Tim Reeves is a graduate of the University of Nottingham (UK) and the University of Melbourne and has worked for over 45 years in agricultural research, development and extension, focussed on sustainable agriculture in Australia and overseas. He was a pioneer of no-till/conservation agriculture research when based at the Rutherglen Research Institute in NE Victoria. His professional career includes: Foundation Professor of Sustainable Agricultural Production, Adelaide University (1992-95) and Director General of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) based in Mexico (1995-2002). His other international roles have included: Member, United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger; and Member, European Commission Expert Group for Evaluation of Framework and H2020 Projects. He has also been a Senior Expert with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) working on Save and Grow – sustainable intensification of smallholder agriculture – and recently (October 2016) lead a FAO consultation in Cuba, on the development and adoption of Conservation Agriculture.
He has chaired or participated in many scientific reviews, including the following: FAO/Government of India review on climate change and Indian wheat production; a review at the Global Crop Diversity Trust on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; a review of the Australian International Food Security Research Centre for ACIAR; a review of the Livestock Production Innovation program for Meat and Livestock, Australia; and in 2014/5 was a member of the Bioscience Advisory Panel for Dairy Australia. Professor Reeves has been a Board Director of GRDC; a Board Director of the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC); a Board Director of the Molecular Plant Breeding CRC; and a Board Director of FAR New Zealand. He is currently Board Chair of: FAR (Foundation for Arable Research) Australia; the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (University of Melbourne/Agriculture Victoria); and the AGFACE Steering Committee (University of Melbourne/Agriculture Victoria).
Tim is an honorary Professorial Fellow at Melbourne University, where he has also been recognised as a Centenary of Agriculture Medallist. In December 2016 the University awarded him a Doctor of Agricultural Science honoris causa. He is a former President of the Australian Society of Agronomy. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, where he is also Chair of the Agriculture Forum. He is an Honorary Professor in the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. In 2003 he received the Centenary of Federation Medal. He is currently Director and Principal of Timothy G. Reeves and Associates. Pty. Ltd., specializing in national and international consulting in agricultural research. His main areas of current focus are on global food security and the sustainable intensification of agriculture and farming systems.