Michael Gilbert is a degree qualified engineer with an MBA. He has been involved in agricultural technology development and translation for 20 years, including previously as General Manager/Company Secretary of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus in South Australia.
Michael’s experience includes programs to deliver nitrogen use efficiency, salinity tolerance and drought resistance for the benefit of Australian cereal growers. He also has international experience collaborating with multinational crop companies and understands some of the challenges that face Australian growers in remaining globally competitive.
Having served on several boards and national committees, Michael has been involved in policy development including advocating for grower choice in adopting new cropping technologies.
As an experienced professional manager, Michael brings a wealth of experience in project management, stakeholder engagement and high-level administrative support as well as identifying and exploiting new opportunities.
Michael also is an elected member of a state Policy Committee and a Board Director of St John’s Youth Services, which helps rebuild the lives of homeless young people and those who are at risk of homelessness.