Leadership team

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Executive Director, Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds

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Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds is Executive Director of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), the research division of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Steve is one of Australia’s leading researchers on integrated approaches to natural resource management, sustainability, global change and environmental policy.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University. He is an honorary professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Board Member of the International Society of Ecological Economics, and expert contributor to the UN International Resource Panel and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) working group on policy tools and methodologies.

Steve’s research and professional work over the past 20 years has focused on the theory and practice of crafting efficient and worthwhile policy approaches to climate change and sustainable prosperity within real world democratic institutions and social processes.

He joined ABARES in August 2017 from CSIRO, where he served as Chief Coordinating Scientist, Integration Science and Public Policy, and led the integrated science and modelling capacity that produced the CSIRO Australian National Outlook (2015).

His previous career has included senior roles in the private sector, public service, and major research organisations, including the Allen Consulting Group, Department of Climate Change, Department of Environment and Heritage, Treasury, ANU, and CSIRO.

He has been published in journals including Nature, Science, Agricultural Systems, Ecological Economics, Global Environmental Change, and Ecology and Society.

As Executive Director, Steve is looking for ABARES to continue to deliver high-quality evidence, analysis, and insight, and contribute to our national conversation on how we best manage the natural assets that underpin the income, livelihoods and wellbeing of Australia’s regions and industries.

This will include how Australia’s agriculture and primary industries are evolving and adapting to new challenges and opportunities through lifting productivity, improving efficiencies and creating new value.

Peter Gooday, Assistant Secretary and Chief Commodity Analyst
Agricultural Commodities and Trade branch

  • Agricultural trade
  • Agricultural commodities
  • Climate impact sciences
  • Regional Outlook programmes and stakeholder engagement
  • Information systems

​Dr Bertie Hennecke, Assistant Secretary
Biosecurity and Fisheries branch

  • Biosecurity economics
  • Domestic fisheries and marine environment
  • International fisheries and data
  • Fish​eries economics
  • Invasive species
  • Social sciences
  • Quantitative sciences
  • Land use and spatial analytics.​

David Galeano, Assistant Secretary
Farm Performance and Forestry branch

  • Productivity
  • Climate and water
  • Farm surveys and analysis
  • Forest economics
  • Forest sciences

Senior Advisers

Dr Tony Arthur, Senior Adviser - Biosecurity

Robert Curtotti, Senior Adviser - Fisheries

Tom Georgilas, Special Adviser – Departmental Data Policy

Dr Caroline Gunning-Trant, Senior Adviser - Trade

Dr Claire Howell, Senior Adviser – Forestry

Dr Neal Hughes, Senior Adviser – Natural Resource Management

Dr Tom Jackson, Senior Adviser – Farm Performance and Analysis

Lisa McKelvie, Senior Adviser – Commodities

Dr Rohan Nelson, Senior Adviser – Industry Policy

Dr John Sims, Senior Adviser – Information Systems

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Last reviewed:
08 Nov 2018