Speaker Profiles

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Dr Denise Hamblin

Dr Hamblin is the National FMCG Sector Head at Colmar Brunton. A passion for insights, stalking supermarket aisles, and all things food and wine saw Denise trade in neuroscience for consumer science. Denise is currently the National Sector Head for the Consumer Goods side of the Colmar Brunton business, leading a large variety of research programmes both locally and globally. Research that maximises the success of Australian businesses and that tunes into the evolving preferences of Australian consumers are Denise’s areas of expertise, strongly aligned with Colmar Brunton’s resolve to make a difference.

Dr Thomas Vanhercke

Dr Thomas Vanhercke engineers vegetative plant parts (such as leaf, stem, root) to accumulate high levels of valuable plant oils that are normally stored only in certain seed-associated tissues. He has created tobacco model plants that can store more than a third of their leaf dry weight as oil via combinatorial metabolic engineering. These 'fat plants' offer the potential of delivering game-changing oil yields that potentially outperform current oil crops several-fold. CSIRO's 'Leaf Oil' technology is now being successfully deployed in a variety of crops.

Dr Matt Hayden

Dr Matt Hayden is the research director of Plant Sciences in Agriculture Victoria Research. Dr Hayden’s research focuses on the delivery of innovative technologies for crop improvement. His team uses a range of genetic, genomic and phenomic technologies to accelerate research and breeding for high value cereal, oilseed and pulse crops.

Dr Regina Belski

Dr Belski is an Associate Professor of Dietetics at Swinburne University of Technology. She is an experienced researcher and Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Advanced Sports Dietitian. Regina specialises in a personalised nutrition approach for health and performance, this entails exploring factors which impact on individuals’ dietary intakes and health outcomes, including modifiable factors such as nutrition knowledge, behaviour and more advanced fields such as nutrigenomics and variation of gene expression via dietary means as well as functional foods for human health. Regina has worked with Olympic level athletes and defence personnel.

Professor Mike Gidley

Professor Mike Gidley is Director of the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences (CNAFS) in The University of Queensland. Research themes within CNAFS include ‘Smart Selections’ (identifying the right combinations of raw materials and processing), ‘Naturally Nutritious’ (maximising the intrinsic nutritional properties of agricultural products) and ‘Uniquely Australian’ (identifying and validating opportunities for elite products from foods and ingredients that can only have come from Australia).

Carl Dalgow

Carl Dolgow is a specialist in food extrusion. Carl commenced his career as a baker and later completed his Bachelor of Food and Sciences at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. In 2016 Carl joined the Plange mill in Dusseldorf, working in research and development and quality-food safety. Carl undertook his Master of Science at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and joined Brabender as the application manager and extrusion specialist.

Dr Sara Grafenauer

Dr Sara Grafenauer is the General Manager of the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council. She is an Advanced Accredited Practising with experience over 20+ years in health, food industry (consulting and brand management) and tertiary education. Her PhD research focused on dietary patterns and dietary change in weight loss. She is a Fellow of the University of Wollongong providing lectures and research supervision. She has additional qualifications in Communications and Public Relations and significant work history leading marketing and communications. Naturally, her focus is now on whole grains and legumes.