Emilie Peynaud is a researcher in modeling and applied mathematics for life sciences. Her initial background is in scientific computing. She holds an engineering degree in Mathematical Engineering and Modeling from INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) a 5-year engineering school in Toulouse, France. She also holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Université de Toulouse. Before joining UNU, she worked at CIRAD (the French agricultural research and cooperation organization for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions). She was a member of the joint laboratory UMR AMAP in Montpellier where she worked on the modelling of plants and vegetation. She was located for three years in Yaoundé, Cameroon as a CIRAD staff member hosted at the National Advanced School of Engineering of Yaoundé within the framework of the CIRAD platform in partnership for research and training “Agroforestry systems in Central Africa”. There, she worked on the use of modelling and AI tools to understand the growth of Cacao trees in agroforestry systems. She enjoys exploring new modeling approaches of complex systems and studying how new technologies and modeling can be leveraged for sustainable development.