Siang Hee Tan
Executive Director, CropLife Asia
Dr. Tan is currently Executive Director of CropLife Asia, the Asian operation of an international trade association with a presence in 91 countries. At CropLife Asia, he is responsible for directing Regulatory Affairs, Intellectual Property Rights, Crop Protection, Seeds and Biotechnology and Advocacy & Outreach programmes in 15 Asian countries. Also is involved in various UN agendas including “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Other professional experience includes set-up the University of Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Genome Centre, and management of 2 start-up ventures developing Bioinformatics Software and Edible Birdnest. Additionally, at Sime Darby he was responsible for: setting-up the biotechnology Section for the Sime Darby Technology Centre, for project managing the Northern Corridor Economic Region Project (NCER) on large scale farming and Aeroponics Vegetables Farming, and for developing an agri- entrepreneur program. He was also the CEO of HLH-Agri International Pte Ltd managing Agri-tainment park, Corn processing factory in China, commodity trading and large scale maize farming in Indonesia and Cambodia. Dr. Tan holds a B.Sc. in Plant Pathology from the Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, a M.Sc in Genetic Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology (Plant Virus) from Okayama University in Japan. Professional recognition includes a Silver Award at the 2005 Geneva Intl Exhibitions & Inventions of New Techniques and Products, a US Government Cochran Fellowship for biological research at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, and UPM awards for Research & Development.