Date Released: 
30/03/2011

Eleven research managers involved in ACIAR projects have just completed a six-week leadership development program in Australia.

The recipients of ACIAR’s ‘John Dillon’ Fellowship program have all demonstrated outstanding potential as future managers and leaders. The scheme is named in recognition of the late Professor John Dillon, who was one of Australia’s leading agricultural economists and a strong advocate of international agricultural research and collaboration.

The 2011 ‘John Dillon’ Fellows came from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Vietnam. While in Australia they took part in professional communication training, a new leaders’ development program at Mt Eliza Business School, and specially tailored programs to their management training and professional needs.

On 24 March 2011 the Fellows met with the Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, the Hon Richard Marles MP, at Parliament House in Canberra.

Mr Marles urged the fellows to will stay in touch with the people they had met during their visit to Australia, and to nurture these contacts so that the collaboration and exchange will continue to grow.

Mr Marles presentation to the Fellows can be viewed at: http://ministers.dfat.gov.au/marles/speeches/2011/…

The 2011 John Dillon Fellows:

Dr El Sotheary, Deputy Head of Socio Economics Division, Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Dr Idha Arsanti, Head of Collaboration with the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development, Jakarta, INDONESIA
Dr Fadjry Djufry, Director of AIAT PAPUA, Jayapura, PAPUA, INDONESIA
Dr Fayakun Satria, Researcher on Marine Fisheries, Research Centre for Capture Fisheries, Jakarta, INDONESIA
Dr Murom Banabas, Head of Agronomy, PNG Oil Palm Research Association Inc., Popondetta, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Mr Lyndon Arbes, Regional Landcare Coordinator, Landcare Foundation of the Philippines, Cagayan De Oro, PHILIPPINES
Dr Roberto Acosta, Technology Transfer Manager, East West Seed Company, Inc., San Rafael, PHILIPPINES
Dr Dindo Campilan, (PHILIPPINES), Program Leader – Value Chains for Sweet potato and Root & Tuber Crops in Asia, based at International Potato Center, Indonesia
Dr Zenaida Gonzaga, Assistant Professor, Visayas State University, Baybay City, PHILIPPINES
Dr Phi Hong Hai, Vice Director, Research Centre for Forest Tree Improvement, Hanoi, VIETNAM
Dr Tran Dinh Luan, Deputy Director, Research Institute for Aquaculture No.1, Hanoi, VIETNAM

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