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Alistair Davidson


I am a Director, Economist and Committee Chair with over 20 years of experience in economic research, including over 10 years of executive and board-level experience across the public sector in agriculture and social policy environments. In an executive capacity I am a Director at the Productivity Commission where I lead research on Australia’s mental health policies. Previously I was Acting Assistant Secretary in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. In this role I led the AGSOC Traceability Project and economic research in ABARES. As ABARES Director of Biosecurity Economics and Productivity I led research worth over $2M annually and authored over 50 reports on agricultural productivity, biosecurity and regulatory impacts. In this role I received the Secretary’s 2015 Australia Day award for significant contribution. I have particular expertise in economics, strategy and public policy, as well as public and private sector experience in agriculture, hospitality, property, social services and international trade. Master of Economics • Bachelor of Agricultural Science • Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


  • Government owned organisation/entity
  • Farming
  • Primary Industry
  • Governance
  • Policy & Regulation
  • Research
  • Risk
  • Strategic Thinking


  • Non Executive
  • Committee Chair
  • Committee Member
  • Senior Manager

Board or Committee Experience

Title Sub Committee Company Name Industry
Board MemberGreenhills CentreHospitality
ChairNational Traceability Working GroupDepartment of Agriculture and Water ResourcesAgriculture

Executive Career Summary

Title Company Name Industry
Inquiry ManagerProductivity CommissionPolicy Research
A/g Assistant SecretaryDepartment of Agriculture and Water ResourcesAgriculture