Alana Johnson is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in rural and regional development and leadership training. Alana was the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award Victorian winner for 2010 and Australian runner up. She is named in the inaugural 100 Women of Influence in Australia by the Australian Financial Review in 2012 and the inaugural 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness by Rural Press in 2014.
Alana is President of the Voices for Indi who initiated the democracy project in the electorate of Indi that saw independent Cathy McGowan elected. She is currently collaborating on the Invisible Farmer Project with Museum Victoria and the University of Melbourne.
Alana is a member of a fifth generation farming family from Benalla. 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 former Director of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, past Chair of the Women in Rural Industries Advisory panel to the Victorian Minister for Agriculture and a Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust.
Alana has represented rural Australia on ABCTV's Q&A, and has presented at forums and conferences in Ireland, the USA, India, Italy and the UK. Alana features in a book launched by the Governor General to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
Alana is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was awarded an Australian PhD scholarship to research the future of Australian Agriculture at Monash University.