The management team and Board of Directors of NSIP includes people with distinguished careers in a diverse array of disciplines.
Jorge Fenyvesi, M.S.
Chief Executive Officer
Jorge Fenyvesi holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico and from Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, with an MS degree in Parasitology and business and entrepreneurship studies at Babson College, Boston. He has 44 years of experience in managerial and directive jobs with The Dow Chemical Company, DNA Plant Technology and Savia and PLENUS Groups. Currently he is Director General of Agromod, a worldwide leader in the production and commercialization of Maradol papayas in Mexico, Canada, and the USA; CEO of Agracast, a global company in the breeding of castor and related agrotechnologies; as well as CEO of Nature Source Improved Plants.
Suresh Prabhakaran, Ph.D.
Head of Global Business Development
Suresh Prabhakaran brings extensive experience and expertise in the Agricultural sector in the areas of R&D, product development, market development, business planning, and strategy execution in Crop Protection, Seeds and Traits business platforms. Prior to joining NSIP, he held several commercial and technology leadership positions at Dow AgroSciences over the past 19 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Entomology and Biochemistry and thus brings a strong science background in addition to his Business Development experience, which has included large product portfolios and transactions in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Canada, and Africa in addition to the U.S.
Steven Tanksley, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Steven Tanksley holds a B.S. in agronomy and a Ph.D. in genetics. He was a co-founder of Nature Source Genetics, and is an Emeritus Professor of Plant Breeding at Cornell University. He was one of the pioneers of genome mapping and molecular breeding in plants and spear-headed the first successful DNA map-based gene cloning in plants. Steve has received many awards for his work, including the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Award, the Wolf Prize in Agriculture, and most recently the Japan Prize.
Alfonso Romo Garza Laguera, Ing.
Mr. Romo has a degree in Agricultural Engineering from ITESM (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico). He has participated as an executive in various companies such as Vector Casa de Bolsa, Agromod and now NSIP. In 2006 he founded the company EducarUno where he leads several educational projects. He works with the Business Development team of NSIP and is a member of the Board of Directors.
Cuauhtémoc Navarro, Ph.D.
Director, In Vitro Division
Cuauhtémoc Navarro holds a B.S. in agronomy and a Ph.D. in plant physiology. He is a highly experienced operative director broadly practiced in plant propagation in vitro and R&D businesses in Mexico, Central America and the U.S. He helped start up and grow the largest micropropagation facility in Latin America, with 100 Million plants delivered to the agricultural business, as well as implementing the first commercial laboratory to scale up coffee plants production through somatic embryogenesis in bioreactors (temporary immersion system). He has been instrumental in the development of projects for ‘Elite’ propagative material production with corporate organizations. He directs the In Vitro division of NSIP, in Tapachula, Mexico.
Theresa Fulton, Ph.D.
Director, Plant Breeding & Genetics Division
Theresa Fulton holds an MS in Plant Breeding and Genetics, and a Ph.D. in Science Education. She worked in plant breeding for 14 years before becoming the Director of Education & Outreach for the Institute for Genomic Diversity, a non-profit, where she worked to develop educational materials for both plant breeders and the general public, and taught short courses in plant molecular breeding in countries across Africa for many years. She was a co-founder of Nature Source Genetics, and was the Director of Operations there before helping co-found NSIP. She directs the Ithaca division of NSIP and is on the Board of Directors.
Luis Porras, MBA
Board of Directors
Luis Porras has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from ITESM (México), and a dual MBA from ITESM and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He has 24 years of experience in the financial markets, leading private transactions exceeding USD$1,000 million. Luis has participated as a board member of various companies, institutions, and agencies, including Vector Casa de Bolsa, ITESM Campus Monterrey’s Business Incubator, and as Founding Director of AMEXCAP (Mexican Association of Private Equity) and has participated as a member of the Investment Committees of Monterrey Capital Partners and Mezzanine México Uno, private equity funds oriented to growth companies in Mexico.
Francisco Garza, CPA, MBA, MBL
Board of Directors
Francisco Garza is a member of the Board for a number of companies, non-profit organizations and professional organizations. He is a CPA and holds a MBA and MBL, with strong experience in finance and planning for private and public companies. Francisco participates as a tutor for students involved in leadership programs at two of the main universities in Monterrey, Mexico. Currently, he is the Corporate Business Development VP at Grupo PLENUS as well as being on the Board of Directors for NSIP.