Keynote Speakers

The IFA/AFG are delighted to announce the below Keynote Speakers who will be joining us at the 2021 National Conference. More speakers announced soon – watch this space!

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Professor Annette Cowie

Professor Annette Cowie has a background in soil science and plant nutrition, with particular interest in sustainable resource management. She is a Senior Principal Research Scientist in the NSW Department of Primary Industries, and Adjunct Professor, School of Environmental and Rural Science, at the University of New England. Annette is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, and co-leader of the International Energy Agency Bioenergy research group “Climate and Sustainability Effects of Bioenergy within the broader Bioeconomy”.

Annette’s previous roles include Land Degradation advisor on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility, member of the UNCCD’s Science-Policy Interface, and lead author for the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land. Annette’s current research focusses on quantifying and managing climate effects of agriculture and forestry, including through bioenergy and biochar. Her research has been applied in development of climate policy for the land sector, including greenhouse gas accounting for inventory and emissions trading.

Victor Steffensen

Victor Steffensen is an Indigenous writer, filmmaker, musician and consultant applying traditional knowledge in a contemporary context. He is a descendant of the Tagalaka people north Queensland. Much of Victor’s work has been based on the arts and reviving traditional knowledge values, particularly Aboriginal fire management, with Aboriginal communities and non-Indigenous Australians. He is the co-founder of the Firesticks Alliance and the National Indigenous Fire Workshop, which involves a large community network across Australia. Victor has experience of working with First Nations and country internationally and is the author of Fire Country.