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Research Advisory Committee

The Research Advisory Committee is a sub-committee of the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) Board. It helps develop and implement the RAI’s research agenda.

Professor Geraldine Mackenzie

Professor Geraldine Mackenzie is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland. The university is strongly committed to widening the participation in higher education, particularly in Australia’s regional areas, with campuses in Toowoomba, Ipswich and Springfield.

The Hon. Mark Vaile AO

The Hon. Mark Vaile was Deputy Prime Minister of Australia between 1999 and 2005 and Leader of the National Party from 2005 to 2007...

Christian Zahra AM

Christian Zahra AM is Principal of specialist policy and strategy consulting firm, Impact Partners Australia. He has served on the board of the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) since its inception in 2011 and was appointed Chair in 2021.