Dr Nigel Kerby MBE brings a wealth of experience in managing and commercializing science to maximize its impact to serve society. He pioneered the commercialization of scientific intellectual assets as former Managing Director of Mylnefield Research Services (MRS), a commercial affiliate of the James Hutton Institute established in1989. Dr Kerby’s experience as member of the Board for the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), UK; member of the Board of Roslin Technologies Ltd, UK; and Chairman of NIAB EMR, UK will offer a diverse and business-oriented perspective to ICRISAT’s mandate as we focus on Inclusive Market-Oriented Development to lift dryland farm families out of poverty and address malnutrition and resilience to climate change. Dr Kerby is very passionate about ICRISAT’s mission and has seen firsthand the impact of ICRISAT’s research with dedicated partners in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT and partners warmly welcome Dr Kerby as Chair and look forward to his leadership to ensure that ICRISAT delivers on its critical mission to serve farm families in the dryland tropics, where poverty and malnutrition are most acute and where urgent solutions are required to adapt to rapid changes in weather variability.