Professor (John) Lindsay Falvey FTSE, FAIAS
Lindsay has 3 doctorates: a Higher Doctorate; a Ph.D and an Honorary Doctorate and is a Distinguished alumnus of La Trobe University where he completed his masters and bachelor degrees.
Among his various honours are: • Life Member & Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge • Centenary Medal of the Government of Australia • Kitimisuk (honoured member) of the Agricultural Science Society of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty the King • Fellow, Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering & Australian Institute of Agricultural Science • Councillor, Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria
His professional life has included: • Board Chair, International Livestock Research Institute • Board member, Hassad Australia, a large Qatari agricultural development • Panel Chair for Quality Assurance for Higher Education • Chair for a Global research review of livestock • Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry & Horticulture, University of Melbourne • Managing Director for the listed consulting company, Coffey-MPW • Dozens of international assignments • Writing: some 10 books and more than 150 papers
In promoting excellence in agricultural and international fields, he has: • Initiated Australia’s leading ‘ICM AgriFood Award’ • Created the ‘World Prize for Integrated Development’
Across more than 40 years of experience in agricultural science, beginning in the Australian tropics in 1972 and thereafter in various Asian nations, his research work developed into R&D policies for Asian and other nations and has included such high- security missions to preserving research infrastructure and personnel in conflict situations such as post-1989 Russia for the World Bank, and in the middle of the war in Iraq for Australian aid and Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Slowing down a little these days, he continues as Chair of the International Livestock Research Institute, as Emeritus Professor of the University of Melbourne, holds two adjunct appointments in Thai universities, and is currently writing on the role of agricultural science in philosophy.
Perhaps the best summary of his contributions was that noted in the award of his higher doctorate that his: “research combining technical, social, environmental, policy and historical research in the developing world, challenged the simple importing of agricultural technology … demonstrated that indigenous knowledge and culture is critical to sustainability, food security and human development, thereby potentially benefitting millions of persons participating in international development projects.”