Professor Colin McLeod, Professor in the Faculty of Business & Economics at the University of Melbourne.

Colin was recently awarded the title of Enterprise Professor in recognition of his contribution to industry and academia.

He is a Director/Investor/Co-founder of early stage companies in retail technology, wireless technology and wearable biotechnology and his business career includes senior executive roles at Telstra, Goldman Sachs JBWere and the Australian Football League.

He was previously a co-founder of a health services business that grew revenue at 50% a year for 9 consecutive years, with offices in 4 States and over 200 employees.

Colin holds a BA, an MBA and a PhD with the Commercialisation of Innovation as the topic of his doctoral thesis.

He has held appointments at the Haas School of Business at the University of California – Berkeley and the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and is part of the Stanford University team program for mentoring high growth companies. 

Colin was also a member of the Executive Committee that raised almost $200 million to construct the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre at the Austin Hospital and is a member of the AFL Research Board.

John Turnbull , Director of Asset Management and Development for the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA)  in Seattle, Washington.  

John has been a key participant in management and operations of the renaissance of this public market and urban neighborhood over four decades. 

Seattle’s Public Market district anchored the resurgence of its central business district with a deliberate strategy focusing on historic preservation, locally owned small businesses, an economically diverse residential population and public stewardship. 

The Pike Place Market is not only the “Soul of Seattle” but an internationally recognized as a special urban place. John oversees a highly diverse portfolio of properties with an annual income of US20 million.  A significant operating surplus is retained for reinvestment in the district.  

John’s unique set of experiences include urban planning and design, creative development financing, construction administration and pragmatic management of the end results. 
He mixes wit and candor with a deep passion for the communities in which he works.  He regularly advises others on development and operations of public markets and mixed use development. 

Professor Rob Adams AM, Director City Design and Projects at the City of Melbourne and is a member of the Cities of the Future Council of the World Economic Forum.

With over 45 years’ experience as an Architect and Urban Designer and 34 years at the City of Melbourne, Rob has made a significant contribution to the rejuvenation of central Melbourne.

He and his team have been the recipients of over 150 Local, National and International Awards including on 4 occasions receiving the Australian Award for Urban Design and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Award 2014 for its Adaptation and Resilience Projects.

Rob has also been awarded the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2008 and the Order of Australia in 2007 for his contribution to Architecture and Urban Design. In December 2016, Rob was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Architecture from the University of Melbourne.

Some key projects include Postcode 3000, CH2 Australia’s first 6 Star Green Commercial Office Building, Birrarung Marr, Swanston Street, City Square, Return to Royal Park, the Open Space and Urban Forest Strategies and numerous community buildings including Docklands, Boyd, East Melbourne and Kathleen Syme Libraries.

His team is currently involved in two major city shaping projects, the Queen Victoria Market Renewal and Metro. His recent focus has been on how cities could be used to accommodate and mitigate rapid population growth and the onset of climate change.

He has published and presented extensively on the subject of ‘Transforming Cities for a Sustainable Future’.

Anthony Di Pietro, Group CEO, LaManna Premier Group
Chairman, Melbourne Victory Football Club

Anthony Di Pietro graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1990. He secured a graduate trainee position with the State Bank of Victoria.

Anthony joined his family’s fresh produce business and was appointed CEO of the

Premier Fruits Group in 2003. From 2007 to 2010, Anthony was a Director of the Sovereign Hotel Group, whose flagship business is Federation Square’s Transport Hotel, Taxi Dining Room and Transit Cocktail Lounge.

In July 2016 the Premier Fruits Group merged with LaManna Bananas to become the LaManna Premier Group, one of Australia’s leading fresh produce supply chain companies.
The LaManna Premier Group owns and manages farming, distribution and cold storage, value adding and marketing, with operations located in every state of Australia.

In 2006 Anthony was appointed to the board of Melbourne Victory Football Club which participates in Australia’s elite national football competition the Hyundai A-League. In January 2011 Anthony was elected Chairman of Melbourne Victory Football Club by vote of the Board.

