30-31 May 2021

Business Summit Speaker Directory


Hear from industry experts on topics related to amazon, trends, category insights, social media best practices, and more to create a profitable brand in the natural, organic and health space.


Alice Storey, Co-founder, PurePops

Alice and Georgi began selling their freshly squeezed, hand-made pops at the Bondi farmers market in summer '11 and you can now grab a pure pop across Australia from beachside kiosks, pools, cafes, grocers and even Uluru IGA. "We still make our ice pops by hand, using the best quality ingredients to create the most delicious all natural flavours. They're fun to make, fun to eat and good for you (the way things used to be)."

Alistair Leathwood, Chief Commercial Officer, Asia Pacific, IRI

With a research and strategy career spanning 20 years in the UK, US and Australia, Alistair has demonstrated his experience in helping businesses to grow. Alistair has worked across a broad range of sectors including technology, retail and consumer products and is a regular speaker and commentator on technology, the retail landscape, and consumer behaviour.

Andrew Buttery, Director of Sales and Marketing, Organic and Raw Trading Co

Andrew Buttery’s marketing career spans 28 years and diverse industries such as petroleum, biodynamic wine and FMCG. He’s a specialist in international brand building and passionate about health and sustainability. Andrew is currently relishing the challenge of transitioning MOJO to Coca Cola ownership and distribution, guiding a large and diverse team.

Angeline Achariya, CEO, Food Innovation Centre, Monash University

Angeline has more than 20 years of diverse international innovation and leadership experience in blue chip multinational companies like Masterfoods Japan, Fonterra, Yum! Brands and Mondelez International. Angeline has led cross-functional teams across innovation, strategy development, market expansion and R&D execution.

Bob Bourke

Bob Burke, Principal, Natural Products Consulting

Bob Burke is a globally renowned health and specialty products expert and a sought after speaker at Expo West and East, The Specialty Food Association’s Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows in the US and is an advisor to leading natural, organic and specialty food manufacturers and retailers worldwide.

Caleb Marshall, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Tropeaka

Caleb Marshall is the co-founder and Managing Director of Tropeaka. Lauched in 2016 Tropeaka has seen exponential growth, becoming one of the fastest growing businesses in the health and fitness industry. Today, Tropeaka has a multi-million dollar yearly turnover and has global sales in more than 50 countries around the world.

Daniel van der Heyden, Partner Channel Manager, Unleashed Software

Daniel van der Heyden is in Unleashed’s Australian Partner team. He has over 10 years’ experience as a chartered accountant and advisor, specialising in helping businesses automate their processes with cloud apps.

Jackie Goldston, Brand and Marketing Manager, Unique Health Products

Jackie Goldston is one of Australia’s leading health marketers and has nearly two decades of experience across Australia, New Zealand and Europe. She has led the brand and product launches for some of Australia’s biggest brands in nutrition and health as well as bringing new brands into the market.

Jessica Maree Gordoun, Commercial Category Manager, Coles Local

Jessica started her career at Merivale, Sydney’s most prominent hospitality group in the Central Operations team managing both the people and food sides of the business. Almost 4-years ago Jessica made the transition from food service into grocery retail with Coles Supermarkets, where she worked in the Dairy and Breakfast Merchandise Areas as a Buyer.

John-Paul Drake, Assistant General Manager, Drakes Group

Roger Drake opened his first supermarket in Mitcham, South Australia in 1974, employing 4 staff. Fast forward 45 years, and Drakes Supermarkets now operates over 60 stores in South Australia and Queensland, employing 5,500 staff and with an annual turnover in excess of $1 billion. JP joined the family business in 1990 and now works as Assistant General Manager for the Drakes Group.

Joshua Howe, Chief Commercial Officer, The Natural Grocery Company

Joshua Howe has 18 years’ experience within FMCG and specialty businesses across both Retail and Supply, bringing a passion for leadership, strategy and execution. Josh started his retail career within the national franchise and company-owned business Petstock as a Store Manager, and worked for 9 years at Masterpet across a number of roles.

