Imperial College London

Professor SirGordonConway

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Chair in International Development







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Professor of International Development

Centre for Environmental Policy

Prof Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development at Imperial College London, is an applied ecologist with a focus on sustainable agricultural development in Africa. He is Senior Advisor to the Malabo-Montpellier Panel, a group of African and European agriculturalists who partner with IFPRI (The International Food Policy Research Institute) in Senegal and the University of Bonn to develop agricultural policy for African governments and NGOs.

He is currently working on a project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, which aims to develop a series of reports focusing on the area of Healthy Diets worldwide.

Prof Conway trained in agricultural ecology, attending the University of Wales (Bangor), the University of Cambridge and the University of the West Indies (Trinidad) before completing a PhD at the University of California (Davis).

In the early 1960’s, working in Sabah, North Borneo, he became one of the pioneers of sustainable agriculture, developing integrated pest management programs for the State of Sabah in Malaysia. He joined Imperial College in 1970 and in 1976, he founded the Centre for Environmental Technology. During the 1970s and 1980s, he lived and worked extensively in Asia and the Middle East, for the Ford Foundation, World Bank and USAID. He directed the Sustainable Agriculture Programme at IIED and then became representative of the Ford Foundation in New Delhi. Subsequently, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex and Chair of IDS. He was President of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1998 to 2004 and Chief Scientific Adviser to DFID and President of the Royal Geographical Society from 2004 to 2009.  

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.

Prof Conway is a member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel and Board Chair of the Meridian Institute. During his prolific career, Sir Gordon has been awarded five honorary degrees and fellowships. He has authored several books and reports that have become quite influential in the field. He is the author of The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the 21st Century and co-authored One Billion Hungry: Can we Feed the World and Science and Innovation for Development (UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)). In November 2019, Food For All in Africa: Sustainable Intensification for African Farmers was co-authored with Dr Ousmane Badiane and Dr Katrin Glatzel.


The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the 21stCentury -1997

One Billion Hungry: Can we Feed the World? –2012

Food For All in Africa: Sustainable Intensification for African Farmers –2019



Conway G, 2019, Meta-analysis on carbon sequestration through Conservation Agriculture in Africa, Soil and Tillage Research

Conway G, Chavez E, 2016, How Partnerships Can Create Resilient Food Supply Chains, Winners

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