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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

For registration and questions, please email




13:00 - 13:30 Registration and networking refreshments
13:30 - 15:15 The Global Crop Protection Market
Presentations by: Tom Scott, Jonathan Shoham and Sanjiv Rana
  • An in-depth analysis of: Mega M&As, their impact on the industry; global commodities and agribusiness outlook; and crop protection market outlook for 2018 and beyond.

15:15 - 15:30

Plant Protection Products (PPPs): Contingency plans for "no deal" Brexit scenario

Presentation by Duncan Williams, policy lead on pesticides / EU Exit, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

 15:30 - 16:00 Tea/coffee and networking break
16:00 - 17:00 Interactive Panel Discussion: Crop protection industry trends, opportunities, threats and predictions
Panelists include: Roberta Ressler, Dr. William Barnette, Matt Bray, Mike Carroll, Jean-Philippe Azoulay, and Euros Jones 
  • Impacts of mega M&As on the crop protection industry.

  • Politicised regulatory decision making and its impact.

  • New chemistries and active ingredients

  • New breeding techniques.

  • Other emerging trends including biologicals and digital agriculture.

17:00 End of Crop Protection Leaders’ Forum
19:00 Agrow Awards Ceremony


Charlotte Smith Charlotte Smith

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.


Roberta Ressler
Roberta Ressler
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.



Dr. William Barnette

Dr William Barnette’s thirty-eight-year career in crop protection R&D is marked by extensive experience in the discovery, development, and commercialization of new crop protection active ingredients. He has held leadership positions in Discovery, Process and Formulation Development, Regulatory Sciences, and Intellectual Property. For more than 10 years he led the DuPont Crop Protection Discovery Chemistry group during a period of exceptional productivity and innovation. After the sale of certain DuPont Crop Protection assets to FMC he worked on the integration of the former DuPont Crop Protection R&D organization with FMC Agricultural Solutions.



Matt Bray

Matt Bray
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.



mike carroll Mike Carroll
Global Registration Manager

Arysta LifeScience

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.



jean phillipe azoulay

Jean-Phillipe Azoulay
Director General

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.



Duncan Williams
Government Policy Advisor
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Duncan Williams is a government policy adviser in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He is currently leading on contingency plans to ensure we have a working plant protection product regulatory regime in place after the UK leaves the EU.




Euros Jones Euros Jones
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.



tom scott
Tom Scott
Global Director
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.



Jonathan Shoham
Jonathan Shoham
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.

What attendees say

Croplife Latin America

This event stimulates our industry to continue working for productivity and sustainability of agriculture.

Monica Velasquez Director

Pacific Agriscience

Gives well deserved recognition to successful agchem companies.

CS Liew Director

Frequently Asked Question

It’s very simple. Ensure you have read the entry guidelines and category criteria. Decide which category/categories you wish to enter, prepare your entry off-line. Once you are ready click ‘Enter Now’ which takes you through the entry stages; follow the on-screen instructions and submit your entry by clicking ‘Enter’.
Entering the Agrow Awards is free of charge.
If you are not sure which category your entry fits into please contact Lisa Anderberg at for further assistance.
We encourage entries in more than one category per individual or company, where appropriate; please ensure to review the category criteria and tailor your entry accordingly.
All submissions will be acknowledged by an automated email once you have submitted your entry. Our awards team will also get in touch with you again shortly before the entry deadline. If you have any concerns please contact
Following the judging, all companies and individuals will be notified by email. Finalists will be announced on our website and in the Agrow marketing email. You will then be sent a finalist pack giving ideas and tips on how to publicise your success.
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The Agrow Awards are highly regarded within the industry, winning an award marks you out as a leader in your field. In addition to your trophy and a certificate of recognition you will receive a winner’s pack which includes your awards winner logo, photos and ideas on how to publicise your success. You will also receive exposure and recognition through a special Agrow supplement.Following the judging, all companies and individuals will be notified by email. Finalists will be announced on our website and in the Agrow marketing email. You will then be sent a finalist pack giving ideas and tips on how to publicise your success.
The Agrow Awards are independently judged. Judging will take place in August 2017. The Judging Panel is an independent group of senior industry experts from around the world – guaranteeing objectivity and credibility. Judges are carefully allocated categories based on their specialist knowledge, expertise and experience within the industry.
Once entries have been received and processed, they will be distributed to the relevant judges for that category. There will be a minimum of three judges allocated to each category. The judges will use the published criteria against which to score the entry. They then submit their individual scores, which are collated before the finalists and, of course, the winners, are selected. A shortlist will be published; however, details of the winners will be embargoed and revealed only on the night of the awards ceremony itself.
The Chair of the Judging Panel reserves the right to cast any deciding vote, should the need arise. The judges’ decision is final and neither the organisers nor the Judging Panel will enter into any correspondence about the results.
It’s essential to book your place at the event. Please contact Ben Watkins on Tel: +44 (0)203 377 3911 or Email: for information.
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Yes, there are many sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Ben Watkins on Tel: +44 (0)203 377 3911 or Email: for information.
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