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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 in 1992.
Chris was also a Judge on the popular weekly Australian ABC television series “The New Inventors” and is the Australian correspondent on the National “Farming Show” on the Newstalk ZB radio network in New Zealand.
For his contribution to the profession of agricultural science - he was created a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology in 1997.
In 2014 the Australian Institute of Agriculture created the “Chris Russell Medal of Excellence” for the top graduating student in agricultural science in NSW.
At the 2017 Royal Easter Show - Chris was made a “Champion of the Royal Agricultural Society” for services to Agricultural Development and has also been recently selected by Sydney University’s Faculty of Agriculture and Environment as the winner of their 2017 Alumni Award in Innovation and Entrepeneurship.
Chris has been active in his profession and the community – 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 – a role he currently holds.
Chris is also an Ambassador for the North Shore Heart Research Foundation and was Deputy Chairman of Barker College in Hornsby from 2000 - 2014 as well as being active in a number of charitable groups and until recently was Patron of International Aid organisation – “Life Through Livestock”.
Chris is much in demand as a Public Speaker and Facilitator – particularly in the area of Innovation and Embracing Change - and is a skilled communicator. In 2003 he and his NZ co-host were finalists in the NZ Radio Awards for Best Documentary for his ANZAC Day “Diggers Special” programme.
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 has stated that he is an “invention tragic” and sees Invention and Innovation as being critical to Australia’s future and very much part of the Australian psyche.
“Inventiveness brings prosperity and excitement to future growth and development – without them our future would be colourless, growth would be lethargic, and life’s speed bumps would become dead-ends!”