Zakri Abdul Hamid obtained a Dip. Agric. from the College of Agriculture in Malaya, Malaysia (1969), a BS in Crop Science from Louisiana State University, USA (1972), and an MS (1974) and a PhD (1976), both in Crop Science (Plant Breeding) from Michigan State University, USA. Mr Zakri is the Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. His senior leadership roles include Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University Kebangsaan Malaysia (1992-2000); Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the United Nations University, Japan (2001-2008); Chairman, Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (1997-1999); Co-chair, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2001 to 2005), and Member, Inter-Academy Council Committee reviewing the IPCC (2010). In January 2013 he was elected Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).