|About the Speakers
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Hugh Killen was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in February 2018. Prior to this, he held the position of Chief Commercial Officer in a consulting capacity assisting AACo’s operations and finance functions.
Hugh is a highly experienced senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in global financial markets and has worked in London, New York and Sydney.
Before joining AACo, Hugh spent 15 years at Westpac Institutional Bank. He held several senior executive roles which included managing Westpac Banking Corporation’s North American business throughout the global financial crisis, and finally as the Managing Director of Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities.
Hugh has also served as a board member of the Association for Financial Markets Global Foreign Exchange Division, the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) Australian Foreign Exchange Committee. Hugh has represented Australia internationally as the RBA appointed member of the BIS Working Group developing the Global Code of Conduct for foreign exchange markets.
Hugh is an alumni of the Kings School, Parramatta and Harvard Business School and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Hugh has a lifelong association with agriculture having being raised on pastoral properties in northern NSW and south-west Queensland, and has retained strong personal involvement in the industry through private investments in farming.
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.