Gail Barnes, Ph.D., is a technology, food and sustainability expert who has consulted with companies worldwide on product sustainability innovation with composting and recycling strategies, as well as navigating food safety and regulatory processes and procedures and advising on consumer insights and evolving trends. She began her career as a high school teacher, and her corporate career with Unilever in South Africa. Barnes’ passion for sustainability and the environment has led to her work in several global environmental initiatives. South African born and educated, Barnes is multilingual and holds a master of science degree in biology and a Ph.D. in applied chemistry – food science from the University of Natal. She earned her master of business leadership from the School of Business Leadership at the University of South Africa.