Keynote Speakers

Henk de Zeeuw (Senior  Advisor RUAF Foundation)

Henk de Zeeuw is co-founder and first director of the RUAF Foundation, the International Network of Resource centres on Urban Agriculture and Food systems). Before he developed an interest in urban agriculture, he worked for twenty years as a rural development expert in various countries for organisations like the International Agricultural Centre in Wageningen, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ETC Foundation, Leusden, the Netherlands. In the mid-nineties he initiated the RUAF network to create more attention and support for the urban agriculture at international, national and local levels. He coordinated major international programmes like “Cities farming for the Future” and “From Seed to Table” that operated in 25 cities in 17 countries. He is the author of a numerous publications and academic papers. His most recently co-authored work ‘Cities and Agriculture: Developing Resilient Urban Food Systems’ (accessible at is an experience and evidence-based ‘state of the art’ exploration of urban agriculture, providing policy makers, urban planners and urban agriculture practitioners an overview of crucial aspects of urban agriculture and its contributions to the development of sustainable, resilient and just urban food systems. 



Debra Solomon (Artist and designer of food-system infrastructure)

Debra Solomon (NL) is the founder of Urbaniahoeve Social Design Lab for Urban Agriculture, based in Amsterdam and The Hague. Urbaniahoeve works with communities to produce
public space food system infrastructure in the form of urban food forests whilst prioritising in situ topsoil production. Solomon is currently a fellow at the Waag Society Open Wet Lab and a PhD candidate at the TU Delft in the department of Multi-actor Systems.

Speakers & Panelists

Speakers and Panelists

Dr Chris Williams, University of Melbourne (Burnley Campus)
John Rayner, University of Melbourne
Bruce Pascoe, Author of Dark Emu (Gippsland)
Dr. Nick Rose, Sustain: The Australian Food Network
Peta Christensen, Cultivating Community
Anthea Fawcett, Remote Indigenous Gardens Network
Michael Zagoridis, Pocket City Farms
CERES Organic Market Garden
Hermann Paulenz, Permablitz
3000 Acres
Georgia Savage, Farmer Incubator
Vanessa Wong, Soil Science Australia
Dan Green, Melbourne Water
Virginia Harris, Melbourne Water
Angelo Eliades, Deep Green Permaculture
Laura Phillips, Neometro
Prof. Rachael Carey, University of Melbourne and Food Print Melbourne
Sally Burgess, Victrack
Lee Tozzi, City of Darebin
Greg Jacobs, City of Melbourne
Costa Georgiadis
Kathi Orsanic-Clark, City of Yarra
Susie Scott, Fareshare Melbourne
Mark Sanders, Moreland Food Gardens Network
Annemaree Docking, City of Whittlesea
Pablo Ermini, Pro Huerta
Clare Hetzel, University of Melbourne
Oliver Shorthouse, Ramarro Farm
Kat Lavers, Cultivating Community and My Smart Garden Program
Mariam Issa, Resilient Aspiring Women (RAW)
Morag Gamble, SEED International
Costa Georgiadis, ABC Gardening Australia
Ian Brookman, President of the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association
Dr Rachel Carey, Research Fellow at VEIL and lead researcher on the Foodprint Melbourne Project
Toby Whittington, Director of Greenworld Revolution Urban Farm (Perth)
Amanda Miller, Impact Generation Partners