RDA Tropical North Welcomes New Chair – Professor Hurriyet Babacan

Professor Hurriyet Babacan AM has been appointed as the new chair of Regional Development Australia (RDA) Tropical North, in Queensland.

RDA Tropical North works to drive the development of infrastructure and industry to strengthen the region’s economy, by providing leadership and supporting meaningful collaboration with all levels of government, industry, community and academia.

Professor Babacan brings extensive experience in government, higher education and research, including working with the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Queensland and the Tablelands Regional Council.

Professor Babacan is currently employed as a Professor at James Cook University and the University of Queensland at the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Cape York Natural Resource Management Board.

Professor Babacan has been recognised for her work through a number of awards including the Order of Australia 2014 for outstanding contribution, as academic and author, and for furthering multicultural community, education and social policy development.

The RDA Tropical North Board and team look forward to working with Professor Babacan to advance economic development in our region. She will serve as chair until 30 June 2025.

The national RDA network is an Australian Government initiative that brings together all levels of government to enhance the development of Australia’s regions..