Current Committee

RAID is managed by a dedicated, central committee of international agricultural researchers. RAID’s committee operates in four teams: Senior Management (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer), Capacity Building, Communications and Events.

Belinda is President of RAID. Her interest in international agriculture stems from a drive to work collaboratively in using scientific research to achieve better outcomes for the environment and the world's food producers. Belinda works at NRM South in Hobart as Tasmania's Regional Soils Coordinator

Belinda Nielsen

Jess (RAID Vice-President) grew up in Bathurst with a strong connection to agriculture. She attended the University of New England (Armidale) to study a Bachelor of Rural Science and graduated with First Class Honours.

Jessica Fearnley

Sabrina (RAID Treasurer) is a plant science graduate with a background in plant pathology and microbiology. She has a keen interest in staple food crop development, loves her grains, and is just starting her PhD research in rice gene editing.

Sabrina Morrison

Dan is the Secretary of RAID, currently studying a Master of Agricultural Science at the Uni of WA. His interest in agricultural development stems from a desire to contribute to solutions that will allow the world to feed itself in the face of increasing global population and food requirements.

Dan Kierath

Anna is on RAID's Events Team and is currently working as a Senior Policy Officer at the Department of Industry, Science and Resources in the Strategic Policy Division. Prior to this, she was a Program Support Officer at ACIAR in the Social Systems program.

Anna Mackintosh

Sally (Events) has a degree in Biological Science and a masters in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. She is passionate about Agricultural science with particular interest in how the use of biotechnology, local resources and education can improve the life quality of farmers in developing countries.

Sally Molero

Megan (Capacity Building Team) is an EMCR currently completing her Masters of Science. She works full time with Syngenta in a technical role for their vegetable seeds division. Her focus and love is biological disease control in both broadacre and horticulture.

Megan Williams

Marisa (Capacity Building Team) is a social scientist passionate about connecting healthy diets to healthy environments. She is undertaking a PhD at James Cook University, ARC CoE and WorldFish to explore the influence of migration on small-scale fishers in the Pacific from the youth perspective.

Marisa Mitchell

Manita Raut (Capacity Building Team) is a PhD researcher and a John Allwright fellow at the Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy. Manita has five years of experience in natural resource management and is committed to gender and socially inclusive water governance.

Manita Raut

After working in kitchens around the world, Aditya (RAID Capacity Building Team) is currently pursuing masters in global food and agriculture at the Uni of Adelaide. He now works towards understanding the complete supply chain with particular interest in Agronomy, AgResearch and Food Policy.

Aditya Baxi

Bridget (Cap Dev) is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a passionate social researcher with an interest in small scale fisheries and sustainable livelihoods. Her current PhD project is investigating the impact of coral reef restoration on livelihoods in the Philippines.

Bridget Mullany

Alex (Partnerships Team) has been involved in ag since growing up on a farm in the Riverina and found his way to AR4D, prompting him to undertake further study in extension. An interest in farming and decision making has led him to work as an Extension Officer in Tasmania.

Alex Russell

Camilla is part of the Partnerships Team and works in Research and Development for the Australian Horticultural Industry. She is an avid traveller and is dedicated to increasing agricultural production efficiencies, minimising food waste and improving accessibility to food for developing countries.

Camilla Humphries

Michael has been involved in research for development projects in South and South East Asia for the past 8 years. He has degrees in biological science and environmental engineering and is currently writing his PhD on digital technology adoption by coffee farmers in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

Michael Scobie

Tom (Partnerships Team) studied International Demographics at university, focussing on the Somali Food Crisis. He visited Ghana to conduct research on youth opportunities in urban areas. Tom loves sourcing innovative organisations who aim to improve the agricultural livelihoods of communities.

Tom Padfield

Greta (Partnerships Team) currently works for ACIAR, as a Graduate Research Officer. She is a soil scientist with an Honours in agriculture. Greta is passionate about the links between nutrition and agriculture, loves soil and legumes and has experience with AG4D volunteering in Fiji.

Greta Stark

Mikayla (Communications Team) currently works for ACIAR as a Graduate Research Officer. She became passionate about AR4D when undertaking research in Tonga and PNG through university, and looks forward to meeting like-minded people through RAID.

Mikayla Hyland-Wood

Matt is a huge fan of everything green: trees, eggs and ham. With agricultural research experience in Vietnam and a background in economics and sustainability, he is enthusiastic about his role in RAID’s Comms team. Matt is currently a graduate at ACIAR in Program Planning and Impact Evaluation.

Matt Armstrong

Matt (Comms Team) is a media advisor at Austrade. Matt believes good science communication connects people with evidence-based solutions. He is passionate about promoting Australian research capability to transform global food systems for people and the planet.

Matt O'Leary

Sue supports RAID Network with general administration. Aside from working with RAID Network, Sue is the Administration Manager of the Crawford Fund.

Sue Faulkner