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As a proud sponsor of the 2018 Northern Australia’s Food Futures Conference, the Northern Territory Government Business Lounge will be exclusively available to Conference delegates to meet with key stakeholders and NT, WA and QLD and Federal Government representatives involved in driving agricultural development in Northern Australia.  

Pre-scheduled appointments should be made via the Conference APP. 

Step 1 – Select the People navigation bar in the left-hand tab.
Step 2- Find the person’s Name alphabetically and click on them
Step 3 - Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Request Meeting  
Step 4 – Enter brief information for the meeting, purpose, location (business lounge) and click submit
Step 5 - Select the time & date, noting the listed availability below, submit and then invite is automatically sent to the recipient. 


The Conference app meeting function is a way to reach out and arrange meetings with all conference delegates, sponsors and speakers.

The Government representatives below have nominated specific times, based on their availability. Please note these times when requesting an appointment.


Alister Trier - Chief Executive Officer, Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (NT)

As the Chief Executive, Alister’s vision is to see a flourishing Northern Territory economy underpinned by profitable and sustainable primary industries and fisheries. Alister’s career includes operational management, marketing and strategic development, gained primarily in the international trade and pastoral sectors across Northern Australia, the Middle East and South East Asia. Alister joined the Northern Territory Government in 2002 in the field of Indigenous economic development before being appointed Director of Pastoral Production focusing on the development of the Northern Pastoral Industry. In 2009 Alister was appointed to the position of Executive Director Minerals and Energy with responsibility for mining approvals and performance and investment attraction in the minerals and energy sectors. 
Alister was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries in 2012 and continues to work closely with industry to lead the growth of the agricultural, forestry and fishing sectors and to strongly contribute to North Australian development.

Available appointments:
• Tuesday 3 July - 10:30 am- 11:00 pm
• Wednesday 4 July - 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Linda Lee - Acting Director of Market and Enterprise Development for the Northern Territory (NT)

Ms Linda Lee is the Acting Director of Market and Enterprise Development for the Northern Territory (NT) Government’s Department of Primary Industry and Resources. 
Linda holds a Bachelor of Science and is a graduate of the Australian School of Applied Management’s Advanced Leadership Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in policy, project management and research delivery within the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Prior to joining the NT Government in 2016, Linda was General Manager, AgForce advocating for Queensland's beef, sheep and grain producers. Linda has previously held leadership roles with the Western Australian and Queensland governments. 
Linda brings to this role exceptional professional agility and an unwavering commitment to the profitable and sustainable growth of agribusiness in the Territory. 

Available Appointments 
• Available Tuesday 10.30am – 11.00am

Mary Watson - Manager, InvestNT, Office of International Engagement, Trade and Investment, Department of Trade, Business and Innovation (NT)

Mary has worked for the Northern Territory Department of Trade, Business and Innovation for over 4 years. Mary's background has primarily been in business and economic development roles across federal, state and local government. Mary has also worked in the private sector across a diverse range of roles in the tourism and hospitality sector. Mary holds a Bachelor of Business (Tourism), a Graduate Certificate in Business (Integrated Marketing Communication) and a Certificate Level 4 in Government. 

Available appointments:
• Tuesday 3 July - 10:30 am- 11:00 pm

Chris Mouat - Director InvestNT for the Northern Territory Government

Chris Mouat is Director InvestNT for the Northern Territory Government and in this role is responsible for investment attraction, promotion and facilitation for the Territory. Chris’ unit works closely with NT Government line agencies in regards to projects and opportunities within their particular sector. 

Chris moved to Darwin in 2015 prior to which he had held a variety of management roles in Australia, New Zealand and Asia including senior roles within two major Chinese domestic banks (Tianjin and Shanghai). Chris had lengthy postings in Mainland China, Taiwan, India, New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Chris is fluent in Mandarin

Dr Paul Vogel - Chairman NT Environment Protection Authority

Dr Paul Vogel was appointed as the chairperson of the NT EPA on 14 November 2016.
Now a non-executive board director and strategic consultant, Dr Vogel was Chairman of Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority from 2007 – 2015.  Dr Vogel was also the inaugural Chief Executive and Chairman of the South Australian EPA from 2002 – 2007 and prior to that held senior executive positions in the WA Departments of the Premier and Cabinet and Environmental Protection.
Dr Vogel has a PhD in chemistry from the University of WA and has extensive knowledge and experience across a broad range of environmental issues and sustainability, in organisational and regulatory reform and in the delivery of strategic environmental and business outcomes.
Dr Vogel is also chairman of a national Cooperative Research Centre on Contamination and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE); a director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) Australian Research Impact Advisory Board, a director of Global Aquatica (Australia) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He was appointed to the NT EPA from 1 January 2016.

