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Board members

The Chief Executive Officer, Dr Trevor Nicholls, is responsible for managing CABI's affairs and is directly accountable to the Chair of the Board. 

Rob Sloley as CABI's Finance Director is also a member of the Board.


Philip Walters

Philip Walters, MBE

Philip Walters is currently non-executive Chair of the leading school test and assessment business, the GL Education Group, and of the Scottish distribution company, Book Source. He is also a non-executive Director of Nelson Croom, the leading supplier of online training and assessment for UK professional bodies. He was formerly Chair of the primary school publisher, Rising Stars, a Trustee of Yale University Press (London) and a non-executive Director of Encyclopaedia Britannica (EMEA). He was also Chair of the charity, Book Aid International.  Philip was formerly Chief Executive of Hodder Education, one of the largest educational publishers in the UK. He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for services to educational publishing.

Lutz-Peter Berg

Lutz-Peter Berg

Lutz-Peter Berg is the Swiss Science & Technology Attaché for the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries, based at the Swiss Embassy in London. His role includes observing and reporting on UK, Irish and Nordic policies in Science, Innovation and Higher Education as well as facilitating contacts, collaborations and the flow of information between Swiss scientists, government agencies and high tech businesses and potential partners abroad. Lutz has a background in biomedical research and R&D. Prior to joining a Biotech start-up company in 2000, he held a faculty appointment as Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Medical School of Imperial College London. He holds a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of London and a Master’s degree in Biology from the University in Goettingen, Germany.

Roland Dietz

Roland Dietz heads Focused Connections Partners, a consultancy, interim management and investment company in the information industry, with 25 years of experience architecting, building and operating high-growth businesses in various segments of the information industry, and in diverse international markets.

Having held Chief Executive, CCO and senior management positions at Reed Elsevier (Elsevier Science), in New York and Endeavor Information Systems in Chicago, Roland has a commercial background in publishing, internet products and services, and enterprise software and Software-as-a-service / Cloud based business models. At Reed Elsevier he architected and executed the transition from print to digital media distribution through ScienceDirect. Under his leadership the global roll-out of the platform generated a $750m digital licensing business.

He has negotiated with the governments of Japan, China, Brazil and New Zealand in the areas of e-learning and e-research, and his team built the first infrastructure for delivery of digital information in a range of premier research and education facilities around the world.

Roland has addressed many international conferences including the UNESCO conference in Tokyo, the serials eco-system conference in Canada, the AAP-PSP conference in Washington. He has conducted workshops on how to do business in a variety of international markets for trade associations and universities and has written and co-authored articles on key topics in the information industry.

Roland holds a MSc. from Delft University of Technology in Computer Science (artificial intelligence) and has completed his candidate's work at Delft University in bio-medical engineering.

Anne Glover

Anne has a BSc in Biochemistry from Edinburgh and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from Cambridge, UK. She has pursued a career in scientific research at Aberdeen University and her research has been varied including studying how proteins are directed to the correct location within our cells, the diversity and function of the microbial population in soil, the development of biological sensors (biosensors) to detect environmental pollution and more recently, how we respond to stress at the molecular level.

This current area of research has particular relevance to how we age (our cells are under stress in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease) and also how we respond to artificial stresses such as chemotherapy. She has also commercialized some of her biosensor technology into a successful company which diagnoses environmental pollution and provides solutions for its clean-up. 

In 2008 she was made a Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and has worked hard to raise the profile of women in SET and to ensure that not only are women are recruited into careers in SET but that they are supported to remain in the profession during their careers. Anne has promoted the communication of science and has appeared on BBC and international television and many global radio programmes. In 2009, she was awarded a CBE by the Queen in recognition of her services to environmental sciences.

Anne was the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission (2012-2015). Prior to that, she was the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland (2006-2011). In both positions Anne transformed the way science, engineering and technology were used and discussed within government and developed strategic initiatives to bridge the gap between science and policy. She has also been a very effective and well respected ambassador for European science. She is currently Vice Principal for External Affairs and Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen. Amongst other external activities, she Chairs the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and is a Trustee of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation. 

Professor Glover became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to Science in the UK and Europe in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Akhter Mateen

Akhter Mateen is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Foundation Trust in London, and is also a Non-Executive Director of an unlisted fmcg company that operates in India, the Middle East and Africa.  He is a Trustee of the British Pakistan Foundation.

Akhter retired from Unilever in 2012 after a successful career spanning 28 years. He led key growth initiatives in developed and emerging markets in finance leadership roles both as CFO/Regional Head of Finance and at corporate level roles in Mergers & Acquisitions. Latterly as Group Chief Auditor of Unilever he supported the Board and Audit Committee.

He holds an MBA from the University of Karachi.

Professor Ruth Oniang'o

Ruth Oniang'o is Professor of Food and Nutritional Sciences. She is educated in the USA and Kenya (Washington State University Pullman and University of Nairobi), founder and Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND), founder and Director of Rural Outreach Africa, an NGO working to uplift the lives of resource poor smallholder farmers, especially women, and creating jobs for the young. She has served in advisory capacity for various UN agencies, the World Bank, Kenya Government and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is board member of Nestle, a global food, beverage and wellness company, she has served on IRRI, CIAT, IFDC, ACIAR and micronutrient initiative boards and as Vice-Chair of GFAR (Global Forum for Agricultural Research); now serves on Montpellier Panel, and chairs Sasakawa Africa Association and Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education Boards. Ruth is also a winner of two national medals in Kenya, 2014 IFAMA (International Food and Agribusiness Management Association) award for a lifetime of distinguished service and 2014 Fortune magazine's '30 Women Achievers' globally in Food and Drink.

Mr Paulus Verschuren

Paulus Verschuren was Special Envoy for Food and Nutrition Security for the Dutch government. In this role he introduced nutrition within the arena of agriculture and food security, and helped built public private partnerships responding to the zero hunger challenge.

Before his envoyship, Paulus had a successful career at Unilever where he held various managerial positions all geared to improve peoples' nutrition and wellbeing: initially in the field of over-nutrition, and later in building a world without hunger and malnutrition.

His approach is to always put people at the center of the solution.

Paulus also served the as Executive Director and Chair of ILSI Europe and chaired the GAIN Business Alliance. He now combines various activities as Founder at WorldFed.

Prem Warrior

Prem is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Valagro SpA, Italy. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of here since July 2012 and was appointed as the COO 2013. In his current role, he manages the global operations of the research & developement (R&D), marketing and sales teams. Prior to this, he held management roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Valent BioSciences Corporation and Abbott Laboratories. Prem has a PhD in Plant pathology and an MBA. He has published more than 70 scientific peer-reviewed publications and has over 20 patents issued. 

Madam Yao Portrait

Xiangjun is the Director of the FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations in Geneva. Here, she has been the Director, Office of Knowledge Exchange, Research and Extension (OEK) and the Director of the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC).

Xiangjun has more than 20 years of academic experience in rural renewable energy and environment protection. While working in the Department of International Cooperation of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, she contributed to the bilateral cooperation of China with European countries and international agencies on food security and agriculture. She promoted South-South Cooperation between FAO and China within the framework of the Special Programme for Food Security. She also facilitated interaction between China and FAO, WFP, CGIAR, and CABI among others.

Xiangjun, a national of China, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Agriculture Engineering from the China Agricultural University, Beijing; a Certificate in Energy System and Resources Management from Cornell University, USA and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China.