6 MAY - 12 MAY 2018


Beef Australia 2015 - Handshakes

Beef Australia 2018 will provided a unique opportunity for overseas visitors to develop contacts in the Australian industry. The event attracts around 90,000 visitors from more than 40 different countries and facilitates new trade opportunities by exposing the Australian supply chain to the global industry.

Visitors from overseas will be given free entry to the expo, as well as free access to the VIP Business Lounge. They will also be provided with invitations to a number of high-level industry functions and networking events attended by the leaders of the Australian beef industry.

Who will be there and who will I get to meet?

  • International and domestic beef industry leaders
  • International guests coming to Beef Australia 2018 keen to do business and invest
  • Other domestic companies from across the Australian beef supply chain

Who should come?

  • Companies keen to meet international visitors to Beef Australia 2018 and who are already exporting or interested in exporting, or have projects seeking investment
  • Participants are not limited to beef and live cattle exporters all areas that support the beef industry for example equipment, seeds, investment, services and technologies, genetics exporters etc are welcome

Why should I come?

It will give you the opportunity to:

  • meet and engage with Beef Australia 2018 international guests and companies from across the Australian beef supply chain
  • hear global insights first hand from those doing the business as well as give you the opportunity to meet them to discuss any ideas and projects you have
  • create business matching opportunities for you and your business not just with the speakers but also with those in the audience
  • identify possible new business opportunities, partners and investors to grow your business

2015 QantasLink VIP Business Lounge Program


2015 International Lounge Speakers

Cameron MacMillan

BDO Executive Director International

Cameron has extensive experience in international business, including export and investment strategies and government engagement and his most recent position was as the State Manager for Austrade in Queensland.

Following a career spanning 15 years as a Trade Commissioner with the Australian Government’s trade facilitation agency, The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), he joined BDO and heads up the International Business sector group.

Prior to joining Austrade, Cameron enjoyed a career as a Stock and Station Agent marketing rural property and livestock on behalf of domestic and international clients.

Alfred Chung

Executive Director, China Agri-Business Limited

Alfred has had an extensive career spanning decades across the Asia Pacific region in industries such as telecommunications and agriculture.

In his executive role at Telstra, Alfred led many strategic initiatives across the region. In recent years, his expertise has been directed at agriculture and facilitating the practical collaboration between both China and Australia.

He has led business development, contract negotiations and trade delegations with many Chinese Provinces, including Shandong, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Heilongjiang, Qinghai and Gansu.

Alfred has developed strategic plans to improve the meat sheep industry across various initiatives including operation systems, genetics and production. Since early 2013, his focus has grown to include the beef industry by developing joint ventures and holistic technical and management training in China’s key beef and dairy provinces.

Don Mackay

Managing Director, Rangers Valley

Don has over 40 years of experience in business, particularly agriculture, including nine years as Managing Director of Australia’s largest beef cattle business Australian Agricultural Co Ltd (AAco) and 25 years with Elders Limited, including five years as General Manger NSW.

Don is currently Managing Director of Rangers Valley Pty Ltd, Chairman of B&W Rural Pty Ltd and a director of Seymour Whyte Ltd, the Red Meat Advisory Council and Thames Pastoral co.

Don is also President of The Australian Lotfeeders Association.

Through both AAco and Rangers Valley Don has developed markets for branded beef across a number of world markets.

Rangers Valley is one of Australia’s largest feedlots focused on longfed Angus and Wagyu production and sells a range of high-quality beef products into more than 20 countries.

Gary Johnson

Senior Director McDonald’s

Gary Johnson is a Senior Director in McDonald’s Worldwide Supply Chain responsible for providing strategic oversight and direction for McDonald’s global sourcing.

In addition, Gary oversees sustainable sourcing across McDonald’s priority product categories, namely beef, chicken, fish, coffee, palm oil and fiber/packaging.

Gary is on many sustainability boards and also is a member of the International Poultry Council (IPC). In 2009, the Seafood Choices Alliance presented him with a “Seafood Champion” award in recognition of his work on sustainable fish.

Gary has over 29 years of domestic and international experience within McDonald’s supply chain. While working in Europe, Gary led the development of McDonald’s supply chain strategy for the entire region’s protein sourcing needs.

In 2001, Gary was appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C. in acknowledgement of his expertise and knowledge of the latest trade trends in the food and agricultural sector as it relates to policy and commodity-specific products.

Dalene Wray

OBE Organic General Manager

Dalene is the OBE Organic group’s General Manager with special focus in the Asian and Middle Eastern markets.

