Prof. Tristan perez

Tristan Perez is Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at QUT. He leads the IntelliSensing Enabling Platform at QUT’s Institute for Future Environments - a transdisciplinary research program aiming to assist industry and government to transition into the digital age - transforming data collection, modelling, analytics, and decision making. 

Over the past fifteen years, his research has focussed on mathematical systems theory with applications in robotics, aerospace, marine, defence, manufacturing, econometrics, and agriculture in collaboration with industry. 

Tristan currently leads QUT developments in agricultural robotics, and is working with industry to develop decision support for crop management based on system-theoretic concepts - agricultural cybernetics. He is also working with industry and defence to assess and develop robust autonomy for underwater and airborne vehicles.

Tristan brings a unique blend of leadership and technical capabilities to the Food Agility CRC - key to his leadership of the Agri-food Informatics Research Program. 


Prof. Ashish Sinha is the recently appointed Associate Dean Research in the UTS Business School. Previously the Head of the School of Marketing at UNSW, Ashish brings a strong academic and consulting background in consumer choice modelling. His major area of interest lies in developing models that help managers make better decisions. This extends his work at Information Resources Incorporated, Chicago, USA, where as Vice President and Chief Modeler of Analytics Insight Group he spearheaded the development of several multi-million dollar products. He has consulted for many blue chip companies, including Kraft, Pepsico and Campbell Soup Company, and advised consulting houses and regulatory organisations, including McKinsey Corporation, Information Resources Incorporated and the ACCC.

As Senior Researcher in the Food Agility CRC’s Sustainable Food Systems Research Program, Ashish Sinha’s contributions will be based on his deep experience in the design and marketing of analytics offerings. Ashish will lead the development and design of studies that will help understand the drivers of food choices in international markets. 

Mara bun- COO

Mara has held senior executive roles in investment banking, research and not-for profits with a track record of operational development, digital strategy, business development, public policy, financial and talent management. 

Mara was Director of Business Development at the CSIRO, Non-Executive Director of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, head of Internet Equities Research at Macquarie Bank and a member of the Blair Review, “Food: a growth industry”. As Head of Policy and Public Affairs for CHOICE she played a lead role in food consumer advocacy. More recently Mara was CEO of Green Cross Australia.

As COO, Mara will oversight project development and pipeline management capabilities; finance, HR and communications functions.