Speakers

Jack Bobo, CEO Futurity

Jack Bobo

Jack Bobo serves as CEO of Futurity Food - a Communication, Policy & Technology Analysis company focusing on insights in food technology, consumer attitudes and consumer trends ibn order to deliver meaningful results for companies that are laying the foundations today for the future of food tomorrow. In 2015, he was named by Scientific American one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology.
He previously held the roles at Intrexon, a synthetic biology company developing revolutionary solutions to the world's most pressing problems--in food, energy and health, as well as in the U.S. Department of State where he worked for thirteen years as a senior advisor on global food policy, biotechnology and agricultural trade. He is an accomplished communicator, having delivered more than 300 speeches on the future of food, the role of science and technology in feeding the world and how to build consumer trust. Prior to his career at the State Department, he was an attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP. He received a J.D., an M.S. in Environmental Science, a B.A. in psychology and chemistry and a B.S. in biology from Indiana University.


Robin Shaw - Wine Tourism

Robin Shaw


Robin is Australia’s wine tourism guru. She has been at the forefront of developing new winery experience models for over 20 years, has managed one of Australia’s most successful cellar doors and tourism experiences for Pernod Ricard at the Jacobs Creek Visitor Centre, and is a former CEO of the stunning Adelaide Hills Wine region. Because of her passion for “all things wine and tourism” she had the opportunity to implement Australia’s first National Wine Tourism Strategy for the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, from which she has gone on to advise some of Australia’s most sophisticated wine tourism enterprises. Robin will be sharing her experiences and tips to get the most return from Wine Tourism!


Cassie Roma, Head of Content Marketing - The Warehouse Group

Cassie Roma

Cassie is a California native, and after 16 years in New Zealand, a proud YanKiwi. As a published writer, social media expert & keynote speaker she works tirelessly to drive creativity in content while delivering long-term growth strategies for brands large & small. Beyond her current role as Head of Content Marketing for The Warehouse Group, she’s spent time working with brands like Air New Zealand, ANZ Bank, Mighty River Power & NZME. Cassie has been awarded & recognised globally as a thought leader across many marketing & business disciplines. Her passion is in driving connections through storytelling.


Craig Elliot

Craig Elliott

Craig coordinates Australia’s activities to better prepare industry, government and the community for the arrival of Xylella fastidiosa. Previously, Craig led a consultancy supporting agribusinesses and government agencies to prepare and better respond to emergencies. He has also worked in senior management roles in Tasmanian and Queensland biosecurity agencies leading a range of biosecurity, food and chemical safety and animal welfare regulatory, surveillance, emergency response, research and engagement programs. He was an Incident Controller and Mentor to the multi-jurisdictional National Biosecurity Response Team and has led a number of major animal, plant and environmental biosecurity emergency responses in Australia.


Dr. Eric Crampton, Chief Economist, the NZ Initiative 

Dr. Eric Crampton

Dr Eric Crampton is the Chief Economist at The New Zealand Initiative and co-author of The Case for Economic Growth. Dr Crampton served as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics & Finance at the University of Canterbury from November 2003 until July 2014. He is also the creator and author of the well-known blog “Offsetting Behaviour”.


Jill Brigham, Executive Director, Sustainable Wine & Food Processing Centre

Jill Brigham

Jill Brigham is the Executive Director of the UC Davis' new Sustainable Wine & Food Processing Center. The center's mission is to establish and advance best practice designs for high-efficiency food and beverage production. She leads the development of technologies and processes necessary to enable the UC Davis Teaching & Research Winery to be fully self-sustainable and carbon neutral; generating 100% of power demand, capturing rainwater, recycling all winery process water and cleaning solutions, and capturing carbon dioxide emissions. Prior to joining UC Davis, Jill worked at NASAs Johnson Space Center, where she managed projects and engineering teams developing a wide variety of aircraft and spacecraft systems.


John Clarke

John Clarke

John is a Gisborne contract grape grower having planted his first vines in 1982. A former Mayor of Gisborne from 1989 to 2001 he is also a former Chair of Gisborne Winegrowers and is currently on several Boards in the Gisborne region.

John was elected to the NZ Grape Growers Council in 2006 and was Chair of the Grape Growers Council during the formation of NZ Winegrowers Inc. in 2016. He was elected as Chair of NZ Winegrowers in May thus becoming the first grape grower to lead the national body.