She began working for OBE Organic in 2004 when the fledgling company employed only two dedicated staff members. In the following 10 years, she has performed practically every role, including a number of years overseeing production at the slaughterhouse.

Dalene has unique knowledge of OBE Organic’s business from how the cattle are raised through to how chefs serve our steaks. Despite growing up in the wide-open spaces of outback Australia, Dalene has fitted comfortably into the densely-packed urban environment of Hong Kong, where she lives with her husband Michael and their two daughters, Ella & Vivienne.

From Dalene’s position at OBE Organic’s Asian regional headquarters in Central, Hong Kong, she manages the company’s quickly expanding business in that region as well as the Middle East.

This base gives her quick and easy access to OBE Organic’s importers in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. She has done extensive travel to all these markets and values the personal and lasting relationships she has built with customers.

Prior to moving to Hong Kong, she lived in Beijing for six months, developing OBE Organic’s China market and studying Mandarin. Dalene is also fluent in French, speaks Spanish and understands Afrikaans.

Simone Tully

Director AOM Group

Simone is a founder of the organic beef industry in Australia and has been pioneering the development of major market opportunities for her organic beef network since the mid 1990s.

She is a Director of the Organic Federation of Australia, and was a member of the Federal Government National Food Plan Advisory Group – in recognition of the growing importance of the organic food sector to Australian agriculture.

Simone is an organic beef producer and joint Managing Director of the AOM Group, an organic meat company that represents farmers in their quest to achieve fair market returns for their organic beef and lamb products.

Shane and Simone operated a 240,000 acre station in Western Queensland for 10 years and currently own an 8,000 acre organic beef property near Goondiwindi.

Simone was awarded an industry scholarship by Australian Prime Minister John Howard to fund her MBA studies, and has also completed the Rabobank Executive Primary Producer program sponsored by the University of Queensland.

Jeff Turner

Trade Commissioner, Austrade Chengdu

Jeff has 20 years experience in international trade and investment, both corporate and government, based in Asia – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City and now Chengdu – for over 20 years.

Jeff manages the Austrade West China Team, covering Sichuan, Chongqing, Yunnan, Hubei Jiangxi and Guizhou, and leads Austrade’s Agribusiness team in China

Prior to Chengdu, Jeff was Senior Trade Commissioner Guangzhou (2008-2013); Austrade’s National Manager, Mining and Infrastructure based in Sydney (2007-2008); Executive Director of the Australian Business Centre in Taipei (2004-2007); Trade Commissioner Ho Chi Minh City (2001-2004); Trade Commissioner Taipei (1997-2001) and China Desk Manager at Austrade Canberra (1995-1997).

Jeff kicked off his China career in 1989 working for Stephen FitzGerald & Co as Chief Representative in Beijing for 4 years.  Jeff has a Bachelor of Economics from ANU and a Diploma of Asian studies from Fu Dan University. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and proficient in Vietnamese.

David Thorn

NAB Head of Institutional Bank Head Asia

David Thorn leads NAB’s Institutional Banking (IB) division in Asia in conjunction with his role as the Global Head of Consumer Sectors.

As Head of IB in Asia, David Thorn leads a strong IB team in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. The IB team works closely with NAB’s global sector and product teams in providing a wide range of institutional banking product and services to our clients across metals and mining, power and utilities, infrastructure, real estate, diversified industrials as well as food and agriculture sectors.

As Global Head of Consumer Sectors, David is also responsible for large corporate client relationships across consumer-facing industries globally. His depth of Consumer Sector client expertise, includes 15 years with NAB and six years in his current role as Global Head.

The Consumer Sectors which David is responsible for globally include retailing, food, fibre and beverage production and their agricultural inputs, entertainment and leisure and healthcare and aged care.

Since December 2012, David has been based in Hong Kong to help drive NAB’s growth more extensively across Asia with a particular focus on food, beverage and agricultural sectors given the strong connection these have with Australia and New Zealand.

Jason Strong


Jason Strong was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. He was previously General Manager Marketing.

He has more than 25 years’ experience across the beef supply chain, and brings significant industry knowledge, commercial experience and strategic marketing capabilities to AACo.

Jason joined AACo from Meat & Livestock Australia where he was Regional Manager Europe with responsibility for European and Russian markets.

Prior to the MLA stint in Europe he was Head of New Market Development for Pfizer Animal Genetics and Manager of the Meat Standards Australia Grading Services. Jason also owned a stud and commercial cattle property at Gunnedah as well as being an owner and manager of high end butcher shops in Brisbane.

Jason has been actively involved in broader industry activities as a past Chairman and Director of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation and one of the drivers behind the Intercollegiate Meat Judging program.

Don Close

Vice President for Rabo AgriFinance and Rabobank International

Don Close is Vice President for Rabo AgriFinance and Rabobank International in its Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory department.

A leading financial partner to top U.S. producers and agribusinesses, Rabo AgriFinance adds value to America’s most successful operations with leading expertise and client-focused solutions, as well as long-term business relationships.

Mr Close is responsible for analyzing the beef and protein sectors. Mr Close served as Market Director for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo, representing cattle feeders in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

He was vice president and the head of Risk Management at AzTx Cattle Co in Hereford, Texas; assistant vice president and the head of Risk Management at Future Beef Operations in Parker, Colo.; livestock market analyst and manager of PHI Marketing Services at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa; a fed cattle and feeder cattle market analysis for Farmers Grain and Livestock in Des Moines, Iowa; and his earliest employment was as a fed cattle and feeder cattle buyer on both the Oklahoma City and Omaha Stock Yards.

Mr. Close is a graduate of West Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Ag Business/Ag Economics.

Andrew Tulloch

CEO Trade & Investment Queensland

As CEO he heads the Queensland Government’s key investment attraction agency, working to promote the state as an ideal place to do business for foreign investment and export.

He leads a team of highly experienced trade and investment specialists, including a global network of international Trade Commissioners and regional Trade Advisers.

Andrew has an extensive background in international business development including consulting, government and corporate sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA.

Beginning his career with one of the world’s leading professional services networks, KPMG in Melbourne, he went on to work with the Australian Government for eight years in Singapore and San Francisco on projects to attract investment to Australia.

Subsequently he joined OneSteel in a strategy and business development role that included establishing a new steel business in the USA.

Andrew has also worked for the chemicals division of Wesfarmers and in the Australian arm of entrepreneurial start-up venture Better Place Inc.

Tony Gooden

Sales & Marketing Manager, Frontier International Agri

Tony Gooden is a high energy individual with over 30 years’ experience in the agricultural sector, 10 of which have been involved in international sales and development.

Frontier International Agri is a joint venture with leading Australian agribusiness, Ruralco Holdings Limited established in October 2013.  It is a specialist exporter of livestock to various international destinations, offering a fully integrated service including sourcing of livestock, coordination of shipping, logistics and related services.

Tony’s agricultural career started immediately after he left school in western Victoria when he moved to large pastoral sheep and cattle properties in northern South Australia where he worked for four years.  He then spent 12 months in Montana USA on an international exchange program, working on a large sheep and cattle property.

Upon his return to Australia, Tony entered the corporate agribusiness world in various sales and management roles.  He focused on leading sales units, working strategically with large cattle producers to optimise value for their sale cattle both domestically and internationally. He has significant involvement at grass roots level having personally visited many properties across northern Australia inspecting various herds and actively discussing breeding strategies and genetics.

Prior to joining Frontier, Tony was the Senior Sales & Marketing Manager for Elders International where he led the sales team and was personally responsible for the sales and business development of South East Asia. Tony was directly involved in establishing business relationships with a number of new customers in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam resulting in improved business and profitability.

Alfred V. Almanza

Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA

Alfred V. Almanza was appointed Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack in September 2014, after having served as Administrator of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) since June 2007.

Mr Almanza will simultaneously serve as Acting Administrator, continuing to lead nearly 10,000 employees in the agency’s mission to protect public health.

During his 36-year career with FSIS, Mr Almanza moved up quickly from an entry level position, serving as Labor Management specialist, District Manager of the Agency’s Dallas District Office, and ultimately Administrator of FSIS.

During his tenure as Administrator, Mr Almanza has focused on modernizing inspection and identifying ways to make the Agency more efficient and effective.

Under Mr. Almanza’s leadership, FSIS launched the Public Health Information System (PHIS), a modern repository for all data about public health trends and food safety violations at the more than 6,000 FSIS-regulated plants across the country.

Michael Whitehead

Director of Agribusiness Industry Insights for ANZ Bank

In his current role, Michael focuses on mapping industry trends and analysing the impact of these sectoral changes and dynamics on stakeholders across the agribusiness sector.

Previously, Michael was the Product Specialist for Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management in New York, responsible for global marketing of major agricultural funds, particularly focussing on grain and oilseeds opportunities in Australia and Brazil.

Prior to this, Michael worked as Executive Director of Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness and Advisory team in North America, providing industry research and corporate strategy. Michael has also worked with the United Nations and the International Red Cross in Switzerland.

