Speakers announced for NFF 2018 National Congress

The highly anticipated National Farmers’ Federation 2018 Congress will be held on the 17 & 18 October at the AIS in Canberra.

The 2018 theme is Diversify. The program will highlight how diverse thinking can shape the farm sector’s future in a range of areas.

These areas include our farms, our people, our global markets and our leaders.

At Congress we will be discussing diversity in regards to the background and skills all people have to continually reshape our industry and the communities it supports.

Skye Saunders, Associate Professor in Law at the Australian National University, is a passionate advocate for the advancement of gender equality, particularly in the gender dynamics in the rural context.

She will be speaking on disrupting discrimination in the workplace and how increased diversity in the workplace can enhance a business.

Congress 2018 will also talk about diversifying Australian farms. Our competitive edge relies on embracing diverse new business, farm management and environmental stewardship practices through research and technology.

Richard Heath, the Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute (AFI), will be one of the speakers coving this topic.

He will share his knowledge on the policy research conducted by the AFI, whose objective is to enhance the economic and social wellbeing of farmers and the agricultural sector in Australia.

Diversifying our global markets will be another focus point of Congress. Speakers such as Feyi Akindoyeni, who is one of the country’s most sought after communications consultants, will be discussing how Australia can place a strong footing for the future.

Diversity in farming and political leadership roles will be explored by speakers including Fiona Nash, strategic advisor in regional development for Charles Sturt University.

Fiona is a prominent female farmer in her central west NSW community and previous Senator for NSW and Deputy Leader of the Nationals.

She will discuss the industry’s challenges and opportunities and how greater diversity in agricultural leadership is essential for the industry’s future.

Another speaker to look out for will be Salah Sukkarieh. He is the Associate Dean (Industry and Innovation and Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney and is an expert in the research, development and commercialisation of field robotic systems.

To register for the event and for more information visit: https://etm.eventsair.com/nff-national-congress-2018/



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