Gregory Jones Director of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education, Evenstad Chair in Wine Studies, Professor of Environmental Studies

Gregory Jones


Gregory V. Jones is the Director of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education, holds the Evenstad Chair in Wine Studies, and is a professor and research climatologist in the Department of Environmental Studies at Linfield College. He specializes in the study of climate structure and suitability for viticulture, and how climate variability and change influence grapevine growth, wine production and quality. He conducts applied research for the grape and wine industry in Oregon and many regions worldwide, has given hundreds of international, national, and regional presentations and published extensively on climate and wine-related research.


Mary Haddock-Staniland

Mary Haddock Staniland

Mary Haddock-Staniland is the Head of Membership Services at Diversity Works New Zealand, the national body for workplace Diversity and Inclusion. She is highly sought after as a keynote speaker on diversity and inclusion. Cultivating and promoting a positive culture is one of the keys to her success. Mary has a high-profile social media presence, which is used to promote issues of social justice in a positive and affirming way. Mary is an Advisory Board Member for the Circability Trust.


Dr. Mark Krasnow

Mark Krasnow


Dr. Krasnow is a viticultural and culinary scientist, and Director of Thoughtful Viticulture Ltd. His viticulture research revolves around reducing chemical and water inputs and increasing vineyard efficiency, sustainability, and profitability. He believes that a sound understanding of the grapevine, how it functions, and how it responds to our manipulations, is the key to producing the optimum quality wines with a minimum of inputs. He firmly believes the less we put into the vineyard, the more truthfully it expresses its turangawaewae.


Dr. Stephen Dibley -  Manager – Training & Biosecurity Preparedness

Dr. Stephen Dibley


Stephen has a PhD from the University of Newcastle completed in 2005. His thesis research was on molecular investigations into the role of hexose/H+ symporters in sugar accumulation of the developing tomato fruit. He has spent the last decade facilitating and managing the delivery of biosecurity training and awareness programmes for Australia’s plant based industries. His work has been critical at improving the readiness of these industries to respond to biosecurity incursions.


Dr. Vaughn Bell

Vaughn Bell


Vaughn Bell is a Senior Scientist working for Plant & Food Research. Since 2004, he has studied sap-feeding mealybugs in vineyards, with an emphasis on their ecology, biology and ability to transmit (vector) grapevine leafroll virus. By examining the inter-relationship between the vine, virus and vector, his findings have contributed to the development of a practical and financially sustainable virus management response in New Zealand. His doctoral thesis,
An integrated strategy for managing Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3 in red berry cultivars, included several management recommendations that were communicated to and widely adopted by the wine sector.



Dr. Edwin Massey

Dr. Edwin Massey

Dr. Edwin Massy is Biosecurity and Emergency Response Manager at New Zealand Winegrowers, based in Blenheim. To date key achievements in his role have included developing the New Zealand Winegrowers Biosecurity Strategy; driving the process that lead to New Zealand Winegrowers signing the Government Industry Agreement Deed in May 2017 and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Operational Agreement in July 2017. Ed also held a key role in coordinating the wine industry response to the Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016 and is a member of GERMAC (Plant Germplasm Advisory Committee) and write regular biosecurity columns for several national and regional industry magazines including New Zealand Winegrower.

Previously, Ed worked in various roles at MPI since 2005.and in 2012 took over the management of the Plant and Environment response team and held key roles in a number of horticultural sector biosecurity responses. In 2015 he joined the GIA team as principal advisor and developed the scenario for exercise RAWAHO an all of government exercise simulating the detection of a breeding population of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Ed is a strong believer that industry working in partnership with government can drive improved biosecurity outcomes. He has a PhD in geography from the University of Auckland.


Tracy Benge

Tracy Benge


Like many in the NZ wine industry Tracy’s journey started elsewhere, with a career in investment banking in London.

With a Business Degree from Victoria University and qualifications as a Chartered Accountant, Project Manager, and in Kaizen Lean Process Transformation, Tracy built a career in business management with a heavy focus on process re-engineering and finance, after several years in audit and management consulting with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Drawn to the wine industry, Tracy embarked on a career change in 2001, studying Grape-growing and Winemaking at EIT. Tracy has worked in the wine industry for over 10 years, joining NZW in 2014 as a Project Manager in Sustainability.

Tracy relocated to Marlborough in January to work on the establishment of the new Wine Research Centre. Describing it as the chance of a lifetime, this role allows her to combine her broad range of business and management skills with her wine industry and sustainability background.

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