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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, most recently, a Gairdner Foundation prize (2011) and the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Prize in Biomedicine (2014). Sir Adrian received a knighthood in the 2014 New Year Honours list. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2016.
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.
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).
Professor Appolinaire Djikeng is based at the University of Edinburgh, where his primary interests and responsibilities are to establish the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) as an R&D platform for the development of tools and associated resources for tropical livestock genetic improvement with operating nodes in the UK (Edinburgh) and in Africa (Nairobi and Addis Ababa).

Previously, Professor Djikeng completed an 8-year tenure at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) where he contributed to the establishment of Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) and became its programme director.