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Policy Advisory Council Members

Researchers collecting soil samples in the Philippines

Professor Kym Anderson AC (President of the Council)

  • George Gollin Professor of Economics, University of Adelaide
  • Part-time Professor of Economics, Crawford school of Public Policy, Australian National University
  • Professor Anderson is the President of the Council.

Kym Anderson is the George Gollin Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he has been affiliated since 1984. He is also a part-time Professor of Economics at the Australian National Universities Crawford School of Public Policy. He is a Fellow of the AAEA, AARES, AAWE, ASSA, APPS and CEPR. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Washington DC-based International Food Policy Research Institute. He has published more than 350 articles and 35 books, including The Political Economy of Agricultural Protection (with Yujiro Hayami, 1986), Disarray in World Food Markets (with Rod Tyers, 1992), The World’s Wine Markets: Globalization at Work (2004), Agricultural Trade Reform and the Doha Development Agenda (with Will Martin, 2006) and, during 2008-10, a set of 4 regional and 3 global books on Distortions to Agricultural Incentives. In 2014 he was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Economics degree by the University of Adelaide and in 2015 he became a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Dr Jia Jingdun

  • Director General, China Rural Technology Development Centre, Ministry of Science and Technology

Mr Jia Jingdun, Deputy Director General, Department of Rural and Social Development, Ministry of Science and Technology has been the serving member of the PAC from China since March 2003. His contribution to the Council has been extremely valuable, particularly his national perspective on agricultural research priorities for China. He was previously Deputy Director General, Department of Rural Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology.

Mr Jia Jingdun has a Master of Engineering (Application of System Engineering in Agriculture), China Agricultural University, 1987 and a Bachelor of Engineering (Agricultural Engineering), Shandong University of Technology, 1984.

Dr Nguyen Van Bo

  • President, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Dr Nguyen Van Bo, the former President of the Vietnamese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, has been the serving member from Vietnam on the PAC since March 2004. His contribution to the Council has been extremely valuable, both in terms of his national perspective on agricultural research priorities for Vietnam and the contribution associated with his involvement with various international institutions.

Dr Bo worked as Director General of the National Institute for Soils and Fertilizers (1994-1999) and Director General of the Department of Science and Technology and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (1999-2005) before becoming President of VAAS in 2006.

Educational/Professional Qualifications: PhD in Biology, Moscow State University, Russia, 1988; and a BSc and MSc in Agrochemistry, Cuban Agricultural University, Russia, 1978.

Professor Ramesh Chand

  • Member, Union Minister of State, National Institute of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog

Professor Ramesh Chand is currently a Member of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) in the rank and status of Union Minister of State. NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs. NITI Aayog also provides relevant technical advice to the Centre and States. Previously Professor Chand was the Director, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi, from 2010 to 2015 and National Professor, National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi, from 2016 to 2010.

Professor Chand was a: Visiting Professor at the University of Wollongong, between April and August 2000; Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO, Chiba Shi, Japan, May to September, 2003; Senior Policy Subscriber (consultant) to FAO RAP, Bangkok, for Three Months, During June 2007 to May 2008, and a Consultant for FAO, ESCAP/United Nations, UNDP, UNCTAD, Commonwealth, World Bank, OECD.

He has chaired various Committees/Working Groups on Agriculture, Food Policy, Food Security, Farm Income, Market and Prices and WTO constituted by various Ministries and Planning Commission, Government of India (GoI) and various States. He was a member, of the Steering Committee on Agriculture for 11th Five Year Plan, GoI Planning Commission, and prepared a model for 4 percent growth in agriculture sector.

Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

  • CEO, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
  • Dr Sibanda is the African representative on the Council.

Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is an animal scientist who and has over the past 27 years worked as a research fellow, university lecturer, business owner, cattle farmer, chief executive officer of a food security policy think tank and head of an international diplomatic organisation.

Dr Sibanda has held the position of CEO of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) since 2004. Under her leadership, FANRPAN was transformed from a small sub-regional network to a global player in the food security agenda giving voice to Africa’s position on the Green Revolution, Climate Change, Food and Nutrition Security. Prior to this she was employed under the Regional Public Policy Program funded Kellogg Foundation, Southern Africa as a Regional Coordinator based in Zimbabwe and operating in 6 African countries.

In December 2015, Dr Sibanda was awarded the Science Diplomacy Award by the South African Government for her efforts to put science at service of fostering international friendship. She is member of the UN Economic and Social Council Committee for Development Policy, a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council of the UN and the African Union Commission Leadership Council.

Dr Sibanda completed a PhD in 1992 at the University of Reading, UK, Agriculture/Animal Production. Her thesis was entitled, Improving the productivity and nutrition of the Matebele goat: the effect of supplementary feed during pregnancy and lactation. She has an MSc in Agriculture/Grassland Science, University of Reading and a BSc Agriculture from the University of Alexandria, Egypt.

Dr Sar Chetra

  • Deputy Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries

Dr Sar Chetra is currently Deputy Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia. He is also an Adviser to the National Biodigester Program (NBP), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Since 2005 he has held important posts in the Ministry of Agriculture, primarily in the Animal Health and Production Office.

Dr Chetra has also acted as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, the FAO, the Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC) of Cambodia and the Obihiro University of Agriculture & Vet. Medicine, Obihiro, Hokkaido/Ajinomoto Co. Inc., Tokyo, Japan.

Dr Chetra holds a PhD in Animal Production from the Obihiro University in Japan, a Master in Animal Production, and a BSc in Animal Health from the Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Dr Colin Tukuitonga

  • Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Dr Tukuitonga has held several leadership positions across the Pacific and globally, including: Associate Professor of Pacific and International Health, University of Auckland; Head of Surveillance and Prevention of Chronic NCDs, World Health Organisation, Former Chief Executive of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Government of New Zealand. Dr Tukuitonga is the Founding Member of the Niue Arts and Culture Festival, Pacific Language Weeks (celebrating five Pacific languages) in New Zealand, Leadership Development Programme for Pacific civil servants in New Zealand.