Bayer CropScience

Iain Kelly

Director, Regulatory Policy and Issue Management, Bayer CropScience

Iain Kelly, Ph.D. has over 30 years’ experience in the agrochemical industry with Bayer and legacy companies, holding a wide variety of technical and regulatory positions relating to assessing and managing the risks associated with the use of crop protection products. In his present role he coordinates a range of bee health related topics and is a Bayer Research Fellow. He is the current chair of CropLife America’s Pollinator Team. Originally a native of Scotland he has lived in the U.S. since 1986 and is now a citizen.

Iain holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Leeds University, UK, and his practical experience with pesticide development covers the fields of residue chemistry, plant metabolism, environmental fate and human and environmental risk assessment. He has a major interest in holistic approaches to risk assessment and is a champion of cross-functional teams in assessing and minimizing any potential risks associated with crop protection products. His experience in this area covers an extensive range of major projects from food, drinking water and residential uses to non-target organisms such as plants and bees. Iain has been an active leader in industry committees, workgroups and scientific societies to further the use of sound science in the registration of crop protection products.

He chaired the CropLife America team that developed CARES (Cumulative and Aggregate Risk Assessment System) for quantifying human risk. He also chaired CropLife America’s Environmental Risk Assessment Committee during which time, in collaboration with CropLife International, he led an industry effort to develop and conduct environmental risk assessment workshops for regulatory authorities and industry representatives in Southeast Asia and Latin America. He has participated in several national and international expert symposia on risk assessment as well as presenting widely on the topic. Recently he has been involved in numerous outreach activities aimed at bringing a diverse stakeholder base together to address the challenges of ensuring healthy honey bees and is current chair of CropLife America’s Pollinator Team. Iain has received a number of internal and external awards for his work including a CropLife America Workhorse award, a CropLife America Lincoln award and twice winning Bayer CropScience’s top Luminary award.

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Posted On: Monday, 3/10/2014 12:51 am
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