We are pleased to confirm the following keynote speakers at ARS 2019

Keynote Speakers

Professor Andrew Campbell FTSE, CEO of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Professor Andrew Campbell is CEO of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Prior appointments include Director of the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) at Charles Darwin University and Executive Director of Land & Water Australia. Andrew also held senior policy roles in land, water and biodiversity management in the Australian Government. He 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. A Fellow of the Academy of Technology and Engineering, and a Professorial Fellow at the ANU Fenner School, he is still involved in a family farm in south-eastern Australia, where his family have been farming since the 1860s.

Keynote presentation: The converging insecurities of food, water and energy, amplified by climate change – implications for drylands, science and policy.


Ms Fiona Simson National Farmers Federation

Ms Tess Herbert, the Chair of the Sustainability Steering Group (SSG) that drive implementation of the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework, and former President of the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association

Dr David Phelp, President of the Australian Rangeland Society

Mr Bruce Martin. Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation Board member, president of the Cape York Peninsula Live Export Group and a member of Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait.

Dr Cathy Waters, Leader Climate Research at NSW Department of Primary Industries

Leaders of Conversations that Matter

Ms Kate Forrest, Rangeland NRM Alliance Coordinator, Desert Channels Group

Dr. Barry Traill, Director, Outback to Oceans Program, Pew Charitable Trusts

Dr Andrew Ash, Chief Research Scientist in CSIRO Agriculture