Ronni Kahn founded OzHarvest in 2004, driven by a passion to make a difference and stop good food going to waste; she started with one van in Sydney. After changing the law to make it safe for companies to donate surplus food, she has grown OzHarvest to be Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, opened the first rescued food supermarket and is now taking the unique food rescue model global.
Ronni is a powerhouse in the fight against global food waste. OzHarvest partners annually with the United Nations Environment Programme to raise awareness on the issue and is working with Government and key stakeholders to halve food waste nationally by 2030. The ripple effect of her commitment is fuelling action across the globe.
Richard Deutsch is responsible for leading and growing Deloitte’s well-established Assurance & Advisory practice, with a particular focus on ASX-listed clients and financial services. As one of Australia’s most respected and talented professional services leaders, Richard has a passion for people and helping strengthen the accounting profession. He joined Deloitte in early 2015 from previous senior and influential professional services roles, held over more than two decades.
His industry experience is three-fold: financial services, especially with listed companies, players in general and life insurance and investment management; entertainment, media and communications; and property.
Richard was the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (2009-2010) and served as a Director on the Institute’s board for six years. This provided Richard with a unique and invaluable insight into governance of organisations. He held a number of positions in that time including Chairman of the Board Audit Committee for 3 years, Chairman of the Premises Committee, and a member of the Nominations Committee.
Steve is General Manager and Company Secretary of The Rose Property Group who holds the degrees B.Com, LL.B and MBA and is a Solicitor admitted in NSW.
Steve is also a Fellow of the Governance Institute.
Prior to joining the Rose Property Group in 2005, he was the Company Secretary for a number of Australian listed companies.
Andrew is the Founder and current Managing Director of Merchant Group, a boutique financial services firm with offices in Perth and Melbourne.
Andrew began his career as a Corporate Trainee with Hyatt International before changing vocations to the Financial Services industry where he has worked since the year 2000.
With qualifications in Hospitality and Post Graduate degrees in Applied Finance, Andrew’s two backgrounds combine to service a select group of clients of Merchant Group. With a focus on creating and preserving clients’ wealth for a larger purpose, Andrew was instrumental in helping to set up the Perth operation of OzHarvest in record time.
Lawrence is a founder and Partner at PwC’s The Difference, and an expert in collaborative design, facilitation and transformation consulting. The Difference is a major enabler of complex transformation work, bringing collaborative, acceleration and design capabilities to help with problem-solving.
The Difference is the single largest entity and professional practitioner group of its kind anywhere in the world and works with many of Australia’s leading organisations in the business, government and non-profit sectors, tackling their most critical challenges – from defining a new strategy, designing a cultural change program, creating a new operating model, or delivering highly complex, mission critical programs of work.
Lawrence has been involved with OzHarvest for a number of years, and currently chairs the strategy committee
Stuart is the Founder and Director of Liquid ideas, an award-winning public relations and communications business based in Sydney employing 30 full-time staff. Liquid Ideas opened its doors in 2000 and works on strategies for a range of clients in the fields of leisure, lifestyle, hospitality and retail. The company’s current list of clients includes Kellogg’s, Singapore Airlines, Unilever and Accolade Wines. Liquid Ideas also works closely with several not-for-profit organizations including OzHarvest and RUOK? Day.
Stuart is recognized as one of Australia’s leading brand marketing specialists and was Chair of the Public Relations Council 2012-2014.
Simon Mariner is an accomplished business strategist, consultant and coach, with extensive sales, management and leadership experience.
He spent many years working in a corporate advisory role as Head of Financial Markets Specialists (NSW) for Westpac and St George Banks, consulting to top tier business and institutional clients as well as Managing Director of a boutique investment firm servicing sophisticated investors and professional traders.
Simon is currently Partner at Black Isle Communications, a training and coaching company, who specialise in leadership communication and work with senior decision makers in both business and government. He is also Adjunct Faculty at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) of the University of New South Wales, where he teaches professional negotiation skills.
Melinda Petrunoff has 20 years digital marketing experience. Currently Melinda leads Facebook’s eCommerce, Education and Media team who work with marketers to drive business results across Facebook & Instagram.
Prior to joining Facebook in 2013, Melinda held a number of senior roles at Fairfax Digital where she lead commercial teams to monitise many businesses including The Sydney Morning Herald and Domain. She began her career working for nimble digital start-ups including Shopfast.com.au.
Previously Melinda has been part of the Salvation Army’s Australian Media Advisory Board and the Vine.com.au board.
Kieran has held a number of senior finance roles in the property industry over the past 25 years. His roles have included Chief Financial Officer of both Australand Property Group and The GPT Group. Prior to that Kieran gained experience across the Lend Lease businesses of property investment, management and construction.
Kieran has served on a number of committees of the Property Council of Australia, served as a director of St Vincent’s College, Potts Point.
Kieran serves as the Chairman of the OzHarvest Finance Committee and is a director of Aventus Capital Limited
Andrew has over 30 years experience in leading Australasian grocery and beverage companies. He is currently CEO of George Weston Foods and has previously held senior leadership roles at Lion Nathan, Coca Cola Amatil and The Smiths Snackfood Company.
Andrew has publicly listed company board experience and was the past chair of the Australian Food and Grocery Council. He is a graduate of the University of NSW and completed the Advanced Management programme at the Harvard Business School.
Miriam is a commercial litigator, specialising in intellectual property. She advises on all aspects of intellectual property law and has acted in court proceedings involving copyright, trade mark, patent and design infringement, breaches of confidential information, misleading and deceptive conduct and passing off. She has also been involved in proceedings in the Australian Patent and Trade Marks Offices and in international domain name disputes.
She works with Australian and multi-national corporations from a range of industries, including media and entertainment, luxury goods, sport, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing and financial services, to develop strategies for the protection, commercialisation and enforcement of their IP rights. Miriam has extensive experience in the area of anti-counterfeiting. She has worked closely with police and prosecuting authorities on criminal investigations and with the Australian Customs Service to prevent the importation of counterfeit goods into Australia. Miriam has been involved in making submissions to and appearing before government inquiries and meeting with government ministers and officials on intellectual property issues.
Miriam also has broad commercial litigation experience and has acted in product liability cases, contractual and advertising disputes and Corporations Law matters in courts throughout Australia.