Give industry players the confidence and capacity to use their knowledge, resources, skilled workforce and associated capabilities to develop innovative, cost-effective and differentiated offerings that meet the wants and needs of Australian and international markets and consumers.
Create a culture of connected, collaborative industry participants who desire transformational change, and continue to proactively seek and utilise collaborations for national and international market and supply chain success.
To be the cohesive and clear voice of industry to influence and shape policy, and identify opportunities for regulatory reform that fosters industry-wide innovation and entrepreneurship, in partnership with government.
We are a small team with diverse industry experience. Our collective skill-set covers all aspects of the food and agribusiness value chain; from research and product development to packaging and exporting.
Our practical experience is coupled with a passion to see the Australian food and agribusiness sector grow.
Managing Director, Dr Mirjana Prica, is an enthusiastic visionary who focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation to deliver commercial value. Mirjana sits on boards and advisory groups for cooperative research centres, universities, research and industry organisations, where she leverages her 20+ years of research and commercial experience in materials, minerals, food and agribusiness. Currently, Mirjana is leading FIAL, a national and industry-led organisation, established by the Commonwealth to drive innovation and market initiatives for Australia.
General Manager Innovation
Barry is an innovation manager with 30yrs in the food manufacturing industry and has held senior technical, innovation and commercial leadership roles in companies with key food manufacturing companies in Australia. An inventor by nature, Barry has created new products & processes for domestic, Foodservice and export markets, while leading innovation culture development within companies. While a member of a range of national advisory teams, Barry is now leading initiatives to strengthen the Australian innovation culture and capability to help companies find increased success both domestically and overseas and better connect the Australian research and manufacturing sectors.
General Manager Commercial
With more than 10 years of buying and category management experience, Senior Executive, Rod Arenas has extensive industry knowledge of both the local and international food and agribusiness markets. He has worked with industry heavy-weights. He is an expert in emerging trends, brand and product management and product development. He brings a combination of commercial qualifications – postgraduate in International trade focusing on global trading. Rod has a wealth of experience in e-commerce and management in both imports and exports at large FMCG organisations within retail, shipping, international trade documentation and banking including ANL, MSC, JP Morgan and ANZ.
Angus is an innovation specialist with broad experience. He started his career as a researcher at the University of Sydney and then led R&D investment program for the Australian egg industry. He has founded and worked within a number of start-up ventures in the food and agritech market and is now using his experience to help the Australian Food and Agribusiness industry harness innovation to access new markets and increase profitability. Angus has won numerous awards including an Australian Government Science and Innovation Award for Young Scientists in 2007 and an International Specialised Skills Fellowship in 2011.
Meena has over 15 years of business administration experience with SMEs across a wide spectrum of industries. She thrives on finding solutions to create the most streamlined operational and administrative solutions for different types of organisations. Her passion for the food industry and her personal involvement in multiple successful start ups has allowed her to develop a wide range of skills across all facets of a business. Driven by problem solving, these skills are being applied to optimise the running of FIAL to the benefit of our stakeholders, customers and the entire Food and Agribusiness industry.
James is an innovation manager experienced in the food manufacturing and food service industries. Holding roles in technical, innovation, nutrition and regulation roles in Australian and multinational companies. He has experience in launching new household name brands and reinvigorating existing brands for new market and customer opportunities. James is a passionate supporter of innovation in the Australian food and agribusiness landscape.
Legal & Government Affairs Manager
In her most recent role with the Department of Industry, Irini Agollari worked closely with over 220 SMEs to improve their business management capabilities. As a qualified lawyer, she has national and international business experience across both the private and public sector. In 2012, whilst working overseas, Irini led a Samoan legislative reform agenda that improved foreign investment for the country. More recently, she developed and implemented a national stakeholder engagement strategy for the Food and Agribusiness Sector, and collaborated with industry experts to create learning workshops for SMEs. Fluent in four languages, she has an undeniable passion for learning and growth.
We're the food and agribusiness growth centre. We're the voice of industry to government. We connect businesses with researchers to innovate new products and services.
We work closely with agencies to help businesses export. We help Australian suppliers understand new market opportunities and the steps required to start an export journey.