With Ph.D from Iowa State University, Ames-IA, MSc. and Agronomist from ESALQ-USP, Piracicaba-SP, Roberto de Rissi is one of the greatest minds in Brazilian agribusiness with focus on the seed industry. Roberto has more than 40 year experience in the seed sector and has worked for Syngenta, Cargill, Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer. During the last 10 years, he served as DuPont Pioneer's Brazil President. He is renowned for his detailed research and development knowledge and his ability to build strong competitive teams in the agricultural market.
Graduating with a degree from Central University of Finance and Economics Law School in 1989, Baozhai Chen has a storied career in the law sector, with a focus on corporate and business law. Baozhai has worked as a corporate lawyer for many different organisations in different regions, including Goldmann Sachs, HSBC, Petrobas and General Electric, and in her native China, Baozhai was a critical influence in the rise of multinational law firm Dacheng Law Offices.
Jerry Duff has led companies around the world in crop and animal agriculture, horticulture and allied industries in the development and registration of breakthrough technologies. He has worked in global agriculture for more than 35 years. Prior to AgriThority, Jerry started TDC International in 1985. The integrated marketing services company, now called Duff Dynamic Marketing, is led by his wife, Mary Jane.
Suresht Mahenda is a computing technology veteran, having worked his way through the ranks at Intel, and helping to establish various technology firms. He sits on the Challenge Advisory steering committee as our technology expert, helping us to stay technologically relevant, as well as to advise on our various technological pursuits. Suresht graduated with a degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and after some work with smaller tech startups in India, he moved to Intel in the United States in 1994, working at their headquarters in Santa Clara, California, contributing to the proliferation of the Pentium chip.