We are a not-for-profit think tank and industry accelerator creating the ecosystem for a more healthy and sustainable food future. Our work is driven by a dynamic team of professionals, advisors, fellows and interns, all committed to achieving a healthier, more sustainable food supply. Meet some of them here!
TEAM & BOARD
Founder, CEO & Board Director
Thomas has spent almost a decade driving social impact initiatives across five continents, leading to him being named Young Australian of the Year (VIC) in 2015. At age 13, he launched a global campaign to protect rainforests in Southeast Asia, which became the world’s highest viewed website on the topic. Thomas has since represented Australia in a climate change project with IMAX in the Arctic, was a direct on a campaign that raised $1.6 million to alleviate poverty in Cambodia, and he has led other environmental, animal protection and global development projects around the world. After realising the major contribution of industrial livestock production across all these fields, Thomas founded Food Frontier to grow the ecosystem for healthier, more sustainable proteins.
Sam Lawrence is an Australian agriculture and international trade specialist, 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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, representing New Zealand at various UN processes, and has engaged in every major Australian free-trade agreement negotiation representing Australian industry since 2011. Coming from dairy farming family and having worked at Horticulture Innovation Australia and Australian Pork Limited, Sam has built a wealth of experience advising industry groups, government and companies on a broad range of agri-food matters. Sam designed the market access prioritisation process for the horticulture industry, used as a model by the Commonwealth Government to determine bilateral negotiation priorities, and managed all international focused projects in the horticulture RDC. Sam is certified in Prince2 project management and holds a postgraduate degree in international development.
Finance & Operations Manager
Sarah is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) with a degree in Business and Commerce from Monash University. She has spent seven years in public practice focused on tax and management accounting for both for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, and prior to that she was the Office Administrator for a company in Melbourne. Combining her finance and administration expertise with her passion for plant-based nutrition, Sarah is excited to manage Food Frontier’s finances and administrative operations to strengthen the organisation’s efforts.
David brings 30 years’ experience in the business, non-profit and government sectors to his role at Food Frontier. David led successful businesses in the property, training and consulting, and was in the Senior Executive Service of the Queensland Government, up to the role of acting Deputy Director-General. For the last five years, David was Managing Director at Children’s Ground, a national NGO working with First Nations communities. David is thrilled to contribute his wealth of experience and expertise in operations management and strategy development to help Food Frontier’s create a better future.
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 is the CEO Australia and Group Deputy CEO of Grameen Australia. Grameen Australia helps the world’s most disadvantaged, especially women, gain access to financial services, life changing information and unique business opportunities. Kat started her career as a lawyer at Clayton Utz, was on the senior leadership team and Diversity Council at Perpetual Limited and most recently served as COO of tech media company, Ideapod. She is the creator of F-OFF: Fear of Failure Forum, and publicly advocates the need to overcome our national fear of failure in order to innovate. She is on the expert panel of new media disrupter Cockatoo Co. Lab, which showcases innovation and entrepreneurship from rural Australia. Kat is passionate about empowering humans, regardless of socio-economic status, to grow their potential.
For over 13 years, David has worked in a variety of roles for the world's leading aerospace companies including Boeing and Airbus across Switzerland, Malaysia, Australia & Germany. As a project manager, aerospace engineer and previous business owner, David has extensive expertise in systems, operational strategy, manufacturing and change management. Following a career change motivated by his passion for more sustainable and innovative food systems, David became the COO of Hemple, a leading Australian hemp foods company. He is a graduate of Melbourne Business School in Business Administration, and RMIT University with First Class Honours in Aerospace Engineering & Applied Science. Above all, David is most passionate about ethical business development, problem solving and instigating positive, holistic change.
HRH Prince Khaled Bin Alwaleed
CEO, KBW Ventures
CEO, Food Innovation Centre
Food Systems Specialist
Molecular Biologist & Patent Attorney
Director, The Good Food Institute
Michael Pellman Rowland
Partner at Alpenrose Wealth Management Intl
Dr Despina Handolias MBBS, FRACP
Cell-based Meat Scientist
Government Relations & Start-Up Strategist
Meet our CEO, Thomas King
Food Frontier CEO, Thomas King, presenting at Seeds&Chips 2018 in Milan - ‘the world’s largest food innovation event’ (view speech at 14:07 - 19:29)