Professor Tim Reeves is a graduate of the University of Nottingham (UK) and the University of Melbourne and has worked for over 45 years in agricultural research, development and extension, focussed on sustainable agriculture in Australia and overseas. At the Rutherglen Research Institute, he was a pioneer of no-till/conservation agriculture research.
His professional career includes: Foundation Professor of Sustainable Agricultural Production, Adelaide University (1992-95) and Director General of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center based in Mexico (1995-2002). Other international roles have included memberships of the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger and of the European Commission Expert Group for Evaluation of Framework and H2020 Projects. He has also been a Senior Expert with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) working on Save and Grow - sustainable intensification of smallholder agriculture - and he recently led a FAO consultation in Cuba, on the development and adoption of Conservation Agriculture.
Professor Reeves has chaired or participated in many scientific review panels, including: an FAO/Government of India review on climate change and Indian wheat production; a review at the Global Crop Diversity Trust on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; review of the Australian International Food Security Research Centre for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research; review of the Livestock Production Innovation program for Meat and Livestock, Australia and the Bioscience Advisory Panel for Dairy Australia. Professor Reeves has been a Board Director of the Australian Grains Research and Development Corporation; a Board Director of the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre; a Board Director of the Molecular Plant Breeding Cooperative Research Centre and a Board Director of Foundation for Arable Research New Zealand. He is currently Board Chair of: the Foundation for Arable Research Australia and the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (University of Melbourne/Agriculture Victoria).
He is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and received the Centenary of Agriculture Medal. In 2003 he received the Centenary of Federation Medal. In December 2016 the University awarded him a Doctor of Agricultural Science honoris causa. He is a former President of the Australian Society of Agronomy and a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, where he is Chair of the Agriculture Forum. He is also an Honorary Professor in the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He is currently Director and Principal of Timothy G. Reeves and Associates. Pty. Ltd., specializing in national and international consulting in agricultural research. His main areas of current focus are on global food security and the sustainable intensification of agriculture and farming systems.