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Syngenta Foundation programmes impact people on the ground, in all areas from high-tech seeds to markets.

Dr. Claude Fauquet
Director ILTAB, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Claude Fauquet received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from University Louis Pasteur in Strasburg, France in 1974. Dr. Fauquet joined the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, as a plant virologist for 28 years, and served in Ivory Coast, West Africa for 14 years. In 1991, he co-founded the International Laboratory for Tropical Agricultural Biotechnology (ILTAB) at The Scripps Research Institute, California. ILTAB became part of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO, in 1999. He also is a co-founder of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21), whose goal is to improve cassava. Dr. Fauquet is an international leader in plant virology including epidemiology of cassava mosaic disease, molecular virology for geminiviruses, establishment of inter-species recombination in geminivirus evolution, and gene-silencing as an antiviral geminivirus strategy. In 2005 he developed the project called Virus Resistance Cassava in Africa (VIRCA), aiming at developing cassava commercial products for poor farmers in Africa. He was Secretary of the ICTV (International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses) for 18 years and the editor of several Reports including the VIIIth ICTV Report. His publishing more than 220 research papers in reviewed journals. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the St Louis Academy of Sciences. In 2007, Dr. Fauquet was knighted “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques” by the French Minister of High Education and Research.
Marco Ferroni
Executive Director Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
An expert in international agriculture and sustainability issues, Marco Ferroni joined the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture as its Executive Director in 2008 after a career in multilateral institutions and government.
Before joining the Foundation, Marco Ferroni worked at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank in Washington DC. As Deputy Manager of the Sustainable Development Department of the IDB, he had responsibility for regional sector policy and technical support to the Bank’s country departments. As the IDB’s Principal Evaluation Officer he assessed the relevance, performance and results of Bank strategies and investments. As a senior advisor at the World Bank he advised on donor relations and directed work on international public goods and their role in development, foreign aid and international affairs. Earlier in his career, he was an economist and division chief for economic affairs and international trade in the government of Switzerland. Marco Ferroni holds a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University.
Mr. Carl Hausmann
Vice Chair Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR)
Carl Hausmann has more than thirty years of experience in the agribusiness and food industry. Currently the managing director of global government and corporate affairs for Bunge Limited, Mr. Hausmann joined the company in 2002 when Bunge acquired a majority stake in Cereol S.A. He served as CEO of Bunge Europe and Bunge North America before moving to his new position in January 2010. Mr. Hausmann began his career in the industry in 1978 at Continental Grain and has since worked in South America, Europe, Africa and North America. Mr. Hausmann serves as Vice Chair of the International Policy Council for Food and Agricultural Trade and Vice Chair of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He is also a past president of Fediol, the European association of oilseed crushers. Mr. Hausmann received a bachelor's degree in business from Boston College and an M.B.A from INSEAD.
Ms. Charlotte Hebebrand
Chief Executive International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council
Charlotte Hebebrand serves as Chief Executive of the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) since February 2006. The IPC is committed to promoting a more open and equitable global food system and is composed of a diverse mix of distinguished international agricultural trade experts from around the world. Charlotte has written several papers and articles on international agricultural matters and edited many more. Charlotte came to IPC from the European Commission's Washington Delegation, where she served as Special Advisor, respectively, on international development, trade, agriculture and food safety issues. Prior to her time with the EC, Charlotte worked at the Brookings Institution's Foreign Policy Division. Charlotte has a B.A. from Georgetown University and a M.A. in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Between college and graduate school, Charlotte worked for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on the development of its permanent exhibition.
Spencer Henson
Professor University of Guelp
Spencer Henson is Professor of the Economics of Food, Health and Development in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph, Canada, and Professorial Fellow and Team Leader in the Globalisation Team, at the Institute of Development Studies, UK. His academic interests relate to the economics of the global agri-food systems, in particular governance of food safety and quality and its socio-economic consequences, and the integration of agriculture and nutrition. The primary focus of his work is on developing countries, having undertaken research in over 45 countries and in conjunction with numerous international organisations including the World Bank, World Trade Organisation (WTO), United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Health Organisation (WHO), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).
In recent years he has played a prominent role in on-going debates about private governance of food safety and quality, notably through private standards. A major theme in this work has been the motivation for private enterprises to engage in the setting and adoption of private standards and relations to public regulatory processes. His more recent work on better integrating agriculture and nutrition includes a major focus on the scope for private action and public-private partnerships in enhancing access of poor people to nutritious foods.
