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Professor Sir Edwin M. Southern, FRSE is Chair of the Kirkhouse Trust. He founded the charity in 2000 using royalties from licencing microarray technology, which were donated from Oxford Gene Technology Ltd; a company he founded in 1995.

Sir Ed is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford and an honorary fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. He is best known for his invention of the Southern blot (now a common laboratory procedure).
Professor Sir Adrian P. Bird, CBE, FRS is Buchanan Professor of Genetics at the University of Edinburgh and former director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology. Sir Adrian is a Trustee of the Rett Sydrome Research Trust and is the world's leading expert in the gene MECP2, which causes Rett Syndrome when mutated.

Sir Adrian has received several honorary awards and prizes such as the Howard Hughes International Fellowship, the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine and the Gabor Medal of the Royal Society. Sir Adrian received a knighthood in the 2014 New Year Honours list.
Sir Paul M. Nurse, FRS is a British geneticist and cell biologist who is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. Sir Paul won the 2001 Nobel Prize, along with two other scientists for their discoveries of protein molecules that control the division of cells in the cell cycle.

Knighted in 1999, Sir Paul has won several other prestigious awards such as the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, the French Legion d'Honneur, the Copley Medal and was elected as a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006.
Professor Sir Gordon Conway, FRS trained as an agricultural ecologist and then joined Imperial College, London in 1970 before setting up the Centre for Environmental Technology in 1976. He then worked exclusively in Asia and the Middle East during the 1970s and 80's before becoming Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex. He was subsequently President of the Rockefeller Foundation and Chief Scientist at the UK Department for International Development.

Sir Gordon currently leads the Agriculture for Impact programme, at Imperial College, which advocates more European government support for agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa.
Daniel Hulls is an investment, public policy and development professional with over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors.

Daniel is the CEO of AgDevCo and was the founding director of CEPA (a UK-based finance and economics consultancy) where he was Managing Director until 2009. Prior to that, he worked for N M Rothschild in project finance and asset sales; and at the UK Treasury. He was a non-executive Director and Chair of the finance and audit committee at Community Housing Group (now www.onehousing.co.uk).