Michael Lee

University of Delvare (Static)

Michael R. F. Lee, Ruminant Nutritionist, graduated with first class honors in Animal Science from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 1997. He went on to receive a PhD in ruminant nutrition from the University of Aberdeen in 2001 and a postgraduate certificate for teaching in higher education from Aberystwyth University in 2012. He worked for the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research from 2001-2008, before the merger with Aberystwyth University where he stayed as a Principle Scientist and Senior Lecturer in animal nutrition and rumen biochemistry until moving to the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science in 2013 as a Reader in Sustainable Livestock Systems. In 2015 he took a joint appointment between Rothamsted Research and the University of Bristol as Head of Site at North Wyke and was promoted to Chair in Sustainable Livestock Systems later that same year. He has published over 190 research articles and papers including recent articles in Nature. He was awarded the Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize in 2015 for services to Animal Science and has represented the British Society of Animal Science on the Presidents’ Council 2011-2016. In August 2016, he was elected as Vice President of the European Federation of Animal Science Livestock Farming Systems Commission.

Achim Dobermann

University of Delvare (Static)

Achim Dobermann is the Director and Chief Executive of Rothamsted Research. In this role he provides leadership for a wide range of research programs that aim to develop new solutions for the sustainable intensification of agricultural systems. Achim has over 30 years of field research experience from all world regions. He received a M.Sc. degree in tropical agriculture (1987) and a PhD degree in soil science (1991) from the University of Leipzig in Germany. In 1992 he joined the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as a soil scientist, followed by an appointment as Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2000 to 2007. From 2008 to 2014 he served as Deputy Director General for Research at IRRI in the Philippines, where he also led the development of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP). He has authored or co-authored numerous scientific papers and several books on a wide range of agricultural issues and has received many awards from various academic, government and industry organizations. He is an Editor of the international journal Global Food Security and a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, and the Society of Biology (UK). As a member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Achim is widely engaged in initiatives on implementing the post-2015 global sustainable development agenda.