We are a dynamic mix of pro bono innovators, collaborators, communicators, creatives, health crusaders, lawyers, entrepreneurs, film makers and foodies – striving to give the community an active role in shaping the future of our food system.

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Dr Alessandro Demaio is a Medical Officer with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Founder of festival21 and from 2013 to 2015, was Global Health Fellow in NCDs at Harvard Medical School. In 2013, he co-founded NCDFREE, a worldwide social movement for Global Health – reaching more than 2.5 million people in its first 18 months. He also serves on the Advisory Board of EAT: the global, multistakeholder platform for food, health and environmental sustainability. Sandro is slow food obsessed, in a world of fast food.
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Michaela: The Marketing Gal
‘We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and
drink.’ Epicurus
Nakhita: The F21Ex Gal
The best gift Nahkita could ever hope to receive would be two home-grown and inseason tropical pineapples.
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Daniel: The Impact Guy
Daniel once hosted a dinner party where food wasn’t served until almost midnight. He now starts cooking a bit earlier!
Samara: The F21 Gal
When first eating sushi, Samara mistook wasabi for avocado… (she really loves avocado!)
Ben: The F21+ Guy
Ben eats kiwi fruits with the skin on, and apples whole except for the seeds.
Hannah: The Ideas Gal
If it was viable, Hannah would eat pasta every day.
Connor: The F21Ex Guy
As a young boy, Connor ate so much pumpkin, his ears turned yellow
Jon: The Design Guy
‘Food is an important part of a balanced diet.’ Fran Lebowitz
Juliette: The Comms Gal
Juliette loves bitter and sour flavours, and has been known to eat fresh lemons straight from her parent’s tree.
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Dr Dan: The Community Guy
Keen to have a meal with someone from every corner of the globe, especially Iron Man.
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Amy: The Film Gal
You can tell a lot about a person by their plate: I’m a vege(pesce)tarian who enjoys a cheeky sausage! Um…
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Kim: The Film Guy
Kim understands the important interaction between communities and their food systems. He recently made a film on this topic with the Karen community of Werribee.
Imogen: The Events Gal
‘It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.’ Lewis Grizzard
Micaela: the f21y gal
“No one can come between me and my fresh homegrown peas”
Mill: the Speakers gal
Mill’s perfect weekend revolves around good food (must include a triple cream Brie) and good friends.
Anne: the public health gal
Anne believes sharing food, whether it be with strangers or family and friends, is one of the age-old pleasures of life.
Mats: the f21 guy
The first thing Mats notices about someone’s house is how much they love their kitchen.
Jess: the f21y gal
“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” -John Gunther
Kira: the f21y gal
Kira feels like dried grapes are underappreciated. They do a great job at raisin’ the roof.
Simon: the web guy