PERSONNEL

AFI’s vertically integrated approach to industrial hemp is reflected in its personnel,
who bring together the capability to achieve growth and value across multiple market sectors.

Andrew Pippia

Andrew Pippia

Chairman

A lawyer with 20 years’ experience, Andrew has worked as legal counsel for large corporations for more than 15 years, and is one of AFI’s founding directors.

John Hall

John Hall

Managing Director

John is an international consultant on crop management and agricultural harvesting equipment, with over 30 years’ experience in Australian and Asian markets, including 15 years of hemp breeding. John leads AFI’s crop management strategy, including crop quality management for medicinal cannabis.

Jim Hall

Jim Hall

Director and Harvesting Technology Development

Jim is a founding director of AFI, and brings decades of experience in farm management, mechanization, harvesting and processing. Jim leads AFI’s development of harvesting equipment and technology, including green stalk harvesting approaches and low cost decortication systems.

David Gillespie

David Gillespie

Hemp Breeding Program

David is a licensed hemp breeder with 15 years’ hemp experience and registration of 7 separate hemp breeds, including multiple low THC varieties. He also consults with IP Australia on breed identification and protection, and has developed quick plant testing technology for cannabinoids to enable rapid selection and breed development. David leads AFI’s breeding program, including our current development of multiple breeds suitable for medicinal cannabis.

Doug Holliday

Doug Holliday

Product Development

Doug has more than 40 years’ experience in innovative product development and business management, from sporting equipment to modular kit assembly luxury catamarans. Doug leads AFI’s development of modular construction products, integrating AFI’s and partners’ technologies into a new generation sustainable building product.

Max Groth

Max Groth

Market Development

Max is internationally trained in marketing and sales and for 30 years has developed and owned businesses in the USA and Australia in a diversity of industries including medical / health, communications / media, food, and building. Max leads AFI’s product and market development for the USA, and advises on market entry strategies for medicinal cannabis.

Dr Michael Heitzmann

Dr Michael Heitzmann

Senior Materials Consultant

Michael is an innovator in materials from plant sources, and led the $2.5 million development of high strength composites from plants licensed by AFI. He brings extensive expertise in materials and production from his position at the University of Queensland. Michael will advise on research programs and materials certification for AFI.

Dr Craig Davis

Dr Craig Davis

Extracts and Food Development Consultant

Craig is an expert in food technology, essential oil extraction and fractionation technology, chemical composition and bioactivity of plant extracts. Craig has long experience in working between private industry and government laboratories, and will lead the implementation of new medicinal cannabis and food product development for AFI.

 

Dr Angela Hanke

Dr Angela Hanke

Medicinal Product Quality Consultant

Angela has over 25 years’ experience in identification and isolation of essential oils, crop nutrition analysis, quality control and QA.  Her experience in hemp crop management through to extract production and quality management is unique in Australia. Angela will head production management, quality certification and quality assurance for AFI.

Bill Beumer

Bill Beumer

Production and Quality Consultant

Bill is a skilled engineer and former mill manager at a major pulp and paper mill, with extensive experience in ISO9001 quality and ISO14001 environmental operations and manufacturing. Bill is an international business mentor, and will provide expert advice to AFI on large scale process development and quality management.

Professor Roy Hall

Professor Roy Hall

Medical Researcher

Professor Roy Hall is a leading medical researcher at the Infectious Disease Institute at the University of Queensland, specializing in insect borne viruses. As a medical adviser to AFI he will provide  a strong link to the medical research community at UQ.