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
Thomas is a social entrepreneur, international speaker and future food specialist who has been recognised as one of Australia’s most accomplished young pioneers. Over the last decade, Thomas has driven initiatives in food, environmental conservation and poverty alleviation across five continents, leading to him being named Young Australian of the Year VIC in 2015. Realising the limitations of industrial livestock production to sustainably feed the global population into the future, Thomas founded Food Frontier in April 2017 to support industry and government in championing alternative proteins to create a more diversified, sustainable and future-proof food supply. He was made a Myer Innovation Fellow in 2019.
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.
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.
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 food and nutrition, Sarah is excited to manage Food Frontier’s finances and administrative operations to strengthen the organisation’s efforts.
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.
Dr Liz Specht
Associate Director, Science & Technology, The Good Food Institute
HRH Prince Khaled Bin Alwaleed
CEO, KBW Ventures
Food Innovation Specialist
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
Government Relations & Start-Up Strategist
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)