About the Program.

Are you a young, innovative Aussie or New Zealander bursting to make your mark in the agricultural or food-tech industries? Is your passion and dedication changing mindsets?

As part of our commitment to celebrating the diversity of thought and ongoing support for agriculture’s emerging leaders, evokeAG. is excited to announce the evokeAG. Future Young Leaders Program is back for our 2020 event.

The Future Young Leaders Program will identify eight emerging thought-leaders within agriculture to attend evokeAG. in Melbourne 2020 and present their key passion and research relating to one of the event themes – Food, Farm, Future – to an international audience.

Winners will receive return economy airfares, accommodation, airport transfers, a delegate pass to evokeAG. as well as a five-minute presentation opportunity across one of the multiple stages at the event.

To be considered, applicants must upload a short video addressing:

“Why should you be selected as a voice of the future at evokeAG.?”


People's Choice Voting.

Have your say on which People’s Choice favourite should be selected as our final Future Young Leader at evokeAG. 2020.

Watch the videos below of the four emerging thought-leaders and use the poll to vote on who you think should join our Future Young Leader cohort and be the voice of the future at evokeAG. You are welcome to change your vote however, only 1 vote per user will be counted.

  • Matthew Champness

    Unlike many young agricultural enthusiasts, Matthew didn’t grow up on a farm however shadowed his dad, a veterinarian, from a young age. This is where his passion for the agricultural sector grew.

    Matthew recently graduated from a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with first class honours at Charles Sturt University, and is now working in Laos as a volunteer agronomist. He’s working with small landholder farmers to combat weeds in direct seeded rice without the use of herbicides, and is passionate about feeding the world in a sustainable manner whilst increasing youth involvement in the agricultural sector and improving perceptions of farmers and farming practices.

  • Guy Coleman

    Since taking the leap into an agricultural career from medicine, Guy has been passionate about making a positive contribution to the agricultural sector.
    Guy studied a Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Environmental Systems at the University of Sydney and has gained experience in high-level policy since graduating.

    Guy is now a Precision Weed Control Scientist at the University of Sydney and is focused on developing cutting-edge technology.

  • Thomas Dixon

    Thomas wants to see the Australian agricultural sector transform into an advanced manufacturing sector. Thomas completed a Masters of International Business with a Master of International Relations at Macquarie University and has just completed a year-long fellowship investigating the impact of synthetic biology on Australia.

  • Angela Hughes

    Angela is a passionate advocate for the Asia-Pacific agrifood tech sector and is optimistic about the future of the industry.

    She is currently studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Charles Sturt University via distance whilst also working on her family beef cattle property and local Landmark in the Southern Highlands of NSW. Angela believes there is a lack of knowledge about farming and farming practices and is enthusiastic about educating the public. She aims to bridge the knowledge gap between producers and consumers.

Review Process.

Successful applicants will be advised by phone on the dates below and must return a signed agreement seven days after receiving the document.

Prize includes travel, airport transfers, accommodation and a full delegate ticket for evokeAG.

Travel will be economy airfares (as booked by the evokeAG.Event Management team) from the successful applicant’s nearest major airport, as determined by evokeAG.

Applications have now closed. Stay tuned to vote for the People’s Choice finalist.


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    Applications open: Monday, 3 June 2019 at 9:00am (AEST)

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    Applications close: Sunday, 30 June 2019 at 12.00am (AEST)

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    First seven places confirmed: Friday, 12 July 2019

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    People’s Choice Award – online voting period: Thursday, 18 July - Thursday, 25 July 2019 9:00am (AEST)

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    People’s Choice Award confirmed: Thursday, 25 July 2019

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    Public announcement of all Future Young Leaders: Tuesday, 6 August 2019

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