Keynote Speakers

Forestry Australia are delighted to announce the below Keynote Speakers who will be joining us at the 2022 Symposium.

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Dr Lyndall Bull

Dr Lyndall Bull is a Forest Policy Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the
United Nations. She has a Phd in innovation in the forest sector from the University of Melbourne.

Lyndall has extensive experience across the global forest sector including in strategic management,
innovation, forest policy and research management. Lyndall has worked in a senior capacity in the
government, private and education sectors. Prior to joining FAO, Lyndall ran Lynea Advisory, a consulting business serving the global forest sector and was a Non-Executive Director for Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Forestry Corporation New South Wales

A/Prof Michael-Shawn Fletcher

Associate Professor Michael-Shawn Fletcher is a descendant of the Wiradjuri and a geographer interested in the long-term human-environment interactions. Michael’s research group focusses on understanding how landscapes evolve through time using microfossils stored in sediments. Michael’s recent research has a particular emphasis on how Indigenous burning has shaped the Australian landscape and how Indigenous knowledge needs to be meaningfully incorporated into landscape management to tackle many of the environmental challenges we face today. He is Director of Research Capability at the Indigenous Knowledge Institute and the Associate Dean (Indigenous) in the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne.

Chris Perley

Chris Perley grew up in landscapes. His playgrounds were hills, streams, fields and woods. He studied forest ecology because of the sense experience of sitting within a complex forest. He was not taught about those qualitative feelings studying either forestry or agriculture.

He has a philosophical bent, and uses it to challenge the conventions that shape our world and our actions toward each other. The quiet dissatisfaction grew while working to integrate the woodland ‘other’ into what were essentially colonial factory-type agricultural landscapes, and in his policy analysis career.

His subsequent work was on the philosophy and research required to re-imagine our landscapes, land use systems, our human place within them, and our strategies to build resilience to uncertainty while also realising potential. ‘Seeing’ land as factory and people as obedient cogs within a mechanical worldview, isn’t the way.

He has an extensive background in land, community and regional economies in management practice, policy and research. He is widely published, an affiliated researcher for Otago University’s Centre for Sustainability, and the youngest forester to be made a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Forestry. He blogs at