Speakers

The RCS team has secured some of the planet’s foremost thought leaders for the RCS Conference. More speakers will be announced regularly, so sign up to our mailing list to be among the first to know who you’ll be hearing from.

Diana Rodgers, RD, is a “real food” nutritionist and sustainability advocate near Boston, Massachusetts. She runs a clinical nutrition practice, hosts the Sustainable Dish Podcast, and has served as an advisory board of numerous nutrition and agriculture organizations including Whole30, Animal Welfare Approved and Savory Institute. She speaks internationally about the intersection of optimal human nutrition, regenerative agriculture, and food justice. More recently, her work has focused on shifting the anti-meat narrative.

Diana is co-author of, Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat and the director, producer of the companion film, Sacred Cow. Her new initiative, the Global Food Justice Alliance, advocates for the inclusion of animal-sourced foods in dietary policies for a more nutritious, sustainable and equitable worldwide food system. She can be found at sustainabledish.com and globalfoodjustice.org. She is Executive Director of the Global Food Justice Alliance, a dietitian, author, and filmmaker.

Professor Jacqueline McGlade

Professor Jacqueline McGlade

Jacqueline McGlade is Chief Scientific Officer of Downforce Technologies and Professor at Strathmore University, Kenya, and the Institute for Global Prosperity and Engineering at University College London, UK.  She has extensive experience of implementing cutting edge science and innovation within different sectors and regulatory settings; in particular the development of robust data analytics to address net zero emissions and nature-based solutions for tackling climate change and improving food and nutrition.

Previous posts include Chief Scientist and Statistician of the UN Environment Programme, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, Director UK National Centre for Coastal and Marine Sciences, Director Theoretical Ecology, German national research centre, and Professor in Biological Sciences, Warwick, Mathematics and Earth Sciences University College London.

Jacquie has held a number of key advisory roles and elected roles including the EU Expert Group on International Food Systems Science. She has published more than 200 research publications on ecosystem dynamics, sustainable development, environmental monitoring and informatics, early warning systems and citizen science, and applications for web intelligence and decision-making under high uncertainty. She has produced award winning films and radio series, including TEDx talk on Building Resilience to Climate Change , The Life Scientific and public lectures online.

Dr Zach Bush MD

Dr Zach Bush MD

Virtual presentation

Regarded as one the most compelling minds on earth, the engaging and dynamic Dr Zach Bush is among the very few medical professionals to fully understand the linkages between soil, human and planetary health.

Breakthrough science delivered by Dr. Bush and his colleagues has provided mind-blowing insights into the role big farming, big pharma and Western medicine has played in the decline of human health and the rise in modern disease epidemics.

As a co-founder of ‘Farmer’s Footprint’, a not-for-profit organisation supporting farmers to rebuild soil and preserve food independence, Dr Bush works tirelessly to promote farmers regenerating their landscapes to produce healthy, nutrient-dense food for a healthy planet.

Dr Charles Massy OAM

Dr Charles Massy OAM

Charles Massy gained a BSc (Zoology, Human Ecology) at ANU (1976), before going farming and developing a prominent Merino sheep stud business. His concern about land degradation and humanity’s sustainability challenge led to him completing a PhD in Human Ecology (ANU) in 2012.

A widely published author, Massy has written five books, including ‘Breaking the Sheep’s back’ (2011) and recently a children’s book on the critically endangered Monaro Earless Dragon, ‘The Last Dragon’ (2021).

In his work titled ‘Call of the Reed Warbler – A New Agriculture, A New Earth’ (2017), which is widely regarded as pivotal in the emergence of a regenerative agriculture, Massy paints pictures of farmers and practitioners who are adapting to a new era, changing practices with positive implications for both addressing humanity’s emerging Anthropocene crisis and also for human and physical health.

Dr Katherine Trebeck

Dr Katherine Trebeck

Katherine is a political economist, writer and advocate for economic system change. She co-founded the Wellbeing Economy Alliance – a collaboration working towards a wellbeing economy, delivering human and ecological wellbeing. She instigated the group of Wellbeing Economy Governments (WEGo), which is founded on the recognition that ‘development’ in the 21st century entails delivering human and ecological wellbeing. 

Katherine sits on a range of boards and advisory groups including The Democracy Collaborative, a non-profit, American think tank and research centre. She’s also involved in the C40 Centre for Urban Climate Policy and Economy, and developed Oxfam’s Humankind Index. 

