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Dr Deborah Keith

BBSRC Council member

Dr Deborah Keith has over 30 years of experience in the science and technology sector, most recently in corporate R&D with Syngenta, a global agri-business. Following an early career in academic research in plant genetics, and in international development in Bhutan, she has spent the majority of her time focused on the commercialization of R&D innovation, which included heading up the Syngenta crop protection research portfolio to deliver global products to development, and leading R&D strategy development and organisational change. As Head of External Collaborations at Syngenta, Dr Keith headed global teams to build strategic partnerships with academia and commercial enterprises.

Dr Keith is currently Chair of James Hutton Ltd, Non-Executive Director of the Boards of RedAg Crop Protection Ltd, the John Innes Centre, the Aerospace Technology Institute and the James Hutton Institute, and Council member of the University of Warwick. She has previously been a consultant for Basagene working for the Bhutan Department of Agriculture, and conducted research at the John Innes Centre and University of Reading.

Term ends: 31 March 2020