Prof Sheryl Hendriks is the Head of Department and Professor in Food Security in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extention and Rural Development and founding Director of the Institute for Food Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW) at the University of Pretoria. She has served on the founding and second United Nations Committee for World Security (CFS) High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE). She led the African Union and NEPAD’s Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme’s (CAADP) Food Security initiatives between 2006 and 2010 and the review of national investment plans in 2010/11. Her research focuses on measurement and monitoring of food security and food security policy. Prof Hendriks is leader of numerous national and international collaborative food security research projects. She has graduated students from 18 African countries, contributing significantly to developing the food security capacity in Africa. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Natal.