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JUDY FRIEDLANDER

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR

FoodFaith was founded in March 2015 as a response to Judy’s passion in cultivating greater appreciation of the environment we live in as well as fostering greater understanding and connections among communities through two important forces in our lives – Food and Faith. With a background in newspaper, television and web media and journalism, Judy currently works as a postgraduate researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney and brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the sustainability space.

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MEREDITH KIRTON

DIRECTOR

As a horticulturalist, garden consultant and past ambassador for the Nursery and Garden Industry of Australia, Meredith brings her expertise and wealth of experience in the horticultural industry to FoodFaith. Meredith’s passion to raise awareness of environmental issues through the use of gardens has seen her involved in numerous garden projects and she is also the author of a number of gardening books and resources.

ANTHONY KAHN

DIRECTOR

Anthony has worked in the finance industry for over 30 years, including six years as a CEO of an ASX top 30 company. Over the past 12 years, Anthony has also been active in the not-for-profit sector, in particular, with food-based organisations   Anthony was integral in the establishment of OzHarvest and was Chairman of the board for the first six years. 

 

LEANNE DONDE

COMPANY SECRETARY

Having spent her childhood on a produce farm in Africa, Leanne is passionate about sustainable farming and food cultivation practices. Leanne is also a keen advocate of interfaith and intercultural initiatives. Leanne brings her considerable expertise as a corporate lawyer working with both blue chip and not for profit clients to her role as Company Secretary. Leanne manages FoodFaith's legal, risk and compliance obligations. 

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BRENDAN MCCOOL

JOURNALIST

 

Brendan is a recent Communications graduate from The University of Notre Dame with a focus on journalism and film production.
Brendan hopes to be able to promote the interactions between cultures and sustainable food practices through visual and written mediums. He believes that this will enhance discourses about the importance of cohesion in working towards a sustainable future. 

 

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SKYLEE

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PUBLIC RELATIONS AND EVENT PLANNING

Skylee is a university student at SUNY Oswego in Upstate New York visiting Sydney for a study abroad program. She is working as our public relations and event planning intern. Skylee is very excited to work for FoodFaith and is passionate about promoting social cohesion and environmental issues.

 

Marjaneh

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web content specialist

Marjaneh is a web content specialist with expertise in managing and making web content accessible and efficient. Her previous roles have developed skills in HTML Coding and CMS. Marjaneh is enthusiastic about cultures and food and believes that people need to know more about one another's cultures to better understand each other as food plays a big role in who we are. She is excited to work with FoodFaith as the organisation addresses her beliefs.

 

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Mchardy

Sustainability consultant

Franscois has held senior executive roles in publishing, direct marketing, education and the not-for-profit sector. Over the past three years he co-founded Good360 Ltd in Australia, a global leader in product philanthropy and he has served as the Managing Director of the CBS-owned Simon & Schuster Australia Pty Ltd. He is a fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

 

Shruti

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web content specialist

Shruti, a Masters in Computer Science, has previously worked as a software developer in the healthcare domain. She has recently moved to Australia and is keen to learn the different cuisines on offer, particularly vegetarian.
 

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Haley 

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Public relations and strategic communications

Haley is a student currently studying abroad from the United States and working as an intern. She is studying public relations and strategic communications at Purdue University with hopes of one day working in event management. Haley is excited to be involved with FoodFaith and to be helping plan future events.

Thanks to all who have given their time:

Lilli Barto, Kristine Abalos, Jane Hemmelgarn, Rebecca Blascak , Emma Penzenstadler, Jason Schadow, Stephen Blaxhall

Ky Haus, Casey Miller and Mark Anthony Peña.