evokeAG. 2020 - Future Young Leaders - Leesa Chen
“I hope to see Australian food and fibre develop a robust branding strategy and be able to tell a story that celebrates Australian produce and the contribution of the proud Australian farming families when competing in the international markets.”
Leesa is a subject matter professional in exports. In pursuit of a career in international business, she moved to a small town called Bega where she quickly found herself deep in the Australian dairy industry. She is recognised for her expertise across export sales, supply chain and food manufacturing.
Leesa has also held board positions advising the Sapphire Community Pantry, a not-for-profit food cooperative addressing food waste and food insecurity in the Bega Valley. In 2019, she was awarded the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship, which has led her to undertake a Master of International Business at Melbourne Business School. Her research interests include Australia-China trade, the Belt and Road Initiative and China’s foreign policy, and she is a passionate advocate for education, regional communities and food sustainability.