Oilseeds Australia Management Team
Dhruv Deepak (DD) Saxena
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Managing Director

Deepak (DD) Saxena is a former executive of Unilever, VP of Thapar Group and CEO of Bakrie International (US$15B South East Asian Group).

In addition to executive roles, DD has a track record as a successful entrepreneur. In Australia he founded Riverina Oils & Bioenergy (ROBE), a $150M greenfield project in the Riverina. DD was ROBE’s MD for 11 years and remains a Director and Promoter

DD also started the Gherkins industry and contract farming in India in early 1990s. India has become the largest producer and exporter of processed and value added Gherkins in the world and the industry employs around million people.

Pavan Cheema
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Executive Director

Pavan Cheema is a highly experienced finance executive.

Prior roles include over 20 years with PWC in Australia and Finance and Operations leadership positions within United Group Ltd over a billion $ company.

Managed the growth of Sherman Edible Oils, the main distribution arm of ROBE.

Fellow, Australian Society of CPA’s. Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Delhi

Venkat Suresh
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General Manager - Operations

Venkat was a GM operations of Abhay Cotex , a leading Cottonseed processer and marketer of Cottonseed meal in India. Venkat was responsible for developing Cottonseed Meal products for Poultry and Dairy applications.

Venkat is a well reputed Oil Technologist for Cottonseed processing, and has done research on application of vegetable protein meals as animal feed. He worked with India’s largest Edible Oil and Vegetable Protein Meal suppliers.

Richard Reid
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Sales Manager NSW

Richard joined the OSA team in January 2019 and has been all his working career in the farming and livestock production sector. Richard ran his own consultancy business on farm management and had a client based over 1,000 farm enterprises.

As Richard says, “feeding and breeding” are the 2 determinant factors in animal production”. Feeding methodologies and practices have never been so technical and Richard brings this expertise to the Oilseeds Australia’s customer base.

Dan Spancer
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Sales Manager VIC

Dan has worked in the agricultural sector for 30+ years. He is passionate about providing training & extension to give producers the skills to make their own informed decisions.

Dan has worked in the area of animal nutrition and production systems over number of years, specially in Dairy, Cattle and Sheep industry.

Sai Li
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Financial Controller

Sai Li is an experienced accountant with 13 years ‘experience in the Industry including 8 years in Riverina Oils & Bio Energy Pty Ltd as the Group Accountant. For the last 5 years, she is Financial Controller of Oilseeds Australia looking after all accounting and finance, banking, compliance and all related functions. 

Sai is a member of CPA Australia and Master of Professional Accounting from Monash University. She is experienced financial controller & management account with systems and business analysis exposure across various businesses.

William Zhang
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Operations Coordinator

William is a PHD in Engineering and has worked as Research Fellow at University of Sydney for 3 years. He switched to Industry in 2012 and has worked at Sherman Edible Oil as Project Engineer before he joined Oilseeds.

At Oilseeds Australia, William is looking after the procurement, logistics and sales administration.

William has a broad skill set and extensive experience in project coordination, data analysis, planning and procurement.