The Foundation Board
At the end of 2017, Michel Demaré retired as Vice Chairman & Lead Independent Director at Syngenta. He also gave notice of his forthcoming retirement as our Chairman. We shall announce his successor at the Foundation in due course.
Radha Singh is a former Agriculture Secretary with the Government of India, and has worked for the World Bank. A previous member of the ICRISAT board and other organizations, she is currently Agriculture Advisor to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
John Atkin served as Chief Operating Officer for Syngenta from the foundation of the company in 2000 until 2014. He was previously Chief Executive Officer for Novartis Crop Protection, following a number of commercial and R&D leadership positions with Sandoz, FMC and Rhône-Poulenc. John was appointed a non-executive Director of the American fresh produce company Driscoll's in 2011.
Mohamed Ait Kadi
Mohamed Ait Kadi is President of Morocco's General Council of Agricultural Development, a policy Think-Tank of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. He is a key player in Morocco’s agricultural sector reforms and has served on several national and international boards and many high-level international assignments. He is a resident member of the King Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology.
Margaret Catley-Carlson was President of the Canadian International Development Agency and the Population Council, and from 1989 to 1992 Canada’s Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare.