E-mentoring continues momentum

May 2, 2022

While welcoming the gradual re-opening of global travel, the Crawford Fund is continuing to harness the momentum of its e-mentoring initiative. We launched our E-mentoring Program in June 2020 to ensure that we continued to help develop the technical and organisational skills and expertise of agricultural researchers, scientists and policy makers in developing countries despite the challenges of the global pandemic.

We are now very pleased to introduce you to the latest group of 18 pairs of e-mentors and e-mentees.

Our mentors’ experience and expertise sees them well placed to support mentees who have requested interest in topics as broad as climate change impacts, climate-smart agriculture, managing plant genetic resources, tissue culture handling, soil fertility, resource management, taxonomy and systematics, alternatives to synthetic pesticides, innovative approaches in community development and networking skills.

The e-mentoring program includes online training for e-mentors and discussions about the mindset, skills and techniques of mentoring to better equip them to start a successful relationship with their mentee.

We wish to thank sincerely our latest group of e-mentors who are giving freely of their time and expertise. They are:

Prof Robyn Alders Dr Simon Lawson
Dr Julianne Biddle Prof Deidre Lemerle
Dr Martin Blumenthal Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay
Dr Colin Chartres Prof Grant Rawlin
Mr Andrew Daly Mr David Shearer
Dr Tom Davison Dr Kanika Singh
Assoc Prof Amy Diedrich Dr Murray Unkovich
Prof Helen Garnett Dr Wendy Vance
Prof Ros Gleadow Dr Robert Vidah-Mensah
Dr TJ Higgins Mr Roger Wickes
Dr Tamara Jackson  

And we are pleased to announce our corresponding group of e-mentees. The twelve countries in which the e-mentees are currently based include Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Malaysia, Mali, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Our e-mentees are:

Miss Analiza Diaz Mrs Sharydia Sera Alatise Tusa
Mr Ronil Prasad Mr Thongchai Sainoi
Dr Nor Asiah Ismail Ms Ruth Baiga
Miss Asma Bibi Mr Ellis Vaega
Mr Azizi Ahmad Azmin Miss Agathe Diama
Ms Josephine Giwar Laka Dr Tadesse Amera Sahilu
Dr Muhammad Azeem Ali Shah Ms Elizabeth Tu
Ms Marie-Charlotte Buisson Mr Mark Ivekolia
Dr Nguyen Van Liem Prof Kwaku Tano-Debrah

The e-mentoring program builds on the successful outcomes of our long term existing Mentoring Program, which has seen face-to-face interaction in overseas countries, backed up by electronic contact, and the Fund’s conference scholar mentoring program, matching young NextGen researchers with experienced Australians who attend our conference.

Our e-mentors and e-mentees have our very best wishes for successful collaboration and learning over the coming months.