Dr. Joseph Byrum
Global Head, Product Development – Oilseeds, Syngenta
Dr. Joseph Byrum’s soy leadership role includes plant genetics, trait research and product development at Syngenta, helping deliver improved genetics and trait technologies for growers. Joe has extensive global experience in plant genetics and biotechnology, having been actively involved in plant biotechnology research, spanning genetics, genomics, breeding, physiology, compositional analysis, grain origination, and end-user applications. Since joining Syngenta in 2006, he has held a variety of leadership roles. Joe obtained his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Michigan State University. Joe earned his doctorate in Genetics from Iowa State University. Additionally, he is a Business and Society Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Most recently he became an INFORMS Edelman Fellow and was the chief architect of “Good Growth through Advanced Analytics,” a competition presentation that won the 2015 INFORMS Edelman Award for Excellence in Operations Research, which encompasses advanced mathematics and the management sciences.