Dr Andrew Alford is ACIAR’s Research Program Manager for our impact assessment program. He is responsible for managing the professional evaluation of ACIAR’s R&D investments and progressing the development of methods that are used to determine their effectiveness.
Dr Alford came to ACIAR from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), where he was Project Manager – Evaluation within the Livestock Production Innovation business unit, which looks after on-farm R&D investments.
He holds a Bachelor of Rural Science, a Master of Economics, and a PhD from the University of New England. His PhD was in bioeconomic modelling of beef cattle systems, which involved optimising cattle genetics on pasture-based systems. It was completed while working with NSW Department of Primary Industries, first as a dairy extension officer and later as a livestock researcher.