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Trained as an agricultural scientist, Chris has spent the last thirty years working in various technical and commercial roles in over 30 countries including a UN sponsored mission to Mongolia to help the nomadic herders adapt to a privatised economy after the collapse of the USSR.
Currently he is technical director of a group of companies focused on innovation in agricultural and industrial markets ranging from systems for grain processing for cattle to large scale anaerobic digesters for household refuse. He is also currently part of a team focusing on finding an alternative for blowfly control in sheep.
He was created a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and
Technology in 1997.
Chris is also a Judge on the popular weekly ABC television series 'The New Inventors'.
Chris has been active in his profession and the community, recently as National President of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology and Chair of the Federal Ethics Committee and the Disciplinary Tribunal of that body. He was on the selection panel of the Rabobank Australian Agribusiness Awards.
His activity in a number of local community and school organisations saw him receive the 2004 Australia Day Individual Community Service Award from Kur-ing-gai Council.
Chris is a popular MC and keynote speaker in Australia and the region.
"In a complex forum of more than 100 experts in human, animal and environmental health (including academics, professionals, policy makers, industry and students) Chris provided outstanding facilitation; he was able to focus discussions, achieve general consensus and generate material to inform a strategic document on the future of planetary health".
Tania C Sorrell, AM, Deputy Dean (Clinical) Sydney Medical School
"As much as it pains me to talk up an Aussie, fair suck of the sav where it's due, Chris Russell has been a dinkum star of my radio show here in New Zealand since 1994. From humble beginnings in a small provincial radio station in Southland, the Farming Shownow broadcasts nationwide and is the country's leading daily rural radio programme. Chris has played a huge role in our success he regularly polls as our most popular correspondent. He is a wonderful orator and has a seemingly bottomless well of general knowledge about all things rural, political, commercial, scientific and sporting. I have also had the pleasure to MC Chris on the speaking circuit here in New Zealand and can thoroughly recommend him as an entertaining and informative raconteur for your event."
Jamie Mackay, Farming Show Host, Radio Sport / Newstalk ZB