SPEAKERS

Scott Hansen

Director General, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Scott Hansen joined NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) as Director General on 17 March 2014.

Before joining the Department he held senior management positions in both the public and private sectors with a defined interest in the areas of agriculture, innovation and productivity. Immediately prior to joining the Department of Primary Industries, Scott was Managing Director of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) responsible for the overall operations of the business and a $170 million industry-funded budget for research and development and marketing. He has also served in leadership roles as the Executive Director of Sheepmeat Council of Australia, Executive Director of Victorian Farmers Federation Pastoral Group, and previously worked with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries.

Mike Zimmerman 

Partner, Main Sequence Ventures

Michael brings over 20 years experience in strategy, business development and general management of technology startups and other high growth companies. Michael founded BuildingIQ in 2009 and served as its CEO until 2013. Prior to founding the company, Michael was a General Partner at Technology Venture Partners (TVP), a leading Australian venture capital firm. Prior to TVP, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Altos Ventures, and a senior executive at iOwn Holdings, a leading Internet mortgage company (sold to Citigroup in 2001). Previously, Michael worked with Bain & Company and Goldman Sachs. He holds a BA with Honors from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford Business School.

Adrian Turner 

Chief Executive Officer, Mindaroo Foundation Fire Fund Inititaive

 Adrian is an experienced corporate leader and has a strong track record of building innovative companies and organisations that tackle complex challenges. At Minderoo Foundation, Adrian is CEO of the Fire Fund Initiative which was established in January 2020 with a $70 million commitment from Andrew and Nicola Forrest. The collaborative Initiative aims to see Australia become a global leader in fire and flood resilience by 2025. The initiative is also working with communities to help them respond and recover from the devastating 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires. In addition to his responsibilities at the Minderoo Foundation Adrian co-chairs AustCyber, the national Program to build a vibrant domestic cybersecurity industry. Prior to joining the Minderoo Foundation, Adrian was the founding CEO of CSIRO’s Data61, the data and digital specialist arm of Australia’s national science agency. He previously spent 18 years in Silicon Valley and was co-founder of Borondi Group, cofounder and CEO of Mocana Corporation, had profit and loss responsibility for Philips Electronics connected devices infrastructure and was Chairman of the Board for Australia’s expat network, Advance.org

HOST& FACILITATORS

BRUCE FINNEY

Group Director, Business Development and Innovation,

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Bruce Finney is the Group Director for the Business Development & Innovation team with NSW DPI who have goals for improved innovation, digital transformation and increased commercialisation. He is an experienced leader in Australian agriculture and rural research having previously held roles with one of Australia’s largest pastoral companies and was the Executive Director for the Cotton RDC for over 14 years. Having contributed to building a vision for the future of rural innovation in Australia he is now working to create greater R&D impact through synergies between the public and private sectors.

KRISTA MENTJOX

Principal Project Officer & GATE Program Lead, Business Development and Innovation, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Krista Mentjox leads the DPI Commercialisation and GATE programs for over 4 years. She has previous experience in the private sector varying from corporate legal, business programs and events and film production.  

CAROLYNNE JAMES

Manager GATE, Business Development and Innovation,

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Carolynne has over 20 years experience in strategic and policy advice to state and local
government with management roles in the NSW Cabinet Office, the NSW and Northern
Territory Parliaments, and the City of Sydney Council. She has been the leader of the
GATE Project – Global Ag-tech Ecosystem, launched in March 2018 in Orange.

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