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Alexandra Lobb

Executive Director

Alexandra has over twenty years of experience in agriculture, natural resources, and rural innovation (R&D). She applies her skills to reviewing and analysing economic impacts, regulation, policy and programs; profiling regions and markets; and developing industry plans, including business cases and strategy.

About Alexandra

Alexandra has a passion for all things agriculture and a desire to work with clients to develop practical and implementable solutions to a range of problems. She has worked on various projects for the government, Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) and industry peak bodies across agriculture and food production systems, the rural innovation system, and the natural environment, including sustainability and climate resilience as well as biosecurity and regional development.

Significant projects include:

  • independent performance reviews of Wine Australia and Grains Research & Development Corporation
  • estimating the current and potential costs of pests and diseases in Australian grains for Grains Research & Development Corporation to inform their research investments
  • economic contribution analyses and case studies for Australian Northern live export cattle industry, Australian organic industry, Australian cotton industry, Australian pork industry
  • reviewing the business model for the beef and sheep genetic evaluation services and supporting the development of the Beef Sustainability Framework Targets for Meat & Livestock Australia
  • strategies for the grape and wine sector, AgriScience Queensland and the native seed sector
  • evaluations of the Cooperative Research Centres, the University of Melbourne’s Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis and Horticulture Innovation Australia’s COVID-19 research investment
  • scoping options to improve cross-sector and cross-RDC collaboration for the Council of Rural RDCs
  • establishing the growth trajectory of Australia’s agriculture, fishing and forestry industries towards a $100 billion farm-gate value by 2030 and analysing the associated drivers and risks for AgriFutures
  • conducting a stocktake of 263 Commonwealth agricultural levies to identify opportunities to improve the system for the Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment
  • a series of space and spatial industry studies on the costs and benefits of Space Based Augmentation Systems, the value of spatial information in agriculture and the capability of the space industry.

Prior to joining the firm, Alexandra was a Principal Analyst at the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) and a Senior Economist at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. She also worked as a Lecturer in Consumer Behaviour and Marketing in the Agriculture and Food Economics Department at the University of Reading (UK).

Alexandra holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (Hons) from the University of Sydney.