Vice President, Bayer AG
Lino Dias is Vice President at Bayer AG, leading Smallholder Farming globally in the Crop Science Division. Since 2015, the focus of his work has been to empower smallholder farmers and build profitable and sustainable food value chains. He conceived the Better Life Farming (BLF) alliance, a consortium from Bayer and partners from public and private sectors, launched in 2018. BLF is currently in India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, with close to 1500 centers reaching more than 0.5 mio farmers and will expand to other world regions already in 2022. This initiative got a special recognition by the UNECE for its stakeholder engagement. Moreover, he co-authored recently a case study of BLF at the Harvard Business Review.
Lino has always kept an active exchange with academia and recently started an engagement as Invited Professor at the University of Lisbon.
Lino started working at Bayer in 2001 doing Research & Development for 2 years. Since then, he led several business projects in all regions of the world and in very diverse areas, such as supply chain, communication & change management, IT, product management and strategic marketing. In his previous position he was management support to the CEO.
With a graduation and a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Portugal, and an internship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the USA, he did several management and leadership trainings in leading business schools in the UK, Spain and Switzerland during his career at Bayer.
Lino is married, has 4 daughters, and speaks six languages fluently. He won several international awards and a City Medal from his hometown, Portalegre, in Portugal. His LinkedIn account had recently 440 K views and was on the Top 5% of most visited profiles in 2012.