Ian Watson

As a kid growing up on the east coast of Australia, Ian was fascinated by the world around him and how elegantly science could be used to find out more about it. He wanted to be a scientist working at the CSIRO—Australia’s renowned research organisation. He studied biochemistry and genetics as part of his Bachelor of Science degree and achieved his dream by working at the CSIRO researching plant genetics.

He found, however, that there was a lot of concern in the community about genetically modified crops—so he focussed his efforts on creating and presenting education programmes to school students, industry, politicians, legal professionals and journalists.

In a turn of fate that brought him to central Victoria, he became interested in the efficient management of natural resources and the impact/benefits this has on business viability. This interest led to the completion of his MBA and a nice cup of tea.