Dr. Michael Robinson is Chief Science Advisor for the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, which is based in Basel, Switzerland. The SFSA is a charitable foundation working to improve the livelihoods of small-holder farmers in developing countries through advancing sustainable agriculture. Previously, he worked as Senior Technology Analyst for the Syngenta Corporate Strategy & Technology group, a role that involved key activities relating to the identification of new business areas and the initiation and management of new technology collaborations. He has over 20 years R&D experience in agricultural biosciences covering discovery technologies, plant breeding, natural products research, chemical genetics, systems biology and sustainably productive agriculture. He has been involved in the establishment and project management of several global collaborative research programmes with academic and commercial organizations.