2nd International Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia

Strengthening Resilience, Equity and Integration in ASEAN Food and Agriculture Systems
12-13 November 2014 • Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines

Dr. Siang Hee Tan

tanExecutive Director
CropLife Asia


Siang Hee 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, crop protection, biotechnology and outreach programs in 15 Asian countries. Other professional experience includes set-up the Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Genome Centre, and management of two start-up ventures developing Bioinformatics Software and Pre-natal Genetic Testing. Additionally, at Sime Darby he was responsible for: setting-up the biotechnology Section for the Sime Darby Technology Centre (genetic testing for leukemia and pre-post bone marrow transplant monitoring for the Subang Jaya Medical Centre); for managing the Northern Corridor Economic Region Project (NCER) on large scale farming; and for developing an agri-entrepreneur program. Dr. Tan holds a BSc in Plant Pathology from the Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, an MSc in Genetic Engineering from UPM and a PhD in Molecular Biology (Plant Virus) from Okayama University, Japan. Professional recognition includes a Silver Award at the 2005 Geneva International Exhibitions and 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 and development.


Session 6A: Agri-food Industry Investments to Promote Food Security
Session 1D: 2015 and Beyond: Helping Farmers Grow Plant Biotech Industry Products in the Pipeline


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About the Organizer


SEARCA is one of the 21 regional centers of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO). Founded on 27 November 1966, SEARCA is mandated to strengthen institutional capacities in agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia through graduate education, short-term training, research and development, and knowledge management.

Contact Us

For further information and inquiries, please contact:

Acting Program Head
Research and Development
Department, SEARCA
Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines

Tel: +63 49 536-2287 loc 131