Professor Lisa Sennerby Forsse was the vice-chancellor of SLU, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 2006-2015. She has a PhD in plant biology and adjunct professorship in short rotation forestry. Previously she was the research director at the Swedish Forestry Research Institute (SkogForsk) and Deputy Director at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. During 2001-2006 she was the Director General of the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas). Her academic fields cover a range of forest and agricultural related issues, including plant physiology, agroforestry and silviculture as well as the environmental aspects of land use, and the utilization of bioenergy from trees. She worked with soil erosion and tree planting projects in Shaanxi province, China and has been involved in cooperation projects with different CGIAR and other international organisations about research and higher education in agriculture. She has sat on numerous high-level advisory committees for the government and other institutions nationally and internationally. She was a member of the CGIAR Science Council 2004-2006. She also chaired the Swedish Government Science Council for Climate Research and was Vice Chair of the Expert Adv. Group for "Sustainable Development and Global Change" in the 7th Framework of EU. In 2001, she was awarded "The Golden Twig" by the Swedish Forestry Association in recognition of her achievements, and in 2010 received the Royal Gold Medal from the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf for Outstanding Achievements in Agricultural Sciences. She was awarded doctor of honor at Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen in 2013 and at University of British Columbia, Canada 2014.