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Simon seed

One of the very first employees to join back in 1984, Simon Jan was head-hunted by the founder of East-West Seed, Simon Groot. While studying Plant Breeding at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Simon Jan received a phone call from Simon Groot asking if he’d like to be at the very beginning of the East-West Seed journey as a plant breeder.

He was “very excited to be part of a company that had to be built up from scratch.” The right person for the right job, he has been a key part of the East-West Seed success story from the start.

Team : Board of Management

Current position : Vice President for Research and Development, Member of the Board of Management

Works for East-West Seed since : 1984

Based in : Chiang Mai, Thailand


Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Masters in Plant Breeding

Maejo University, Thailand
Honorary Doctorate

Other Team Members

Nathabhat Soontornpalin

As Chief Crop Strategist and a member of the Business Development Team (BDT) for the East-West Seed Group, Ms Soontornpalin l.

Vicky Zeng

Ms. Zeng offers extensive experience in strategic planning, process improvement, and working with various functions at both h.

Dilip Rajan

Dilip joined East-West Seed as General Manager for India in June 2018. He has over 25 years’ international experience wi.

Rutger Groot

Rutger Groot is a member of the supervisory board of East-West Seed (since 2006) and concurrently chairs the East-West Seed K.

Simon Groot

Simon N. Groot is the founder of East-West Seed and the World Food Prize Laureate 2019.Simon Groot is a 6th generation descen.

Ard Groot

Ard Groot comes from seven generations of seedsmen who formed the foundations of the Dutch seed industry in Enkhuizen, The Ne.

Bert van der Feltz

Mr. van der Feltz is President and CEO of the East-West Seed Group. Earlier he served as Senior Vice President of the company.

Michel Devarrewaere

Mr. Devarrewaere has over 28 years of experience in the seed industry in both the public and private sectors, where he held t.

Stuart Morris

Just a small change to their farming methods can have a big impact on their livelihood. Stuart believes the vegetable fa.

Dr. Conrado Balatero

We take an integrated breeding approach for developing new varieties.Dr. Conrad’s journey began with East-West Seed in .

Dr. Hatthaya Arunothayanan

An academy of learning.“Our biotech provides the tools to our plant breeders to completely transform the breeding progr.

Lysette Lacambra

Happy farmers means happy extension workers. After starting out as a Technology Transfer Specialist in the Philippines f.

Dr. Darush Struss

Biotech makes modern plant breeding possible.As well as an “MS degree in Plant Pathology, a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding fro.

Lamai Yapanan

Turning plant breeding from a science into an art form.Lamai firmly believes that “a plant breeder is both scientist an.

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One of the very first employees to join back in 1984, Simon Jan was head-hunted by the founder of East-West Seed, Simon Groot. While studying Plant Breeding at Wageningen