- EMMANUEL IYAGWERE AJAYI, D.Sc
Dr. Emmanuel I. AJAYI D.Sc is the Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Biostadt Company. Dr. Emmanuel Ajayi has been the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Syngenta Nigeria since January 2005 when he successfully executed the Go-To-Market strategy of Syngenta AG of Switzerland, the world’s leading agribusiness organization. Armed with a degree in Agronomy from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, an MBA (Marketing) from Kensington Business School, USA, another MBA in Technology Management and a Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) is a strategist per excellence. He has strong analytical skills and capabilities in Business Processes Re-Designs and Re-Engineering programmes.
He is a Fellow of Direct Marketing Institute of Nigeria, Member, Chartered Institute of Marketing of Nigeria as well as Member, Nigeria Institute of Management. He is a member of Nigerian society for Plant Protection where he has served in different capacities in the Executive. He is also a member of Croplife Nigeria where he served as Chairman, Technical committee for several years. He is a member of Nigerian economic Summit Group (NESG).
His experience spans through Research, Product Management, Sales and Marketing. He started his career with the International Institute of tropical Agriculture, Ibadan in 1986 after his National Youth service Corps programme where he distinguished himself as the “Best of Corpers Award” from Plateau State that year. In 1988, he joined the then Ciba Geigy as Agronomist (Technical Services) and climbed on to assume the position of the Country Head.
His managerial and leadership qualities led to his Gold award by Corporate & Media Communications in 2005 followed by Best manager award by Tell Magazine in 2006.