Philip Hausler - Executive Director Plant Industries Development / Research Farms

Phil has a Degree in Applied Science from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and a passion and background in agriculture, and currently leads the Agricultural Development Division of the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (NT). Phil has been intimately involved in high level policy and planning in the primary industry and agricultural sector and brings a strong level of experience to his role. Responsible for research and development staff throughout the whole of the NT, including Katherine, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, Phil also manages the government’s research farms, leads the research and development programs for both plant industry and livestock as well as promoting the NT through its market enterprise development and agribusiness investment strategies. Phil is committed to developing the NT through the enormous opportunities presented in agriculture and focusses on best practice management to achieve strong investment, development and environment outcomes.

Available Appointments 
• Tuesday 3 July - 10:30 AM - 11:00am
• Wednesday 4 July - 1:30 PM - 2:15pm


Rob Cossart - Director Northern Region (Agriculture), Department of Primary industries and Regional Development

Rob has a background in water resource assessment and management, and irrigation development.  He has been based in the Kimberley for the past 10 years working for the Department of Water including as Northern Operations Manager for the State Governments Water for Food program and more recently as Director Northern Region for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.  Rob oversees the Department’s regional operations, irrigation and beef development portfolios across the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions including the Northern Beef Development program and the Carnarvon and Kununurra research stations.
Available appointments:
• Tuesday 3 July - 10:30 AM - 11:00am
• Wednesday 4 July - 1:30 PM - 2:15pm


Gareth Jones - Manager for Agribusiness Development for the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. 

Gareth Jones is the Manager for Agribusiness Development for the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.  Gareth’s career in primary industries in North Queensland spans 34 years.  He has been involved in research into parasites and diseases impacting the northern livestock industry, the histology and pathology of the Giant Clam, and pioneered the Burdekin Rangelands Reef Initiative which took a holistic triple bottom line approach to sustainable agricultural development.   His diverse career within Queensland Government included roles in regional finance, corporate budgeting and systems development, performance management.  He managed both Integrated Planning and Business Development teams within Queensland’s Northern Region and coordinated the Queensland Government’s economic recovery response to Cyclone Yasi. His work with Indigenous communities in Cape York and in particular Lockhart River, led to a Highly Commended Premier’s Award in the Partnership and Reconciliation category.  More recently Gareth has developed and led the Department’s GRADZ initiative.  In collaboration with the local shires, producers and investment interests, this initiative looks to maximise the opportunities for agricultural development in the Gulf Rivers catchments of North West Queensland.   Effective irrigation development made possible through the government’s release of unallocated water from the Flinders and Gilbert Rivers is a significant northern Australia opportunity.   

Available appointments:
• Tuesday 3 July - 10:30 AM - 11:00am
• Wednesday 4 July - 1:30 PM - 2:15pm


Karen Caston - Senior Industry Specialist, Agribusiness and Food | Austrade

Karen has over 20 years’ consulting experience and significant expertise in corporate advisory and banking across multiple industries, including agriculture, tourism, telecommunications, information technology and services to the mining sector. Karen has a strong knowledge of the agribusiness trade and investment
environment, key investment drivers and investment analysis techniques, and a track record in advising foreign investors on acquisitions in the agribusiness sector. She has connections at all levels of the agribusiness supply chain – production, processing, wholesale/retail and marketing. Karen’s former roles include GM, agricultural Management Company (AMC), involving extensive business development activity, and assisting foreign investor clients to identify and analyse investment opportunities in Australian agribusiness. Prior to that Karen was Manager Research and Consulting at Rural Management Partners (RMP), managing a wide variety of agribusiness consulting assignments in Australia and overseas, and analysing investment opportunities in varied agricultural sectors for private and institutional clients. She was also Senior Farmland and Investment Analyst at UBS Global Asset Management, analysing investment opportunities across several agricultural sectors for overseas investors.


Louie Trajkoski - Director, Execution, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

Louie’s role is Director, Execution NAIF. In this role he works with proponents on undertaking analysis and progressing projects through due diligence for consideration by the NAIF Board. Louie began his career as a solicitor in Australia and London, followed by 10 years at ANZ bank with experience in Loan Syndications, Structuring and Execution.


Jed Matz - Chief Executive Officer, CRC For Developing Northern Australia

Jed has had over 20 years of experience providing policy, strategy and operational leadership in Australian Agriculture. 
Graduating from the University of Adelaide (Roseworthy) with Bachelor in Agricultural Business majoring in both marketing and international trade, Jed worked with the Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA, as an English teacher in Japan and with the South Australian Farmers' Federation representing the interests of Sheepmeat, Cattle, Wool, Poultry and Pork Producers. In 2007 Jed moved from his home state of South Australia to Canberra where he worked with the Cattle Council of Australia as the Policy Director representing and progressing the interests of Australian beef cattle producers. In 2013 he was appointed CEO of that organisation.
Jed was appointed as the inaugural CEO of the CRC for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) in July 2017.  The CRCNA will be investing $75m of Commonwealth funds over the next ten years to support industry-led research collaborations. The funding will develop new technologies, products and services which address industry issues in Northern Australia within three areas of agriculture and food, tropical health service delivery and Traditional Owner led business development.