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Annual Conference


Tony Egan
Managing Director of Greenlea Premier Meats Limited

This family-owned business has a turnover of $300 million, 460 staff and processes over 230,000 cattle and 109,000 calves per year. Tony’s previous roles include CEO for AsureQuality for five years, the largest quality assurance organisation in New Zealand; CEO for AFFCO NZ Ltd for five years, a major meat processing company and Managing Director [Marketing and Finance] for Greenlea Premier Meats Ltd for eight years. In addition to these management roles, Tony has taken on a number of Directorships at both industry and international business levels and has represented New Zealand at a number of international forums.


Donna Purdue
Chief Economist, MBIE

Donna has been the Chief Economist at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) since 2016. In her role, she is responsible for leading the thinking on the economic frameworks used to underpin MBIE’s policy analysis, leading and shaping the direction of MBIE’s strategic research programme, and providing monitoring and analysis of key economic trends and their implications for policy advice and regulatory stewardship.
Donna has a Bachelor of Social Science with First Class Honours in Economics from Waikato University. Throughout her career she has worked in both the private and public sectors providing practical economic insights to businesses, investors and government to support their decision-making.


Professor Palatasa (Tasa) Havea ONZM,
Dean Pacific in the new Office of Pasifika Student Success at Massey University.

Before joining Massey, Tasa was Principal Research Scientist at Fonterra’s Research and Development Centre. 
Originally from Tonga, Tasa's 22-year research career began when he studied a food technology degree at Massey University. His research has been published widely in international scientific journals and he has presented at numerous international scientific conferences. He has supervised a large number of postgraduate research students.
Tasa has a distinguished record of leadership in the Pacific community, serving on a range of boards, committees and reference groups. A strong advocate for encouraging Pacific students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, he is part of the Reference Group at the Ministry of Social Development developing new strategy, is Deputy Chair of the Pacific Education Foundation Board at the Tertiary Education Commission and chairs the Amanaki STEM Academy Board.


Ian Proudfoot
Global Head of Agribusiness, Partner - Audit, KPMG in New Zealand

Ian Proudfoot joined KPMG in the London office in 1992, moving to New Zealand and the KPMG office in Auckland in 1996. Ian was admitted to partnership in 2004 and appointed as Global Head of Agribusiness for KPMG in 2013, leading a network of KPMG Professionals that now spans over 50 countries. Ian has a BSc (Hons) Industrial Economics from the University of Warwick, UK. Ian has provided audit and advisory services to a wide range of clients. Ian’s clients in the primary sector currently include businesses in the dairy, red meat, fishing, horticulture and viticulture sectors. Ian is considered to be one of the leading strategic thinkers on Agribusiness in New Zealand. He presents around the world on the future of food productions, processing and consumption articulating a vision for a food system that delivers sufficient nutrition to the world in a sustainable manner through the utilisation of disruptive innovations that fuse biological, digital and physical technologies together into new models for food producers. He is the lead author of the award-winning KPMG Agribusiness Agenda publications which have been published annually since 2010.


Closing plenary wrap–up: Professor Richard Archer

Past–President of NZIFST, Richard Archer is the Logan Campbell Professor of Food Technology in the School of Food and Advanced Technology at Massey University and is also a Fellow of the Riddet Institute.
After four years in deer by-product processing industry, then nineteen in the dairy processing industry, Richard returned to Massey University in 2004 to head Engineering, and then the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health.  Richard is now Director of the FoodPILOT and serves on several advisory boards.  He was Chief Technologist of the recently completed MBIE-funded FIET programme on food process engineering and leads a number of smaller projects and programmes.


Conference Chair:
Rob Archibald

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