Howard Minigh has informed the Board of Directors of CropLife International that he is concluding his tenure as CEO and President of CropLife International after leading the organization for over a decade. Howard installed modern governance, revitalized the crop protection unit, built a global plant biotechnology team and set a high standard for professionalism for the CropLife International team and the global CropLife network. During his tenure, CropLife International has focused uniquely on the interests of members. Howard will be available to assist the Board and his successor for a smooth transition.
Giulia Di Tommaso is the new CEO and President of CropLife International. Giulia brings extensive experience as leader in executive global roles, including strategy, transformation change, sustainability, communications, reputation management, risk and issues management as well as legal and compliance.
Before joining CropLife International, Giulia was Chief Communications & Sustainability Officer at the Ferrero Group, leading global communications, sustainability and risk and issues management.
Her international career includes more than a decade with Unilever at its London headquarters, as well as in Brussels and Africa, leading the company's communications and legal teams in reputation and sustainability in global and national executive roles.
She has also been a senior strategic advisor to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on private sector partnership engagement. She led negotiations culminating in the international agreement on climate change, food loss and waste and smallholder farmers between Unilever and FAO.
Over the years Giulia has built a network within international organizations including the World Economic Forum, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Investment Climate Facility for Africa, the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, the EU-Africa Summits, the Southern Corridor of Tanzania, the UN organizations (FAO, IFAD, WFP), the World Bank, and the EU institutions.
Giulia has been an attorney at law in Brussels and holds a master's in European law. She is alumna of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, UK.
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