Murdoch Commission

Commission Members

The Second Murdoch Commission is led by distinguished Co-Chairs Professor Mely Caballero Anthony and Professor John Edwards. We are proud to draw together a group of senior Commissioners appointed from business, government and academia who, together with our Co-Chairs represent an extensive range of expertise in the key areas of the Commission’s inquiry.

You can learn more about our Commissioners by reading their individual profiles below:


  • Professor Mely Caballero Anthony, Head, Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Professor John Edwards, Senior Coordinator China, Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD), UN Food & Agriculture Organization (UN FAO)


  • Professor Paul S. Teng, Principal Officer, Senior Fellow (Food Security), Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Professor Kym Anderson, Professor of Economics, Crawford school of Public Policy, ANU; George Gollin Professor of Economics, foundation Executive Director of the Wine Economics Research Centre and Adelaide Centre for International Economic Studies, University of Adelaide
  • Dr Dang Kim Son, Former Director general, Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD), under Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • Dr Zhang Lubiao, Deputy Director General, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, People’s Republic of China
  • Dr Kazuhito Yamashita, Research Director, Canon Institute for Global Studies; Senior Fellow (Adjunct), Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Japan
  • Dr Rajeev Malhotra, Executive Director, Centre for Development and Finance, OP Jindal Global University, India
  • Mr Paul Neesham, Director, International and Institutional Banking, ANZ
  • Professor Richard Harper, Chair in Sustainable Water Management, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences and Cluster Leader (Agriculture), Murdoch University
  • Professor Tahlim Sudaryanto, Senior Agricultural Economist, Indonesian Center for Agriculture Socio Economic and Policy Studies, Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia.

Commission Secretariat

  • Dr Chris Vas, Executive Director, Second Murdoch Commission, Academic Director, Executive Education,  Murdoch University
  • Ms Cat Bevan-Jones, Research Coordinator, Murdoch University