- Position: Managing Director
BAgSci (Hons), PhD University of Tasmania, MBA Melbourne Business School
- Phone: 08 8313 6600
- Since: 30 January 2012
Dr Krstic comes from a family farming background in Tasmania, where he completed his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Agricultural Science at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. He was then appointed to a post-doctoral position within CSIRO, at the iconic Merbein Research Station, near Mildura, where he conducted research in areas related to grapevine physiology, crop development and yield estimation. Following the post-doctoral appointment, Dr Krstic was appointed as a Viticultural Scientist at the Victorian Government’s Department of Primary Industries (DPI). Over almost ten years at DPI he held a number of senior research leadership and executive roles and completed an Executive Masters of Business Administration (Mt Eliza/Queensland University). Dr Krstic was then recruited to work for the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC – now Wine Australia) as a Program/Innovation Manager, helping the GWRDC implement a number of key extension initiatives, including the Regional Program, over a period of five years. Following this, Dr Krstic was appointed as Manager of the AWRI’s Victorian node in 2012, which was successful in driving key RD&E outcomes throughout regional Victoria. In 2016 he was appointed as Business Development Manager at the AWRI, and recently promoted to the position of General Manager Business Development. Dr Krstic is a graduate of the Wine Industry Future Leaders Program (2010) and has accumulated a wealth of relevant experience and knowledge over the past 23 years in research, development and extension. He has held a number of key roles across a range of agricultural industries, including Deputy Chair of the Victorian Government’s Wine Ministerial Advisory Committee, member of Horticulture Innovation Australia’s Table Grape Strategic Investment Advisory Panel, past President of the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) and member of the Program Subcommittee for the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference. Dr Krstic is extremely passionate about wine and the outcomes science can deliver for the sector.
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