Robert Ingram

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Robert Ingram – Advisory Board Agribusiness / Rural Development expert


Robert Ingram is a senior agribusiness/rural development specialist and team leader with 30 years’ experience leading, designing, planning, and implementing sustainable rural and agricultural development programs. He has worked on over 70 agribusiness and rural development projects across 20 countries, including several projects in Melanesia and Polynesia.

He recently spent almost three years as Program Director of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) program, where he successfully worked with the two New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) officers assigned to this project.

He has served as team leader on five short-term agriculture, value chain assessment and market access assignments and as farming systems specialist/agricultural systems specialist and/or agriculture adviser on another six assignments. He has acted as a rural and regional development adviser at Senior Ministry level in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Laos and China for the ADB, UN, WB and the Australian government. He has extensive project administration and management experience at both the strategic and administrative levels.


  • Poverty Alleviation Strategy Workshop, World Bank, Cambodia, 2002
  • Agribusiness Leadership Program, AIAST, Australia, 1996
  • Advanced Micro Planner Manager, RMIT, Australia, 1992
  • Graduate Diploma Resource Management, University of Canberra, Australia, 1985
  • Graduate Wool Classing Certificate, Woden College of TAFE, 1984
  • Rice Production Course, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines, 1980

Bachelor of Science (Agriculture), University of Sydney, Australia, 1979