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Policy Advisory Council Members

Researchers collecting soil samples in the Philippines

Professor Kym Anderson AC (President)

  • 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 Emeritus in the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where he has been affiliated since 1984. He is also an Honorary Professor of Economics at the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy, having been on their staff during 1977-1983 as a Research Fellow and 2012-18 as a part-time Professor. He is a Fellow of the AAEA, AARES, AAWE, ASSA, APPS and CEPR. He was a member and then Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Washington DC-based International Food Policy Research Institute, 2010-17. He has published more than 400 articles and 40 books, including The Political Economy of Agricultural Protection (with Yujiro Hayami, 1986), Disarray in World Food Markets (with Rod Tyers, 1992), Agricultural Trade Reform and the Doha Development Agenda (with Will Martin, 2006), Agricultural Trade, Policy Reforms, and Global Food Security (2016), Wine Globalization: A New Comparative History (with Vicente Pinilla, 2018) 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).

Professor Ramesh Chand

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

Prof. Ramesh Chand is currently a Member of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and the XV Finance Commission in the rank and status of Union Minister of State. NITI Aayog is the premier think-tank of the Government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs. The Finance Commission determines devolution of tax resources between the Union Government and the States and recommends fiscal consolidation roadmap. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of CIMMYT, Mexico. Previously, he was Director of the ICAR-National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi.   

Prof. Chand has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and has authored seven books and more than 100 research papers in reputed national and international journals in the areas of agriculture. Prof. Chand has been bestowed with Jawaharlal Nehru Award and Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award of Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

Dr Audrey Aumua

  • Deputy Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Fiji

Dr Audrey Aumua has led the SPC Suva office as Deputy Director-General since March 2018, being responsible for the executive leadership and management of all Suva Operations with a focus is on Small Islands and Developing states development issues.

Prior to SPC she served as the WHO Country Representative Solomon Islands United Nations office and from 2009 to 2013, Dr Aumua was the Director of the Knowledge and Innovation Hub at the University of Queensland, an AusAid Funded initiative responsible for the development of innovation and knowledge products improving Civil Registration and cause of death data.

Dr Aumua served as Chief Advisor for the Pacific, within the Ministry of Health of the Government of New Zealand from 1999 – 2004 and was responsible for public policy advice on improving the social economic outcomes for Pacific people in New Zealand.

She holds a PhD in Public Policy from Curtin University in Perth Western Australia as well as a Master’s in Public Policy from Massey University, New Zealand, a Post Graduate Diploma in International health with Distinction from Curtin University, a Graduate Diploma in Business from Auckland University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Auckland. 

Dr Su Su Win

  • Director, Soil Science, Water Utilization and Agricultural Engineering Division, Department of Agricultural Research (DAR), Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI)

Dr Su Su Win is a soil scientist. She completed her PhD in Soil Science from the University of the Philippines Los Baños in 2008, under a PhD Scholarship granted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) from 2004-2008. Dr Su Su Win has spent more than 35 years of research on soil fertility and fertilizer in lowland rice-based cropping systems, nutrient balance and management on legume based cropping systems, soil and plant laboratory analysis, field screening of low-N tolerant rice varieties, and N-fixation of legumes, using Gliricida as green manure, and nutrient management on legumes-based cropping systems. Her current focus is on soil analysis based fertilizer recommendation and development of a geographical large-scale soil data base for Myanmar.

Dr Su Su Win has been conferred medals for excellent performance in the field of agriculture by the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar (2005) and "Outstanding Contribution Scientists for Soil Conservation" award by FAO, United Nations on 24th May 2018.

Professor Teatulohi Maitanaho

  • Chairman of the PNG Science and Technology Council and Chief Science Advisor to the Government

 In his current role Professor Maitanaho is responsible for coordinating scientific and research advice from the PNG Research, Science and Technology Council to the PNG Government. He has held positions as Professor of basic medical sciences and pharmacology and Dean of research at the University of Papua New Guinea, leading research in PNG and building international collaboration and negotiating significant global partnerships between PNG and institutions in Australia, the USA, Canada and across Asia Pacific. Professor Matainaho also holds adjunct professorial appointments with the University of Utah (U.S) and with the James Cook University (Townsville).

In his current role, Professor Maitanaho endeavours to articulate the vital role of science, technology and innovation in the growth of PNG and coordinates policy discussions for changes in the area of governance (science and research) and establishing a culture of research in all aspects of government and civil society.

Dr Segenet Kelemu

  • Director General & CEO International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Dr. Segenet Kelemu, is the Director General & CEO of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) Nairobi, Kenya.  Prior to icipe, Dr Kelemu was the Vice President for Programs at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and spent more than 25 years in the USA and Latin America in an exceptional career as a scientist. Dr Kelemu returned to Africa in 2007 to contribute to Africa’s development.

Following her post-doctoral work at Cornell University, USA, Dr. Kelemu joined the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia, as a Senior Scientist in 1992 and was later appointed Leader of Crop and Agroecosystem Health Management at CIAT until her departure in 2007 when she became the Director of Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr. Kelemu is a 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Laureate for Women in Science Awards and one of the top 100

most influential African women featured in the May 2014 Edition of Forbes Africa. In January 2018, she was recognised by Bill Gates, as one of five ‘Heroes in the Field’ using their talents to fight

poverty, hunger and disease, and providing opportunities for the next generation. In 2018, she has been featured in The CEO Magazine, Australia, as one of the six exceptional leaders from around the world.  She has received other accolades including the TWAS Prize for Agricultural Sciences (2011) and an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv University for her professional contributions to society (2015). Dr. Kelemu serves on various Boards and advisory panels in major global initiatives and served in international juries of key science awards. She is a Fellow of various Academies of Sciences.

Dr Nguyen Van Bo

  • Chairman, Research and Education Committee, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Dr Nguyen Van Bo, the former President of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS)-2006-2014, currently is member of Vietnam Panel on Climate Change, Vice – Chairman of Vietnam Rural Development Science Association, Board of Trustees member of Vietnam National University of Agriculture and Chairman, Research and Education Committee of VAAS.

Dr Bo has been 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 the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences in 2006.

Dr Sar Chetra

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

Dr. Sar Chetra is currently Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) since March 2014 and is in charge of the Department of International Cooperation and General Directorate of Animal Health and Production.  He has been tasked by MAFF in different works including: member of a working group on a long-term master plan for agricultural development, Chair of a working group on biodigester development in Cambodia, and MAFF representative to work with the National Bank of Cambodia to develop the Cambodia Financial Inclusion Roadmap 2018-2025. Currently, he is a board director for Kampong Cham Agricultural School in Cambodia, board member of the Rural Development Bank, and vice chair of a working group on climate change in agriculture of MAFF.

Dr Chetra served as Deputy Director of Department of Animal Health and Production (now the General Directorate of Animal Health and Production) from 2011 to 2014, and as Chief of the Animal Production Office from 2005 to 2011.

Specialising in animal science, Dr Chetra has a PhD degree from Iwate University, Japan (2002-2005), a Masters degree from Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (2000-2002), Bachelor degree from Royal University of Agriculture of Cambodia (1990-1994).