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Crop Science Awards Judges

Dr. Alan D Baylis

Nuvistix Innovation

Dr. Alan D Baylis Dr Baylis is an independent consultant with over 30 years’ experience spanning UK arable farming to global R&D management in Syngenta and previously in Zeneca and ICI. An agronomist and crop physiologist, he has specialised in herbicides, adjuvants and PGRs. His career has covered the discovery process, through field testing to marketing. He has a PhD from the University of Leeds and an MBA from Henley Business School.  He is Chairman of the Society of Chemical Industry.



Dr. Jackie Bird

Former Editor, Agrow 

Dr. Jackie BirdDr Jackie Bird was the editor of Agrow for over a decade from 1996 until 2007. She started working as a science journalist in 1988, after having completed an MSc in animal breeding and a PhD in plant ecology. She wrote on animal health and on agriculture before becoming editor. She works freelance for Agrow, covering EU affairs.




Jim Bullock

Co-Founder, iFormulate Ltd

Jim BullockJim is co-founder of iFormulate Ltd which provides consultancy and training services in Formulation Technology to industries including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, biocides and cosmetics. iFormulate currently delivers training in agrochemical formulation on behalf of ATI/Informa. Previously Jim led R&D projects in formulation chemistry at ICI/Zeneca and at BASF he headed colours formulation development and managed marketing, strategy, R&D and regulatory activities in biocides.



Matthew Cossey

CEO, CropLife Australia

Matthew Cossey

Mathew Cossey has served as CEO of CropLife Australia since 2011.  He is also a director of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia.  He leads advocacy on crop protection, agricultural biotechnology and industry stewardship in Australia.  Prior to joining CropLife, he was a senior executive with a leading global defence and technology company, was General Secretary and Campaign Director for a major Australian political party, and also served as a Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser in the Australian Parliament.



Dr. Phil Smith

Publishing Director, Agribusiness Intelligence

Dr. Phil Smith

Phil has worked in the crop protection industry at May and Baker, Rhone-Poulenc and Aventis for 16 years as an R&D chemist in the herbicide and fungicide teams, including the fipronil and isoxaflutole groups and then as project leader for multidisciplinary rice and total herbicide discovery programs.  He joined Agrow in 2000 as editor of the product intelligence database before moving into various publishing management positions at Informa. 



Dr. Siang Hee Tan

Executive Director, CropLife Asia

Dr. Siang Hee TanDr Tan is Executive Director of CropLife Asia, the Asian operation of an international trade association with a presence in 91 countries. He is responsible for directing regulatory affairs, intellectual property rights, crop protection, seeds and biotechnology and advocacy & outreach programmes in 15 Asian countries. He is involved in various UN agendas including “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. He also set up the University of Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Genome Centre, and was involved in three start-up ventures developing Bioinformatics Software, Pre-natal Genetic Testing and TCM (Edible Birdnest). Dr Tan holds an MSc in Genetic Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia and a PhD in Molecular Biology from Okayama University, Japan. He received a Silver Award at the 2005 Geneva Intl Exhibitions & Inventions of New Techniques and Products, a US Government Cochran Fellowship for biological research and UPM awards for Research & Development.



Sanjiv Rana

Editor-in-Chief, Agrow

Sanjiv Rana is Editor-in-Chief of Agrow, the London-based global crop protection industry news service. He has been a journalist for 15 years and has been leading Agrow since 2007. Sanjiv has a good overview of the global industry and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. After acquiring an MBA from India’s top business school, IIM Ahmedabad, he worked in the agrochemical industry for three years during the mid-90s, before moving to business journalism. Prior to becoming Agrow’s Editor-in-Chief, Sanjiv also obtained an MA degree in English Literature and followed it up with an MA in International Journalism from the UK.



Shubao Sun

General Secretary, China Crop Protection Industry Association (CCPIA)

Shubao Sun had been the general secretary of the China Crop Protection Industry Association (CCPIA) for ten years and then has been the president of CCPIA for four yeras. He started his career in the agrochemical division of the China Petroleum and Chemistry Commission in 1990. His work for the National Development and Reform Commission on pesticide policy issues has involved drafting several high profile policies.



Dr Noriharu Ken Umetsu

Visiting Professor, Kibi International University

Dr Umetsu is a Visiting Professor at Kibi International University in Japan and East China University of Science and Technology in China, and a part-time consultant for chemical companies. He has extensive experience in research and development and commercialisation of agrochemicals at universities such as University of California and at agrochemical companies. He was president of the Pesticide Science Society of Japan (PSSJ) and currently Honorary Member of the society. He also was a board member of the International Society for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS). 

Pradip Dave

President, Pesticides Manufacturers and Formulators Association of India

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Pradip P Dave is a 40-year veteran of the agrochemical industry. He has been president of the Pesticides Manufacturers and Forumulators Association of India for the past 21 years and chairman of Aimco Pesticides since 1992.




Yuanjie Su

Yuanjie Su

Dr. Su leads Informa’s Seed Services and team up with colleagues at Phillips McDougall, IEG Consultancy division, etc., to conduct in depth analysis for competitive landscape and market trend of the global seed business and biotechnology. 

Dr. Su’s expertise includes technology evaluation, product portfolio competitive analysis, R&D pipeline evaluation and development, market outlook, strategy development and due diligence.
Before joining Phillips McDougall in 2017, Dr. Su worked at Monsanto for four years with a diverse experience of breeding division, including front-line R&D, competitive landscape evaluation, breeding data management, IP and capital investment strategy evaluation, etc. Since 2017, Yuanjie is certified Project Management Professional and holds a certification for Google Analytics. 

He is fluent in both Chinese and English


What attendees say


A great event that showcases the future of our industry.

Finalist 2018

Marrone Bio

It is a premier event that recognises valuable contributions from the agro industry's best, with extreme organisation and professionalism.

Finalist 2018

Compliance Services

An important and respected award ceremony, which reflects excellence in the industry.

Finalist 2018

European Crop Protection Association

It is great to see how our industry is evolving through various achievements.

Finalist 2018


It is a great event to get up to date with the current status of the agrochemical industry and see great achievements recognised by your peers.

Attendee 2018


We are incredibly honoured and proud to see our efforts to improve transparency applauded by this prestigious industry event.

Finalist 2018