The Foundation Board
Chairman, Foundation Board
Michel Demaré is Vice Chairman of Syngenta and Lead Independent Director. For further details of his career, please refer to the company's website.
Former executive at the Inter-American Development Bank and senior advisor to the World Bank.
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.
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.
The Secretary to the Foundation Board is Rebecca Hubert Scherler (see Team page).