Dr Philip Wright

Group Director Science and DPI Chief Scientist, NSW Department of Primary Industries


Dr Philip Wright is the Chief Scientist, NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Dr Wright has made significant contributions to government policy in a number of areas including research strategy, gene technology, medicinal cannabis, licit poppies, and on delivering cross agency and jurisdictional initiatives. He has worked in a range of primary industries research and research leadership roles. He currently is the Chair of the National Research and Innovation Committee, the NSW representative on the National Gene Technology Standing Committee and a member of the Australian Advisory Council on the Medicinal use of Cannabis.

Dr Wright holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, a Master of Science in Agriculture, and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the University of Sydney, and a PhD in the Crop Physiology of Drought Tolerance from the University of New England.

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NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI)

The NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (NSW DPI) purpose is to build Stronger Primary Industries for NSW, delivering objectives to increase the value of primary industries and drive economic growth across the State.
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