Alana Johnson is renowned public speaker and facilitator of conversations. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in rural development, women’s advancement, leadership training and community activism. In 2014 she was named in the inaugural 100 Women of Agribusiness in Australia and in 2013 the inaugural 100 Women of Influence in Australia by the Australian Financial Review.
Alana was the Victorian Rural Women’s Award winner for 2010 and Australian runner up. She has appeared on the ABC television Q+A panel and features in Women’s Word of Wisdom, launched by the Governor General at the International Women’s Day 100th anniversary celebrations at Government House.
A pioneer in rural women’s leadership in Australia, Alana is a founding member of Australian Women in Agriculture and former President of the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women. Alana is a member of a fifth generation farming family, breeding cattle and growing trees near Benalla in Victoria.
Currently Alana is the Dep. Chair of the Victorian Catchment Management Council, the Convenor of the Victorian Women’s Trust, a Director of Goulburn Murray Water and the inaugural Chair of the Dugdale Trust for Women and Girls.
Alana is the President of the Voices for Indi, initiator of the democracy project in the electorate of Indi which saw independent Cathy McGowan be elected.
A graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Social Scientist, clinical Family Therapist and Social Worker, Alana has been awarded a PhD scholarship to research the future of Australian Agriculture at Monash University.