Advisory Board

An Advisory Board for the Global Centre

The Institute is fortunate have a talented group members for its Advisory Board.

While the Centre and its high-profile international partners provide a strong scientific base, the External Advisory Committee offers critical evaluation and guidance on the applicability of the Centre’s research to a range of external organisations. The Board is key for enhancing public relations, communications and engagement with the end users of the Centre’s research.

The Advisory Board held its first meeting at Western Sydney University on 15 August 2019.


Mr Selwyn Snell is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Global Centre for Land-Based Innovation.

Selwyn is Chairman of Hort Innovation and Executive Chairman of Barawyn Pty Ltd. He is also the former Chair of the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations, Horticulture Australia Ltd, and the Queensland Government’s Horticultural Development Committee, Indigo Ltd.

Selwyn has an extensive history as a chairman, director and senior executive with leading agribusiness and biotechnology enterprises in Australia and internationally.

Selwyn Snell

His Excellency Mr A. Gitesh Sarma is the Indian High Commissioner at the High Commission of India, Canberra, and replaced Dr Ajay M. Gondane, as Indian High Commissioner in November 2019. Mr Sarma joined the Global Centre Advisory Board in place of Dr Gondane, who was an original panel member of the Global Centre Advisory Board.

A. Gitesh Sarma joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986 and has worked in overseas assignments all over the world. Mr. Sarma served as Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs until November 2019.

Gitesh Sharma

Dr Mirjana Prica is the Managing Director, Growth Centre for Food and Agribusiness, at Food Innovation Australia.

Mirjana is a trained scientist with a doctorate in physical chemistry and has a wide-range of national and international experience in research and executive roles working with private enterprise, not-for-profit and research institutions. Dr Prica is responsible for identifying, developing and leading the strategic vision for the Australian food and agribusiness industry to facilitate sector growth, build capability and foster connections and collaborations between stakeholders.

Mirjana Pirca

Dr Matthew Bell - Asia Pacific Managing Partner of Climate Change and Sustainability Services at ERNST & YOUNG.

Matt has a background in government climate and energy policy, and science. Working across the public and private sectors, Matt leads teams of specialists across environment, health and safety; sustainability strategy and advice; non-financial reporting and assurance; impact investment and outcome measurement; human rights; and climate change and energy.

Matthew Bell

Mellissa Wood is a global food system research-for-development specialist and former General Manager, Global Program at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

Mellissa has represented the Australian Government through leadership roles in international agricultural research and development sectors for 26 years. Skilled in Food and Nutrition Security, Sustainable Development, Agricultural and Food Systems research, Biodiversity, and Rural Development. Strong program and project leadership professional with a Master Public Policy in Development Policy, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a BSc Resource and Environmental Management.

Mellissa Wood