Andrew D Powell

Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer

Asia BioBusiness, Singapore

About me

Andrew graduated from the University of Edinburgh with honours in Biology and obtained his Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Calgary, Canada. He has held research and academic positions at the University of Guelph, Canada, the National Institute for Health Sciences in Tokyo, and Tsukuba, Japan and the National University of Singapore.

He has worked as a consultant since 1995 and founded Asia BioBusiness with Professor Paul Teng in 2005. His consulting activities focus on the life sciences in general and, in particular, the agriculture and food sectors. Clients come from both the private (MNCs and SMEs) and public sector. Clients include Syngenta, Bayer, Tate and Lyle, Dupont Biosciences and Nutrition, CropLife Australia, USDA, APEC, UNDP, UNEP, FAO, NZ Bio, the governments of Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Chile, Malaysia etc. 

He is currently driving a global multi-stakeholder initiative that will establish a Centre of Excellence for Smallholder Farmers in Singapore.

Andrew was a member of the Alberta Government’s Research and Innovation Advisory Committee (ARIAC) from2017 to 2019. He is also on the Advisory Committee of The Scientific American/ BioIndustry Organization Worldview Publication. From 2012 to 2017 he sat on the advisory board for Syngenta’s Rice Bowl Index.  

Areas of expertise:

Food Security; Agtech; Food Tech; Seed Biology and Technology; Agbiotechnology and Transgenics; Plant Tissue Culture; Open Innovation and Partnerships for Commercialisation/Scale-Up/Licensing; Risk Management in Innovation; Communication for Regulatory Approval and Social License

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