April 28, 2016

28/04/2016: PIX/AMC 2016 meet the speakers

PIX/AMC 2016 is pleased to announce the following confirmed speakers:
Rob Cumine, Coles Supermarkets Australia

Rob is the Coles Responsible Sourcing & Agricultural Manager, looking after the supermarket’s ethical, sustainability and agricultural programs. He is the newly appointed Supply Chain representative on the APIQ Panel.

He has a degree in Agricultural Economics and a Masters in Agricultural Marketing. Prior to Coles he worked in agriculture, food manufacturing and retailing in the UK. He also has hands on practical farming experience and through his UK business supplies Wholefoods Market with a range of grass-fed wagyu beef.

* Rob will deliver the joint PIX and AMC opening presentation on Monday, 30 May 2016.
Tobin Gorey, Commonwealth Bank
Tobin Gorey is the Commonwealth Bank’s Agri Commodity Strategist responsible for strategy and research in agri-commodity markets. Tobin returned to CommBank in October 2014 after a six-year stint offshore working for JP Morgan (in London) and Olam International (in Singapore).

Over that time he has been a continued supporter of the view that the world will demand more, and better, food. This growing demand requires a larger and more productive agriculture sector both in Australia and globally. He was educated at the University of Western Australia (Bachelor of Economic, Hons) and later at Macquarie University (Master of Applied Finance).

* Tobin will deliver a joint PIX and AMC plenary presentation on Monday, 30 May 2016.
Cheryl Kalisch Gordon BAG EC (HONS I), PHD, GAICD, Grain Growers
Cheryl is Senior Economist and Manager of Trade and Market Access for GrainGrowers Ltd. GrainGrowers’ Trade and Market Access activities include advocating for improved market access for Australian grains, supporting efforts to maintain technical market access for Australian grains, pursuit of a level playing field in grains supply and development of strategic initiatives to underpin the international value proposition of Australian Grains.

In recent years this has included Dr Kalisch Gordon representing Australian grains in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, advocating for Australian grains with respect to the north Asian trade agreements of ChAFTA, KAFTA and JAEPA, communicating trade agreement outcomes to the Australian grains industry and representing Australian grain farmers in WTO negotiations. She has also been involved in development of strategic market support activities for Australian grains in Southeast Asia and, in particular, for Indonesia.

Prior to joining GrainGrowers, Dr Kalisch Gordon lectured in economics, including Agribusiness Marketing, Benefit Cost Analysis and Market & Price Analysis, at the University of Sydney and the University of Hue in Vietnam, which followed earlier teaching roles at the University of New England. Cheryl also has considerable commercial experience across a wide range of agricultural and natural resource industries, gained while managing GHD’s Economics & Agriculture consulting group and as Consultant Economist and then Program Manager of R&D and Industry Economics for Hassall & Associates.

Cheryl has a PhD in Economics and an ongoing interest in the farm in Central West NSW where she grew up.

* Cheryl will deliver a joint PIX and AMC plenary presentation on Monday, 30 May 2016.

AMC and PIX speaker biographies can be viewed on the conference app. For information on how to download the conference app, click HERE.

A full list of the speakers can be found on the PIX/AMC site HERE.

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