2021 Developing Northern Australia Conference


Join us at the upcoming Developing Northern Australia Conference being held from 16 to 18 August at the Darwin Convention Centre. The event provides a platform to unite leaders, decision makers, industry representatives and community members who are working to advance our northern regions.

This long-standing event is designed to provide you with an opportunity to network with key industry leaders, and share research, developments and case-studies contributing to the advancement of Northern Australia.

Developing resilient, diverse and stronger Northern Australian economies is critical to Australia’s future security and prosperity.


The conference is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government and the 2021 theme is rebound and resilience: leveraging the north’s potential for Australia’s recovery.

The program will include an array of exceptional local, interstate and international speakers who will provide vital knowledge on developments taking place in liveability and employment; health and emergency management; Indigenous leadership and development; energy and water for development; diversity, supply chains and innovation in traditional industries; security, defence and our position in the region; international relations, trade and investment.

Northern Territory speakers

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from the following Territorians at the conference!

Northern Territory Government

  • Hon Michael Gunner MLA - Chief Minister
  • Hon Nicole Manison MLA - Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Northern Australia and Trade
  • Hon Clare Martin AO - Team Territory co-Chair, Territory Economic Reconstruction Implementation
  • Andrew Cowan - Investment Commissioner
  • Hayley Richards - Senior Executive Director, Investment Territory.

Northern Territory Government - Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

  • Shaun Drabsch - Chief Executive Officer
  • Luke Bowen - Deputy CEO of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Defence
  • Cathy White - General Manager of Business and Workforce
  • Scott Lovett - General Manager of Strategy and Policy
  • Lorraine Corowa - Executive Director of Biosecurity and Animal Welfare
  • Martin Redhead - Director of Business Innovation
  • Evan Needham - Manager, Marine Rangers and Aquatic Biosecurity Support
  • Matt Osborne - Program Leader, Aquaculture and Regional Development
  • James Christian - Manager, Agribusiness Development
  • Chaz De La Coeur - Indigenous Development Officer
  • Dr Muhammad Sohail Mazhar - Horticulture Group Leader, Agriculture
  • Kieren McCosker - Acting Regional Director and Senior Livestock Scientist, Agriculture
  • Tim Schatz - Principal Livestock Research Officer, Agriculture.

Australian Government

  • Luke Gosling OAM MP - Federal Member for Solomon.


  • Max Stretton - Associate, Bespoke Territory
  • Philip Roberts - General Manager Northern Territory, Careflight
  • Professor Scott Bowman AO - Vice-Chancellor, Charles Darwin University
  • Sean Bellairs - Senior Lecturer Restoration Ecology, Charles Darwin University
  • Deepika Mathur - Senior Research Fellow, Charles Darwin University
  • Kamaljit K Sangha - Senior Ecological Economist, Charles Darwin University
  • Kirsty McInnes - Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte’s Web Darwin Chocolate Factory
  • Vanessa Green - General Manager Government Relations & External Affairs, City of Darwin
  • Sally Morris - Director, Crest NT
  • Jordy Bowman - Chief Executive Officer, Developing East Arnhem Limited (DEAL)
  • Ryley Heap - Tourism Development Officer, Developing East Arnhem Limited (DEAL)
  • Vanessa Ratard - Senior Project Manager, Ekistica
  • Kira Lammey - Interim Chief Executive Officer, Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation Jabiru Town
  • Ben Cocker - Market Development Manager, Manapan Furniture
  • Joe Martin-Jard - Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Northern Land Council
  • Dr Joshua Francis - Senior Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research; Paediatrician and Infectious Diseases Specialist, Royal Darwin Hospital
  • Dr Jennifer Yan - Senior Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research; Paediatrician and Infectious Diseases Specialist, Royal Darwin Hospital
  • Chris Tziolis - Managing Director, Verdant Minerals.

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