Dr Sharma has over 35 years of cumulative experience as international consultant, science and
thought leader, author, bureaucrat, policy maker, regulator, volunteer for community programs,
strategic planner and academic. Dr Sharma worked with the Government of Western Australia for
about 17 years as manager and director of plant biosecurity programs and teams since 2001. In 2013,
he was on 3-year secondment from public service to an academic institution (Murdoch University) as
Professor and Chair to help establish biosecurity and food security initiatives including a joint
Australia-China centre for abiotic and biotic stress management. He served as one of the founder
Directors of this centre. Dr Sharma has first-hand experience of working in many nations across Asia
and Africa and in the UK and the USA. He is an avid proponent of planetary health and food security
for all. Dr Sharma strongly believes in lifelong learning; his educational qualifications include a PhD
with international recognition and awards for scientific excellence. Dr Sharma has firm commitment to
principles of equity, inclusivity and diversity and is actively engaged in voluntary community service in
Western Australia, which includes life membership of two not-for-profit associations, run by
volunteers, registered under the Associations Incorporation Act of WA.
He has served as President and Trustee and his contributions are primarily in ensuring good governance, mentoring of
management team, providing strategic direction and vision.