Our people

Our work is driven by a dynamic and passionate team of talented staff, interns, board directors and advisors. Meet them here!


Our founder, Thomas King, leads a diverse and highly skilled Board of Directors, many of whom have been with the organisation since its first year.
Thomas King
Founder and Chair
Thomas King is a founder, international speaker and future food specialist who has been recognised as one of Australia’s most accomplished...
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Anne Astin AM PSM PhD
Non-Executive Director
Anne is an esteemed executive and non-executive leader in Australia and New Zealand’s food innovation and agriculture sectors. She is...
David Bucca
Non-Executive Director
For the first 13 years of his career, David worked in the aerospace industry for Boeing, Airbus and Pilatus Aircraft,...
Kat Dunn
Non-Executive Director
Kat is a humanitarian capitalist and the former CEO of Grameen Australia, a social business inspired by the work of...
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Allison Gibson
Non-Executive Director
Allison is a businesswoman, an entrepreneur and humanitarian who has supported and empowered some of the most vulnerable citizens and...
Terence Jeyaretnam
Non-Executive Director
Terence is a Partner at EY and an environmental and sustainability specialist with over 25 years’ experience advising governments and...

Operational team

Our team includes food, agriculture, research, public health and policy professionals who are passionate about driving positive change in our food system.
Dr. Simon Eassom
CEO and Executive Director
Dr Simon Eassom is an experienced leader, business executive, and strategic thinker. He has had a distinguished career as a...
Hannah Andersen
Chief of staff
Hannah works across the team to help bring Food Frontier’s impactful vision to life through our programmatic work. Knowing that...
Susie O’Neill
Head of Industry Engagement
Susie engages with Food Frontier’s stakeholders across the alt proteins value chain, sharing knowledge and networks to advance the industry....
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Megan Redmond
Head of Government Relations and Policy
Meg leads Food Frontier’s political, policy and legislative advocacy and engagements. In her role, she supports governments, government agencies, regulators,...
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Kathy Cogo
Head of Communications and Marketing
Kathy leads Food Frontier’s communications and marketing. She manages projects that strengthen Food Frontier’s brand, engagement, positioning, and impact to...
Klara Kalocsay
Head of Research Strategy
Klara leads Food Frontier’s research capabilities, working to identify and address the most pressing evidence gaps in the field of...
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Liz Shaw
Event Manager
Liz leads the development and execution of Food Frontier’s premiere event, the annual AltProteins Conference, as well as envisions and...
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Sam Fuller
Operations Manager
As Operations Manager Sam supports Food Frontier to run smoothly and efficiently.  The majority of his career has been spent...
Madison Bryce
Communications Coordinator
Madison supports Food Frontier’s communications and marketing, focusing on ramping up the impact of our communications and making sure Food...
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Advisory council

Our advisors bring extensive expertise across food systems, policy, agriculture, nutrition, product innovation, exports and much more, providing considered guidance for key projects and initiatives.
Dr Angeline Achariya
CEO, Innovation GameChangers
Angeline is a recognised industry leader and innovation practitioner renowned for her strong business acumen. She serves on government, academic,...
Rob Cairns
Public Affairs Expert
For more than 20 years Rob has navigated complex challenges facing numerous high-profile global NGOs and corporations. With a passion...
Bruce Friedrich
Founder and CEO, The Good Food Institute
Bruce is founder and CEO of the Good Food Institute, a global network of non-profit organizations, with affiliates in the...
Rob Hulme
Agribusiness Specialist
Rob is a global agribusiness executive who is passionate about our food system and still likes to get his hands...
Teri Lichtenstein
Accredited Practising Dietitian
As a dietitian and nutritionist, Teri knows that food plays a critical role in overall health and she also believes...
Sarah Nolet
Food Systems Specialist
Sarah is an internationally recognized food systems innovation expert and co-founder of Tenacious Ventures, a high-support, high conviction, sector-specific venture...
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Prof Alastair Robertson
Food Science and Research Strategist
Prof. Alastair Robertson is a food and agriculture science and research strategist. With a degree in applied biology and a...
Dr Liz Specht
Vice President of Science & Technology, The Good Food Institute
As Vice President of Science & Technology at The Good Food Institute (GFI) in the US, Liz works to identify...

Our collaborators

Our work towards a sustainable, safe, and diversified protein supply is furthered through the collective impact of our collaborators, including:

Interested in joining our team?

As a small organisation, opportunities are limited, so we encourage you to follow us on LinkedIn for new hiring announcements.

Want to contribute to our next research publications, forums and events, or ongoing engagement with industry and policymakers as a volunteer, intern or fellow?

Food Frontier’s capacity and impact are expanded with the support of volunteers who share our vision. We would love to hear from professionals or students with strong research and writing experience to support our work. If you have other expertise or ideas, we’d also love to hear from you.

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