Professor Andrew Lowe is the inaugural Director of Food Innovation and Chair of Plant Conservation Biology at the University of Adelaide.
Prof Lowe is a British-Australian scientist and expert in plants and trees, particularly the monitoring, management and utilisation of genetic, biological and ecosystem resources. He has discovered lost forests, championed to eliminate illegally logged timber in global supply chains, served the UN’s Office of Drugs and Crime and has been responsible for securing multi-million dollar research funding. He is an experienced and respected executive leader, as well as mid-career mentor.
In the position of Director, Professor Lowe works to develop partnerships with industry and government and act as the key interface with partners across the area of food innovation, and help maximise benefits to the community and the University. He leads a number of national and regional research programs, including the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), and is a former Director of the South Australian Museum (2013-2014), and Head of Science within the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (2006-2012).