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The Foundation Board

(Our group photo shows the Board in its composition before the pandemic prevented meetings in person. We'll update it as soon as possible. Our thanks meanwhile go to Maggie Catley-Carlson and Radha Singh, pictured. They recently retired after long and distinguished service for the Foundation.) 

Erik Fyrwald (Board Chairman)
Erik Fyrwald became SFSA Board Chairman in 2018. He is the CEO of Syngenta. A short biography is available on the company’s website. See Erik talking about our Foundation and its interactions with the company. 

Simon Winter (Executive Director)
Simon Winter became Executive Director in September 2017. He joined the Syngenta Foundation from TechnoServe, where he was most recently Senior Vice President, Development, in Washington, D.C.


John Atkin
​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. Here are his thoughts about working on our Board.


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.


Jennifer Blanke
Jennifer Blanke is an expert on economic development. She served as Chief Economist of the World Economic Forum and also held the position of Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development of the African Development Bank Group. She was previously a management consultant in the banking and finance sector. Jennifer currently serves as a non-executive board member for development-focused companies and organizations. See what she said in an interview (E&F) when joining our Board.


Paul Boateng
A lawyer by training, Paul Boateng was a UK Member of Parliament, a Cabinet Minister as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and UK High Commissioner to South Africa. He serves in the House of Lords and in a wide range of organizations internationally. He sits on the Board of the UK-regulated Ghana International Bank and the Health Advisory Board of Gilead Sciences, USA. His other charity chairs include Book Aid International, the English Speaking Union, and the International Foundation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.


Shenggen Fan
Shenggen Fan is now a Chair Professor at China Agricultural University in Beijing. He had previously worked for 11 years as Director-General of the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C., which he joined in 1995. Here's what he told us in a 2019 interview.

The Secretary to the Foundation Board is Rebecca Hubert Scherler (see team page).