Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development, Imperial College London

Gordon Conway trained in agricultural ecology, attending the universities of Bangor, Cambridge, West Indies (Trinidad), and California (Davis). In the 1960s, he was a pioneer in sustainable agriculture, developing integrated pest management programs for the State of Sabah in Malaysia. He joined Imperial College in 1970 and set up the Centre for Environmental Technology in 1976.    
  
In the 1970s and 1980s, he lived and worked extensively in Asia and the Middle East for the Ford Foundation, the World Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He directed the Sustainable Agriculture Programme at the International Institute for Environment and Development and then became representative of the Ford Foundation in New Delhi. Subsequently he became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex and Chair of IDS. From 1998 to 2004 he was President of the Rockefeller Foundation, and from 2004 to 2009 was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK’s Department for International Development and President of the Royal Geographical Society.     
      
He is a KCMG, Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex, Hon Fell RAEng, and FRS. He holds five honorary degrees and fellowships. He is the author of The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for All in the 21st Century, published by Penguin and Cornell.     
      
Sir Gordon is currently Professor of International Development at Imperial College and leads the Agriculture for Impact program, advocating for more European government support for agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa. His latest book, Science and Innovation for Development, is co-authored by Professor Jeff Waage, Director of the London International Development Centre.