Mr. Shai Leviatov, has been appointed as Head of Research & Development of Evogene's subsidiary, Evofuel, effective September 2nd, 2012. In his role, Mr. Leviatov will oversee Evofuel's R&D activities of plant feedstock development for the biofuel industry, focusing nowadays on the development of improved castor bean seeds as a viable source for production of biodiesel and biojet.
For the past four years, Mr. Shai Leviatov served as Head of R&D Israel at Syngenta Seeds, one of the world leading seed companies. Mr. Leviatov managed collaborations with third party companies and academia as part of the global strategy of Syngenta. Mr. Leviatov also served as the global leader for Syngenta breeding for the protected cultivation tomato market in Mediterranean countries, Asia and the Americas and led innovation and technology implementation. Prior to that, Mr. Leviatov served as the Head of tomato breeding team at Zeraim Gedera Seed Company, which was acquired by Syngenta Seeds in 2007. Mr. Leviatov holds B.Sc and M.Sc degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Agriculture, specializing in plant physiology and genetics.
"We are pleased to have Shai Leviatov join our team at Evofuel. With Shai's vast R&D and commercial management experience in the past 20 years, together with his firm and deep understanding of the seed industry and crop development, we strongly believe that he will bring substantial value to our development efforts and operations," said Mr. Assaf Oron, Evofuel's General Manager. "With Evofuel's recently announced progress and expanded development activity in Latin America markets, focusing on Brazil and Argentina, in the upcoming years we intend to intensively address up-scaling of our infrastructure and seed production towards meeting our commercialization goals."