Andrew Rowan was born in Zimbabwe, spent a few (young) years on Tristan da Cunha. He graduated from the University of Cape Town (BSc) and Oxford (DPhil in Biochemistry). He has worked in academia (Tufts University, 1983-1997) and the animal protection movement since 1976. He spent 20 years as the CEO of Humane Society International. He is now President of WellBeing International. He is author of numerous scientific publications and was the Founding Editor of Anthrozoös in 1987. He launched Animal Sentience, an online open peer commentary journal, in 2015.