The Crop Protection Leaders' Forum takes place in the daytime, before the evening's festivities. This is your chance to hear industry leaders talk about the issues that matter and to network with colleagues before the awards themselves. This year, we're hosting a number of expert speakers on a range of essential topics designed to keep you informed of major developments in the sector. The forum will be chaired by radio presenter and broadcaster, Charlotte Smith
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|13:00 - 13:30||Registration and networking refreshments|
|13:30 - 15:30||The Global Crop Protection Market
Panelists include: Tom Scott, Sanjiv Rana and Jonathan Shoham
|15:30 - 16:00||Tea/coffee and networking break|
|16:00 - 17:00||Interactive Panel Discussion: Industry trends, opportunities, threats and predictions
Panelists include: Roberta Ressler, Matt Bray, Mike Carroll, Jean-Philippe Azoulay, and Euros Jones
|17:00||End of Crop Protection Leaders’ Forum|
|19:00||Agrow Awards Ceremony|
Charlotte is the presenter of Farming Today and a regular contributor to Countryfile, as well as president of the National Federation of Young Farmer's Clubs. She was born and brought up in the Leicestershire village of Quorn and has been a radio nerd since her teens, when she started volunteering at BBC Radio Leicester.
The BBC trained Charlotte on the Local Radio Reporters Scheme. After stints at BBCs Sussex, Cumbria and Devon Charlotte ended up back at Radio Leicester as a news reporter.
Charlotte then worked as a producer on Radio 4’s The World Tonight, as a reporter and sports presenter on BBC TV’s East Midlands Today, and as a producer and reporter and presenter on Five Live. After reporting for Radio 4’s You and Yours and for daytime TV, a conversation in a lift led to her presenting Farming Today on Radio 4 and Countryfile on BBC One.
Crop Protection Product Design and Process R&D Leader
Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont
Roberta Ressler is the Crop Protection Product Design and Process R&D Leader for Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. In this role, she leads research and development teams who design, develop, and launch crop protection products. Roberta’s career with The Dow Chemical Company spans 29 years, and over that time, she has worked in the Pharmaceuticals business, in the NatureWorks bio-based polymer joint venture, and, for the last 15 years, with Dow AgroSciences. In 2015, Roberta was named one of Indianapolis Business Journal’s Women of Influence. Roberta is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Roberta holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.
Mergers & Acquisitions Project Leader
Matt leads complex, global acquisitions, divestments and JV transactions in Seeds and Crop Protection and is based in Basel, Switzerland. He has experienced first-hand the ongoing industry consolidation and worked on Syngenta’s $43bn sale to ChemChina. He is excited about the possibilities offered by new technologies in Digital and Precision Ag, Biologicals and Genome editing.
Prior to Syngenta, Matt spent 10 years with PwC in London and São Paulo, advising clients on a wide range of private equity, listed company and cross-border transactions.
Head of Research and Development EMEA
Mike Carroll works for Arysta LifeScience as a Global Registration Manager based in the UK. He was previously head of R&D for Arysta EMEA and has also 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.
European Crop Protection Association
Born in France, Jean-Philippe Azoulay is Director General of the European Crop Protection Association, representing the crop protection industry in Europe. A Mechanical Engineer by training, with an MBA obtained in 1988, he spent 26 years working for DuPont in various senior roles, latterly as the Global Director of DuPont’s Nutrition business. Having lived in numerous countries around the world, Jean-Philippe has a global view of the challenges facing the future of food and agriculture, and is passionate about the role private industry can play in providing innovative solutions to answer society’s biggest challenges.
Partner (Regulatory Services) Europe Middle East & Africa
Euros Jones is a Partner in ERM based in Brussels. He joined ERM in December 2017 having previously held the post of Regulatory Affairs Director in the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA). In ECPA, he led the policy and regulatory advocacy work of the European industry, working with over 20 member companies and 30 national associations in Europe.
A key focus of the Regulatory work was the implementation of the European regulatory framework for pesticides, requiring dialogue with EU institutions and Member State as well as with third countries. Mr. Jones is an experienced speaker at Conferences in Europe and in third countries.
Agribusiness Consulting, Informa
Tom Scott is Global Director of Agribusiness Consulting. His work involves taking medium and long-term outlooks for global and regional environments and applying them to decision making situations. Tom’s specialisms include business strategy, agribusiness economic development and market analysis. Before joining Agribusiness Intelligence in 1989, Tom worked for the Continental Grain Company in roles including management, trading, logistics and merchandising.
Tom has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's degree in business administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Senior Consulting Analyst
Phillips McDougall, Agribusiness Intelligence
Jonathan Shoham currently works for Phillips McDougall and the Agribusiness Intelligence Consulting team as a Senior Consulting Analyst. He has worked in a variety of commercial and technical roles in the crop protection and seed industry for over 30 years, latterly as Head of Business Intelligence for Syngenta. He has also worked particularly closely with the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture both within and since leaving Syngenta, providing them with business intelligence support.
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