Katherine’s most recent book The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown Up Economy (co-authored with Jeremy Williams) brings a refreshingly different perspective, and explores the possibility of ‘Arrival’, urging us to move from enlarging the economy to improving it, with the interests of bringing benefits for all. Following the book Katherine released a major report in 2021, Being Bold: Budgeting for Children’s Wellbeing. 

Katherine has Bachelor Degrees in Economics and in Politics, and a PhD in Political Science.  

Di Haggerty

Di Haggerty

Di Haggerty farms with her husband Ian and eldest son James, over 24,000 ha in the central wheatbelt of Western Australia. Produce from the farm includes wheat, barley, oats, triticale, wool, grass fed sheep meat and breeding ewes/rams.

Ian and Di have a life mission to help facilitate positive global change by rebuilding soils in semi-arid regions, producing and marketing premium food, fibre and beverage which supports the nutritional and microbiological needs of humanity and planetary health.

Di, Ian and James have developed a farming practice that relies on NATURAL INTELLIGENCE for plant and animal production, and landscape restoration.

Hear from Di about how they use natural fertility processes such as earthworm digestion, compost and co-evolved ruminant interaction to build a healthy, resilient agricultural community, resulting in lowered or negated need for pesticides, fungicides and livestock parasiticides, decreased fossil fuel use and no use of synthetic fertilizers.

Di and Ian will also join us for the ‘Digging Deeper into Building Nutrient Dense Food Supply Chains’ workshop, providing us with their valuable insights and experiences in developing avenues to market their nutrient-dense produce.

Fred Provenza, Professor Emeritus

Fred Provenza, Professor Emeritus

Virtual Presentation

Fred Provenza is professor emeritus of Behavioral Ecology in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University. At Utah State Provenza directed an award-winning research group that pioneered an understanding of how learning influences foraging behavior and how behavior links soils and plants with herbivores and humans. 

Provenza is one of the founders of BEHAVE, an international network of scientists and land managers committed to integrating behavioral principles with local knowledge to enhance environmental, economic, and cultural values of rural and urban communities. He is also the author of Nourishment; and  Foraging Behavior; and the co-author of The Art & Science of Shepherding. He has published over 300 research papers.

John Kempf

John Kempf

Virtual Attendance

John Kempf is a Regenerative Agriculture Thought Leader and founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a plant nutrition and biostimulants consulting company. A top expert in the field of biological and regenerative farming, John founded AEA in 2006 to help fellow farmers by providing the education, tools, and strategies that will have a global effect on the food supply and those who are growing that supply. 

John is the host of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, where he interviews top scientists and growers about the science and principles of implementing regenerative agriculture on a large scale.

Lorraine Gordon

Lorraine Gordon

Lorraine is the founder of the National Regenerative Agriculture Alliance based out of Southern Cross University. As Director of Strategic Projects at Southern Cross University and Associate Director of the University’s Centre for Organic Research, Lorraine acts as a conduit between industry and research, delivering sustainable and regenerative agriculture solutions nationally. 

She has assisted over 28,500 farmers, fishers and foresters around the country to progress collaborative projects and establish Cooperatives which will benefit their various industries as Director of the Commonwealth Government’s Farming Together Program.

Lorraine is a carbon farmer and holistic beef cattle trader at Ebor in NSW. Previous positions have included CEO of Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast, and Director of the Graduate Network of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. A previous NSW ABC Rural Woman of the Year Lorraine is currently completing her PhD in Ecological Economics through UNE, looking at a triple bottom line comparisons between regenerative and conventional grazing systems.

Gaala Watson

Gaala Watson

Gaala Watson is the Director of the Food Connect Foundation

Gaala is a Kungalu and Birri-Gubba Woman born and raised in Brisbane. Currently in the early stages of her PhD Gaala has an MBA from Griffith Business School, and runs her own arts business, Bimbi Love. She is currently a steering member for the Social Enterprise World Forum in Brisbane later in 2022. Gaala is an alumni of the Yunus Centre for Social Business at Griffith University.

Gaala is very passionate about increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and opportunity within the fair food movement and more broadly across the social enterprise sector in Queensland.

Robert Pekin is the CEO/ Co-Founder of Food Connect Shed

Robert is a former organic dairy farmer and market gardener and for the last 20 odd years has been innovating solutions for the regional food economy in Australia.

In 2004, he founded Food Connect, a dynamic multi-farmer food distribution enterprise with an innovative community-based distribution system.

In 2018 along with his partner Emma-Kate they raised more than $2 million in equity from 530 of their customers and supporters to purchase and retrofit an industrial property in inner Brisbane into Australia’s first multi-function Food Hub which now boasts over 30 enterprises. 

