Regional Councillor South Pacific

Late Professor Satish ChandraSatish Chandra
3 Spowers Circuit,
Holder, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2611.
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Late Professor Satish Chandra is the Councillor South Pacific and a Life Member of the ISTRC. He is a Visiting Professor of Tropical Agriculture at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, London. Professor Chandra has had over 45 years experience in tropical root crops with specialisation in research and development, including agronomy, production systems, product utilisation, and in the ability of tropical root crops to contribute to human nutrition, poverty alleviation and raising farm and enterprise incomes.

Currently Professor Chandra is a Member of the Project Management Committee of the EU-ACP Science and Technology Project focused on training and upgrading the skills of young career tropical root crops scientists to win international funding for research proposals, and how to utilise appropriate research methods and improve their knowledge of intellectual property rights. Professor Chandra has BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and DTA and PhD degrees from the University of Queensland, Australia. Professor Chandra started his professional career in tropical root crops research, soil science and agronomy in the Research Division of the Fiji Ministry of Primary Industries. Later he became the Director of Agricultural Research in Fiji. Afterwards he was a Research Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, teaching Masters level courses in Agricultural Development Economics. More recently Professor Chandra worked for the Australian Agency for International Development for over 20 years specialising in the evaluation and appraisal of aid projects and programs. In 2006 Professor Chandra was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the President of ISTRC.