12-13 August 2019, Canberra
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Andrew is Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Through a series of influential national roles, Andrew has been at the leading edge of sustainable agriculture and natural resource management science and policy in Australia for more than 30 years. He has long been recognised for his visionary work on the relationship between people and land, firstly in developing the concept of whole farm planning, and then through Landcare, as Australia’s first National Landcare Facilitator.
Andrew was previously Director of the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) at Charles Darwin University, CEO of Land & Water Australia, Managing Director of Triple Helix Consulting, and Senior Executive in the Australian Government environment portfolio. He is an adjunct Professorial Fellow at Charles Darwin University, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s Fenner School and a Commissioner with the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas.
Andrew has written widely on landcare, knowledge management and sustainability issues for policy, science and general audiences. With training in forestry, rural sociology and knowledge systems from the University of Melbourne, and Wageningen Agricultural University in The Netherlands, his research interests (reflected in more than 100 publications) span the interactions between climate, water, energy and agrifood systems, and the interface between knowledge, science and policy.
Andrew maintains an involvement in his family farm (forestry, cropping and sheep) in western Victoria, where his family has been farming since the 1860s.