As our population grows and the challenges facing humanity, and the planet, become more acute, who will be able to provide the answers?
Will it be politicians, accountants, teachers, lawyers, doctors, engineers or other professions we rely upon to make the world function efficiently?
The quick answer is that all professions will have a role, but, in my opinion, the solutions and catalysts for change will come from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community. I believe this will be the case whichever country you live in.
So what are the challenges – even before we get to issues like global health, ageing populations, food and water security, achieving low carbon economies, and much more?