Michael has been featured widely in the global media outlets, including CNBC, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has a background in agricultural production and consulting, particularly in Australia and China.

Michael has a BA from La Trobe University, and MBA from the Melbourne Business School and the Rotterdam School of Management, and has also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Agribusiness Course.

Forrest Roberts

CEO National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Forrest L. Roberts joined the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as its Chief Executive Officer Jan. 20, 2009.

For the previous 16 years, Roberts held several marketing and sales positions in two animal health companies. He started with Upjohn Animal Health in 1992 and remained with the company through two mergers with Pharmacia Animal Health and later Pfizer Animal Health. In 2004, he left Pfizer to join Elanco Animal Health where he most recently served as the marketing manager for Elanco’s Beef Business Unit.

In addition to his professional agriculture and beef business experience, Roberts has served in several volunteer positions in NCBA. He has been a member of NCBA’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Allied Industry Council, Long-Range Planning Committee and served on the National Cattlemen’s Foundation Board of Trustees.

Roberts grew up on a family-owned, diversified livestock operation in Uvalde, Tex. He worked with his family when their operation expanded to include a retail meat market for locally grown, corn-fed beef and pork.

Roberts earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 1992 and a master’s of business administration from University of North Carolina in 1999.

He and his wife Janet have three daughters: Kylie, Kinley and Kalleigh.

Blair Angus

Signature Beef

Blair is owner and manager of Angus Pastoral Company running 35 000 head across 4 properties in Central and Northern Queensland, breeding, backgrounding and feedlotting.

He has also developed Signature Beef a vertically integrated, wholesaling and beef marketing company taking the company’s product through to the consumer.

The company’s four beef brands, Kimberley Red, Angus Pastoral, Sondella and Boss are now enjoyed in 24 countries.

Signature Beef has grown to not only market all of the prime cattle produced by Angus Pastoral Co but also service processes for other producers and has become a significant wholesaler of beef products.

With wife Josie, and their four children, the family has a passion for all facets of the beef industry. Blair has been vice chairman since 2003.

Susan McDonald

Managing Director of Super Butcher

Susan is Managing Director of Super Butcher, a retail group of six stores and online butchers, serving 10,000 people a week in South East Queensland.

Raised in the state’s north west, she was educated on Mt Isa School of the Air and at boarding school in Brisbane,  before studying at the University of Queensland.

With degrees in Commerce and Economics, and as a registered CPA, she has over 20 years of experience in accountancy and business management, and most recently was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines in the Queensland Government.

Susan brings a wealth of expertise to Super Butcher, which is a truly “paddock to plate” retailer.

Matt Toll

Co-owner Consolidated FoodCo

Matt has been involved in the international beef supply chain for 25 years.

Matt co-owns Consolidated FoodCo, which works on behalf of international QSR and food companies to manage their beef raw material requirements – covering procurement, supply chain and finance.

Consolidated FoodCo has been running for 3 years and is currently working with customers in North America, South America, Asia, the UK and Ireland.

Prior to Consolidated FoodCo, Matt set up and for 9 years was ran McDonald’s beef supply chain business – Mac.

Previous to this Matt worked for steamship line – Columbus Line specialising in beef shipments from Australia to the USA and with Anvic Meat Exports (now NH Foods Wingham abattoir).

Mark Barber

Portfolio Manager, Laguna Bay Pastoral Company

Laguna Bay is one of the best performing agricultural fund managers with over $1.0b of assets management and advisory in Australia.

Prior to joining Laguna Bay Mark was Strategy, Planning and Executive Projects Manager at Hassad Australia.

Mark commenced his career in agriculture by jackarooing in Queensland and WA.

Since then he has progressed from farm management and farm management consulting to holding senior management roles in corporate agriculture.

Mark is also a partner in a grazing partnership on the Southern Tablelands of NSW.

Mark has an interest alternative financial models for agriculture and agribusiness, matching capital to high performing farm operating teams.

Mark has a Masters of Finance and a Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness Management and Marketing.

Scott Champion

Chief Executive Officer Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd

Dr Scott Champion has been the Chief Executive Officer of Beef + Lamb New Zealand and its predecessor body since September 2008.

Before this role Dr Champion was the General Manager, Market Access and Services with Meat & Wool New Zealand and prior to that Dr Champion was the Research, Development and Product Innovation Manager with The New Zealand Merino Company Ltd in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Dr Champion has held teaching and research roles in animal production and related areas at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

Dr Champion holds a BSc (Hons) and a PhD from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.