Keynote Speakers

In line with the past few years, the Congress will host several invited keynote speakers throughout the programme.

Keynote Speakers

In line with the past few years, the Congress will host several invited keynote speakers throughout the programme.

Opening Keynote: Glory Koko Motlanalo Khumalo

Koko is currently a partner at Ernst & Young and is the Africa Leader for Quality & Risk Management. She serves in the Executive Committee of both South Africa and Africa Sub Area. She reports to the Africa Chief Executive Officer and Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Quality & Risk Management Leader. She is responsible for legal, compliance, independence, risk management and regulatory services in Africa for Ernst & Young.

Cam McDonald: Enhancing the impact of development strategies with smallholder farmers

Cam McDonald (M.Agr.Sc) is an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO Ecosystems Sciences and has over 40 years experience working in the rangelands of northern Australia, south-east Asia and Africa. This work had a strong emphasis on the agronomy of grazed pastures, particularly the use of legumes for improved animal production, and simulation modelling of animal/pasture systems. He has developed models of animal production from pastures which have been linked with economic models to examine impacts of potential changes on ecosystem performance. In the past decade he has been working on smallholder development projects in south-east Asia and Africa. As part of these projects, he was instrumental in the development of an integrated analysis tool (IAT) for Indonesian smallholders, which has since been used in Vietnam, China, Pakistan and west Africa.

Tshilidzi Madzivhandila: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

Tshilidzi is responsible for the implementation of programme performance indicators for results/impact measurements, the coordination of the design and conduct Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) needs assessments and overall M&E synthesis across all FANRPAN projects. He holds a Higher Education Diploma and a Bachelor of Agricultural Management (both from the University of the Limpopo), an Advanced Program in Marketing Management (University of South Africa), Master degree in Development Studies (University of the Free State), and PhD Economics (University of New England).

Lester Pahl: Identifying grazing strategies that improve the sustainability and profitability of extensive beef cattle properties in the rangelands of northern Australia

Lester is a principal scientist with the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, working in the extensive beef cattle industry. This was preceded by almost two decades of involvement in wildlife ecology, consisting of university studies, consultancies and lecturing. Lester’s current position commenced 18 years ago with research into the management of kangaroos, goats and sheep in the semi-arid rangelands. He now uses bio-economic models to identify grazing strategies that improve the performance of extensive cattle properties in northern Australia. Of particular interest are strategies that help properties cope with highly variable and changing climate.

Neil MacLeod: Identifying and addressing sustainable land management options for the north Australian beef industry

Neil is the Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Brisbane, Australia and works with the Rangelands and Savannas Program. His research supports sustainable resource management with strong emphasis on landscape processes, evaluating R&D impacts at the property scale, and balancing production and conservation goals.

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