2024 Keynote Speakers

Dan Pronk

Inspirational Speaker


After failing dismally in his first career dream of being a professional triathlete, Dan studied medicine on an army scholarship.  After passing the punishing Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) selection course, Dan then served on over 100 combat missions in Afghanistan as a frontline special operations doctor. His casualties included fellow SAS soldiers, commandos, local civilians, and even the enemy.  
The thrill of adventure and the challenges of battlefield medicine gave him a sense of purpose in testing his skills to the limits, but the despair of being helpless to save his friends in their final moments haunted him. 
His journey back to a fulfilling life began when he moved into medical leadership roles, using the medical skills honed in Afghanistan to save civilian lives.
Dan is just a small average guy who pushed himself to perform in complex environments, and will share with you his tales of adventure, resilience, and give you the tools to thrive. 



Jeremy Hill

Chief Science and Technology Officer - Fonterra Cooperative Group & Adjunct Professor, Sustainable Nutrition, Riddet Institue, Massey University

Jeremy has worked for Fonterra and its predecessor companies for over 30 years, the last 17 as Fonterra’s Chief Science & Technology Officer and has held executive leadership roles in science, technology, regulatory and food assurance across the entire farm to consumer value chain. Jeremy is an inventor of 20+ patent families covering different aspects of dairy science, technology, health, nutrition, and sustainability, and has published over 100 scientific papers. He has invented or co-invented IP used to create four start-up companies, all still operating. Jeremy is a graduate of the New Zealand Institute of Directors Company Directors’ course and has held numerous governance positions in the boards of NZ and global organisations including President and Chairman of theBoard of the International Dairy Federation. In 2018 Jeremy co-established the Sustainable Nutrition Initiative www.sustainablenutritioninitiative.com based at the Riddet Institute, Massey University, where he was a director on the Riddet Board 2009-2012.
Jeremy was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science and the dairy industry in the 2020 Queens Birthday Honours.


Siobhan O'Malley Co-founder of Hemprino NZ & "Meet the Need" Siobhan O'Malley is a dairy farmer living on the West Coast, near Hokitika at Pukeko Pastures. From an urban family growing up in Christchurch, she and her husband Christopher and their three children sharemilked for 10 years in North Otago, Mid-Canterbury and the West Coast until buying a 180 cow farm in 2022. Christopher and Siobhan won the NZ Sharefarmer of the Year in 2017. Siobhan is the co-founder of farmer charity Meat the Need and co-founder of luxury knitwear e-commerce brand, Hemprino. She works full-time off farm as a secondary school English teacher and strongly dislikes gardening and housework.


Jamie Mackay



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