2019 Conference and Tour

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Hugh Killen

CEO, Australian Agricultural Company

Conference keynote speaker

Presenting the bigger picture is the focus of SESSION 1 of DAY 2 with Hugh Killen, CEO of AACo. AACo is one of the most recognised companies in the Australian beef industry, and owner of one of the world’s largest herds of Wagyu.

Wagyu genetics have been an integral and long-standing part of the company’s premium branded beef strategy, and AACo’s CEO Hugh Killen will give our keynote address on what the future holds for the company.


Dr Damian Frank

Research Scientist, CSIRO

Dr Damian Frank will be addressing the quality attributes underpinning flavour in Wagyu. Dr. Frank is a Project Leader in the Sensory, Flavour and Consumer Science group within Agriculture & Food based in CSIRO, Sydney. He is involved in strategic and commercial research projects in a range of areas including flavour and nutrient chemistry, sensory and consumer research.


Andrew Cox

Regional Manager - Japan and Korea, MLA

Andrew Cox is MLA’s in-country expert for Japan and will speak  on key international market forces and opportunities for Wagyu producers. Andrew has been based in Japan for many years and brings to MLA a wealth of knowledge on consumer research and marketing brand strategy and has been an invaluable resource for the Association with regard to Wagyu in Japan.


Keith Hammond

Owner / Director, Robbins Island Wagyu

As a former AWA President, Keith’s knowledge of the Australian Wagyu industry and the Association is extensive. One of the first to import genetics from the US and to develop a fullblood herd, the Hammonds are familiar with the challenges and rewards that come with Wagyu cattle.