Professor Sandy Thomas OBE is the Director of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. She is also Chair of the UK Food Standards Agency’s Science Council. Previously she headed the UK Government's Foresight Programme in the Government Office for Science, from 2006-2014. She trained as a scientist at the University of London (BSc Botany and Zoology, PhD Plant Genetics). She worked as an academic at the University of London for four years before joining the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex (1987-1997) where she focussed on the life sciences, biotechnology and intellectual property rights. From 1997-2006, she served as Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. She has published widely on the development of public policy in science and has also served on several national committees.