Gordon Conway


Sir Gordon Conway is the Director of Agriculture for Impact and Professor of International Development at Imperial College London. He was former Chair of Montpellier Panel. 

Sir Gordon was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for International Development 2005-9. Previously he was President of The Rockefeller Foundation and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex.

He was educated at the University of Wales, the University of Cambridge and the University of the West Indies, before completing a PhD at the University of California. In the early 1960’s, working in Sabah, North Borneo, he became one of the pioneers of sustainable agriculture.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004 and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2005.  He was recently President of the Royal Geographical Society.

His most recent book One Billion Hungry: Can we Feed the World? was published in October 2012. He has also authored The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the 21st century (Penguin and University Press, Cornell) and co-authored Science and Innovation for Development (UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)).