FOUNDER & CEO
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.
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.
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.
Julia is currently the Director of Development, University Multidisciplinary Initiatives leading a team at the University of Sydney, with responsibility and strategic oversight of a comprehensive fundraising program for all multidisciplinary research centres at the University, with particular focus on CVD, Neurology and Cancer. Julia has successfully raised over $70Million for the University across a number of disciplines. The University’s current INSPIRED campaign is the biggest in history for any tertiary institution in Australia, raising over $800Million to date.
She was recently rated as one of the Top 5 Movers and Shakers by F&P Magazine. In 2015, Julia was awarded the Professional Leadership Scholarship for a Global Executive MBA at Sydney University, studying at IIMB, Cambridge, USC and Stanford. She was ranked first in Australia for a Diploma of Pharmaceuticals and Ethics and First Class Honours in her Advanced Science degree, majoring in microbiology and immunology at UNSW.
Prior to her work at University of Sydney, Julia has worked across several industries in the corporate sector in a variety of roles including marketing, advertising and sales. She has coupled her national experience with international work based in France tasked with leading global strategic launches of pharmaceutical products. Julia currently sits on the OzHarvest Board and is a Fundraising and Marketing Committee member for the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.