Dr Allan Dale, Professor of Tropical Regional Development, Cairns Institute, James Cook University (co-chair)

Allan Dale is a Professor of Tropical Regional Development at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University and an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow with Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute. He is also the Chair of Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait Inc. Allan has a strong interest in integrated governance, with a particular focus across the tropical world and in northern Australia.

He has both extensive research and policy expertise in building strong governance systems, but particularly in regional development and natural resource management. Allan was previously the CEO of Terrain NRM from 2005 to 2010 and has held executive and management roles within the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines and the Department of Community Services (Social Impact Assessment Unit).

He also has global experience in respect to the social impact assessment of development. While Allan originally grew up north of Cairns, having started his career as an agricultural scientist, his doctoral work explored rural development in remote Indigenous communities and he has long working relationships with Traditional Owner groups throughout Cape York Peninsula, Torres Strait and the Gulf. After spending the last 10 years in Babinda, Allan and his family now reside in the Speewah area west of Kuranda.

  • Mr Chris Rees, Assistant General Manager, Austrade
  • Dr Chris Chillcot, Project Leader, CSIRO – Land & Water
  • Mr Terry Hill, CEO, Pilbara Development Commission
  • Mr Jed Matz, CEO, Cooperative Research Centre Northern Development
  • Ms Kate Peake, CEO, Regional Development Australia, Northern Territory
  • Mr Sam Stewart, CEO, Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.
  • Mark Coffey, Head, Office of Northern Australia
  • Ms Jade Ritchie, Senior Project Officer, Northern Australia Engagement, Northern Territory Government (invited)
  • Mr Luke Bowen, General Manager, Northern Australia Development & Trade, DefenceNT, Northern Territory Government (invited)