Tony Battaglene has had a distinguished career working in the research, policy and agri-political space. He worked as a scientist and economist before moving into a policy role with the Australian Government. After joining the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia in 1999, Tony became a major driver of strategy for the sector. This included developing and implementing a comprehensive market access strategy and overseeing biosecurity, research and development, and industry policy and strategy. A strong international focus has also resulted in developing key networks with competitors and other industries to further the interests of the Australian wine sector. This has brought international recognition of his activities and he is a frequent contributor to industry journals, a member of a large number of national and international committees and is invited to speak in many conferences around the world. Tony has also played a key strategic role in restructuring the Australian wine sector though the development of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (now Wine Australia) which plays a significant role in the activities of the sector. Tony will address Key challenges: geopolitics and the wine sector on Monday in Session 1.