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Craig Bellamy – Leading NRL Coach

Craig BellamyOpening Keynote – Thursday 18 June, 2015

It’s fitting that leading NRL Coach Craig Bellamy will deliver our Opening Keynote on Change Challenge Opportunity the morning after Melbourne hosts the second State of Origin game in the 2015 series. The Storm coach is renowned for his skills in leadership, team building and developing talent, such as banana industry ambassador Billy Slater. Banana growers have a deep engagement with the NRL and Craig’s address is sure to resonate with delegates.

Craig Bellamy is hailed as the NRL’s best coach. Born in Portland, NSW, Bellamy played 148 first-grade games for the Canberra Raiders from 1982-92 before coaching its President’s Cup team to a premiership in 1995. He joined the Brisbane Broncos as Wayne Bennett’s assistant coach in 1998, helping the Broncos to titles in 1998 and 2000, and was appointed Melbourne Storm NRL head coach in 2003. In the twelve seasons since Bellamy’s arrival, the Storm have played in five NRL grand finals, won three titles, four minor premierships, two World Club Challenge trophies and qualified for semi-finals football every year – except for 2010 when the club was ordered to play for zero points and stripped of two NRL premierships due to the salary cap scandal. Bellamy was NSW State of Origin coach from 2008-10, Australian Test assistant coach in 2005-06 and is a three-time winner of the NRL’s Dally M Coach of the Year award. Craig is a columnist for The Weekend Australian newspaper.

The Hon Jeffrey Kennett AC

Jeff Kennett
Keynote – Saturday 20 June, 2015
The Hon. Kennett AC will be the keynote speaker on our final day of BIC, Saturday June 20. Mr Kennett is the founding Chairman of beyondblue: the national depression initiative and has been Chairman since 2000.

Mr Kennett was an Officer in the Royal Australian Regiment, serving at home and overseas. He was a Member of the Victorian Parliament for 23 years, and was Premier of the State from 1992 to 1999.

Chef Miguel Maestre – Celebrity Chef

IMG_5492Friday 19 June, 2015

Having worked for many years in various kitchens around the world, Miguel Maestre is one talented Spaniard who has made Sydney his home. Born in Murcia in the south of Spain, his love for food was pre-determined from a young age. Miguel’s passion for food and life is infectious, and he has developed a talent for incorporating Spanish ingredients and cooking styles into his Australian menus.

Miguel has been awarded by His Majesty The King of Spain the highest award a citizen can receive ” The Order of Civil Merits ” for his extraordinary service to the nation for the benefit of Spain in the Australian media. Miguel is the author of two best selling Spanish books “Miguel’s Tapas” and “Spanish Cooking”.

Miguel will present a special cooking demonstration for Banana Congress delegates highlighting bananas as the feature ingredient. Delegates will also have the opportunity to purchase Miguel’s signed cookbooks after the demonstration.

Registered accompanying persons are welcome to join the audience for Friday afternoon’s demonstration and access to the exhibition between 3.00pm – 5.00pm.

Janine Allis – Founder of Boost Juice Bars

JA_29APR2015_30120_RT_smlRetail Panelist – Friday 19 June, 2015

Janine Allis is not your everyday self-made businesswoman. She grew her juice and smoothie empire from her kitchen bench to an international success story (Boost Juice Bars are now in 13 countries with over 400 stores).

For most people, the formula for achieving success in life is to study hard, get good grades, get into a good business school or university and work your way up the ladder… Janine’s way was to work three jobs so she could fulfill her dream of travelling the world and letting life take her on a journey; from nannying in a little French village to working for rock gods and movie stars on a yacht in the South of France and the Caribbean.

As a young mum and looking for a new adventure back in Australia, Janine decided to invest in her passion for healthy snacks on the run.

That passion has translated into over $2 billion in global sales since inception and the business has squeezed and blended its way through thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and veg every year, including over 2000 tonnes of watermelons, 49 million blueberries and 3 million bananas a year in Australia alone.

Janine is now sharing her knowledge with others, including through her a role as a “shark” and mentor on Channel Ten’s Shark Tank, and says if she can do it, anyone can.

Adam Fraser – Human Performance Researcher

Adam Fraser imageThe Key to High Performance – Saturday 20 June, 2015

Dr Adam Fraser is one of Australia’s leading educators, researchers and thought leaders in the area of human performance. He has worked with elite-level athletes, the armed forces and business professionals of all levels. He is the author of the ground breaking book on type 2 diabetes ‘Sugar Daddy’ and a regular in the media. He has been featured in the Australian Financial Review and Business Review Weekly. He is also a regular presenter on Sunrise and the Today show. Let’s face it, life is getting faster and faster and shows no signs of slowing down. Business is more competitive now than any other time in history. So what’s the answer? Combining years of work with elite performers, Dr Adam Fraser perfected The Art of FLOW. A philosophy designed to be a real time solution to stress and burn out, that doesn’t involve taking time out or adding another task to our already full to do list!

Tristan Kitchener – Master of Ceremonies

Well known to delegates from his work with Congress and banana industry projects, Tristan once again performs the integral role of Congress MC. He will provide insights into the latest discussions on banana industry issues as well as keeping the program on track over the three jam-packed days.

Tristan Kitchener is an independent consultant focused upon the Fresh Produce and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sectors, supporting businesses in aspects such as marketing planning, private label strategy, retailer insights, and business planning and development. Given Tristan’s retailing experience, he is increasingly involved in assisting manufacturers and horticulture industry members to work more effectively with the major Australian grocery retailers and QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) industry.