Board of Directors
Dr Morgan O’Brien
A well respected General Medical Practitioner with a Bachelor of Medicine from University College Cork, Ireland as well as complimentary specialised qualifications focused on the health industry, Dr. Morgan Augustine O’Brien has owned and operated successful medical centres since 1978 in his home town of the Gold Coast, Australia.
In the 1990s, Chairman O’Brien saw the potential for growth in the microbial field and provided seed capital for probiotic enterprises focused on waste and wastewater remediation initially, ultimately encouraging the pursuit of other microbial applications including soil and gut health and the expansion beyond Australia.
In 2006 Dr Morgan was the co-founder of Micro-Biologic, which developed these microbial technologies in collaboration with Multikraft International for the extreme conditions in the Middle East and Asia. This relationship with Multikraft internationally was the genesis for Multikraft Probiotics Australia and its expansion into the Asia-Pacific region.
Dr Morgan’s medical knowledge and expertise developed over more than 40 years, coupled with his extraordinary work ethic and generous nature are invaluable to the continuing success of Multikraft.
Chief Executive Officer
An agile and transformational leader, with diverse management skills and cross-cultural expertise, acquired whilst living and working in contrasting international environments (including Australia, The Middle East, Asia and Europe).
Conor has been involved with several successful start-up businesses, including environmental companies in Australia, Asia and the Middle East, as well as some innovative niche markets including the Australian communication’s sector, building up Expresscom Business Solutions from its inception in 2000 in South East Queensland, to have a presence across the East Coast of Australia as its Executive Director, and subsequently as the Sales Director and owner of House of Telecommunications (HOT), the exclusive Vodafone Business Partner for the region.
After returning to his true passion of the environment in 2006, Conor was the Founding Director and CEO of Micro-Biologic Pty Ltd, working with probiotic treatments for wastewater, odour control, animal husbandry and large scale waste reuse and composting internationally. Conor generated business through relationships developed whilst living in the Middle east with some of the largest companies in the region, including SABIC (The largest Public Company in Saudi), ARASCO foods and The Arriyadh Development Authority (Saudi Government) and also in Asia, with prestigious companies, including TATA in India.
Conor has studied Marine Biology at James Cook University, Health Science and Microbiology at Griffith University, and has an Executive MBA from Bond University.
Executive Vice President & Chief Technical Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of Multikraft International and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for Multikraft Probiotics Australia, Lukas has more than 20 years experience with probiotic microorganisms across more than 25 countries. He is recognised as a leader in this field internationally. His knowledge, experience and expertise are well beyond his years, having successfully grown this family business with it roots in stock feed, to now encompass environmental sustainability and health on a global scale.
His position as Chief Technical Officer of Multikraft Probiotics Australia, gives the business access to worlds-best-practice and the very latest in cutting edge technology and the subsequent advances that this provides across the full environmental spectrum.
Craig Van Rooyen
Owner/Director – Sweet Sensations Farms
Craig grew up in Natal, South Africa. After school, Craig attended Cedara Agricultural College, graduating after two years. He then worked in the Sugar Industry, where his family were 2nd generation Cane Farmers on the Umfolozi Flats in Zululand, as a Chemicals Consultant. He married Barbara Cloete and in 1998 they emigrated to Australia where he bought a 110 acre cattle farm on Walkers Rd., South Bingera.
He originally farmed strawberries and lady finger bananas while his orchards were being established and now has 8000 macadamias, 5000 lychees, plus mangos and avocados. He has served on the BFVG Board for a couple of years and is currently Chairman of BFVG Orchardist Sub-Committee. Craig believes there is a great future for Bundaberg farmers if their produce is marketed effectively both in Australia and abroad.