Dr. Lorne Hepworth
President CropLife Canada
Lorne Hepworth is President of CropLife Canada, the trade association representing developers, manufacturers and distributors of plant science innovations for use in agriculture, urban and public health settings. Dr. Hepworth is currently a board member of Genome Canada and CARE Canada, on the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund Scientific Advisory Committee and sits on the expert panel on sustainability management of water in agriculture. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Research Council of Canada, Plant Biotechnology Institute, the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council, the federal Pest Management Advisory Committee and National Biotechnology Advisory Committee. A graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (1971), Dr. Hepworth was a veterinarian in Alberta and Saskatchewan until 1982, when he was elected to Saskatchewan’s Legislative Assembly. He subsequently served nine years in Cabinet, during which he was minister of Agriculture, Education, Finance, and Energy and Mines. From 1993 to 1997, he held several executive positions with the Canadian Agra group of companies specializing in agri-food/feed production, processing and marketing.
Mr. Joshua Hofheimer
Counsel Sydley Austin LLP
Joshua Hofheimer combines more than a decade of corporate and commercial legal practice with the experience having run a public company to bring his clients focused, practical counsel to help them grow their business and maximize their value and returns. He represents clients in agriculture, life sciences and information technology sectors. Mr. Hofheimer’s work spans a broad array of technology, intellectual property and commercial transactions ranging from agricultural technology to medical devices and pharmaceuticals, software, Internet and new media transactions and includes developing and implementing business strategies for commercialization of multiple intellectual property platforms. Notably, he represented Monsanto Company in the ground-breaking 2007 Yield and Stress Collaboration Agreement with BASF Plant Sciences LLC to develop high yield and stress tolerant transgenic plant products. He also has negotiated research, funding and commercialization agreements and technology spin-outs, as well as developed strategies to exploit proprietary products growing out of the research programs of agri-tech and bio-tech clientele. From 2008-2010, Mr. Hofheimer was the CEO/Managing Director of Australia’s first publicly listed ag-biotech company, Hexima Limited (HXL:ASX). While at Hexima, Mr. Hofheimer led the company’s successful effort to forge a commercial path for its disease control platform, entering into a development and commercialization agreement with Dupont company, Pioneer Hi-Bred. The company established further commercial relationships with leading agribusinesses, Monsanto and Bayer Crop Science, and Australian research centers. Mr. Hofheimer also currently serves on the board of directors of the Australian Center for Plant Functional Genomics, advising on international commercial and strategic development.
Mr. Steve Homer
Managing Director SMH Projects
Steve Homer has spent most of his life working with companies that supply or have a desire to supply the supermarkets and food manufacturing industry with fast moving fresh products. He recently completed seven years as Group Corporate Responsibility Manger with Flamingo Holdings, a €500M international vegetable and flower company. The responsibility for advising on standards policy, implementation and impact assessment of all regulatory and private standards activity in the Flamingo Group extended to all aspects of Good Agricultural Practice, Environmental and Social Compliance with regulatory and private standards. Steve has extensive experience of European regulatory committees, donor organisations and policy committees as well as a continuing and regular engagement with the key NGOs and stakeholders that have concerns in the modern global agriculture sphere. Ten years ago Steve became involved in the initial writing, management and implementation of private voluntary standards (PVS) through his directorship of the GlobalGap agriculture standard. Current consulting roles have continued to develop the work on standards and market compliance through the Unilever sustainability code advisory work and the Chairing a number of Global Food Safety Initiative benchmarking committees. As a board member of the Ethical Trade Initiative, Steve helped to develop the smallholders labour practice code for food retailers in the UK.
Ms. Aubrey Hruby
Mangaging Director The Whitaker Group
As Managing Director at The Whitaker Group, Aubrey Hruby has helped to facilitate nearly $1 billion in investment in Africa. She works with African country governments to design and execute innovative trade and investment strategies, and with U.S.companies to enhance their operations in Africa. With a strong belief in business-led growth, she has created successful public-private partnerships in the agricultural, energy, manufactured products, and healthcare sectors. Ms. Hruby continues to work to ensure that Africa is kept on the US foreign policy agenda, especially in the area of trade. Prior to joining TWG in 2005, Ms. Hruby was an international trade specialist at The Barnett Group LLC. There, she worked with corporate clients to design successful public affairs strategies to resolve trade problems in the Middle East and Africa. She also worked as an assistant to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2004-2005. Ms. Hruby holds an MA from theSchool of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and BAs in Economics, Political Science, International Relations and History from the University of Colorado.
Mr. Bim Hundal
  Lions Head Global Partners
Bim Hundal is an expert in debt capital markets, structured finance and liability management.
