Dr Michael Robertson (Chairman) is Deputy and Science Director at CSIRO Agriculture & Food. His research background is in crop agronomy and simulation modelling where his work has aimed to analyse and understand broad-acre farming systems to inform better management regimes. He has worked on agricultural systems in the tropics, subtropics and temperate zone on a wide range of crops and pastures. As part of his current role Michael is leading an initiative in ‘digital agriculture’ that aims to bring together agricultural researchers and information and communication technology experts in CSIRO to explore new ways in which digital technologies can improve the way research is conducted and results are delivered to end users.
Catherine Broomfield is an advocate for the role of native breeds in sustainable grass-based systems of food production and environmental management. She is an exponent of extensive beef and sheep farming having farmed with her family for 17 years on her traditional mixed farm in Devon. She is a business entrepreneur, working in technology, farming, and rural enterprise. As a freelance consultant, she works with farming organisations to develop strategic plans and communications. She writes on food & farming in the national and farming press.
Professor Dirk Inzé is a global leader in plant biology and an ISI ‘most cited author’. His work has opened new perspectives for the identification of optimal growth regulatory networks that can be selected by advanced breeding, or for which more robust variants can be obtained through genetic engineering. As such, Dirk Inzé's work significantly contributes to providing food security for the growing world population. In 2002, Dirk was appointed Director of the Department of Plant Systems Biology of the VIB (Flanders Institute of Biotechnology). Dirk was recently awarded with the prestigious World Agriculture Prize.
Dr Adrian Percy is the Chief Technology Officer at Finistere Ventures, with more than 25 years of experience in the agricultural industry and is an advocate of the need for, and benefits of, modern agriculture. He is also a strong proponent of the development and adoption of new agricultural and food technologies which support global food security while protecting the environment. Adrian previously served as the Head of Research & Development for the Crop Science division of Bayer. He now frequently acts as an agricultural industry representative as well as an advisor or independent director to companies seeking to develop new agricultural and food technology for the market-place.
Professor Johan Six is a professor in the Department of Environmental Systems Sciences at ETH Zurich and leads the Group of Sustainable Agroecosystems. His research focuses on how management affects the complex interactions between soil, plants, and carbon and nutrient fluxes within agroecosystems and its implications for food system functioning within a continuously changing global environment. His group conducts experimental work from the microscale to the landscape scale and subsequently integrates its findings into simulation modelling to underpin the mechanistic bases of the used models, and predict agroecosystem and food system functioning across space and time.