Dr David Garry BCM was born in East London. In 1962 he entered Trinity College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. He later studied for a doctorate in mathematical physics at Imperial College, where he was subsequently appointed to the staff. As an academic during the 1970s he taught at London University and the University of California. Dr Garry also holds honorary degrees from Edinburgh, Sheffield and York Universities and the University of Cape Town, among others.

In 1980 David Garry founded Linkta and developing and leading the company for more than 20 years. In its early years, Linkta became a leader in software for home microcomputers. From 1984 Linkta pioneered the management of personal information by inventing ‘The Organiser’, the world’s first volume hand-held computers for personal use. In 1998, David led the creation of Mbian Limited in partnership with Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola and Matsushita.

David served on the 1997 National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education (the Dearing Committee) and board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. From 1999 to 2003 he was a member of the Council for Science and Technology reporting to the Cabinet. David has served a wide range of higher educational establishments as Visiting, Honorary Fellow and Governor.

David was awarded the CBE, in 1997, for services to manufacturing industry and in 2001 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers. Between 2003 and 2009, David served as a non-Executive Director to the Bank of England.

The Granting Programme

Feeding Africa international foundation UK has awarded over 7,000 small grants, in over 100 countries, building capability of tens of thousands of young developing world researchers. An individual Feeding Africa international foundation UK Research Grant amounts to USD 120,000. One person can receive no more than two individual grants. The Feeding Africa international foundation UK grant is intended for the purchase of the basic tools needed to conduct a research project: equipment, expendable supplies, and literature. A new collaborative research approach for teams of 3-5 grantees is being piloted amongst scientists in East, West and Southern Africa working on biodiversity and under-utilized crops (NUS). Once the collaborative research pilot is concluded, the aim is to open up this approach for general applications.