|About the Speakers
Chief Operating Officer
Anna Speer was appointed Chief Operating Officer in August 2018.
Prior to joining AACo, Anna was CEO of AuctionsPlus, where she was responsible for growing the business into Australia’s largest marketplace for livestock, facilitating the exchange of over $830 million in livestock each year. Anna was previously General Manager of agricultural technology firm, Livestock Exchange. She has deep experience in the pastoral industry, including as Stud Registrar of Consolidated Pastoral Company’s Newcastle Waters station.
Anna holds a Bachelor of Science, as well as a Bachelor of Primary and Secondary Education, as well as being a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the University of Sydney’s Global Executive MBA program. In October 2018, Anna received the Rabobank Emerging Leader Award for Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Christoph Rudiger
Senior Lecturer, Deputy Director in Research Training, Faculty of Engineering
(also the Academic Director of the AgTech LaunchPad, a joint initiative of Monash University & Bosch)
Dr Christoph Rüdiger holds a B.E. degree in civil engineering from Germany and a PhD degree in environmental engineering from the University of Melbourne. His theses focused on groundwater and contaminant flow around submerged building structures, and later the potential to assimilate streamflow data into land surface models for regional soil moisture prediction.
Dr Rüdiger joined the Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques at Météo France (Toulouse, France) in 2006, focusing on the performance analysis and data assimilation of surface soil moisture and vegetation information within the Météo France 's land surface model. This was followed by a post-doctoral position financed by the French Space Agency (CNES) on the validation of different passive and active microwave satellite products over France, with a particular focus on European Space Agency’s SMOS mission. He returned to Australia in 2008, on a position to coordinate and lead a number of cal/val campaigns for the Australian land validation segment of the SMOS mission in the Australian arid zone and the Murrumbidgee River catchment. Since 2011, Dr Rüdiger has been a faculty member at the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University and has participated in the Australian cal/val segments of satellites launched by the America, Japanese, and European space agencies.
As an Academic Director of the AgTech LaunchPad, a Monash - Bosch initiative to develop the next generation of agricultural technologies and ensure global food security, his current research interests include the satellite-based remote sensing of vegetation dynamics and landscape water content at high resolution for drought monitoring and monitoring of agricultural activities, as well as wildfire predictions and recovery.
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
Justin’s family history in livestock production inspired the foundation of AgriWebb, the world's leading livestock and meat supply chain software. A serial entrepreneur in financial management, Justin founded, built and sold three Hedge Funds with successful exits to Macquarie Bank & Westpac. Justin previously Founded PacWealth Capital; a pioneering $4Bn asset advisory firm in the South Pacific servicing sovereign wealth funds and superannuation groups. Justin has also served as a Director and Co-Head of Retail Client Business in Australia for BlackRock, the world’s largest Asset Manager.
Justin earned BA in Economics and Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and holds an MBA with distinction from Oxford University where he was the OBA Scholar.
AgriWebb is fundamentally transforming global beef & lamb production with farm management software that delivers profitability, food provenance and farm sustainability in the face of an impending global food crisis. Focused on building software for livestock farmers, AgriWebb is Australia's market leader and is rapidly expanding across the globe to the UK, Brazil and the USA. Founded in 2014, AgriWebb's platform manages over 10 million animals across 35 million acres.
Franki is an M&A and corporate advisory expert. She has over 20 years' experience advising private and public sector clients across a range of sectors, including agribusiness, food and agtech, on their strategic M&A, equity capital raisings, complex commercial contracts and head office and corporate governance issues.