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Morning Report Co-Host

Corin Dann co-hosts the leading morning news programme Morning Report on RNZ National. He has over twenty years experience as a journalist, including six years as  Political Editor on One News. He also fronted the current affairs show Q&A on TVNZ, as well as NZI Business and Breakfast.  He lives in Wellington with his wife Lotta Dann and their three sons.


1996 World Champion of Public Speaking, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional, Director, Torque Ltd

“Far greater it is to dare mighty deeds than to take stock with those cold and timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt

I never set out to beat the other competitors at any level on the way to the World Championship. At each and every stage, I just wanted to better myself, to be the best that I could be, to fulfill an aspiration that I once dared to dream.


DAVID NOTTAGE is an Australian born New Zealander, a Kiwi with an attitude - an attitude for success. He has come a long way in the past 38 years, from someone who was too scared to speak in front of a group of four people to becoming a dynamic presenter who captivated over 2,000 Toastmasters to win the ultimate pinnacle in public speaking, the World Championship for Toastmasters International.


CEO, Sustainable Strategies

DevryBV Sustainable Strategies was formed in August 2019 to scale impact and accelerate the pace for companies and industries to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which ultimately ends extreme poverty, hunger, and inequality across the globe. By devising successful sustainable development strategies for companies, DevryBV Sustainable Strategies works to advance a company’s efforts to succeed in the global marketplace.

Devry’s method in working with clients is to start by gaining a deep understanding of the company’s business purpose and overarching business strategy. After understanding the purpose and strategy, DevryBV Sustainable Strategies then dives in on the fundamental issues impacting the business and assesses the stakeholders that care about both the positive and negative impacts the business creates for the environment and society more broadly. The assessment and work done with the company surfaces opportunities for changes in the business model to align with the SDGs. As a result, much work needs to be done both internally and externally for the company to make the necessary commitments to change.


Change can be hard, especially in large, global organizations. DevryBV Sustainable Strategies works to make that change a positive force within a company by focusing on:

  • leadership intent to change and willingness to make commitments on environmental and social goals;

  • updated business strategy that reforms the business model in line with the SDGs including production, sourcing, distribution, investment, and trade;

  • cultural gap assessments;

  • organizational design changes;

  • internal incentive schemes;

  • public policy integrity;

  • brand alignment;

  • corporate responsibility and sustainable development strategies; and

  • measurement and reporting.

Further, DevryBV Sustainable Strategies designs external relations strategies to engage governments, communities, non-profits, thought leaders, customers, and other key stakeholders to secure a company’s license to operate around the world.


Co-Founder and Chief Organic Optimist of Stonyfield Farm

Gary Hirshberg is Co-Founder and Chief Organic Optimist of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt producer, and the author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World (Hyperion, 2008).  Gary frequently speaks and consults on topics including sustainability, organic agriculture and the profitability of green business.


Gary led Stonyfield from its 1983 infancy as a seven-cow organic farming school to $365 million in annual sales when he stepped down as “CE-Yo” at the end of 2011. During his tenure Stonyfield enjoyed a compounded annual growth rate of over 23% by consistently producing superior products and using innovative marketing that blended the company’s social, environmental, and financial missions. Gary arranged the sale of Stonyfield to Danone in 2001, and then after staying on as chief executive for an additional decade, moved into the Chairman role and also became the Managing Director of Stonyfield Europe, launching organic brands in France, Ireland, Italy and Spain.  He resigned from his Danone responsibilities in March 2017 when Danone was required by the US Dept. of Justice to divest its Stonyfield holdings.  Gary remains a senior advisor under the new owners Groupe Lactalis.


