Luke Bowenis currently the General Manager of the division of Northern Australia Development and Trade within the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation in the Northern Territory of Australia. Prior to being in this role Luke was the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) for over five years. The NTCA is the peak industry body for the Northern Territory cattle industry, representing over 90% of the herd and 45% of the Territory landmass.
This role included high level engagement with Indonesia including the establishment, in 2012, of the NTCA Indonesia Australia Pastoral Program (NIAPP). This annual program was established in partnership with the Indonesian Society of Animal Science (IkatanSarjanaPeternakan Indonesia – ISPI) to enable young Indonesian animal husbandry students to live and work in the Northern Territory cattle industry and gain life changing skills, relationships and career opportunities. A highlight and feature of the program is 360 degreecultural exchange which sees the Australian colleagues and coworkers of the Indonesian students travel to Indonesia to visit universities, farms and homes of the students. While the program provides technical trainingand experience it has deepened understanding of Indonesian people, culture and traditions by Australians and provided the reverse opportunity for the Indonesian students. The program has established life changing and lifelong relationships