Director of Research and Development, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers
Dr Roya Khalil is an accomplished business leader with over 19 years of experience in R&D and innovation management across diverse industries, including FMCG, Dairy, Chemicals, and Agriculture. Qualified with a bachelor’s degree, a PhD in Chemical Engineering, and an MBA specializing in strategic innovation, she has held key positions with industry leaders such as Incitec Pivot Limited, Orora Packaging, Bega Cheese, Coca Cola Amatil, SPC Ardmona, and Plantic Technologies delivering several commercialised patented technologies.
Currently, as the Director of Research and Development at Incitec Pivot Fertilisers, Roya leads the R&D function, focusing on developing enhanced efficiency fertilizers, recycled nutrient-bio based fertilizers, soil health technologies, greenhouse gas emissions benchmarking, and mitigation strategies for the benefit of Australian growers. She actively contributes to cutting-edge research and commercialization as a Partner Investigator at the ARC research hub for smart fertilizers at the University of Melbourne. Additionally, as an Industry Advisor at the ARC research Hub for nutrients in the circular economy, Roya is committed to promoting sustainable practices and driving innovations fostering the reuse of nutrients from waste aligned with principles of circular economy.
Roya’s expertise extends to co-supervision of PhD students and guest lecturing for Master and Bachelor of Food Engineering at Monash University, RMIT University, and UNSW. She has also been involved as a researcher in numerous programs, including CRC-polymers for biopolymers, Dairy Innovation Australia, and the Australia-China Joint Resource Centre with Monash University.
With a comprehensive understanding of the entire food supply chain gained through her diverse career, Roya is dedicated to developing integrated solutions and contribute to a more sustainable and innovative future for the industry.