Dr Nick Austin

Fellow status Elected 2022 Division ACT
Fellowship Affiliations Watertrust Australia Ltd Classification Industry Sector G - Primary Industries & Food Technology Expertise 231 - Rural science and technology

Dr Nick Austin is a hydrologist by training, bridging agriculture and engineering in the critical area of water. From his earliest appointments in water policy reform, Nick has shown an exceptional ability to build partnerships between government, businesses and society for the common good. 

In 2021, Nick became the inaugural CEO of Watertrust Australia, an independent policy centre helping improve how water and catchment policy decisions are made in Australia. 

He is recognised internationally and domestically for delivering innovative solutions to complex technological and political challenges. He has worked to improve the lives of smallholder farming families, having led the agricultural development program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and, nationally, as CEO of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.