KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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DR CATHERINE BALL

Associate Professor, Dr Catherine Ball is a scientific futurist, speaker,  advisor, author, founder, executive producer, executive director and company director working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs. Catherine also likes to create businesses and champion movements, collaborate with peers, and advise game-changers.

Having been called a ‘social architect’, Catherine likes to connect people from different backgrounds across common themes. A champion of diversity and inclusion, Catherine believes we need points of difference to truly innovate and curate the changes we want to see in the world. Working to protect the natural environment and empowering all members of society through mutual education are core aspects of the projects Catherine chooses to spend her time and energy on.

Catherine continues to support Australia as being the world leader in the advancement of ethically driven technological applications. Industry 5.0 is emerging; with society and community at the heart of how we operate and curate emerging trends and capabilities. Catherine lives in Queensland with her husband and two sons.

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WARREN DAVIES

Resilience, Persistence, and Determination are the words to describe Warren Davies also he is a husband, father of 5, son, brother, mate, and normal bloke down the road.
His keynote topics are centred on resilience, persistence, determination, leadership and wellbeing, their moral relevant to all ages and communities.  Warren’s ability to engage with individuals or organisations is through the journey of him piecing back together his life and the life lessons he learned along the way. His down to earth approach makes his story and strategies relevant whether you are from the country or the city, a farmer or the CEO of a large corporation.
Warren’s authentic, inspiring and sometimes confronting presentations are filled with take home strategies developed from his business and life journey, that his audience can implement in their day to day life to overcome challenges or pick themselves up and keep moving forward. His message is simple and so very important at a time when stress is seen as normal and depression is commonplace. Warren will change the thinking and behavior of your most precious resource, your people.
You must hear his story.

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PROFESSOR DANIEL RODRIGUEZ

Professor Daniel Rodriguez works at the Centre of Crop Sciences at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland.


He develops modelling tools and integrative analyses in agriculture, that he applies to develop crop designs that are more profitable and less risky, and farm designs that are better able to manage trade-offs between the multiple functions of agriculture.


Professor Daniel Rodriguez completed his MSc and PhD at Dept of Theoretical Production Ecology, Wageningen University The Netherlands. He has a background in crop eco-physiology and systems modelling with an extensive record of publications in high-impact scientific journals.


His research is focused on exploring the functioning of agricultural systems. His projects are often carried out in multidisciplinary teams and with the participation of multiple stakeholders e.g. farmers, private consultants, agribusinesses, policy. He aims to understand how people make decisions and act, how those decisions can be informed, and how the final actions affect the performance of crops, animals, farm businesses, the broader environment and the social and food systems. He also provides science leadership to a multidisciplinary team of crop physiologists, agronomists, modellers and socio-economists i.e. QAAFI Farming Systems Research Group. The key mission of this group is to identify pathways for the sustainable intensification of agriculture in Australia and in low-income countries.

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