Chairman – Argent Australia Pty Ltd
Lachlan Macfarlane is a successful well-established business owner and investor with multiple commercial and agricultural interests based in Queensland. He is the current Chairman of Argent Australia the family business his parents started in 1958 and has grown it to become the leading importer and distributor of world-renowned bathroom products employing over 200 staff with its head office in Brisbane. Lachlan is also a successful property developer with his boutique development company focused on well-designed high-quality mixed use and commercial developments. Lachlan’s commitment to high quality products and services has intersected with his lifelong passion for long term sustainable farming with investment in and strong management of a number of horticulture and agriculture interests including mixed produce farming and marketing, bio organic fertiliser production and distribution and Manuka and organic honey.
Partner – BDO Australia
Dylan Byrne is a long-standing partner and head of Business Services at BDO Brisbane. Dylan assists SMEs with strategic planning with a particular focus on expanding business who are seeking to bring on investors and fresh capital to help fund this growth. This process also assists growing businesses to tap into assistance from the State Government, via the strong relationships that exist between the Department of State Development and BDO. Dylan and his team have assisted Multikraft Probiotics Australia with this process which culminated in a successful Phase 1 capital raising in FY18. Dylan has also been glad to assist with the implementation of MPA’s strategy and has recently joined the company’s Advisory Board. Dylan is a CPA, and a member of the AICD.
Owner/Director – Ag Plus Consultancy
Tim O’Dea is an advocate for Multikraft and shareholder, and CEO of Ag Plus Consultancy.
Ag Plus is a chemical, fertiliser, compost and bio management supply company in the
Bundaberg, Gayndah and Mundubbera districts. Ag Plus Consultancy supplies all horticultural inputs. Ag Plus’s approach to thinking outside the box, combining chemical and biological methods has led to increased uptake and client successes. The use of microorganisms is opening up new opportunities in composting and soil/foliar applications. The business’s footprint as become quite significant, with Ag Plus Consultancy now looking after millions of trees and more than 10,000 hectares of horticultural crops.
Director of Technical Support
Bill’s diverse experience in agriculture both as a 5th generation farmer and a consultant providing crop nutrition and agronomy advice stretches over 25 years. In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious Australian Young Farmer of the Year and in 2009 completed the Australian Grain Growers Association Leadership program. Throughout his career, Bill has collaborated extensively with leading soil and plant scientists, Landcare and governing bodies, developing solutions to improve productivity and sustainability across a diverse range of agricultural systems.
In 2013, Bill was offered a lucrative position as General Manager of a boutique rice company in Mauritius. The role entailed commercialising an integrated rice operation including production, processing and packaging for export markets.
Whilst in Mauritius, Bill also trialed alternative crops such as corn, chickpea and wheat in collaboration with University of Mauritius and Mauritius Research Council, as well as advisory services to commercial business operations in dairy, sugarcane and horticulture both in Mauritius and Africa with a focus on sustainability and production by empowering locals with knowledge and support.
In 2015, Bill returned to Australia with his wife and 2 children to take up position of Director of Technical Support, Multikraft Probiotics Australia. Bill has a passion for sustainable agriculture, environmental protection and human health/welfare issues in particular emerging economies.
Brian is the Managing Director of MacroBoost, and a specialist in environmental formulations for agriculture, bio-remediation & waste water treatment.
Francois is an eco-agri scientist and associated with the University of Queensland in a senior researcher position. His area of expertise is more sustainable cropping practices, and in particular how we can measure and track these environmental impact improvements in terms of profitability as well.
He has extensive industry experience in fresh produce packing and processing, as well as 10 years of commercial organic vegetable production. He has done extensive work with the Australian cotton industry as well as the macadamia, rubber and palm oil industries. Francois has a commercial background (MCom, MBA) and holds a PhD in agricultural sustainability from the University of Queensland.
Executive Assistant to CEO
Terry is an Executive-level business leader with an extensive track record of success directing and optimizing the high-performance operations for industry-leading enterprises, ranging in scope from small to large. After a long history with Rio Tinto (27 years), Terry moved into the environmental sector as Regional General Manager with Veolia Environmental Services.
Moving through various managerial positions across a diverse range of industries, Terry’s expertise culminated in a Group Operations Manager role with one of the largest small crop and combined production manufacturing facilities supplying into Australian supermarket chains before joining Multikraft in 2019.