FERMENTAS: BOOSTING GROWTH THROUGH SMART SPECIALISATION

PHILIPPA DAWSON1, KIM SEAGRAM 1, TOM LEWIS1

1Fermentation Tasmania Ltd.

ceo@fermentasmania.com

 

ABSTRACT

Fermentas is a newly formalised industry cluster, tasked by Food Innovation Australia Ltd to drive industry growth by applying a smart specialisation focus to the skilled production of high-quality fermented food, drink and other products. The Fermentas concept is a world first in terms of exploring the potential of fermentation as a value-add to a region.  Fermentas has been established to provide an inspirational physical and intellectual environment to facilitate the development and growth of globally-recognised and world-class businesses. Tasmania’s unique offerings, collaborative entrepreneurs, world-class primary produce, environmental assets and ‘islandness’ provide a unique moment in which to develop a focussed ‘triple helix’ partnership between industry, university and government – adding value through the targeted pooling of resources. By explicitly supporting and promoting collaboration between fermenting enterprises, allied industries, trainers, educators, researchers and government agencies – regionally, nationally and internationally – Fermentas is championing increased innovation, productivity and competitiveness: not by producing more, but by producing differently.


BIOGRAPHY

Philippa Dawson is the Chief Executive Officer of FermenTasmania Ltd, an industry-led, not-for-profit industry cluster established to accelerate innovation, growth and collaboration for fermentation-based enterprises. FermenTasmania sees a Tasmania transformed into an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the design, production and marketing of fine fermented food, drinks and other products, and through this, return substantial benefits across the economy. Philippa has over 20 years of experience in strategic policy development, service delivery and corporate management. Previously, Philippa was Chief Operating Officer at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) responsible for managing the organisation’s finance, human resources, I.T. property, security, consular and legal teams.From 2014 – 2017 Philippa was General Manager for Trade at Austrade, responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for Australia’s trade promotion strategies to connect export-ready Australian businesses to overseas opportunities and work with them to achieve commercial outcomes; promote Australian capability internationally and, to work with priority industry sectors to drive sustained long-term growth of Australian exports. Prior to joining Austrade, Philippa held senior roles across Federal Government including in both the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.Philippa has served overseas in Washington DC and short-term assignments in Barbados, Toronto and with the United Nations in Italy.Philippa has a Bachelor of Economics (majoring in Japanese), Graduate Diplomas in Foreign Affairs and Trade and Public Administration and a Masters Degree in Marketing Communication.

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