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Team.

Team


Founder and Director

Allan Giffard

Allan has a successful track record in the development and commercialisation of market leading products in animal nutrition, health and welfare. He has extensive international experience in successfully negotiating license and distribution agreements with major pharmaceutical companies. He also has vast experience in developing and presenting improved animal welfare programmes and standards, as well as supply chain traceability for incorporation into global retailers CSR policies and their supply chain.

Previously, Allan has been an advisor to Australian Wool Innovation, Landmark, Bayer Healthcare and Virbac Animal Health.

Allan is the Co-Founder/Managing Director of Medical Ethics, a commercialised life science company focused on pain mitigation in wounds for humans and animals. Medical Ethics has developed products which have been used to successfully treat over 100 million animals and raised $30m from partnering with Dechra Pharmaceuticals.

Founder and Director

Charles Olsson

Charles has extensive experience in the Australian agribusiness, including livestock nutrition and stock medicine manufacturing, sheep and wool production, and salt mining. He has sat on various agricultural industry boards, including directorships at Australian Wool Innovation and chaired marketing and intellectual property divisions of Woolmark and AWI.

Charles is currently Managing Director of Four Seasons Pty Ltd, a national livestock supplement company supplying 400 rural retailers throughout Australia, exporting to NZ and South East Asia.He is also the Co-Founder/Business Development Director of Medical Ethics, a commercialised life science company focused on pain mitigation in wounds for humans and animals. Medical Ethics has developed products which have been used to successfully treat over 100 million animals and raised $30m from partnering with Dechra Pharmaceuticals.

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Mason

Andrew has over 40 years' experience working across the animal health, welfare and production space.

He brings significant local and international experience developing products, businesses, and partnerships across the Oceanna, Asian, LATAM and Sub Sahara markets.

More recently, he led the Bayer Animal division across ANZ and managed their transition following a global takeover by Elanco Animal health.

In addition to his role with AgCoTech, Andrew is Director of Animal Pharma and strategic advisor to several companies across the animal health industry. He is past Director of Agribusiness Australia, AgStewardship Australia and Animal Medicines Australia where he was also President and Chair.

Chief Financial Officer

Dean Schultz

Dean is a business advisor with the experience and knowledge necessary to deliver commercial and specialist taxation advice to an extensive range of clients.

Dean has developed a finely tuned focus and proficiency in the particular needs of privately owned groups especially in the areas of growth, profit improvement, business restructures and transaction structuring.

Dean also has a strong background in providing corporate counsel for a number of his client’s advisory boards. This has resulted in Dean advising on numerous transactions including buy-side, sell-side and structuring joint ventures.

His experience extends to multi-nationals and the structuring and ongoing governance of their operations in Australia.

Business Development Director- Asia

Susie Martin

Leaving 20 years of corporate experience in Australia behind Susie ventured into Laos where she has pioneered the creation of a social enterprise Buffalo dairy farm. 

She and her team work closely with Laos villagers and their farmers to improve the welfare, health and production of local buffalo and cattle.

Over the past two years she and her partner have navigated challenging conditions through Covid to build AgCoTech’s first factory ready for commissioning in 2023 to produce AgCoTech's medicated lick blocks.

Business Development Director - Africa

Dr Michael Apamaku

Michael brings extensive livestock programmatic experience across Uganda. He has worked in the US with Veterinarians Without Borders, and more recently the UN’s FAO.

Michael is a veterinarian and obtained a master and doctorate training from the University of California, in addition he has MS-training in agricultural economics from Kansas State University.

Michael will be rolling out AgCoTech's technology across Africa enabling smallholder producers to extract the full potential from their livestock, to improve smallholder livelihoods and contribute to food security and climate change.

Technical team


Emeritus Professor

Prof. Peter Windsor

Peter Windsor has a rural background from Wagga.

DVSc, PhD, BVSc(Hons), Grad.Cert Ed. Studies (Higher Ed.), DipECSRHM

Managing Director of a Production Animal Welfare & Health Services consultancy.

Through this consultancy Peter manages projects in animal health, production and welfare throughout Australia and South East Asia.

Professor Emeritus at University of Sydney.

Previous roles through the university included Professor of Livestock Health & Production.

Peter has been involved in numerous field-based projects studying ruminant health and production problems in South-East Asia.

Veterinary Epidemiologist

Dr James Young

Jim is a Veterinary Epidemiologist based in Singapore. Previous Project Manager with The University of Sydney

BVSc MVPHMgt MANZCVS PhD

Experienced consultant, researcher and project manager in animal health, production and throughout Asia Pacific.

Commercial management experience with multinational companies in Market Development and Commercial Leadership.

Director of a EPIVETS PTE LTD.

Adjunct Professor

Prof. Julian Hill

Adjunct Professor in RMIT University Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Remediation.

Much of Julian's research and development work has focused on large ruminant production systems including methane emissions abatement.

Julian is a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology and Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Professor

Prof. Luciano Gonzalez

Luciano, has a BSc in Agronomic Engineering (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina), and MSc and PhD in Animal Production (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain).

Luciano held positions CSIRO in Townsville (research scientist, Division of Livestock Industries), University of Manitoba (Assistant Professor in Sustainable Grasslands and Livestock Production Systems, Canada), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a postdoctoral research fellow (Lethbridge Research Centre), and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Lecturer in Animal Production, Spain).

Partnered with

Business Partnerships Platform
Australian Government Department Of Foreign Affairs And Trade
Laos Government
The University Of Sydney
4 Season

"We have a received some blocks from the project and now our cattle look healthier and grow faster. Before the emission control blocks it was difficult to bring the cattle home at night, today they return home more easily because they know the emission control blocks are waiting for them."

- Mr. Lae, Farmer from Nongchong Village

"AgCoTech's approach is unique - with a focus not only on reducing emissions, but also positively impacting the social and economic circumstances of Laotian farmers, and improving animal welfare. There must be real and meaningful action to preserve this planet, and our partnership with AgCoTech will allow us to contribute."

- Lance Pollard, Managing Partner, Bennett & Philp Lawyers

"Rural Aid is proud to offer our primary producers a range of tools to help them get out of a tight spot. Lick blocks are now a part of a Rural Aid toolkit that also contains financial assistance, hay deliveries, counselling sessions, water tanks and water deliveries. In addition to the traditional benefits associated with supplement feeding, these AgCoTech lick blocks have the added advantage of reducing methane emissions from grazing livestock."

- John Warlters, CEO, Rural Aid

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