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Each Executive Program is taught by a core faculty of senior academics and industry experts who are recognised thought leaders and skilled educators. The faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to create new knowledge and concepts that work in the food industry.

Guest speakers join the core faculty to present special topics, conveying their specific insights to further enrich the learning experience. The result is a teaching team that exposes participants to multiple perspectives, challenging their thinking on many levels.

Core Faculty

Dr Melinda Muth
Director of Executive Programs

Melinda Muth is an organisation development consultant specialising in leadership development, team effectiveness and change management. She designs and delivers corporate programs and teaches in a variety of business school programs globally including the Australian Graduate School of Management, the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth University, Duke Corporate Education and the Melbourne/Beihang University eMBA program.

Melinda graduated from the University of Cincinnati magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Design and earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School. She was awarded a PhD from the Australian Graduate School of Management for Research in the field of corporate governance.

Melinda has extensive experience in retailing and related industries both in Australia and the United States and regularly speaks and consults on a variety of organisation development issues with both private and public sector organisations.

Professor David Hughes
Associate Director of the Executive Programs

Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing, Imperial College, University of London, UK

David Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at the Centre for Food Chain Research, Imperial College London and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural College in the UK. He has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia and New Zealand and has an international reputation on food and beverage management issues in general and food marketing in particular.

Professor Hughes is an international advisory board member with food companies and service organisations on three continents and a Non- Executive Director of KG Fruits, a fast growing fresh food company. David has been an adviser to Waitrose and J Sainsbury and is a regular consultant to McDonalds internationally, particularly with regard to improving relationships with suppliers.

In recent times he has worked, inter alia, with major and minor food businesses in North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia on corporate strategy and innovation policy and was a keynote speaker at international food industry events in the USA, Canada, France, Denmark, UK, China, Korea and Mexico. David is a strong proponent of building strong vertical alliances between key chain members in the food, beverage and grocery

Dr John Morris

John Morris has extensive global experience in retailing and food marketing. He has worked as a senior executive with Safeway Stores, Inc. in Oakland, California and has consulted with many leading retail, grocery and fresh food companies around the world. Dr Morris has been an international adviser to the Food Marketing Institute and conducted FMI operations and customer research in many countries.

He was part of the Cornell University Food Executive Program in the US for many years and has been a Visiting Professor of Food Industry Management at a number of international universities. John is Director of Food, Wine, Meat and Produce Executive Programs at Monash University and also Director of the Rabobank Executive Development Program.

Paul Stevens
Program Director

Paul has over 40 years experience in business and learning and development, primarily in the financial services industry, with a focus on financial markets and risk management. He played a leading role in the creation of the ANZ Bank Consultative Risk Management business working with some of Australia’s largest companies and global multi-nationals on their strategic approach to FX Risk Management. More recently he lead the learning and development function for the Institutional Banking & Markets division for the CBA including leadership, sales and communications learning activity. Paul lectured on the Melbourne University MBA program for over 10 years and was chair of the Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA) Foreign Exchange program. He has a diploma in Accounting (CESA) and a Diploma in Financial Markets (AFMA).

Lisa Smith
Minds at Work

Lisa will challenge you to open up your potential for more creative thinking, so the innovative ideas and solutions you and your people in the business generate can become reality. She is an interactive presenter and will definitely fire up your creativity and ability to think beyond the boundaries your mind has developed.

Lisa is currently the driving force behind the Minds at Work “Problem Solving Program” in which role she has been sharing the organisation’s thinking strategies with corporate high fliers, “community builders”, principals, teachers, crack police response teams, fire fighters, SES, truck builders, produce industry executives, meat industry executives, leading farmers and bull semen traders.

Lex Dwyer
Facilitator, Corporate Fitness Service

Lex Dwyer has been refining his craft for 25 years. That is, enabling accelerated learning for individuals and teams participating in business forums, executive training and development, and leadership programs. Lex has worked with, and observed the world’s best presenters and facilitators. This experience, combined with his own insights, has enabled Lex to create his unique style of bringing business forums to life. CFS business forum facilitation is people-friendly and business-savvy. It offers both entertainment and substance, grounded in proven processes that deliver outcomes for individuals, teams and organisations. The combination of these principles makes CFS effective.

Michael O’Keeffe
Principal, O’Keeffe and Associates

Michael O’Keeffe is a business strategy consultant specialising in fresh food. Michael is Coordinator of the Global Fresh Food Innovation Network, a group of suppliers from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia who share innovation ideas and best practice.

He is also Chairman of the Premier Fruits Group, a national supplier and grower to major supermarket chains and independent fruiterers; Director of Houston’s Farm, a Tasmanian-based supplier of pre-packed salads to Australian supermarkets; and Chairman of Hortical, which develops and licences NIR non-intrusive sweetness testing technology for fruit and vegetables.

Mr O’Keeffe is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at The University of Kent in the UK and is co-editor of ‘New Directions in Corporate Strategy’ published in 2000 by Allen and Unwin in conjunction with the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is on the editorial Board of “Supply Chain Management: an International Journal”, published in the UK and also writes the monthly fresh food column for “Retail World” in Australia.

Michael’s previous appointments include National Business Manager – Produce with Franklins Supermarkets, Head of Agribusiness Corporate Advisory Services with Rabobank, and Executive Director of the Australian Agribusiness Research Unit at Monash University.

Martin Kneebone
Director, FRESHlogic

Martin Kneebone has a detailed understanding of the Australasian food market and supply systems. He has operated in both the retail and supply sectors, including working at Coles Myer for a number of years. This included three years as General Manager of Fresh Produce where he oversaw a reorganisation of the supply chain. Martin has qualifications in Horticulture and Marketing and is a member of the New Industry Development Program board.

His company FRESHlogic has offices in Melbourne and Brisbane and provides market information and specialist management consulting services. Their products include Mealpulse and Adwatch-fresh and their clients include David Jones, Shell, Horticulture Australia, Syngenta Seeds, APAL, Batlow Coop, Summerfruit Australia, Coles Group, Australian Pork Ltd, Dairy Australia, Spring Bay Seafood and Tasmanian Salmon Growers as well as many smaller fresh food specialist producers and retailers.

Martin has also directed many food consumer studies and analyses over the full range of fresh food categories. He has developed a reputation for his ability to draw out useful and workable commercial applications from his reviews and analysis.