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Ag and finance investor Robyn O’Brien to speak at Australian Organic Conference

Australian Organic Limited has secured global business innovator Robyn O’Brien as keynote speaker for its March 2024 conference in Melbourne.

Designed with the aim of unifying Australia’s certified organic industry, the conference has a theme of ‘Our Future: Growing Together’

Keynote speaker O’Brien, who made the Forbes Impact 50 list of the most notable investors for her work at the intersection of agriculture and climate, founded financial services companies Sirona Ventures and rePlant Capital, which scale ag and climate solutions. She is currently a partner at impact investing platform Montcalm Capital.

Across two days the conference event will focus on three key pillars; business growth; the environment; and people and animals.

Covering topics such as profitable production systems, proactive management, how to upscale a business, and global organic trends.

A dual US-New Zealand citizen, O’Brien said she is very familiar with the challenges facing a robust, diverse organic sector in Australia and New Zealand, and believes the answer lies in innovators, investors and farmers collaborating to build a smarter food system.

“So how do we engage investors in this? What role is the consumer playing? And what role are the retailers and farmers playing? Because it’s in collaborating that you actually build something that works for everybody.

“This is about how we responsibly steward these assets and natural resources and leverage 21st century technology in a way that enables us to do things we’ve never been able to do before. And that’s where I think it gets really exciting,” said O’Brien.

Day one of the Australian Organic Conference, Thursday, March 7, Robyn O’Brien will speak.

Day two, Friday, 8 March, will include an International Women’s Day High Tea where attendees can hear from inspirational women innovators in agriculture.

The conference will culminate on Friday with a gala dinner and the announcement of the Australian Organic Industry Awards, showcasing the products, individuals, brands and businesses that are moving the certified organic sector forward.

The Australian Organic Conference will be held at Pullman Melbourne on the Park.

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