Kara Landau, Nutritionist & Founder, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Uplift Food Australian

Kara Landau is a New York City based, Australian Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist. Founder of Uplift Food – Good Mood Food, Kara is a trusted and respected voice in the world of gut health and prebiotics globally.

Katrina Borisjuk Cohen, Director, Snack Futures Innovation

Katrina Borisjuk Cohen is Marketing Director, SnackFutures Innovation – Mondelēz International’s new innovation and venture hub. Katrina has been with Mondelēz International for 6 ½ years and its precursor Kraft Foods for 6 years. Prior to joining the food industry, Katrina worked in Investment Banking for Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and Barnett & Partners LLC in New York.

Laura Doonin, Director & Partner, Moustache Republic

Laura leads a team of creatives and developers to deliver innovative and seamless digital commerce solutions for retail brands. Her strategy and omni-channel approach has helped hundreds of brands innovate and grow their business. Laura lives and works by the philosophy that there is no dichotomy between online and offline. It’s all just life.

Lisa Crawford Jones, Managing Editor, What’s New in Healthy Products

Lisa Crawford Jones is an award-winning journalist, publisher, editor and senior communicator who thrives in creating partnerships that bring stories to life in print, digital and live formats. A health content specialist with more than two decades spanning public and private sectors in both consumer and trade markets, Lisa has held senior positions in media, communications, content, marketing, advertising and public health policy.

Mathew Slavica, Founder, Digital Stand

Mathew leads a team of client directors and creatives focussed on delivering brand growth via digital. Mathew has been featured globally numerous times on LinkedIn, Social Media Week New York and a range of other digital publications. He believes the consumer is closer to the brand than ever before, and those who move fast hold the key to the future brand growth.

Paul Davidson, Co-Founder, Koala Eco

Paul grew up in rural Western Australia and is a Chartered Accountant having worked in London and New York. Driven by a passion for the environment and the wellbeing of their young family Paul and his wife Jessica started Koala Eco in 2016. Koala Eco makes affordable cleaning products with Australian Essential oils that are safe to use and kind to the environment.

Pearly Neo, Editor, FoodNavigator - Asia

Pearly is the editor of FoodNavigator-Asia, a trade publication that specialises in F&B news across the Asia Pacific region, covering a range of topics from trends, formulations, ingredients, technology, food science, policies, regulations and more.

Peta Shulman, Founder and Director, GoodnessMe Box

Armed with knowledge and personal experience, and with a background in PR, Peta's mission is to help people make better food choices and get excited about eating clean, nourishing wholefoods. Since launching in mid-2014, the GoodnessMe Box team has sampled over 1.5 million health and wellness products in their carefully curated monthly boxes.

Peter Barraket, Managing Director, Designs for Health

Peter is the Managing Director for Australia at Designs for Health, a US-headquartered supplement firm which manufactures products for health professionals, and currently runs his own strategic advisory business called Natural Core, specialising in developing core business strategies for participants in the natural products space.

Rhys Roberts, Founder, CloudSolve

Rhys Roberts is the founder of Cloudsolve, an Unleashed Partner who have helped hundreds of businesses of all sizes. They identify and implement cloud applications and systems to improve business workflows and output, and most importantly decrease inefficiency and stress levels.

Sonya Keenan, Managing Director, Omnichannel Media Group

Sonya Keenan has been working in the digital space since dial up. As Managing Director of Omnichannel Media Group (O.M.G.) and Co-Founder of Balance by Deborah Hutton, she has been responsible for building a business that helps people to grow their own businesses online, with a career that has spanned from micro-business to the board rooms of large corporations.

Tam Al-Saad, Principal Consultant, Web Profits

A well-rounded and entrepreneurial individual with more than 12 years’ experience in working with and launching startups, Tam is skilled at managing multiple products simultaneously. With an extensive strong digital marketing background and broad business experience, he heads up Web Profits internal growth team.

Tim Sperry, President, The Tim Sperry Group

Tim Sperry brings 25 years of retail experience to his consulting to natural, organic and specialty companies. Since 2006, Tim has been consulting for the Tim Sperry Group working on go to market strategies for small, medium and large companies. His long career in retail gives him insights into retail strategies and execution.


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