David Bergvinson is a Senior Program Officer in Science and Technology for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development program. He obtained his PhD in Biology from University of Ottawa (1993), Master of Pest Management from Simon Fraser University (1989) and BSc in Chemistry/Biology from Simon Fraser University (1986). His research projects include crop improvement in rice, maize, legumes (cowpea, chickpea, pigeonpea, groundnut, common bean, and soybean) for the developing world; developing C4 rice, integration of learning platforms with agronomy and cereal improvement in South Asia; the Asian Maize Network, delivering drought tolerant maize varieties to farmers in Southeast Asia (funded by the Asian Development Bank); and developing Bt maize and product stewardship protocols for Kenya (funded by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture).