Robert (Rob) Berendes, Ph.D., joined Flagship Pioneering in 2014 as an advisory partner and focuses on providing strategic counsel and support to the Flagship. He serves on the board and in advisory roles to Flagship companies focused on innovations that address sustainability in the energy, water, and agriculture/nutrition sectors. His industry experience draws from his roles at Proctor & Gamble and Syngenta and consulting experience at McKinsey.
Rob is co-owner and partner at a-connect, a global consulting firm and talent pool headquartered in Switzerland. His career has spanned leadership roles in consulting, business development, research & development, and operations. Previously, he was head of business development and a member of the executive committee at Syngenta and in addition, he was responsible for Syngenta’s research and development on an interim basis. Prior to that he headed the diverse field crops unit, and from 2002 to 2005 was head of the strategy, planning and M&A department at Syngenta. During his tenure at Syngenta, Robert was responsible for more than 30 acquisitions and for establishing the leading Corporate Venture Capital group in the agricultural industry.
Before joining Syngenta he was a partner at McKinsey & Company, co-heading the firm’s European Chemical Practice. He started his career as a process engineer at Procter & Gamble. Robert has a degree in chemistry from the University of Cologne and a doctorate in biophysics from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry/Technical University of Munich.