Serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Agrivida, Ron Meeusen is a pioneer in crop innovation, and has over 30 years of experience bringing new technologies and products to market. Managing Director of Cultivian Sandbox and co-founder and Managing Partner of Cultivian Ventures, Dr. Meeusen previously led the expansion of the biotechnology R&D program of Dow AgroSciences and founded Immuneworks, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Meeusen oversaw the world’s first field trial of a designated crop trait and the development and launch of one of the first insect- and herbicide-resistant corn hybrids. He earned a Ph.D. in plant cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
An investor and strategic advisor in the food and agribusiness sector, Rajiv Singh serves as the co-Chairperson for FoodShot Global, a moonshot-style challenge program. Previously, Mr. Singh served as CEO of Rabobank North America Wholesale Banking, where he led corporate banking, private equity and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, specialized products, food and agribusiness research, capital markets activities, and all operational and support functions. Prior to his tenure at Rabobank, Mr. Singh worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, and in corporate strategy and project operations at United Technologies and Nestle. He earned B.Tech and M.Tech degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Co-founder and Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners, Clint Bybee has helped organize and finance numerous companies, including MicroOptical Devices, Innovalight, and Intelligent Reasoning Systems. With ARCH, Mr. Bybee played a principal role in the founding of LabStart, an organization created to launch companies from technologies created at Los Alamos National Laboratory. President of the Texas Venture Capital Association, Mr. Bybee also serves on the Commercialization Advisory Committee for the Chancellor of the University of Texas System and the Advisory Board of the Yellowstone Park Foundation. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in engineering from Texas A&M University.
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Purina Mills, Inc., Edward McMillan joined the largest manufacturer and distributor of animal nutrition products in the United States as a field sales representative in 1969. He held various positions in marketing, business development, and diversified business management before being named President and CEO in 1988 and elected to the Board of Directors in 1993. The former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Animal Feed Industry Association, Mr. McMillan serves on numerous boards, including the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Mr. McMillan earned a B.S. in agricultural science from the University of Illinois.