Mike is the CEO of Food Agility, Mike was named in the Knowledge Nation 100 as Australia’s chief evangelist for big data and the internet of things (IoT) and appointed Australia’s first Industry Professor of IoT at UTS. He is currently the Founding CEO of the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre to empower Australia’s food industry to grow its comparative advantage through digital service innovation. Mike is a co-founder and Director of the Internet of Things Alliance Australia and the Knowledge Economy Institute

Mike’s pioneering efforts in fintech and e-research led to the global success of SIRCA and the founding of big data company RoZetta, e-research service provider Intersect Australia, and co-founding of Capital Markets CRC and AgTech business, The Yield.

DR Anne Astin - Chair

Dr Anne Astin brings significant experience as an independent board and committee chair, CEO and senior executive across government, industry R&D and advocacy bodies and not-for-profit professional, education and community development organisations.

Anne is a scientist with expertise and extensive networks across a complex food supply chain from production to consumption including the food and health industry, government and academic research providers, as well as government regulators, policy makers and standards setters

She sits on numerous advisory boards and committees including the CSIRO's Food & Nutrition Advisor Committee, the International Science Advisory Panel and the SafeFish Partnership.

Prof Bronwyn Harch - Research Director

As Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments at QUT Professor Harch leads transdisciplinary research efforts – where industry, government and community co-develop with QUT researchers a range of initiatives to address global challenges and build a strong Australia with a competitive economy. 

Prof Harch is an applied statistician with 21 years’ experience undertaking research focused at the nexus of agricultural and environmental systems. 

As the Food Agility CRC’s Research Director, Professor Bronwyn Harch will provide high-level research and innovation leadership. Bronwyn will lead the development, implementation and communication of the research and innovation strategy.

Clare Rutherford

Clare has a background in government, university and private sectors, focusing in program management, with experience in stakeholder management and business development.

Clare was program manager at Sense-T, an IoT focused research program at the University of Tasmania, managing 16 research projects with more than $20m in research funding, the majority of which conducted data service innovation research in Agriculture.  Most recently, Clare was business development manager for Ag-Tech company, The Yield, a partner organisation of the Food Agility CRC.   Clare is also vice-president for startup peak industry body, Startup Tasmania.