Michael SUMMERS, Summers Associates Ltd, UK
Michael SUMMERS received his BSc in Botany from Exeter University (UK) in 1964. He brings more than 45 years of broad, worldwide, hands-on general management experience in plant breeding, biotechnology and seeds. His consultancy activity and experience in non-executive director positions provide an unusually broad vision.
After graduation he joined Fisons Limited (UK) Management Training Scheme followed by experience in agricultural and industrial chemicals, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals. In 1971 he joined the Nickerson Seed Company, already partly owned by Shell, originally in marketing and then in UK General Management.
In 1979, in France, Mr SUMMERS established Shell’s field crop breeding, production and marketing subsidiary. Profitability was achieved in only four years and he led the business for 8 years. In 1987 he was appointed General Manger of Shell’s ailing vegetable seed subsidiary, Nickerson Zwaan (NL), and helped to achieve a turnaround in two years. In 1989 he returned to the UK to join the team responsible for Shell’s divestment of plant breeding and biotech, and its sale to Groupe Limagrain.
In 1990 he set up SUMMERS ASSOCIATES – a worldwide consultancy focussed on biotechnology licensing and plant breeding technology in a uniquely wide range of feed, food and industrial crops, vegetables and ornamentals. In addition to a number of non-executive board positions Mr SUMMERS has carried out missions for numerous financial investors and companies including Japan Tobacco, Groupe Limagrain, Seminis, Innotech Investments, Agricultural Genetics Company (UK), Paradigm Genetics, Anawah (now Arcadia), Norsk Hydro, Groupe Plan, Sakata, NIAB, Elsoms, Preesman and many others . Also in 1990 he became part-time Managing Director of Floranova Ltd (UK). He negotiated the acquisition of the Clause flower seeds business in 1995 and took the combined company from significant losses to a high level of profitability. He retired from Floranova at the end of 2006, after more than 16 years, having helped achieve its sale to a private investor.
Mr. SUMMERS now focuses on a very small group of clients – specifically BenchBio, New Energy Farms, Synpromics and Plastid.
Dr Mei Lie MC Tan Germany
Dr TAN has more than15 years experience in licensing in/out technology and acquisition of R & D projects, subsidies and setting up collaborations worldwide. She did her studies and PhD in 1987 in Cell/Molecular Biology and Plant Breeding from Univ. Amsterdam, Agric. Univ Wageningen, Simon Fraser Univ. Canada.She started her career as a Biotech Research Manager at Zaadunie/Sandoz Seeds (the Netherlands) followed by Product Development Manager and Business Development Manager at Mogen International BV. in the Netherlands, later Zeneca Ltd (UK/Germany) & Syngenta Inc. (Switzerland), She is a member of International Network in Science and Agro Business, Food industry, Biopharma, Seed, and Fresh Produce industry. She is currently founder and Director of Crea Nova Consultancy and has set up a JV and Research laboratory in South America.
Anindya Roy-MUKHERJEE, UK
Anindya ROY-MUKHERJEE has more than 13 years experience in advisory services – primarily strategy and management consulting in firms such as A.T. Kearney and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. In his consultancy career, Mr ROY-MUKHERJEE has advised numerous private equity, corporate and government clients in the UK, Germany, South Africa, USA, Middle East and India.
Mr ROY-MUKHERJEE’s career, after an MBA, started in the market research industry in the consumer products, automotive and industrial sectors. In a career spanning 5 years in India, Middle East and the UK, Anindya held several account management positions for Unilever and H J Heinz’s consumer insight and new product development research in their personal care, homecare and frozen foods businesses. During this time Mr ROY-MUKHERJEE also participated in corporate strategy and market entry strategy projects with Monitor Company, Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture in India, Egypt and the UK for a wide variety of clients including Indian aluminium companies, Japanese automotive manufacturers and UK retailers.
Following a career in market research, Mr ROY-MUKHERJEE moved into strategy and management consulting as an Associate in A.T. Kearney where he advised clients in the UK government, global IT services sector and financial services on operational strategy, performance improvement and growth strategies. During his time in A.T. Kearney, Mr ROY-MUKHERJEE was involved in several large-scale performance improvement projects with benefits typically ranging between GBP 10-50m. In 2005, Mr ROY-MUKHERJEE joined Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as a Senior Project Manager. At Roland Berger, Mr ROY-MUKHERJEE advised several large private equity clients in the UK, Germany and the Middle East on large cross-border leveraged buyouts / acquisitions (deal sizes ranging from GBP 250m – 1 bln) in the pharma/healthcare, consumer and retail, utilities, aerospace & defence and business services sectors.