Sarah Nolet - Partner & CEO

Sarah Nolet, originally from Silicon Valley, is a globally recognized food systems innovation expert. A systems thinker with an understanding of the complexities of the food system, Sarah brings a visionary yet pragmatic approach. She is committed to results. Sarah works across the global food system supply chain, helping farmers, agribusinesses, universities, investors and entrepreneurs to achieve their goals.

Sarah holds a Masters in System Design and Management from MIT, a certificate in sustainability from the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan, and a B.S. in Computer Science and Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University.

Sarah is on the board of the Future Farmers Network of Australia, a non-profit dedicated to empowering and supporting young people in Agriculture, and was named a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum in 2016. Sarah is also a writer, startup investor and advisor, and in demand speaker.


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Matthew Pryor - Partner

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Matthew Pryor, who grew up in country Victoria, is recognized for his expertise in building and scaling agricultural technology businesses, from early prototyping, to capital raising, to exit through trade sale. Matthew was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Observant, established in 2003 to use technology to manage scarce agricultural water in drought-hardened north Western Australia. Observant expanded to provide irrigation solutions for all types of farming operations throughout Australia and globally, leading to its acquisition by Jain Irrigation.  Matthew is also on the board of Rocket Seeder, a not-for-profit, member-based organisation committed to supporting food and agriculture entrepreneurs.


Cass Mao

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Cass Mao is a strategy and growth specialist with a focus on emerging technology. With a background in sales and marketing, she has led the go-to-market of two Australian startups, scaled social enterprise incubator Vibewire as Executive Director, and managed portfolio companies at venture capital fund Trimantium Capital.

As a consultant and presenter, Cass has worked with organisations including GroupM, ABC, the Foundation for Young Australians, National Council of Social Services, Vivid Ideas, University of Technology Sydney, Optus and Private Wealth Network. 

Cass holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney. She is a Board Director of Youth Without Borders, and was named a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum in 2015. She represented Australia as a delegate to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Global Summit in Germany and was selected by the U.S. Department of State for the International Visitor Leadership Program in 2017.



At AgThentic, we bring a global network of leading consultants with expertise in agricultural economics, venture capital, technology and entrepreneurship, and data-driven research to help our clients build the food system of the future.


Mark Ferguson (Ferg)

Mark has spent his career in extensive agriculture working throughout Australia and New Zealand.  He grew up on the family farm in the Victorian Mallee and spent his early career working in various research organisations. Mark has a PhD in applied sheep genetics and is a recognised leader in the sheep industry. He now owns and runs an innovation and consulting company neXtgen Agri Ltd based in Christchurch, with projects and clients across both islands of NZ and most states of Australia. 


Renée Vassilos

Agricultural Economist with 15+ years of agriculture industry experience.

Renée brings global, cross-functional experience to AgThentic, having worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and John Deere.

David Ansley

Entrepreneur, management consultant and emerging technology guru.

For five years at Accenture, David led consulting teams to help major APAC corporations develop strategy, improve their supply chains, build better customer interactions, and identify how to create value from IT and the internet.

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Recent Speaking and Writing

What Clients and Partners Say

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Sarah is an expert in the agtech industry, constantly on the cutting edge of innovation in the food system. Her contributions to AgFunder News have been invaluable, including a top 10 most read article in 2016. Our work with AgThentic highlights Sarah’s commitment to raise the bar in agtech- she’s someone to watch.”

- Rob Leclerc, CEO, AgFunder

Each year we have hundreds of students come through MIT Sloan, and each year I am proud to see how capable and accomplished our students are. Then every once in awhile someone comes along who truly blows me away. Sarah is one of a kind - she is both visionary and practical, disciplined and joyful, expert and eager to learn. Watch out, world.

- Jason Jay, Director, Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan

“Sarah was a great addition to the 2017 400M agtech event. Sarah is on top of the latest topics in agtech globally, and her talk was engaging and informative. Many of the pitching startups also appreciated that Sarah was able to provide insights and practical pitch feedback after the event.”

- Ben Lyons, CEO, Food Leaders Australia