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Petra Laux
Head Business Sustainability, Syngenta Crop Protection

Petra Laux is Head of Business Sustainability for Syngenta Crop Protection, a global leader in plant health innovation, helping growers improve farm productivity and sustainability. As Head of Business Sustainability, Petra leads a global team responsible for sustainable & responsible use of Syngenta CP technologies, accelerating innovation. Her team is also responsible for public affairs and public policy as well as regulatory for the crop protection business unit. Petra is a senior public affairs leader with over 25 years of experience in the research based pharmaceutical industry. She joined Syngenta in 2019 as Head of EAME Business Sustainability and then stepped in as Chief Sustainability Officer for Syngenta Group during the first half of 2021. Before, she was in Novartis Headquarter in Basel where she has been leading the Global Public Affairs function for over a decade, responsible for government relations, public policy, advocacy and ensuring the company is best positioned. Acting as a credible broker between business, society and public sector she delivered impactful government affairs strategies promoting sustainable win-win solutions. Petra holds a Master’s in Public Health, a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and is a trained Pharmacist. She has working experience in Germany, Europe and at global level, implementing programs across Washington, Brussels, Sao Paolo, Bejing and Tokyo. She has served as Board member in various associations and in Novartis Holding Germany.


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