Mitch Hooke is globally recognised for his in-depth knowledge and strategic leadership in both Australian and global public policy advocacy, and commercial operational practices, spanning over 30 years as a national and international industry leader across the agricultural, food and grocery, and mining industries. Born of the land, educated in its agricultural ecosystems disciplines at the University of New England, and a pioneer of zero tillage farming systems as an agricultural advisor early in his career, Mr Hooke moved to Canberra where he consecutively served as Chief Executive Officer of the Grains, Food and Grocery, and Minerals Councils of Australia, retiring from the MCA and the International Council of Mining and Metals at the end of 2013. Mitch Hooke was also concurrently actively engaged in commercial enterprise associated with his public policy career as Senior Agricultural Advisor to a commercial rural enterprise servicing the agronomic needs of grains producers across the Darling Downs in Queensland; and as Non-Executive Director of Elgin National Industries (USA), a Chicago-based private equity company of a global group of companies servicing the mining, minerals processing, and bulk materials handling industries in engineering and construction management and industrial plant equipment. Mitch Hooke was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) on Australia Day 2016. Mitch Hooke was raised on a sheep property in Victoria's Western District and was educated as a boarder at The Geelong College in Geelong, Victoria. He completed a Bachelor of Rural Science and an Honours Thesis in agricultural industrial politics at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW.