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Chief Executive Officer

Professor Andrew Campbell
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Professor Andrew Campbell commenced his five-year term as CEO of ACIAR on 31 July 2016. He joined ACIAR from Darwin, after five years as the inaugural Director of the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) at Charles Darwin University.  Professor Campbell has played influential roles in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management in Australia for 30 years. He has considerable research leadership experience, notably as Executive Director of Land & Water Australia from 2000-2006 and Managing Director of Triple Helix Consulting from 2007-10. He has also held senior policy roles in land, water and biodiversity management as a senior executive in the Australian Government environment portfolio. Andrew was instrumental in the development of Landcare, working with the National Farmers’ Federation and the Australian Conservation Foundation to develop the proposal that catalysed the Decade of Landcare. He was Australia’s first National Landcare Facilitator from 1989-92, and he pioneered the concept of Whole Farm Planning as Manager of the privately-funded Potter Farmland Plan initiative in western Victoria in the 1980s.

Professor Campbell is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s Fenner School, a Commissioner with the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas, a member of the Science Advisory Panel of Landcare Research New Zealand, and Patron of Landcare in Victoria. 

Andrew Campbell trained in forestry at Creswick and the University of Melbourne and rural sociology at Wageningen University in The Netherlands.  He has written more than 100 publications and blogs on landcare, sustainability (food, water, energy and climate) and knowledge management.  His books and reports include Paddock to Plate - policy propositions for sustainable food systems;  The Getting of Knowledge - a guide to investing in and managing applied research (Land & Water Australia 2007);  Managing Australian Soils - a policy discussion paper;  Managing Australian Landscapes in a changing climate;  Landcare (Allen & Unwin 1994), and Planning for Sustainable Farming (Lothian 1991).  Professor Campbell is a sought-after public speaker who has delivered 75 invited conference keynote presentations over the last decade, 20 of them internationally.

Andrew remains involved in his family farm in western Victoria, where his family have been farming since the 1860s.