Governance & Leadership

Nick Austin

Nick Austin

Board Member

Nick Austin is Director, Agricultural Development, within the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He joined the foundation on January 3 this year. Previously, he was Interim Executive Director, CGIAR, based in Montpellier, France, and prior to that served for seven years as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), where he was responsible for leading the Centre’s effort to improve the incomes and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the developing world.

Nick has held senior executive roles for over a decade, was a member of the Portfolio Executive of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and served for seven years on the CGIAR Fund Council. Coming from a farming family, Nick holds a PhD in irrigation and water quality from the University of Melbourne; a Masters in Sustainable Management from the University of Sydney; and a Bachelor of Engineering in Agriculture with Honors (University of Melbourne). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held a number of directorships on private and not for profit companies.

Blog Posts

Agribusinesses and African Smallholders Seize $1 Trillion Food Market as Meals Replace Minerals to Restart African Economic Growth, New Report

 Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The power of entrepreneurs and the free market is driving Africa’s economic growth from food production, as business wakes up to opportunities of a rapidly growing food market in Africa, that may be worth more than $1 trillion each year by 2030 to substitute imports with high value food

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Major Deals to Accelerate Africa’s Path to Prosperity through Agriculture Agreed at World’s Foremost Gathering of African Agriculture Leaders

Close to US$6.5 billion worth of investments in palm oil, pulses, potato and rice, mainly in West Africa, over the next eight years, were made and the new US$280 million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) launched Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Friday 8 September 2017 – Africa’s economic growth prospects received a major boost this

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New US $280 Million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa Launched

Four prominent organizations supporting African agriculture join forces in innovative strategic partnership to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households in at least 11 African countries by 2021. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) was launched today at the

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