Gary serves on several corporate boards including Blue Apron (meal kits), Halsa (organic plant based yogurt), Orgain (organic protein powders and foods), Peak Organic Brewing (craft beer), and UNreal (chocolates) as well as Advisory Board member for Applegate (organic and natural meats).  He has previously served on the boards of Annie’s (organic pasta and snacks), Applegate, Forager (Organic plant-based foods), Glenisk (Organic Dairy, Ireland), Honest Tea (organic teas and drinks), King Arthur Flour, Late July (organic salty snacks), Les Deux Vaches (organic yogurt, France), Sambazon (organic acai), Sweetgreen Café’s (natural fast food) and Sweet Earth Natural Foods (plant based meals) and was instrumental in the sale of 5 of those firms to larger strategic CPG’s.  He also advices many young and emerging entrepreneurs in a wide variety of fields and is currently coaching the CEO’s of Handsome Brook Farms (Organic Pasture Eggs, NY), Brookford Farm (Diversified Organic Farm, NH), Grace’s Good Food (Organic Instant Soups, CO), Thorvald (Sheeps Cheese and Yogurt, Nelson NZ), and Wheyward Spirit (Natural Spirits, OR) among others. He is also an investor in over 20 natural products firms and funds. 


In terms of non-corporate activities, he is Chairman and a founding Partner of Organic Voices, a consortium that seeks to eliminate consumer confusion about the benefits of organic.   He is also the founder and managing director of the Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute which produces annual boot camps for early stage and emerging enterprises in Boulder, CO and Auckland, NZ.  He was also the Founder and Chairman of Just Label It, We Have the Right to Know, the national campaign to label genetically engineered foods, and co-author of Label It Now – What You Need to Know About Genetically Engineered Foods (New Word City, 2012). 


Gary has received 12 honorary doctorates and numerous awards for corporate and environmental leadership including a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the US EPA.  In 2011, President Obama appointed him to serve on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, where he served until February 2017.  He was named a Yale Gordon Grand Fellow, one of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” by Business Week and one of the top ten, “most inspiring people in sustainable food” by Fast Company.  Gary was featured in the successful 2009 documentary "Food, Inc." 


Gary is the husband of writer Meg Cadoux Hirshberg and the father of three adult yogurt eaters, all of whom now work in organic and sustainability ventures.

Director of the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC)

Harry is the Director of the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC).  He was a member of New Zealand’s Interim Climate Change Committee from April 2018 to December 2019 and was appointed as one of New Zealand’s Climate Change Commissioners in December 2019.  

He gained his PhD from University College of North Wales, Bangor in 1986 and moved to New Zealand in 1991 to work on climate change issues.  His research interests for the last 20 years have focussed on the quantification and mitigation of enteric methane emissions from grazing ruminants.  He developed the current New Zealand methodology for estimating enteric methane emissions.  He is a Lead Author for the International Panel for Climate Change Assessment Reports (AR5 and AR6) and sits on numerous international and domestic science advisory panels.


Harry was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014 for services to environmental science.

CEO of The Chia Company

John Foss is seasoned entrepreneur of the farm, food and agricultural space. After being awarded the Nuffield Scholarship in 2001, he’s gone on to become the founder and CEO of The Chia Company (a global leader in plant-based foods), founder and director of Living Farm (R&D, agronomic and agtech services), founding director and chairman of Northern Australian Crop Research Alliance (R&D and crop research) and founder of Augment Agriculture (farmland management). His passion for sustainable farming, R&D and the environment, and his relentless entrepreneurial spirit, has led to John becoming a well-regarded leader in the international food and agricultural industry. 

Foresight Practitioner

Melissa Clark Reynolds ONZM, ChMInstD became a Foresight Practitioner and Professional Director after 25 years experience as a technology entrepreneur and CEO of a number of Technology companies. She is a Deputy Chair of Radio NZ, and sits on the Boards of Jasmax, Kiwi Insurance and Beef and Lamb NZ Ltd. In 2016 trained as a Foresight Practitioner with The Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, and founded FutureCentre.nz. Melissa keeps bees, loves to swim in the sea and reads voraciously.

Master of Ceremonies

Mike Petersen is an award winning farmer and industry leader in the New Zealand agribusiness community. Along with his family, Mike owns and operates a finishing farm in Hawke's Bay, which he has managed since New Zealand’s agricultural reforms in the late 1980s. Mike also has governance roles with a number of New Zealand businesses and served as New Zealand’s Special Agricultural Trade Envoy from 2013 to 2019. In 2018 Mike was awarded the New Zealand Agricultural Communicator of the Year.


