Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Aussie on Board: our work with International Agricultural Research Centres

Professor Lindsay Falvey, ILRI Board of Trustees
Congratulations to Prof Lindsay Falvey FTSE for his appointment this year on the Board of Trustees of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) encourages Australian scientists to use their skills for the benefit of partner countries while at the same time contributing to solutions for Australia’s own agricultural problems. Having Australian researchers participating in positions such as this goes a long way in helping to reach these goals.

ILRI is one of the 15 members of the International Agricultural Research Centres (IARCs) that are part of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium. Together with the CGIAR Fund (for which ACIAR is a contributor on behalf of the Australian Government), the CGIAR advances international agricultural research for a food secure future by coordinating the efforts of those who fund research and those who do the research.

Prof Falvey is an international Australian livestock scientist whose diverse career in development, academia and the private and public sectors networks him to the world’s senior scientists. He brings to the ILRI Board an unusual combination of applied science in livestock and a private sector approach to governance.
"I am most interested to see ILRI continue widening its global influence and to build on the foundation I observed as Chair of the External Program and Management Review of the Institute some six years ago. …
Prof Lindsay Falvey with Awassi sheep
Livestock remain a key to improving the wellbeing of millions of marginalised persons, and the application of sound livestock science, that includes social considerations, clearly can also bring environmental benefits." 
Prof Lindsay Falvey
Prof Lindsay Falvey participating in a Board meeting
Holding five agricultural degrees, Lindsay’s career includes having been Managing Director of Coffey-MPW and as Dean of the School of Land and Environment where he is currently in residence. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences, and of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge, a recipient of the Centenary Medal of Australia and has received various other national and international awards.

Prof Falvey joins esteemed company with several Australian representatives on CGIAR member organisation Boards. Current appointments include Prof Kym Anderson, Dr Meryl Williams and Dr Andrew Barr, amongst others.

ACIAR Commissioner, Prof Kym Anderson, sits on the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Meryl Williams is on the Governing Board and is Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Institute for Crop Research in the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). In the past, Meryl has held positions including Director General of WorldFish, has chaired ACIAR's Board of Management and been Chair of the ACIAR Commission.

Dr Andrew Barr is on the Board of Trustees and is Chair of the Program Committee for the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT).

Further information:
Read more about how ACIAR contributes to the work of the CGIAR and the IARCs.
Read more about ACIAR's multilateral project work with the IARCs.
View Prof Lindsay Falvey's profile on LinkedIn.

(Posted by Alexandra Bagnara, ACIAR)

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