• Michele lawrence
    Mrs Michele Lawrence
    Panel Chair

    Mrs Lawrence is an experienced first generation dairy farmer. Mrs Lawrence believes in a professional approach to farming with a strong focus on people, processes and continual education and improvement.

    Mrs Lawrence also currently holds a number of board positions including the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council, Tasmanian Dairy Industry Authority and Primary Employers Tasmania.

    Mrs Lawrence’s dairy farm, which she runs together with her husband Mr Brian Lawrence, has won multiple awards including 2016 Tasmanian Dairy Business of the Year and 2015 ABC Rural Australian Dairy Farmer of the Year.

    Read Bio
    Hide Bio
  • Georgina somerset
    Ms Georgina (Georgie) Somerset
    Panel Member

    Ms Somerset has extensive experience across corporate governance, policy, regulatory and agribusiness roles. She is the Deputy Chair of AgForce Queensland, Chair of the Red Earth Community Foundation South Burnett and a Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) and the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service. Additionally, Ms Somerset is the current chair of the National Farmer’s Federation Telecommunications and Social Policy Committee and the AgForce Telecommunications Committee.

    She is a past president of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network and has served on the board of the Queensland Rural Assistance Authority, National Rural Advisory Council and the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee.

    Ms Somerset holds professional qualifications from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds Diplomas in Rural Business Management, Agriculture and Freelance Journalism. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and the Institute for Resilient Regions (University of Southern Queensland). In 2014, she was awarded the Most Outstanding Contribution to Rural Australia award and was the 2008 runner up for the RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year Queensland award.

    Together with her family, Ms Somerset runs a multi-generational beef production business in the South Burnett region and is active on local economic and social committees.

    Read Bio
    Hide Bio
  • Robert slonim
    Professor Robert (Bob) Slonim
    Panel Member

    Professor Slonim is a researcher and academic with significant research expertise in economics and human behaviour. He is currently:

    Professor at the School of Economics at the University of Sydney;

    Co-Editor of the Journal of the Economic Science Association;

    Research Fellow with IZA Research; and

    serves as Chair of the Academic Advisory Panel to the Behavioural Economics Team of Australia (BETA).

    From 2017 to 2018, he was a Research Director for BETA in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Professor Slonim has a significant research and publications record and has received numerous academic awards.

     Professor Slonim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts (Computer Science and Economics), a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from U.C. Berkeley and a PhD from Duke University.

    Read Bio
    Hide Bio