Mike has extensive insights into global trends and market opportunities, representing New Zealand’s agribusiness sector in many contexts internationally. Some of these experiences include being part of trade delegations, presenting at international conferences, and in constituency building around achieving comprehensive outcomes in various trade and market access negotiations.


As a farmer and industry leader in New Zealand, Mike is well positioned to offer his perspective on the New Zealand agri-food sector. These perspectives include market and consumer insights, new innovations in sustainable farming, sector efficiency and productivity, as well as discussing New Zealand’s evolution into a successful food producing and exporting nation despite being one of the most isolated countries in the world. 

Chief Executive Officer, Fonterra

Miles Hurrell is Chief Executive Officer of Fonterra. His appointment as Chief Executive in August 2018, follows a 19-year career with the Co-operative which has spanned four continents. Miles is focused on resetting the business and implementing the Co-op’s new strategy to deliver sustainable value.

Prior to his appointment as CEO, Miles held the role of Chief Operating Officer, Farm Source, with responsibility for farmer services and engagement, milk sourcing and the operation of New Zealand’s 70 Farm Source™ retail stores.

Before this, Miles held a number of leadership roles across the Co-op, including Group Co-operative Affairs Director and General Manager Middle East, Africa, Russia and Eastern Europe where he led a period of sustained growth across the region. Earlier in his career, Miles worked as the General Manager of Global Sourcing and oversaw the streamlining of the Co-operative’s European operations.

Distinguished Professor, Massey University

Professor Paul Moughan was appointed to the foundation chair in monogastric biology at Massey University in 1993 and from 1997-2003 Foundation Head, Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health, Massey University. From 2003 until 2017 he held the position of Foundation Co-Director of the Riddet Institute, a National Centre of Research Excellence in Food Science. Professor Moughan currently holds the position of Distinguished Professor at Massey University and Riddet Institute Fellow Laureate. His research has encompassed the fields of human and animal nutrition, food chemistry, functional foods, mammalian growth biology and digestive physiology. He has published in excess of 450 scientific works.  In 1995 he was awarded Doctor of Science and in 1997 was awarded a Personal Chair at Massey University and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England. In 2011 he was appointed Chair of the FAO Expert Consultation to review recommendations on the characterisation of dietary protein quality in humans, and in 2014 was appointed to the International Think Tank (World Science Academies) on world food security. He has received numerous prestigious international awards for his work, including the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2012. In 2014 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Guelph, Canada. In 2018 he was awarded the Wageningen University Medal of Honour. Professor Moughan sits on a number of editorial boards for scientific journals and is an adviser to the international food industry.


Peter was born in Wellington – in 1997 he moved to the UK & US worked in finance, returned to NZ in 2003 and started  Escape Rentals NZ first affordable campervan…sold in 2007.  In 2009 he founded Escape Campervans USA growing it to be North America’s largest campervan company exiting in 2016.

In 2007 Peter got involved in the high level management of Linnburn Station and moved to live there in 2012 and commenced the regenerative agriculture journey.

Advisor on Innovation and Equity

Dr. Rob Horsch recently retired from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which he joined as a deputy director in November 2006 to develop and lead the science and technology initiative of the agricultural development program.  He recruited and managed a team of program officers and other staff that made and managed a large and diverse portfolio of research and development grants aimed at improving the productivity of small holder farmers by improving the crops that poor farmers raise, and poor consumers eat.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, and as an Advisor to the Global Commission on Adaptation and to the Global Farmer Network. 


Rob is a leader in the effort to create agricultural technologies that help improve yields and incomes for farmers around the world.  He joined Monsanto in 1981 and led the company's plant tissue culture and transformation efforts until 1995. In that capacity, he contributed to the development of the Bollgard, Yieldgard, and Roundup Ready traits in broad use today and directed an expanding research group to apply genetic transformation technology to many important crops, including potato, tomato, cotton, soybean, corn and wheat. From 1996 to 2005 he led the company's programs for International Development Partnerships with responsibility to help small-holder farmers in developing countries gain access to better agricultural products and technologies.