Recently he’s joined the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Table Fund, a catalytic investment vehicle for food system change.

Robert co-founded the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and was a founding director of the international software organisation the Open Food Network. He’s a contributing author to Fair Food, published by University of Queensland Press.

He loves his blended family of four children, and his favourite foods are beer, butter and good bread.

Walter Jehne

Walter Jehne

Walter Jehne is an internationally recognised soil microbiologist and innovation strategist. He has immense field and research experience in soils, grasslands, agriculture and forests at local, national, international levels.

Through his diverse experiences, Walter has a unique and exceptional capacity to devise solutions – turning challenges into solutions – and has developed a remarkable ability to explain complex science and economic paths forward in easy to understand ways.

Decades of research have made Walter an expert in plant root ecology, mycorrhizal fungi, glomalin and soil carbon formation. He also has a wealth of knowledge of biology’s enormous influences in hydrological cycles, weather patterns, regional and global cooling, and cloud formation and rain precipitation.

Walter’s presentation about focusing on biology to rehydrate landscapes and balance hydrological cycles will be an unmissable part of the RCS Conference.

Walter will also join Joel Williams in leading the ‘Digging Deeper into Soil Health’ workshop.

Anthony James – Event MC

Anthony James – Event MC

Anthony is a fifth generation Australian living on ancient lands among the oldest continuous cultures on earth. He is creator and host of The RegenNarration podcast, an award-winning facilitator and educator, widely published writer, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and Warm Data Lab Host Certified by the International Bateson Institute.

Anthony features in a range of media nationally and internationally, is a regular speaker, and hosts conversations on regenerating the systems and stories humanity lives by, at both live events and on The RegenNarration podcast. 

He has also produced a spin-off series for the Clean State podcast, dedicated to regenerative transitions in his home state of Western Australia.

 

His writing has appeared in publications locally and overseas, including The Conversation, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, WA Today, ABC Online, World Economic Forum, Eco-Business, EconoTimes, Business Standard, Resilience, The Epoch Times, Energy Post, and The Footy Almanac.

Visit the RegenNarration website here.

As a nationally renowned innovator, speaker and educator in regenerative agriculture, Terry McCosker needs little introduction. He has had an inordinate impact on agricultural practices both in Australia and around the world over many years.

Terry co-founded RCS over 30 years ago, setting the benchmark for capacity building in rural and regional Australia. His pioneering approach continues to create a more profitable future for food and fibre producers across the country.

Sarah is a teacher and coach who guides you to explore the true essence of money, based on her book, ‘Love Money, Money Loves You’. Surprisingly, this turns into a deep exploration of who you are, what you stand for, what difference you make in the world and what you’re creating with your life.

Sarah trained for 22 years with Chinese Energy Masters and has spent 20 years coaching business owners and leaders in Australia, the UK, the USA and elsewhere. She’s a teacher on The Shift Network and a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle.

Sarah has helped thousands of people transform their relationship with money through her book, online courses, workshops and retreats.

Garlone Moulin

Garlone Moulin

Garlone Moulin is part of the Mt Pleasant Grazing team which owns and nurtures Mt Pleasant Station near Bowen, Queensland.

Garlone developed a passion for ecology after seeing the gradual return of plant and animal diversity to the landscape, along with profitability, after the implementation of the RCS principles in the early 2000’s.

She believes that farmers on family farms are the key to unlocking the unrealised economic, environmental and social potential locked in the soil. There can be no better stewards than the farmers who have an emotional connection with the land, once they have the ecological literacy to do so.

Time spent in nature observing patterns shapes how Garlone approaches human relationships. In nature, the more diverse the plant and animal community, the more it is able to withstand climatic challenges; so, with people, she believes bringing together diverse stakeholders to focus on what they have in common rather than promoting polarised “tribes” is an important step towards healing not only our landscapes but our communities as well.

Joel Williams

Joel Williams

Virtual Presentation

Joel Williams is an independent plant and soil health educator, a healthy-soils advocate and an expert on soil biology, plant nutrition and agroecological farming systems. With a keen interest in managing plant diversity, soil microbial ecology and plant and soil nutrition (to optimise soil function crop immunity and soil carbon sequestration), Joel shares his scientific knowledge and practical know-how on agroecological growing practices relevant to everyone from the largest broadscale producer to the backyard veggie gardener.

Joel works extensively throughout Australia, Europe and Canada, where he is currently based completing an MSc in Food Policy.

More speakers will be announced soon.

*Preliminary program subject to change – A detailed agenda will be available soon.

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