FIAL facilitates growth by enhancing management and workforce skills, improving international opportunities and market access, increasing collaboration and commercialisation, and identifying opportunities for regulatory reform.
Dr Michele Allan
Michele Allan has a background in Applied Science, Business Administration and Commercial Law. Michele is a valued Fellow at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is current Chancellor of Charles Sturt University. Michele has directly influenced a review into wheat export, Horticulture in Tasmania and the allocation of investment in cleaner technologies in manufacturing. Michele is currently the Chair of Wine Australia, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd, and Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence CRC. She also serves on the boards for CSIRO, Food Agility CRC, Dairy Food Safety Victoria, and Smart Sat CRC. Michele has extensive experience in food and agribusiness sector including most recently serving on the boards of Meat & Livestock Australia, Grain Growers Limited, and Innovation & Science Australia. Michele assumed the role of Chair on Friday 12th July 2019.
Geoff Starr, has a wealth of international experience building consumer markets in Australasia, Asia, Europe and the USA. Geoff, who is commercially minded and intimately understands consumer needs, successfully served as CEO at George Weston Foods and Foodbank. In 2014, Geoff was appointed by the Minister for Industry as a Food and Beverage supply advocate. Geoff has sat on a number of Boards including Foodbank, Australian Pork Ltd and the Australian Food and Grocery Council.
Dr Mirjana Prica
Managing Director, Dr Mirjana Prica, is an enthusiastic visionary who focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation to deliver commercial value. Mirjana sits on boards and advisory groups for cooperative research centres, universities, research and industry organisations and businesses, where she leverages her 20+ years of research and commercial experience in food and agribusiness, including advanced materials and minerals. Currently, Mirjana is leading FIAL, a national and industry-led organisation, established by the Department of Industry to drive innovation and business growth for the ~180,000 firms in the food and agribusiness sector.
Dr Hermione Parsons
Director - Centre For Supply Chain And Logistics
Dr Hermione Parsons is an Industry Professor and founding Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics. (PhD (Monash), Master Urban Planning (Melbourne); BA Hons (Monash), Dip Ed. GAICD)
She is Chairperson of the Wayfinder: Supply Chain Careers for Women Initiative; a member of the VicTrack Board’s Freight Advisory Committee; Chairperson of the Supply Chain Advisory Network; a Member of the Australian Government National Food Waste Strategy Steering Committee; and ‘Critical Friend’ to the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources National Food Traceability Program.
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Who is FIAL?
Established by the Australian Government, the Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre collaborates with industry to grow the share of Australian food in the global marketplace.
Helping Businesses Export
We work closely with agencies to help businesses export. We help Australian suppliers understand new market opportunities and the steps required to start an export journey.