Crop Protection Leaders’ Forum Panellists

Dr. Camilla Corsi, Head of Crop Protection Research, Syngenta

Dr Camilla Corsi is responsible for the invention of novel chemicals for biotic and abiotic stress management. She leads Syngenta’s crop protection research organisation, which delivers excellence in design, synthesis and biological evaluation to discover, optimise and develop industry-leading biotic and abiotic stress chemical solutions. A chemist by training, she has been with Syngenta since 2004, holding various leadership roles across Chemistry and Portfolio. Dr Corsi has made a particularly significant contribution to the invention and development of Syngenta’s SDHI class (sedaxane, isopyrazam, Solatenol and Adepidyn) and to the shape and quality of the existing crop protection research pipeline.


Euros Jones, Director Regulatory Affairs, ECPA

Euros Jones has worked for the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) since May 2001, and has held the post of Director, Regulatory Affairs since January 2006. Euros is Welsh and holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has worked in Brussels since 1994, having previously worked as Deputy Director of the Brussels office of the UK National Farmers’ Unions, and as Secretary General of the European Council of Young farmers (CEJA). In his current post, Euros’ responsibilities include supporting ECPA’s advocacy on regulatory issues, with a particular focus on the implementation of the implementation of the new Regulation on the Placing of Plant Protection Products on the Market Regulation 1107/2009.


Dr. Franz-Josef Placke, Head of R&D, Regulatory Science, Bayer AG

Dr Placke received a pharmacy degree from the University of Marburg in 1981 and followed that up with a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Würzburg in 1986. He joined Bayer immediately following that. He moved on through various positions in R&D and product supply and headed operations for the company’s animal health, pharma and CropScience divisions before moving to his current position of head of R&D, Regulatory Science.


Dr. Gerardo Ramos, Former Head of Syngenta Crop Protection R&D

Dr Gerardo Ramos is a physical-organic chemist by training and has been with Syngenta and its legacy companies for more than 30 years. He will retire at the end of this year. Dr Ramos has been instrumental in creating and developing the current Syngenta Crop Protection R&D organisation, its infrastructure and platforms and also its industry-leading ways of working. Besides his involvement in science and technology, especially his contributions in the field of stereoselective synthesis of agrochemicals, which was recognised with the Award of the Association of Swiss Chemists in 1991 and the Ciba Fellowship in 1993. He was member of the Board of the Novartis Foundation/Ciba-Geigy Jubiläums Stiftung and since 2016 member of the Board of the Swiss Chemical Society Foundation.


Howard Minigh, President and CEO of CropLife International

Howard Minigh has served as President and CEO of CropLife International, the global federation representing the plant science industry, since June 2006. He founded HM Advisors, LLC, a management advisory firm, and he was a partner in a boutique private equity partnership. From 2000-2003 he served as Group Vice President of Agriculture and Nutrition with DuPont. From 1995‐ 2000, with American Home Products, he was President of Cyanamid Global Agricultural Products. Academically, he earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and two executive MBA degrees.


Jonathan Shoham, Consulting Analyst, Phillips McDougall

Jonathan Shoham has worked in the crop protection and seed industries all his career. He spent over 30 years working  in a variety of global technical and commercial roles for ICI/Zeneca/Syngenta. For the last six years,  he has been an independent consultant, expanding his scope to cover the whole agri-food chain and working for organisations across the private and public sectors, as well as for academia. Jonathan has had a long and close association with Phillips McDougall and is currently working as a Consulting Aanalyst for them.  He has also written several reports for Informa.


Mike Carroll, Head of Research and Development, EMEA, Arysta LifeScience

Mike Carroll currently works for Arysta LifeScience as Head of Research and Development Europe Middle East Africa based in Paris and the UK. He has previously worked for Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto in agrochemical regulatory affairs and project management. He holds BSc and PhD degrees in biochemistry from the UK universities of Bath and London respectively and has worked in the UK, Germany, Belgium and the USA with over 35 years’ experience gained in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. Mike is a citizen of the Republic of Ireland.


Pamela G. Marrone, PhD, CEO and Founder of Marrone Bio Innovations

Dr Pamela Marrone is the CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations, a company she started in 2006 to discover and develop bio-based products for pest management and plant health. In August 2013, MBI listed its stock as MBII on NASDAQ. Dr Marrone founded AgraQuest in 1995 and served as its CEO, Chairman and President until March 2006. Before AgraQuest, she was founding president and business unit head for Entotech in Davis, California. Dr Marrone is an alumni-elected trustee of Cornell University, and is on the Board of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research commissioned by the Farm Bill to fund cutting edge food and Ag research. She is Founding Chair of the Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA).


Sanjiv Rana, Editor-in-Chief, Agrow

Sanjiv Rana is Editor-in-Chief of Agrow, the London-based global crop protection industry news service. He has been a journalist for 15 years and has been leading Agrow since 2007. Sanjiv has a good overview of the global industry and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. After acquiring an MBA from India’s top business school, IIM Ahmedabad, he worked in the agrochemical industry for three years during the mid-90s, before moving to business journalism. Prior to becoming Agrow’s Editor-in-Chief, Sanjiv also obtained an MA degree in English Literature and followed it up with an MA in International Journalism from the UK.


Sean Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Eden Research plc

Sean has an honours degree in microbiology and over 25 years of experience in the speciality chemicals and industrial biotechnology industries. He has held commercial leadership roles ranging from senior sales and marketing management to business management and intellectual property licensing in blue chip companies such as Ciba (now BASF) and Honeywell. Recently, Sean has focussed on technology commercialisation through licensing and company formation working with Intellectual Ventures and several start-ups. Sean joined Eden research in 2014 and has led the Company through the commercial launch of its first product and several successful rounds of fund raising including a strategic investment by one of the Company’s key partners, Sipcam S.p.A.

Thomas P Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Informa Economics IEG

Tom Scott has been with Informa Economics IEG since 1989 and is currently head of Informa’s Agribusiness Consulting group. Mr Scott’s specialized work has included business strategy, agribusiness economic development, feasibility and site selection work, as well as various market analyses. In addition to his work in North America, Mr Scott has extensive experience in the agribusiness sectors of Europe, Central Europe, Russia/Ukraine, Asia and South America. He received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and business from Cornell University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College where he was an Amos Tuck Scholar.


Hosts for Leadership Forum and Agrow Awards evening

Charlotte Smith, Host for Crop Protection Leadership Forum

Charlotte is an experienced conference host and presents Radio 4’s Farming Today as well as being a regular presenter on Countryfile. A respected journalist and broadcaster she started as a news reporter but has been covering farming, food and environmental issues for nearly 20 years. Charlotte is also President of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. Away from work she attempts to organise 2 children, a husband and a grumpy cat.


Sameena Ali-Khan, Host for 10th Annual Agrow Awards Evening

Sameena Ali-Khan anchors national bulletins for ITV at weekends, and throughout the week on Central Tonight in the Midlands, covering a wide range of stories across daily news and documentaries. After studying Physiology and Chemistry, Sameena was drawn to journalism. After working on radio in Manchester she first appeared on air on BBC Radio Lancashire. She remained with the BBC, going back to Manchester and GMR before stints on the BBC Asian Network, BBC West Midlands and BBC London, as well Radio 5Live. On TV (aside from a debut appearance made whilst living in Nigeria on the country’s equivalent of Blue Peter) Sameena presented and reported for Northwest Today, Inside Out, and Midlands Today before moving to ITV. With a presenting style combining bright and approachable with authoritative, Sameena is the only presenter to have won the RTS Best On Screen Personality two years running.

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