Anthony continues to be an active member of the Melbourne University Faculty of Business & Economics Alumni and has proudly supported the ‘First in the Family’ scholarship

René Van Gool (57), owner of VGA (Van Gool Advies) Den Haag, Netherlands

Rene has over 35 years’ experience in real estate investment, (concept-) development and transformation projects. 

He started out as asset manager for pension and investment funds. Since becoming self-employed in 1996 he has operated in various roles both in the public and private domain.
Over the years he has become one of the Netherlands leading specialists in the development of food concepts and inner city revival schemes, often mingling these two. 

 The emphasis lies on projects within the food chain from farm to fork, from urban farming to regional food-retail and integrated foodservices. VGA stands for sustainability, maximum re-use and short integrated chains.

Rene’s achievements include concept developer for Market Hall Rotterdam and co-owner of 21 Pinchos, a Spanish Tapas restaurant in the Rotterdam Hall. He’s a senior consultant for Urban Farmers - a Swiss firm that transforms old industrial buildings into high tech vertical farms. Rene is also advisor for the new food venue Fresh! in Mall of the Netherlands, the largest shopping centre in the country presently being build and owned by Unibail.

Lastly VGA is helping an established Asian Supermarket chain to turn round and become an Asian Food & Lifestyle venue that brings Asian values and Dutch fresh produce together; Eat well, live Better.

Donald Hyslop, Chair of Trustees at Borough Market, London’s oldest food market.

The Market’s charitable trust is responsible for shaping its strategic direction and ensuring its survival as a community asset.

Donald became a member of the board in 2007, and Chair in 2011, bringing with him a wealth of experience gained as head of regeneration and community partnerships at the nearby Tate Modern art gallery.

Under his stewardship, the Market has undergone a period of significant change that has transformed both its physical space and its broader outlook. The trust has been responsible for steering the Market through the major building work carried out on the railway lines that pass through its estate, while using it as an opportunity to reshape its estate, provide better support to independent businesses and enhance its public spaces and educational offering.

In recent years, Borough Market has become more outward-looking, better at communicating its values, and more active in building ties with charities, institutions, chefs, writers and academics, as well as with Slow Food and likeminded market around the world.  It has become a champion for a more sustainable approach to food production, demanding high standards from its traders while being highly innovative in its own attempts to tackle waste. It has also focused on remaining a vital resource for the local community while still catering to the millions of visitors who arrive each year.

Donald has been instrumental in reshaping the Market’s approach to wholesale. Borough was once London’s largest fruit and veg wholesale market, but as the UK’s food distribution systems have evolved, major steps have had to be taken to ensure its continued relevance. The Market is now actively supporting the next generation of wholesalers—not just large fruit and veg operations, but a far more diverse spread of smaller specialists whose wholesale operations are often tied in with a retail presence and, where possible, with on-site production.

Dr. David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, U.K.

David is a much sought-after speaker at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues, particularly consumer and retail trends. 

He has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia and has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organizations on three continents.

For 20 years, he was a Non-Executive Director of Berry Gardens Ltd – a U.K. farmer-owned berry fruit business ($500 million turnover in 2016/17). With his American business partner, David established, grew and sold a branded fresh produce business which served supermarkets in the USA.

Around the globe, he works with food and beverage supply chain companies – including farm input, growers, manufacturers and ingredient companies, retailers and food service firms – to assist them in management training, strategy and Board level decision-making.

David’s views are frequently sought by TV, radio and the printed press.

Mark Maskiell, CEO, Melbourne Market Authority
Mark was appointed CEO of the Melbourne Market Authority in March 2013. Prior to his current role he held CEO and senior management positions within both private and public organisations where the key theme was delivering large scale projects and events, including the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Mark has a strong property and finance background with considerable experience in stakeholder management across all levels of government.
The Melbourne Market Authority is charged with operating an efficient and safe wholesale Market for fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. In late 2015, the Melbourne Market relocated to a $460 million (AUD) purpose-built facility in Melbourne’s outer north. It provides a venue for more than 4,000 businesses to trade, or facilitates the trade of $2 billion (AUD) of fresh produce annually. The Market complex acts a focal point for a significant number of food supply chains from across Victoria, interstate and internationally.

More speakers to be announced shortly.