Dr David Lawrence
David Lawrence graduated in chemistry from Oxford University with an MA and DPhil in chemical pharmacology. He joined ICI in 1974, where he worked as a chemist and biochemist and, unusually, across the span of chemistry, seeds and biological control. He held a variety of people and project management roles, culminating in his position as Head of International R&D Projects in Zeneca Agrochemicals, prior to the Syngenta merger in 2000. Became Head of R&D in Syngenta (2002-2009), with responsibility across chemistry, biotechnology, biological control and plant breeding.On retirement from Syngenta in April 2009, after 35 years in the industry, he was elected as a non-executive director of Syngenta AG, and chair of the Syngenta Science & Technology Advisory Board. He is currently a member of the Audit Committee. He was a Member of the Lead Expert Group on Food & Farming, which produced a comprehensive Foresight Report in early 2011, and continues to be a member of the UK Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum and the UK Agrifood-tech Strategy Leadership Council. He is currently the Chair of the UK Knowledge Transfer Network, and a member of the Rainbow Venture Fund Board. He is also a member of the Nuffield Council for Bioethics. In addition, he consults for a number of universities and biotechnology companies in the Europe and the USA.