Tell us about yourself/your team.
I am leading the areas of Crop Enhancement and Water solutions at Syngenta. This area focuses on the new frontier in agriculture and food production based on combating environmental stresses including drought, heat, frost, floods etc which have plagued farmers around the world in recent years. I have been building the Water space at Syngenta over the past 4 years as a critical pillar in Syngetna's strategy and help feeding the world in the face of climate changes, a growing population and food security issues globally. I have been building businesses throughout my career. My previous roles have been to set up a therapeutic proteins pharmaceutical business for Crucell Holland NV (now J&J) and other startup activities in the internet/telecom/mobile spaces.
What makes you an intrapreneur? What are the skills, capabilities, and personality traits that make you an intrapreneur?
I am now responsbile for most new innovative technologies at Syngenta, the world leading agribusiness with >$13Bn in sales(2011). I develop innovative solutions and platforms which address the growing unresolved needs of farmers in areas that before my involvement have not really been a priority yet are already limiting global food production today. I have also built new business models and integrated solutions from other industries into Agriculture, provided a holistic approach to managing water and bridged between large companies (e.g GE, Levi's, Nestle) and startups that needed help in scale up and market access. The ciritical traits are persistance, stakeholder management, vision and a true value propostion for a commercial corporation to enable such innovation to get to market.