Prof Y. Jay Gao  - Research Advisor

Prof Y. Jay Gao - Research Advisor

 Kim Adamson - Operations and Event Manager

Kim Adamson - Operations and Event Manager

 Mike Ridout - WA Innovation Broker

Mike Ridout - WA Innovation Broker

 Prof Ren Ping Liu - Research Program Leader

Prof Ren Ping Liu - Research Program Leader

Dr Mike Briers AO - CEO

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.


Should the Food Agility CRC bid be successful, Prof Harch will take the role of Research Director. Prof Harch brings to the Food Agility CRC her particular strength in managing large trans-disciplinary research initiatives with industry engagement.

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

David Tomlins - COO

David Tomlins brings extensive digital technology experience throughout the Asia-Pacific region and is the former Executive General Manager - Corporate Development and Strategy of Wotif Group, the ASX listed operator of leading digital brands in the region including and

With a strong track record in corporate strategy and leadership, and a deep understanding of emerging technologies, David has held executive roles at blue chip corporates. He has worked with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver early stage initiatives that scaled nationally and internationally across the medical, travel, telecommunications, finance, infrastructure and retail sectors.


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.

Tristan Perez - Research Program Leader

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. 

Mara Bun - Business Development

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.

Peter Loneragan -  NSW Innovation Broker

Peter has had more than 25 years’ experience working in program and research management, leadership, innovation and training within the rural industries. 

He worked for Meat & Livestock Australia for 15 years as a Program Manager for the northern beef industry, focusing on grazing management, animal nutrition, genetics, animal health, animal welfare and technology transfer.  During this time, Peter was involved in managing many collaborative research projects involving numerous research organisations, industry bodies and commercial companies.

He has built strong links within the major rural R&D funding bodies and has a good understanding of their diverse funding schemes.  Peter is currently the NSW Node Leader for the Food Agility CRC and a Research Engagement Manager within the Research and Innovation Office at UTS.