The 29th International Horticultural Congress | Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes | 17-22 August 2014
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Executive Committee

Professor Rod Drew

Co-President – Australia
Rod has an active teaching and research program in Horticulture at Griffith University, Brisbane. His research has focussed on genetic improvement, particularly disease resistance, in papaya. He is passionate about using horticultural crops to alleviate malnutrition worldwide. He has chaired the Commission for Molecular Biology and In Vitro Culture and convened several successful ISHS symposia.

Professor Ian Warrington

Co-President – New Zealand
Ian has recently retired as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Horticultural Science at Massey University and was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of HortResearch in New Zealand. He has extensive experience in ISHS, having served as Vice President over the last 8 years. Ian brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the IHC2014 team.

Ms Luseane Taufa

Co-President Pacific Islands Liaison
Luseane is a Senior Plant Pathologist in Tonga and is passionate about development of horticultural science for the benefit of Pacific Island countries.

Dr Russ Stephenson

Vice-President - Operations, Australia
Russ is a Senior Principal Horticulturist based at the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Maroochy Research Station on the Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane. His research has focussed on the development of the emerging Australian macadamia industry.

Ms Jill Stanley

Vice-President – Scientific, New Zealand
Jill has been a plant physiologist with Plant & Food Research (and it’s predecessors) for over 30 years mainly focussing on fruit physiology, but she has also led a programme on mine revegetation using native mosses and lichens. She was based in Spain for four years, where she developed collaborations for HortResearch with European researchers. Jill has been the site leader at the Clyde Research Centre for the past 3 years and her current research area is improving fruit quality of apricots. She has been an ISHS Councillor for 14 years and has served her national society as President and is currently a Councillor.

Professor David Aldous

It is with considerable regret that we record the passing of Prof Aldous on 1 November 2013. David had a distinguished career at the University of Melbourne and was Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland. He was the current Chair of the ISHS Commission on Education, Research Training and Consultancy. His research, teaching and extension has focused on environmental and urban horticulture issues. His previous duties will be fulfilled by other members of the executive committee and symposium convenors.

Mr John Chapman

Finance and Sponsorship
John is the Managing Director of Agri-Science Queensland within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. He is passionate about the professional development of his staff and believes participation in an outstanding IHC2014 will make a valuable contribution to this.

Mr Nick Macleod

Nick is a Science Leader in Horticulture and Forestry Science within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. He contributes significantly through his strong linkages with horticultural industries.

Professor Peter Batt

Scientific Liaison, Australia
Peter is Professor of Food and Agribusiness Marketing at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. He has extensive international experience in the marketing of fresh produce and the analysis of fresh produce supply chains in Asia. He is currently Deputy Chair of the ISHS Commission on Economics and Management and to date has organised eight international symposia for ISHS including the very successful series on improving the performance of supply chain in the transitional economies.

Professor Julian Heyes

Scientific Liaison, New Zealand
Julian is Professor of Postharvest Technology and Director of the Centre for Postharvest and Refrigeration Research at Massey University. He also works part-time as a senior scientist with responsibility for vegetable research at Plant & Food Research, Palmerston North. Julian is one of the three Council members of ISHS for New Zealand and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science.

Dr Richard Markham

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Republic of the Fiji Islands
Richard is a Research Program Manager (Pacific Crops Program) with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, based at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Suva, Fiji. A former Chair of the ISHS Banana and Plantain Section, his professional focus is on improving the productivity and sustainability of smallholder agriculture in developing countries - a mission that he has pursued for more than thirty years in Africa, Latin America, South-east Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Dr Alistair Gracie

International Aid Liaison
Dr Alistair Gracie is a Senior Lecturer in Horticultural Science at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He has a teaching and research portfolio that specialises in vegetable crop physiology and agronomy. The primary focus of his research is to provide practical solutions that aid local industry as well as communities in developing countries.

Dr John Palmer

Scientific Program Co-Ordinator
Dr John Palmer is a scientist with the NZ Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd. at Motueka Research Centre, New Zealand, having moved to NZ from the UK in 1991. He is a crop physiologist specialising in the effects of the environment, particularly light and temperature, and rootstocks on yield and fruit quality of apples, pears and kiwifruit. He is a past president of the NZIAHS and has, as convenor and co-convenor, arranged a number of ISHS symposia.

Dr Robin Roberts

Volunteers & Community Engagement, Australia
Robin is a researcher and lecturer in international marketing and international business at Griffith University, Brisbane. Her research focuses on understanding customer and consumer purchasing beliefs and identifying value-chain improvements for Australian agri-food products. She is passionate about assisting farmers to export fresh food products and has worked with government and industry . Robin contributes to the IHC2014 team with valuable industry and community experience.

Elizabeth Smith

Horticulture and garden display coordinator
Elizabeth has been the owner director of a nationally recognised vocational college for over twenty- five years. Her life- long involvement with plants makes her passionate about all aspects of horticulture; in particular, environmental sustainability, the importance of public amenity and well being.
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