I have extended the appointment of Professor Andrew Campbell as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), until 31 July 2023.
During his five-year tenure, Professor Campbell has led the development of a 10-Year Strategy that has transformed ACIAR, by increasing investment in the Indo-Pacific and focusing strongly on issues such as food security, gender equality, climate change, nutrition and health.
Professor Campbell has overseen the implementation of capacity building partnerships such as the Meryl Williams Fellowship, fostering opportunities for female agricultural scientists in developing countries. ACIAR has an alumni network of more than 800 scientists, many in leadership roles in partner countries.
I would like to acknowledge Professor Campbell’s leadership over the past five years, including his commitment to gender equality which has seen the proportion of women in senior roles at ACIAR increase from 11 per cent in 2016 to 70 per cent currently. Professor Campbell has strengthened Australia’s multilateral influence in agricultural science, in which Australia is a world leader.
He also currently Chairs the Global Research Alliance for Agricultural Greenhouse Gases – a collaboration of 65 member countries – and represents Australia on the System Council of the CGIAR.