Judges

Dr Alan D Baylis

Dr Alan D Baylis

Chair, SCI’s BioResources Group

Dr Baylis is an independent consultant with 30 years’ experience: from running a UK arable farm to R&D management in Syngenta and previously in Zeneca and ICI. An agronomist and crop physiologist, he has specialised in herbicides, adjuvants and plant growth regulators. His career has covered the discovery process, through field testing to marketing. He is Chair of Agrisciences Group. He has BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Leeds and an MBA from Henley Business School.

Dr Chris Richards

Dr Chris Richards

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Dr Christopher Richards has more than 30 years’ international experience in the agriculture industry. Following 20 years in Syngenta and its predecessor companies, in 2003 Chris became CEO of Arysta LifeScience, where he was responsible for transforming the company into a significant global agrochemical business. After stepping down as CEO, Chris became chairman of Arysta LifeScience in 2010 until the sale of the company to Platform Specialty in 2015. Chris is also chairman of Plant Health Care plc and a non-executive director of Origin Enterprises and of Cibus Global. Chris founded the Instituto Javari, an NGO working with local communities to conserve rainforest in the Javari River in Brazil. He farms in the West of England. Chris holds an MA in zoology and a D. Phil. in ecology from Oxford University and was then a researcher in ecology with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the UK before joining ICI as a technical specialist.

Hervé Gauthier

Hervé Gauthier

CEO, Union Terres De France (UTDF)

Hervé Gauthier has 35 years of experience in French agriculture. He is an agricultural engineer and graduate of a third management cycle. He worked for 16 years in seed companies (Pioneer and RAGT) before joining the distribution sector of agricultural inputs supply. He is the CEO of the agricultural co-operatives union, Union Terres De France (UTDF) and leads one of the most important purchase offices in France. He has been specialising in crop protection for 15 years.

Dr Jackie Bird

Dr Jackie Bird

Former Editor, Agrow

Dr Jackie Bird was the editor of Agrow for over a decade from 1996 until 2007. She started working as a science journalist in 1988, after having completed an MSc in animal breeding and a PhD in plant ecology. She wrote on animal health and on agriculture before becoming editor. She works freelance for Agrow, covering EU affairs.

Jim Bullock

Jim Bullock

Co-Founder, iForumlate Ltd

Jim is co-founder of iFormulate Ltd which provides consultancy and training services in Formulation Technology to industries including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, biocides and cosmetics. iFormulate currently delivers training in agrochemical formulation on behalf of ATI/Informa. Previously Jim led R&D projects in formulation chemistry at ICI/Zeneca and at BASF he headed colours formulation development and managed marketing, strategy, R&D and regulatory activities in biocides.

Matthew Cossey

Matthew Cossey

CEO, CropLife Australia

Mathew Cossey has served as CEO of CropLife Australia since 2011.  He is also a director of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia.  He leads advocacy on crop protection, agricultural biotechnology and industry stewardship in Australia.  Prior to joining CropLife, he was a senior executive with a leading global defence and technology company, was campaign director for a major Australian political party and senior adviser in the Australian Parliament.

Dr Phil Smith

Dr Phil Smith

Publishing Director, Agrow

Phil Smith is Agrow’s publishing director.  He worked in the crop protection industry at May and Baker, Rhone-Poulenc and Aventis for 16 years as an R&D chemist in the herbicide and fungicide teams, including the fipronil and isoxaflutole groups and then as project leader for multidisciplinary rice and total herbicide discovery programs.  He joined Agrow in 2000 as editor of the product intelligence database before moving into various publishing management positions at Infoma.

Pradip P Dave

Pradip P Dave

President, Pesticides Manufacturers and Formulators Association of India

Pradip P Dave is a 40-year veteran of the agrochemical industry. He has been president of the Pesticides Manufacturers and Formulators Association of India for the past 21 years and chairman of Aimco Pesticides since 1992.

Shubao Sun

Shubao Sun

General Secretary, China Crop Protection Industry Association (CCPIA)

Shubao Sun had been the general secretary of the China Crop Protection Industry Association (CCPIA) for ten years and then has been the president of CCPIA for four yeras. He started his career in the agrochemical division of the China Petroleum and Chemistry Commission in 1990. His work for the National Development and Reform Commission on pesticide policy issues has involved drafting several high profile policies.

Siang Hee Tan

Siang Hee Tan

Executive Director, CropLife Asia

Dr Tan is Executive Director of CropLife Asia, the Asian operation of an international trade association with a presence in 91 countries. He is responsible for directing regulatory affairs, intellectual property rights, crop protection, seeds and biotechnology and advocacy & outreach programmes in 15 Asian countries. He is involved in various UN agendas including “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. He also set up the University of Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Genome Centre, and was involved in three start-up ventures developing Bioinformatics Software, Pre-natal Genetic Testing and TCM (Edible Birdnest). Dr Tan holds an MSc in Genetic Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia and a PhD in Molecular Biology from Okayama University, Japan. He received a Silver Award at the 2005 Geneva Intl Exhibitions & Inventions of New Techniques and Products, a US Government Cochran Fellowship for biological research and UPM awards for Research & Development.

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