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Food Frontier is the independent think tank on alternative proteins in Australia and New Zealand. We’re committed to growing our region’s protein supply with new, sustainable and nutritious options that create value for businesses, farmers and consumers.

Since 2017, Food Frontier’s research, events and engagements have helped leaders understand the emergence and unlock the benefits of plant-based meat, precision fermentation and cultivated meat.

Funded by grants and donations, our work is driven by a dynamic team of talented staff, interns, board directors and advisors. Meet some of them here!

TEAM & BOARD

Thomas King
Founder & CEO
Thomas is a social entrepreneur, international speaker and future food specialist who has been recognised as one of Australia’s most accomplished young pioneers. For the last decade, Thomas has driven food systems, environmental and poverty alleviation initiatives across five continents. He was named Young Australian of the Year VIC in 2015 and awarded a Myer Innovation Fellowship in 2019. Realising the limitations of industrial animal agriculture to sustainably feed the global population into the future, Thomas founded Food Frontier in 2017 to help industry, innovators and policymakers champion alternative proteins and create a more sustainable, nutritious and future-proof food supply. Thomas is a seasoned public speaker, having presented at over 100 conferences, schools and summits since 2014, including on-stage conversations with Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz, Dame Jane Goodall and HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed. Thomas also serves on the steering committee for Global Table, the Asia Pacific's largest agrifood innovation event.
Sam Lawrence
Director of Policy and Government Relations
Sam is a specialist in Australian agriculture and international trade, with extensive experience in the food and agri-business sector throughout Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Sam is a former diplomat with the New Zealand Government, representing New Zealand at various United Nations processes, and has engaged in every major Australian free-trade agreement negotiation representing Australian industry since 2011. Coming from a dairy farming family, Sam has worked at a national and international level for the horticulture and pork industries through their respective Research & Development Corporations, and built a wealth of experience advising industry groups, government and companies on a broad range of agri-food matters. He provides a strategic lens across risk, relationships and organisational priorities in both the public and private sectors and writes about domestic and global trends. Sam holds a postgraduate degree in international development and is certified in Prince2 project management.
Hannah Andersen
Director of Strategy and Operations
Hannah is a strategist with over 12 years’ experience in communications and change management. Agriculture and sustainability have been common threads throughout Hannah’s career – from working on transformation programs with agribusiness Elders to joining the most recognised ethical label globally, Fairtrade. Hannah worked with Fairtrade in both the Asia Pacific and in a global capacity as the Head of Brand and Communications stationed in Germany. Through her work with Fairtrade, Hannah helped connect retailers and brands with farmers in developing countries to promote fairer global trade. Hannah’s passion for sustainability led her to the United Nations in Papua New Guinea where she drove inter-agency programs supporting the country’s progress toward the global Millennium Development Goals. Hannah is also an experienced corporate affairs consultant, with degrees in organisational communications and marketing and a diploma in project management that underscore the diverse knowledge and experience she brings to the Food Frontier team.
Jennifer Weber
Head of Communications
Jennifer is a corporate and consumer communications expert who began her career in New York City, primarily supporting food and beverage clients including iconic global brands Starbucks, Barilla, Heineken and more. It was during this time that a reading of Michael Pollan’s ‘In Defense of Food’ along with immersion in her clients’ world inspired a deep curiosity about the food landscape and the varying interests that shape it. After a decade working across large communications agencies and an in-house stint at global software giant CA Technologies, Jennifer relocated to Australia. At Porter Novelli Melbourne, she quickly immersed in the Australian landscape supporting clients across energy, automotive and FMCG. For Food Frontier, Jennifer brings her holistic perspective of the food sector and storytelling experience to lead the organisation’s thought leadership and stakeholder communications.
Karen Job
Head of Industry Engagement
