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)).
She currently researches, writes and edits the One Billion Hungry website and works with the team around the theme of sustainable intensification. She has previously worked at the Institute for International Research in New York and volunteered at Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia.
She has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Cambridge on reconciling food security and biodiversity conservation goals in Uganda.