Rob received his Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of California, Riverside, in 1979, and then conducted postdoctoral work in plant physiology at the University of Saskatchewan. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading journals in the plant sciences and as an advisor to the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.  He served as a member of the Millennium Development Goals Hunger Task force and has been active in international agricultural development projects for the past 25 years.  He was awarded the 1998 National Medal of Technology by President Clinton for contributions to the development of agricultural biotechnology. 

CEO and Founder, AgThentic

Sarah Nolet is an internationally recognized food systems innovation expert, the CEO and Founder of AgThentic, a global food and agriculture strategy firm, and co-founder of Tenacious Ventures, Australia’s first dedicated agrifood tech VC firm. Sarah has been instrumental in building the early stage agtech ecosystem in Australia - from advising dozens of startups, designing accelerator programs and consulting to established agribusinesses, to helping industry, universities and government develop and implement forward-looking initiatives in food system innovation. She is also the host of the AgTech...So What? podcast, and co-founder of Farmers2Founders, a national innovation program for primary producers.


Linkedin: http:www.linkedin.com/in/svnolet

Twitter: @svnoles @agthentic @tenaciousvc @farmers2founder

Websites: www.agthentic.com and www.tenacious.ventures and www.agtechsowhat.com


Owner and Proprietor, Lone Star Farms

Tom is Executive Chairman and co-owner of Blue Star Print Holdings, New Zealand's largest commercial printer and owner and Executive Chairman of the Tiri Group of companies.  He is also owner and Proprietor of Lone Star Farms Limited, a sheep and beef cattle producer with over 16,000ha and 100,000 equivalent stock units. He is on the Board for the High Health Alliance, Direct Relief International, SB Hospice and various conservation groups in Africa. 

Tom is an avid supporter of local communities where he spends his time in Nelson, Golden Bay and Santa Barbara such as the Suter Art Gallery, Nelson College for Boys, Golden Bay Community Trust, Women's Refuge and the University of California Arts & Lectures.


Deputy Secretary, Trade and Economic Group 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


A former New Zealand Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation, Vangelis was also the Chief Negotiator who concluded several of New Zealand’s key free trade agreements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand free trade agreement (AANZFTA) and the Malaysia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement.


While chairing the WTO agriculture negotiations in a personal capacity, he helped draft the 2015 Nairobi WTO decision to eliminate agricultural export subsidies.


Before his posting to Geneva, Vangelis was Ambassador to the European Union, and has had postings to Canberra and before that, in Moscow.


Vangelis has also worked as an economist in the secretariat of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and subsequently chaired the OECD Committee on Trade and the Environment, and the OECD Global Forum on Trade and Climate Change.


A member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on International Trade and Investment and WEF’s Expert Network on trade issues, Vangelis is also the New Zealand Envoy for the Small Advanced Economies’ Initiative.


Vangelis speaks Greek, German and Russian and is married with three children. A keen (saltwater) fisherman, he is also a long-time supporter of the Wellington Phoenix Football Club.


Twitter: @VangelisVNZ

Secretary for the Environment, MFE

Vicky was appointed Secretary for the Environment in April 2015, and is leading cross-sector collaboration in New Zealand’s public sector to safeguard our natural environment. She is co-chair of Aotearoa Circle, a partnership of public and private sector leaders committed to reversing the decline of New Zealand’s natural resources. Vicky sits on the new public sector Climate Change Chief Executive Board, and is a member of the steering committee of Te Hono, a group of primary industry leaders exploring new ways of thinking and doing. Vicky’s background in law and economics led her into senior roles at the New Zealand Treasury, where she spent time as Deputy Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Secretary and Chief Executive.


It has also taken her on secondment to the United Nations Development Programme, where she led a strategic and structural review of the organisation. An Edmund Hillary Foundation Fellow, she is a champion for inclusive growth, transparency and accountability in the state sector.