Dr Belinda Reyers is a Chief Scientist at the Council for Scientificand Industrial Research (CSIR) in Stellenbosch, South Africa where she leads the Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services Research Group. Her research, student supervision and policy inputs focus on ecosystem services: their condition, management and links to social development and poverty alleviation, as well as the implications of global change for these relationships. She is also an extraordinary Associate Professor in the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and a senior research fellow of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden. Dr Reyers is a Board Member of the Society for Conservation Biology: Africa Section, a Scientific Committee member of DIVERSITAS and co-chair of the working group on Ecosystem Services of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEOBON). She has been an advisor to the South African government on biodiversity and ecosystem service targets and indicators, and supported the South African chief negotiator in the plenaries of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Belinda Reyers is vice-Chair of the Future Earth Science Committee.