NZTE Beachhead Advisor & Director – Middle East and Africa, Prime Consulting International “New Zealand’s Agritech companies should be scaling for the global market. The GCC is an important segment because of both the food production challenges it faces and the resources available to be deployed against the problem.” Alpha Kennedy is a New Zealand businessman who has been based …

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Kevin McKenna | NZTE

NZ Trade Commissioner and Consul-General, UAE, Qatar and the Levant, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Based in Dubai, Kevin is responsible for NZTE’s activities across the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Levant countries of Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. He was previously New Zealand’s trade commissioner and consul-general in Mumbai, India. Before joining NZTE, he was the executive general …

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Ben Judge | Company-X

Senior Consultant, Company-X Ben is focused on making sense of digital transformation, connecting silos and simplifying technology decisions for businesses. He specialises in business system design and has a 20 year background in IT and management. Company-X is a NZ leader in the implemention of augmented reality for industry. They have been listed on Deloitte’s Asia Pacific Technology Fast 500 …

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Warren Parker | Pāmu

Managing Director, Warren’s Insights Ltd + Chair of Pāmu Warren is Chair of Pāmu (Landcorp Farming Ltd) and the Griffith Enterprise Strategic Advisory Board, Griffith University; and a Director of Farmlands Cooperative, Quayside Holdings, Predator Free 2050 Ltd and Genomics Aotearoa. He was a member of the New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) from 2011 to 2018 including Chair from 2014, and …

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Lynda Coppersmith | NZ Young Farmers

Chief Executive Lynda is the Chief Executive Officer of NZ Young Farmers and has been in the role since October 1st, 2018. Prior to this, she has held a variety of roles across the rural sector with Fonterra, DairyNZ and LIC (previously Livestock Improvement). Most recently she worked for accounting software company MYOB in their Enterprise area where she held …

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Graeme Muller | NZTech

Chief Executive Graeme Muller is the CEO of NZTech and is passionate about the impact that technology can make to the economy and society. During his tenure, NZTech’s membership has seen phenomenal growth. This includes the establishment of the Tech Alliance, representing 20 of New Zealand’s largest tech associations. Graeme has a 20-year career in technology and business research, management …

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Emma Ayliffe | Summit Ag

Co-Founder Emma is an Agronomist that manages Irrigated and Dryland farming systems and conduct research for agricultural supply companies based in Griffith NSW. She has 10 years of experience in the field and a strong ability to work with growers to improve farming outcomes and profitability. Our Yacker platform is available on IOS and Android that is inclusive of everyone …

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Heath McWhirter | Summit Ag

Co-Founder “MobileTECH will elevate our understanding of new ideas, concepts and products coming to Ag Tech” Heath is an Agronomist that manage Irrigated and Dryland farming systems and conduct research for agricultural supply companies based in Griffith NSW. He has 10 years of experience in the field and a strong ability to work with growers to improve farming outcomes and …

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Eitan Dan | CropX New Zealand

General Manager “We are revolutionising soil sensing, leading farmers around the globe into the era of connected soil. There’s been a missing piece of the precision ag puzzle and we’ve solved it – accurate, real-time soil data.” Eitan rejoined CropX in October 2020 to lead the company’s activity in NZ, after having served as the COO between 2016-2019. Eitan has garnered …

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Geoff Bates | Pastoral Robotics

Managing Director  “Precision farming through mobile technology is the step change that will not only feed the world but also protect the environment.” Geoff is the Co-founder and engineer behind Pastoral Robotics, has had a career in new product development, including leading the team behind the first vehicle to be certified as an FTP Ultra Low Emission Vehicle. His products …

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David Inggs | Rocos

Chief Executive Officer David is a leader in commercialising innovation in nascent industries around the globe. He is currently leading a team of technologists in the world of cloud robotics. With a deep technical background in high-load, high-scale cloud platforms, mobile, IoT, and robotics solutions, David is excited about a world where robotics are used for good. Technologies like robotics …

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Andrew Cooke | Rezare Systems

Managing Director “Outsiders accuse the agricultural sector of being technology laggards. Yet every day I meet agritech specialists using the latest tech and research. MobileTech allows us to learn how we can all can benefit from smart technology, applied well.” Andrew has a background in applying software, data and agricultural science to solving problems and creating opportunities in agriculture. From …

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Jonathan Morgan | WayBeyond

Chief Technology Officer Jonathan is Chief Technology Officer for WayBeyond with more than 20 years of commercial expertise in software and integrated technology solutions for customers. Th WayBeyond creates technology for a better world. Its vision is to transform the agricultural industry so it can produce food sustainably for everyone on the planet. WayBeyond’s expertise in data, artificial intelligence, and …

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Mike Briers | Food Agility CRC, Australia

CEO Mike Briers was named in the Knowledge Nation 100 as Australia’s chief evangelist for big data and the internet of things (IoT) and appointed Australia’s first Industry Professor of IoT at UTS. He is the Founding CEO of Food Agility CRC, a co-founding director of Australian AgriTech Association, a co-founder and Director of the Internet of Things Alliance Australia …

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Nicolas Erdody | Open Parallel

Director Nicolas a specialist in building sustainable high-tech ecosystems and has lead the company’s work on the SKA radio-telescope project – the ultimate big data project in the world.

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Brendan O’Connell | Agritech New Zealand

CEO “MobileTech is a highlight of the year for agritech businesses; it represents a forum for developers, researchers and lead practitioners to engage on topics that impact us all.” Brendan is CEO of Agritech New Zealand which is a purpose-driven, membership funded organisation whose members share a passion for the opportunities that agritech can generate. Initially trained as a mechanical …

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Russell Craig | Microsoft New Zealand

National Technology Officer Russell Craig is Microsoft New Zealand’s National Technology Officer (NTO). Based in Wellington, he works with both public and private sector stakeholders on matters related to technology strategy and policy. In his role, Russell focuses on helping customers understand and realise the broad transformational opportunities enabled by Microsoft’s cloud platform. He also works with policy makers and …