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I am future of foods strategist, speaker, and communications specialist

And one wildly passionate about creating, driving and facilitating a sustainable, progressive and scalable global food system fit for a growing world.

Both a strategic thinker and creative, my work focuses on the intersection of technology, science and biotech and new global food systems. I specifically carry rich and in-depth international insight and experience in alternative protein food systems as well as controlled environment farming and new technologies that are changing the face of how food is produced for global sustainability and health. I have built a strong and rare global network of leaders in the future of foods arena. This, coupled with my time offshore and in NZ, has afforded me a rare, valuable and intimate database of knowledge pertaining to the future of food.

I advise businesses, industry and government on the various strategic pathways forward in the future of food and agriculture, as well as an experienced journalist and regular keynote speaker (including TEDx) on the future of food.

I am experienced with working with C-suite level executives, start-ups to multinationals and governments in NZ, Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. to curate & develop purpose-driven & game changing strategic food trajectories, communications strategies & content

I have PhD in environmental innovation and sustainable technology development.Much of my research was undertaken at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, and my research took me to learn from the world’s top think tanks & innovators across the NL, Australia, Germany, Belgium & Australia. And in 2017, I was inducted into the University of Auckland’s 40 Under 40 - in the Influencer & Disruptor category. 

Outside of my passion, drive and experience in food, I also have experience in project management, stakeholder engagement, strategic marketing, copywriting and communications in the areas of environmental sustainability, clean tech & renewable energy. I am also a passionate vinyasa yoga teacher and practitioner and volunteer my time teaching at NZ Corrections Facilities - by far the most rewarding part of my week!

Future Foods, Research and Expertise

  • Research, insights and emerging trends - future foods / food tech /functional nutrition (incl. emerging players, technologies, companies)

  • Continued research - ongoing research related to plant based proteins and ingredients of interest in future product lines/ SKUs

  • Media and public appearances on behalf of companies wishing to have a recognised expert in the field as their advocate

Business Strategy, Communications, Planning, Keynote Speaking & Coaching

  • Keynote speaking 

  • Strategic planning / workshops and ideation 

  • Thought leadership / white papers / ghost-writing 

  • Communications - copywriting / brand and tone /investor pitch decks / diligence 

  • PR / media connections 

  • Strategy refinement (regardless of industry) and copywriting to assist with effective delivery of intended message

  • Governance and advisory

  • Business planning

Industry Contacts, Introductions and Access to VC, Funding and ECM

  • Extensive global rolodex of future foods connections - start-ups/serial entrepreneurs/ R&D/support organisations / investor networks /food suppliers 

  • R&D, science  and institutional connections 

  • Strong connections with international VC funds 

  • Food / plant protein producers

  • Knowledge of Who’s Who in the industry 

  • Connections to top tier food / plant protein producers