Prior to founding LHGP, he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he joined in 1991. Initially Bim built and ran the Euro Medium Term Notes desk, servicing clients from all major markets in their funding needs. In addition to managing the business globally, his responsibilities included primary underwriting, structuring and origination.
In 1997 he established Goldman's capital markets business for Central Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa. He ran that business until he left in 2007; during that time he built relationships and executed financing and liability management transactions in Russia and CIS, Greece, Qatar, UAE, South Africa, Turkey, Israel, Tunisia and Central Europe.
Prior to Goldman, Bim worked at Swiss Bank Corporation International and First Chicago in a variety of investment banking roles.
Bim has an MA in economics from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
Dr. Rolf Jördens
Special Advisor World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Born in 1946, in Celle, Germany
Diploma in Agricultural Economics, University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany, followed by a Doctor’s degree at the same Institute, two-year research position at the Institut National Agronomique in Paris, France
Special Advisor - Global Issues Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (December 2010 - present)
Vice Secretary-General, International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) (July 2000 – November 2010)
President, German Federal Office of Plant Varieties (Bundessortenamt), Hanover, Germany (July 1997 – June 2000)
Overall responsibility of the Office: variety testing, plant breeders’ rights, listing of varieties
Various positions in the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry, the European Commission and in the Office of the Federal Chancellor (May 1976 to July 1997).
Dr. Dilip Kulkarni
President Sustainable Agriculture, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd.
Dr. Dilip Kulkarni, President of Agri-Food Division of Jain Irrigation Systems Limited had a scholastic career with Master’s and Doctoral degrees with distinction in Food Technology from C.F.T.R.I., Mysore.
Dr. Kulkarni worked in academic institutions in India, Mauritius, Nepal, and Denmark in various positions. He was member of the several Subgroups of Planning Commission, the Kolhe Committee, Swaminathan Committee, and ICAR National Coordinator for Food Technology and National Convener for Food Technology P.G. program. He was also involved in technology transfer, extension activity for farmers and entrepreneurs and has been consultant to several food industries. He is a sought after guest speaker at numerous international institutes. Dr. Kulkarni established Agri Food Research Foundation of India and served, as its first Director. He is occupying several positions in various academic and professional bodies and associations including committees of FICCI and CII. He is recipient of several awards and certificates, among them are TATA scholar 1978; N.M. Mohan Award, 1984; IFCON prize 1998; M.A.U. Commemorial Award 1996; Rashtriya Gowrav Award 2001; Govt. of Maharashtra Sanman Patra 2002; Inclusive Agri Business Leadership Award from IFC, 2011.
Jean Lebel
Director IDRC
Jean Lebel is Vice-President designate, IDRC Programs and Partnership. He is an environmental health specialist, expert in issues such as the link between the environment and health, food security and natural resources management.
As Director of IDRC’s environmental and agricultural programming, Lebel leads the development of research that operates in both rural and urban settings, which actively involves the community and other stakeholders, and whose findings are integrated into government policies. He is the IDRC representative to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR); in 2008, he led a review of the objectives of this international organization. In 2001, Lebel received the first Prix Reconnaissance from the faculty of sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) for his work on protecting ecosystems and human health in developing countries.
Jean Lebel has a PhD in environmental sciences from UQAM.
Mr. Abid Mallick
Director of Programs Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC)
Abid Mallick is the Director of Programs at Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) where he is responsible for developing and managing the portfolio of AKFC supported projects that range from rural development to education, health, and civil society strengthening in parts of Asia and Africa. He has been closely involved in Aga Khan Foundation's rural support programs in Mozambique, Pakistan, and Afghanistan - all of which have a strong focus on agriculture. Prior to joining AKFC in 2002, Abid worked for ten years with Asian Development Bank and World Bank in Pakistan as senior program coordinator and M&E/Institutional Development Specialist with a focus on social sectors. Abid holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from N.E.D. University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, and master's degrees in Systems Engineering and Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA.
Mr. David Malone
President International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
David M. Malone was appointed as President of IDRC on July 1st, 2008, for a term of five years. Prior to that, Mr. Malone served as Canada`s High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal. Other positions he has held include: Assistant Deputy Minister in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; President, International Peace Academy, New York; Director General of Policy, International Organizations and Global Issues Bureaux, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada; and Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations. Mr. Malone has published extensively on peace and security issues, in book form and in journals. He has taught at several universities, including Columbia and NYU. His most recent book is The Law and Practice of the United Nations (OUP, 2008). He is at work on a book addressing contemporary Indian foreign policy, for release in 2011 from OUP.