Mr. Dilip Gokhale

Dilip is educated in economics and business (Master’s from I.I.M., Ahmedabad, India) and has attended general management programmes at Columbia University, New York and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago).

Dilip was General Manager, Mahyco Seeds in India in the early 1970s and Head of Syngenta’s seeds business in India from 1987 to 1998 which he set up as a one-man operation in 1987. The business was profitable from day one. Syngenta’s current seeds sales in India exceed $ 70 million.

In 1999 Dilip moved to Basel, Switzerland as Global Head, Field Crops. In 2002 October, he was requested to fix the Asia Pacific Region, which was in red for over five years. As Head, APAC, he increased sales from $ 47 Mio 2002 to 131 Mio in 2006 and EBITDA from negative to 31 Mio. As Head, Field Crops and Region Head, APAC, he was on Novartis / Syngenta Seeds’ Global Management Committee from 1999 to 2007.

In 2007 he assumed the responsibility of Global Head, Biofuels Development at Syngenta, and in 2009 the additional responsibility as Senior Advisor, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. He retired from Syngenta at the end of 2010 after nearly 31 years with the company.

Dilip has held positions of Chairman of Board of Directors of Syngenta Seed companies in Korea and Thailand and Director of six Syngenta seed companies in China, Japan and India.

He is a member, Board of the Management School of the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok (the other Indian Board member being Mr. Narayana Murthy of Infosys). He has given seminars on Agribusiness management at the Harvard Business School and at Market Matters’ programmes in Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He also teaches at Seed Enterprises Management Institute of the Nairobi University.

For Dilip’s work on tropicalisation sugar beets, Syngenta received a U.N. award in 2008.

From January 2011, Dilip works as a part time Consultant to AGRA on seed systems development in East, West and Southern Africa.