Friday, 11 March 2016

ACIAR welcomes the 2016 John Dillon Fellows to Canberra

This week ACIAR welcomed ten John Dillon Fellows to Canberra as part of a six-week leadership development program. During their two weeks in Canberra the fellows will spend time at ACIAR and visit the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and the Australian National University. They will meet also with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, at Parliament House and be presented with their certificates.

The John Dillon Fellows participating in a research management workshop at ACIAR House. Photo: ACIAR
This afternoon, at the completion of the four day research management training workshop being conducted by Robyn McConchie and Emma Walters from the University of Sydney, the fellows will be presenting their Action Plans on Return.

The Action Plans on Return will focus on a component (or several components) of research management practice that the individual participants intend to implement when they return to their workplaces over the next 12 months. They will be asked to describe their workplace, what the issues are, what changes they will put in place and the steps they need to take to do this, the stakeholders involved and the expected impact of these changes.

The 2016 John Dillon Fellows come from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Pakistan. They are in Australia to take part in a leadership development program which includes opportunities to connect with Australians working in similar fields.
The John Dillon Fellows participating in a research management workshop at ACIAR House. Photo: ACIAR
John Dillon Fellows are key collaborators in ACIAR research programs on fisheries and forestry in PNG, adaptive research to assess and adjust innovations to suit farmers needs in Indonesia, vegetable production, soil science and rice breeding systems in Myanmar, plant pathology animal nutrition and management in Cambodia, plant breeding and rice systems in Pakistan, and soil science and forestry in Vietnam.

Each year John Dillon Fellowships are awarded to ten talented agricultural research managers from the Indo Pacific who are at the forefront of the development of their agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries. The John Dillon Memorial Fellowships provide intensive leadership and management training to exceptional individuals working or having worked on ACIAR projects in developing countries. Training is provided by the University of Adelaide, Mt Eliza Melbourne Business School and the University of Sydney in, respectively, professional communications, executive management and research management.

The 2016 John Dillon Fellows:

Dr Sathya Khay, Head, Plant Protection Division, Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

Dr Nurul Hilmiati, Head of Division of Collaboration, Assessment Institute for Agricultural Technology, Lombok, INDONESIA

Dr Aung Aung, Professor, University of Veterinary Science, Yezin, MYANMAR

Dr Thandar Nyi, Staff Officer, Department of Agriculture, Yangon, MYANMAR

Dr Nyo Me Htwe, Postdoctoral Fellow, International Rice Research Institute, Yangon, MYANMAR

Dr Aamer Irshad, Chief, Food and Agriculture, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, Government of PAKISTAN

Ms Luanah Yaman
, Manager, Sedentary Fisheries, PNG National Fisheries Authority, Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Dr Martin Golman, Acting Director, PNG Forest Research Institute, Lae, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Dr Tran Minh Tien, Deputy Director, Soils and Fertilisers Research Institute, Hanoi, VIETNAM

Dr Luu Ngoc Quyen, Deputy Director General, Northern Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute, Phu Tho, VIETNAM

For further information on the John Dillon Fellowship program, please visit our website.

By Laura Carew, Corporate Engagement and Communication, ACIAR

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