Karen is a seasoned food technology professional who has held a wide variety of roles across chilled and ambient product categories over her 19-year tenue with UK-based retailer, Marks & Spencer. With global responsibilities, these roles included Company Microbiologist, leading the policy development, governance and standards on microbiological safety and spoilage, and most recently head of Science & Innovation, developing and directing the food group’s technical innovation strategy spanning new technologies, products, and processes across the value chain. Karen has advised the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; secured £1M of government and industry funding and led a research initiative exploring biofilms; and presented at events like The Global Food Safety Initiative. Following a recent relocation to Melbourne, she consulted on technical and innovation requirements for food companies down under. Karen brings deep technical expertise and her passion for alternative proteins to support the innovation and growth of the sector across Australia and New Zealand.
Klara Kalocsay
Research and Content Manager
As both a nutritionist and a communications specialist, Klara brings varied expertise to her work on the research, data analytics and writing underpinning Food Frontier’s publications and resources. She began her career in Sydney at global agencies Ogilvy Public Relations and Sling & Stone, supporting communications for major technology firms and start-up clients. A growing interest in nutrition, food systems and public health inspired a return to university, where her love of research and data flourished. Klara simultaneously worked in-house at Uber Australia, supporting internal communications and serving as a member of the Green Team, where she applied a public health nutrition approach to Uber’s staff catering program. Prior to joining Food Frontier, Klara worked in health promotion and food policy in a local government setting. She is a member of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Public Health Association of Australia.
Terence Jeyaretnam
Board Director
Terence is a Partner at EY and an environmental and sustainability specialist with over 25 years’ experience advising governments and corporations. In 2005, Engineers Australia named him amongst top 10 most influential young engineers in Australia. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Queensland’s Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development. Terence holds a degree in Environmental Engineering (UWA), is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia. He is a Lead Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner. Terence founded Net Balance and Net Balance Foundation in 2006, growing the firm to Australia's largest standalone sustainability and climate change practice, twice rated by BRW as one of the top 100 fastest growing companies in Australia.
Kat Dunn
Board Director
Kat Dunn is a humanitarian capitalist and the former CEO of Grameen Australia, a social business inspired by the work of Nobel Peace Prize Winner and founder of Grameen Bank, Professor Muhammad Yunus. Kat began her career as a lawyer at top tier law firm Clayton Utz and went on to lead the regulated fund establishment team for listed company, Perpetual Corporate Trust, where in 18 months she led over 40 deals with total funds under management in excess of $3 billion. In 2016, Kat was appointed the youngest executive to serve on the senior leadership team of Perpetual Limited. Furthermore, Kat has advised the Financial Services Council and Commonwealth Treasury, served as COO of tech media company, Ideapod, and she is the creator of F-OFF: Fear of Failure Forum, a movement to overcome fear of failure and grow potential, for which she coaches CEOs on connecting profit with purpose.
David Bucca
Board Director
For the first 13 years of his career, David worked in the aerospace industry for Boeing, Airbus and Pilatus Aircraft, covering a variety of technical and leadership roles in engineering, manufacturing, and quality assurance. Following a career change motivated by his passion for more sustainable and innovative food systems, David left Boeing and became COO of Hemple, an Australian hemp foods startup, and subsequently the APAC Regional Manager for Hungry Planet, a U.S. premium plant-based meat company. In mid-2019, he founded Change Foods which is recreating dairy products using microbial biotechnology, and whose mission is to develop sustainable, healthier, and more ethical food supplies for the future. He is a graduate of Melbourne Business School in Business Administration, and holds bachelor’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Applied Science from RMIT University, as well as a Commercial Pilot Licence for aircraft.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Sarah Nolet
Food Systems Specialist
HRH Prince Khaled Bin Alwaleed
CEO, KBW Ventures
Angeline Achariya
Food Innovation Specialist
Bruce Friedrich
Executive Director, The Good Food Institute
Dr Liz Specht
Director, Science & Technology, The Good Food Institute
Teri Lichtenstein
Accredited Practising Dietitian
Michael Pellman Rowland
Impact Investment Advisor
Michael Christie
Molecular Biologist & Patent Attorney
Rob Hulme
Agribusiness Specialist

Meet our CEO, Thomas King

Food Frontier CEO, Thomas King, presenting at Seeds&Chips 2019 in Milan - ‘the global food innovation summit’ (VIEW FROM: 54:27)

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