Meet some
of our speakers
Be inspired by a diverse line-up of industry specialists that cross software, robotics, forecasting and fertilisers.

Tony HunterFutureCubed global food futuristDay three: the future of horticulture to 2040.

Tony Hunter is a global futurist speaker, food scientist, author and strategic foresight consultant specialising in the future of food and agriculture. He speaks on and advises global food and agricultural companies on the technology and consumer trends shaping this rapidly changing sector. His distinctive combination of scientific qualifications, business experience and detailed understanding of food technologies allow him to deliver a unique perspective on the future of food.

Jeff KraakFertilizer Australia program managerDay two: sourcing fertiliser and truth in labelling.

Jeff Kraak has a long history in the Australian fertiliser industry in a range of sales, marketing and technical support roles. He has had exposure to industries, such as vegetables, tree crops, sugar cane and grains. Jeff is now a program manager for Fertilizer Australia. His main area of responsibility is to manage the industry's environment and food safety stewardship program Fertcare.

Sharon ChapmanABC Software founderDay two: information automation to grow your knowledge and business.

ABC Software specialises in on-farm and packhouse software solutions. Sharon was raised on a farm in the fruit bowl region of Hawkes' Bay, New Zealand, and began her career in IT in 1983, founding ABC Software in 1996. She understands horticulture and understands software, and is driven to understand the business of her clients. Offering solutions to help growers and packers automate their information and grow efficiencies is what Sharon does best.

Jordy KitschkeFlux Robotics founderDay three: Farmer-driven R&D – from concept to paddock.

Jordy Kitschke is a serial agtech entrepreneur and farmer who was born and bred in the Mid North of South Australia. Jordy has founded multiple companies and has worked on technologies across several agriculture sectors, including livestock, cropping and horticulture. Flux Robotics is an agtech start-up working on robotic solutions to reduce the reliance of pesticides on-farm.

A little help for our friends Be part of the WA Hort Connections contingent by contacting vegetablesWA and taking advantage of our grower funding.WHAT Hort ConnectionsWHEN June 5–7, 2023WHERE Adelaide Convention CentreHOW vegetablesWA in collaboration with AUSVEG are pleased to offer grower funding to assist WA growers to attend via application by March 30.TO APPLY Contact vegetablesWA CEO Stephen Brown on 0409 448 108 or email ceo@vegetableswa.com.au.