Guy draws on a strong background in agronomy, and a deep understanding of the scientific principles of soil health, microbiology and sustainable land management.
He has been the driving force behind the organisation for a number of years and has brought together a cohesive and committed team to work towards SoilCQuest’s vision.
CoFounder & Director
Mick is an experienced grazier and grains and cotton farmer on the Macquarie River near Trangie. A skilled farming practitioner and an early adopter of innovative farming techniques. He is a passionate believer that agriculture has a major role to play not only in food security but also in sustainable environmental management and climate change mitigation. Michael brings invaluable practical on-the-ground experience and a common sense perspective to the project.
CoFounder & Director
Originally from Amsterdam, Frank has over twenty years of business experience in media production and advertising. He combines a creative eye with a practical business sense and is dedicated to growing the organisation. Since moving to Australia, he has developed a passion for agriculture and cattle breeding in particular. Together with his partner, he runs a small Angus stud. Frank has degrees in marketing and business law.
CoFounder & CEO
Guy has spent his career working at the intersection of business and the environment. His passion is developing practical scalable solutions to address climate change. He was the Managing Director at Cultiv8 a food and agriculture focussed seed fund and has run climate change initiatives with some of the world’s largest organisations including the UN, World Bank and World Economic Forum.
CoFounder & CPO
Tegan is an advocate and practitioner for sustainable agriculture. Having worked across national government policy, industry communications and agricultural research and development she brings a deep understanding of how to pair new technology with existing practices.
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Mycologist and Soil Carbon Specialist
Associate Professor Peter McGee holds an honorary appointment to the School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney. He retired at the end of 2013 after completing more than 30 years studying soil biology. He and his team researched mechanisms underpinning the sustainable use of soil, and their importance in restoration of soil function.
Dr Tendo Mukasa PhD, has over ten years experience conducting research on various projects investigating the benefits of applying microbial inoculums to soils and has done so at a number of leading institutions including Rhodes University, The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and The University of Sydney. Tendo completed his PhD at The University of Sydney, investigating the ability of a wide-variety of fungal isolates to enhance levels of soil carbon.
Dr Martin PhD, BSc(For)Hons is currently the Business Manager and Senior Partner of Creation Innovation Agriculture & Forestry (CIAAF) & Microbiological Laboratories Australia (Microbe Labs), and sometimes Research Fellow at Monash University, Melbourne depending on major project funding. CIAAF has current links to The University Adelaide, Central Queensland University and government departments in various States.
MARIA MANJARREZ MARTINEZ
Dr Manjarrez-Martinez PhD, MSc, BSc is currently the Research and Analytical Services Manager and Senior Partner of CIAAF and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide.
Maria is committed to bringing proven, scientific, research-based technology in a clear, concise, no-nonsense manner.
Guy has worked to develop microbial inoculums and bio-fertilisers throughout his career with the focus on improving soil health and soil carbon levels in broad-acre cropping programs. He has also been involved in horticultural agronomy predominantly in grapes and citrus. Guy brings an on-the-ground practical problem solving perspective to the SoilCQuest Scientific Advisory committee’.