Dr. André Leu is the International Director of Regeneration International, an organization that promotes food, farming, and land-use systems that regenerate and stabilize climate systems, the health of the planet, and people.
Regeneration International has over 400 partners in 70 countries and works with numerous agricultural systems such as agroecology, organic, permaculture, ecological agriculture, holistic grazing, biological agriculture, organic agriculture, and agroforestry.
André is an expert in these fields, having spent over 50 years as an organic farmer specializing in tropical fruits. He has also spent more than 45 years working and visiting countries in the development of new crop systems across Asia, Europe, North American, South America, and Africa.
Andre has published three books entitled Growing Life, Poisoning our Children and the Myths of Safe Pesticides.
He has published extensively in magazines, newspapers, journals, conference proceedings, newsletters, and websites and numerous media interviews for TV, radio, and online systems.
André was the longest-serving President of IFOAM – Organics International, the world change agent and umbrella body for the organic sector. IFOAM – Organics International. He is currently an IFOAM Ambassador.
He lectures and teaches at universities, institutions, and workshops worldwide. He speaks at conferences, seminars, workshops, and United Nations events on every continent. He meets with governments, United Nations bodies, industry, farmers, consumers, and NGOs on the multi-functional benefits of regenerative agriculture and the science of increasing soil organic matter to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
André and his wife Julia live on their organic tropical fruit farm in Daintree, Australia.
As well as growing around 100 species of tropical fruits, they have an extensive collection of tropical plants. They have regenerated over 100 acres of tropical rainforest on their property.
André is an acknowledged world expert on waterlilies, having been involved in discovering several new species and developing many new varieties, especially Australian ones.
André has played professionally as a musician in bands all his adult life. He still plays guitar and keyboards in a band.
André has a degree in communications and post-graduate qualification in adult education. He has taught at the tertiary level and run workshops for farmers. He still lectures as a visiting lecturer at universities and seminars worldwide.