Professor Gabrielle Persley AM is a senior strategic science leader who has worked with some of the world’s leading agricultural research and development agencies. A former research program manager with Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Professor Persley spent several years in Washington DC as the Word Bank’s biotechnology advisor and science advisor to the Vice President for Environmentally Sustainable Development. Currently an Adjunct Professor at the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, she continues her work with several international research and development agencies, with emphasis on public-private partnerships and innovative ways to develop demand-led approaches in both animal and plant breeding. Professor Persley is the Founder and Chair of the Doyle Foundation, Scotland, which advocates the role of science and technology in development, especially in Africa. She is a senior advisor to the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA), a shared biosciences platform in Kenya hosted by ILRI. Professor Persley has a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Queensland, Australia, and was awarded the university Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2014. Professor Persley was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) by the Government of Australia in 2010 for her services to international science in development and livestock health in Africa.