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Name

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Dr Harold John Nesbitt

Date of Birth

:

6 March 1949

Nationality

:

Australian

Personal Address

:

117 Heytesbury Road, Subiaco, W.A, 6008, Australia

Telephone No.

:

+61 8 9388 8588

Email Address

:

h.nesbit@bigpond.net.au

Education

:

1979, PhD (Soil ecology) Murdoch University, Western Australia

1975, BSc(Agric)(Hons) University of Western Australia

1967, MDA Diploma in Agriculture, Muresk Agricultural College, W Australia

Other training

:

2001,  Risk Management in Agriculture, Wageningen

1995,  Program in Investment Appraisal and Management, Harvard University

1990,  CGIAR Regional Leaders Management Development.  O’Hare Associates

Languages & Degree of Proficiency

:

 

Speak

Read

Write

English

Native tongue

Native tongue

Native tongue

Thai

Upper intermediate

Intermediate

Basic

Khmer

Basic

None

None

 

Countries of Work Experience

:

Australia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, East Timor, Thailand, Philippines, Bhutan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Indonesia, Myanmar.

 

Awards

:

 

Honorary Doctor of Science (2005), Murdoch University, Western Australia

Member of the Order of Australia (AM) (2003) 

Commander of the Royal Order of Sahametrei (2001), Presented by PM of Cambodia

Commander of the Royal Order of Sahametrei (1999), Presented by Pres. of Cambodia

 

Employment Record

:

 

From

Sept 2005

:

To

Present

Employer

:

University of Western Australia

Position Held

:

Australian Program Coordinator – Seeds of Life Program, East Timor

Description of Duties

:

 

 

 Provide guidance and support to Seeds of Life team in East Timor.  Take responsibility for administration support, budgets and reporting.

 

June and  Nov, 2013

 

 

 

Employer

 

World Bank (Myanmar)

Position Held

 

Agronomist

Description of Duties

 

 

 

      Assist develop project proposal for $100million irrigation project in three districts of Myanmar.

 

Nov, 2012

 

 

 

Employer

 

Mekong River Commission (Vientiane, Laos)

Position Held

 

Development specialist

Description of Duties

 

 

 

      Presented at and collated conference report on “Basin-wide collaboration in the agriculture and irrigation subsectors towards the development and food security in the Lower Mekong Basin”.

 

Jan - Feb, 2011

 

 

 

Employer

 

Halcrow GRP (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

Position Held

 

Irrigation agronomist

Description of Duties

 

 

 

      Predict water use for projected expansion of irrigation area in Takeo Province of Cambodia for CAVAC project.

 

March, 2011

 

 

 

Employer

 

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Position Held

 

Reviewer

Description of Duties

 

 

 

      Review of ACIAR funded farming systems research project in Kampong Cham, Kampong Speu and Takeo, Cambodia.

 

October, 2009

 

 

 

Employer

 

Mekong River Commission (Vientiane, Lao PDR)

Position Held

 

Irrigation agronomist

Description of Duties

 

 

 

      Predict expected changes to agriculture in the Lower Mekong Basin over a period of 20 years.  Included were changes to production, labour force, water use, water quality, fertilizer and pesticide use and pollution.

 

November, 2007

 

 

 

Employer

 

Guinee Ecologie

Position Held

 

Team Leader.  Project design

Description of Duties

 

 

 

      Project design to resettle and improve agricultural  practices of farmers on ALCOA/ALCAN refinery site in Guinea, West Africa. 

 

October, 2007

Employer

:

Sumba Foundation, Indonesia

Position Held

:

Project Design Specialist

Description of Duties

:

 

 

 Designed a number of small projects which could be implemented by Sumba Foundation to improve the livelihoods of farmers on Sumba Island, Indonesia.

 

 

 

 

 

From

Jan 2005

:

To

Nov 2005

Employer

:

HTSPE Ltd on ADB TA 4310 CAM

Position Held

:

Agricultural Research Management Specialist and Team Leader

Description of Duties

:

 

 

 Led team to formulate a Master Plan for National Agricultural Research in Cambodia.   Assisted with development of an action plan for implementing Master Plan over initial five years.

 

 

 

 

 

From

Sept  2004

:

To

Dec 2005

Employer

:

GRM International Pty Ltd on ADB TA 4228 CAM

Position Held

:

Agricultural Research Specialist

Description of Duties

:

 

 

Provided technical support to implement Cambodian Government’s policy for agricultural research and extension

 

 

 

 

 

From

March 2004

:

To

May 2004

Employer

:

Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Value-Added Rice Based Systems

Position Held

:

Independent Consultant

Description of Duties

:

 

 

Reviewed the research program for the proposed CRC for Value-Added Rice Based Systems in Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

From

November 2003

:

To

November 2003

Employer

:

Mekong River Commission, Phnom Penh

Position Held

:

Agricultural Advisor

Description of Duties

:

 

 

Responsible for providing advice to the Mekong River Commission on water demand for various crops and cropping patterns commonly grown on the Mekong watershed.  Also provided technical advice on potential changes to farming practices and land degradation in riparian areas. 

 

 

 

 

 

From

September 2004

:

To

September 2004

Employer

:

United Nations (Millennium Project Secretariat)

Position Held

:

Agricultural Advisor

Description of Duties

:

 

 

Prepare a mission report on agriculture to address the Millennium Development Goals for Cambodia. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From

October 2003

:

To