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Dr Andrew Powell

CEO, Asia BioBusiness

Dr Andrew Powell has been in Singapore for over 30 years and is the CEO of Asia BioBusiness Pte. Ltd. He has worked as a consultant since 1995, primarily focusing on the agriculture and food sectors. Projects have included agri-food sector policy, food security, agtech and food tech, and management of open innovation systems. Clients come from both the private (MNCs and SMEs) and public sector and include Syngenta, Bayer, Tate and Lyle, Dupont Biosciences and Nutrition, CropLife Australia, USDA, APEC, UNDP, UNEP, FAO, NZ Bio, the governments of Ireland, Scotland, Chile, Malaysia , Australia, etc.

Andrew is a highly effective resource mobiliser with a global network across all areas of life science but especially in food and agriculture. He has also been active in Risk Communication for more than 15 years, conducting training and offering advice to both public and private sector clients. He is especially interested on how innovation is communicated and advises clients on communication strategies to ensure social license to operate is ensured.
Andrew graduated from the University of Edinburgh with honours in Biology and obtained his Ph.D. 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.

Andrew was a member of the Alberta Government’s Research and Innovation Advisory Committee (ARIAC) from 2017-2019 and sat on the advisory board for Syngenta’s Rice Bowl Index (measuring Food System Robustness) from 2012-2018. He is also the Director, SE Asia for UI-Global which supports universities, innovation hubs, development agencies and entrepreneurs, commercialize innovations and create sustainable businesses. Andrew is a mentor for The Yield Lab Asia Pacific accelerator based in Singapore.