Leadership Team

Who We Are

David Maggiori

Director of Strategy

David is an experienced Engineering Manager with a demonstrated track record, working for several major International and Australian companies throughout five continents, over the past 32 years.

He has an appetite for developing and sustainably implementing, engineering, risk-based and human development systems.

His passion for new technology project management has led to the publication of several new technology engineering papers.

David’s ethos is to drive performance excellence through adherence to sound Quality Management approaches.  He has been instrumental in driving step-changes in hi-tech, extreme environment, product service-quality delivery, adding $100’s millions of value.

Good quality data drives the ability to assess performance and improve, and to this extent David is applying his knowledge to the ag-tech industry.

David understands the need to bring the right people together to ensure delivery of required business outcomes.  He has led three major business growth agendas focussing on areas such as university engagement, Graduate Engineering programmes, the development and sustained implementation of competency systems, while leading teams to deliver excellent results in many global locations.

This experience is directly transferrable to the ag-tech industry, promoting the correct levels of collaboration across stakeholder groups and companies, ensuring that sound communications leads to effective decision making.

Darren Brakenridge

Director of Technology

Darren is a Cyber Security specialist with 15 years’ industry experience in IT infrastructure, software and support. Darren’s skill set was cultivated initially working for an internet provider in Australia, then expanded through working in the finance industry, where he provided information and data security, delivering accurate decision making in a fast paced, high pressure and highly sensitive environment.

Darren is experienced with providing IT risk mitigation strategies, policies and implementation techniques for small business and SMEs in Asia, Europe and USA.

While Darren’s professional experience is from outside the agriculture industry and provides an unbiased external perspective, he hasn’t forgotten his upbringing, raised in rural South Australia on an olive farm. This gives him the unique ability to generate ideas and solutions using a global knowledge base with the awareness of local challenges.

Richard Porter

Director of Business Development

Richard is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Skilled in Agrochemicals, Business Planning, Farms, Rural Development, and Agronomy, Richard is a strong business development professional who graduated from the University of Adelaide.

Richard’s family has farmed in the mid-north of South Australia since the late 1800s, with the 6th generation now taking some control. Richard pursued undergraduate studies in Agricultural Science, and then worked there for a while in Agronomy research. Richard held a few diverse roles with various seed, chemical and CRO (Contract Research Organisation) businesses before commencing his own CRO business in 2002. That business now operates as AgXtra and conducts work in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Richard has witnessed, and participated in the evolution of, farming technology and methodology in the challenging and dynamic environments presented across southern Australia over the past 30 years.

Richard is Managing Director of AgXtra Australia, a leading contract research provider based in South Australia. Established in 2002 as Biocultural Solutions, the business has a history of delivering excellence to its clients in the crop protection and plant breeding segments. Currently servicing broad acre and horticultural industries in the states of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, AgXtra leads a committed, professional team who pride themselves on their ability to consistently deliver to client specifications.

Matt Cooper

Sales, Marketing & Technical Officer

Matt brings 13 years of sales and marketing experience to D3Ag, supported by his passion for technological innovations in agriculture. His strength lies in his ability to engage and connect across Australia’s primary production value chains to facilitate the development and growth of sustainable smart farming in Australia. With a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Matt has the technical understanding of Australian production systems, with a focus on soil-plant-water dynamics and irrigation scheduling.

His experiences in remote soil moisture monitoring has included training farmers and researchers in Asia, Europe, North and South America on the critical topics of irrigated agronomy and water use efficiency.    

An enthusiastic learner, Matt closely follows developments in sensor integration, telemetry, and decision support software that are set to revolutionise food and agribusinesses. He recognises the potential that digital agriculture has to unlock significant production increases while feeding the world more sustainably. His passion for the Ag-Tech sector also drives Matt to break down the barriers to digital adoption across Australian agriculture.       

Rebecca Schneider

Project Officer - Business & Project Support

Rebecca is an experienced project and account manager with a wealth of practice in sustainable agriculture; the food and beverage industry; quality standards and product certification.

After completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide, Rebecca launched her career in sustainable agricultural systems working on a minimum tillage research project in North West China.  This experience stimulated her interest in the complex role new technologies, agricultural extension, cultural practices and trade play in supporting farmers to improve their livelihoods by producing more with less.  

Rebecca went on to work for leading international certification and sustainable agriculture bodies working with businesses along the value chain in a variety of crop and production systems around the world.

After living overseas for more than 10 years, Rebecca was excited to return to South Australia and join a world-class food and agriculture industry driven by an appetite for innovation and new technology.

Rebecca brings to D3Ag a sound understanding and working knowledge of the tools and delivery options available to help producers access, understand and adopt new technologies and practices. Coupled with her valuable skills in organisational development and project management Rebecca is passionate to work for a team bringing cutting edge technology to Australian producers.