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AgriFutures evokeAG. 2024

Future Young Leaders Program

We are thrilled to be able to introduce you to the 2024 cohort of Future Young Leaders!

The 2024 Future Young Leaders program will see five emerging leaders in agrifood, innovation and related industries build their capabilities, skills, confidence and networks, to ultimately present their key message, innovations or research project on an evokeAG. 2024 stage in Perth, Western Australia.

Working with an industry professional, participants will receive in depth mentoring before, during and post the evokeAG. 2024 event, receiving a bursary post-event to further support their goals. This is an exceptional opportunity to meet like-minded people, cement yourself as a young leader in the industry and contribute to the future of Australian rural industries and the value chain.

Introducing our exceptional 2024 Future Young Leaders

Roberta Marcoli in lab

Postdoctoral Aquaculture Researcher at James Cook University
Sam Lambert in Japan

Co-Founder of zenGate Global
Natalie Bell in field

Founder of Hylo Ag
Guy Coleman in field

Creator of the OpenWeedLocator (OWL)
Katai Taylor in lab

Postdoctoral Researcher at CSIRO Agriculture and Food
Natalie Bell, 2024 evokeAG Future Young Leader

About the program

The 2024 evokeAG. Future Young Leaders Program is designed to build the capacity and capability of Australian, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region’s future and emerging leaders, who are dedicated to the continuous improvement and prosperity of Australian agriculture and its value chain.

The program provides a platform for participants to share their innovations and research projects and demonstrate their passion for Australian agrifood innovation.

The program is dedicated to ensuring Australia is a leader in accessing and adopting, as well as developing and exporting, agrifood technologies and innovation, and recognising the role that young leaders play in supporting this.

Guy Coleman in lab

What makes a Future Young Leader?

  • Commitment: Leaders who are committed to Australian rural communities, their sustainability and advancement and are invested in the prosperity of agrifood innovation and related industries. 
  • Drive: Leaders who are motivated to promote a sustainable and innovative future for Australian agriculture and its industries, and are already taking steps to achieve this, whether that be through a research project, innovative development, or community initiative.  
  • Aspiration: Leaders who are ready for the opportunity to build their capacity, network and grow their ideas as individuals with an ‘exceptional edge’.  
Sam Lambert in Japan


These five successful applicants have formed the 2024 cohort and will receive presentation-based mentoring from industry professional, Bryce Ives who will assist them in developing a strategy to achieve their goals at evokeAG. 2024.

Their mentor Bryce will work with the cohort to workshop their key messages, innovation, or research, determining a clear goal, and encouraging them to utilise the evokeAG. platform to showcase themselves and what they are trying to achieve.

Their post-event strategic planning with Bryce will be accompanied by a final targeted placement or learning and development opportunity.



What do the Future Young Leaders receive?

  1. 1x delegate ticket to the evokeAG. 2024 Exceptional Edge event held February 20-21, 2024, in Perth, Western Australia

  2. Targeted mentoring from an industry professional to develop your presentation skills, refine your ideas, research, or innovation, develop a strategic plan to achieve your goals and build your confidence as a leader.

  3. A bursary of $3,000 to be put towards a professional development opportunity that aligns with your strategic plan.

  4. Travel, accommodation, and transfers for attendance of the evokeAG. 2024 event.

  5. Unrivalled exposure to networking and capacity building opportunities as you showcase your exceptional edge in front of an audience of over 1500 delegates from across the globe.

  6. Facilitation of meaningful conversations and connections between your cohort of Future Young Leaders, Partners, Key Stakeholders, and industry professionals.

Josie Clarke in a field of Canola

Meet our 2023 Alumni

Head to our YouTube to meet some of our previous cohorts

Read about the 2024 cohort and Future Young Leader Alumni

How one grandma’s words of wisdom are impacting agriculture

When you’re 16, everything’s a big deal. Natalie Bell was a teenager from Sydney facing the tough decisions – to stay at a school that doesn’t feel like the right fit – or move to a school with an agricultural curriculum. Her grandma shared seven words that have impacted the founder of Hylo Ag every day since. ‘Natalie, it’s not a risk, it’s an adventure.’

5 Jun 2024

Recipe please: The ‘base biscuit’ for farmer and community driven innovation

Guy Coleman, 29, is the youngest of three, equipping him with the innate ability to share everything perfectly evenly. A self-confessed geek, obsessed with agriculture who grew up dreaming of getting a Clauss Lexion harvester for his birthday (spoiler: it never happened). He’s also an advocate for building on the foundations to get agtech back to the fundamentals of farmer and community driven innovation.

30 Apr 2024

Humans of Agriculture: 2023 Future Young Leader Malkah Lara-Muckenschnabl

When Future Young Leader Malkah Lara-Muckenschnabl stepped off the stage at AgriFutures evokeAG. after presenting her vision to revolutionise recruitment in agriculture, her phone lit up with messages of congratulations and potential networks to bring that vision to life. In this Humans of Agriculture podcast with Oli Le Lievre, Malkah talks about her childhood on farms in South America, her innovative idea to break down the barriers between agricultural employers and employees, and how applying for the Future Young Leaders program was a risk worth taking.

31 Aug 2023

Don’t leave our farmers behind

Australian agriculture is in the early stages of a dramatic disruption and a subsequent transition. There is rapid innovation across the entire value chain, investment in developing and scaling world-changing technologies and solutions, and we’re setting bullish targets on sustainability and environmental measures. But are we running the risk of leaving our farmers behind? Here farmer, Farmers2Founders project manager and evokeAG. 2023 Future Young Leader, Matt Anderson urges the Australian agtech industry to not leave our farmers behind. 

21 Apr 2023

New crop of Future Young Leaders selected for evokeAG. 2023

How can we make agriculture an accessible, inclusive, and exciting career option for anyone to consider? What’s the key for encouraging farmers to adopt new technologies or practice change on farm? And how can greater access to education and resources support the industry to become more sustainable and resilient?

9 Sep 2022