Glen Illing

Glen Illing

Chief Executive Officer

Glen is a global business leader skilled in building and developing Life Science, Agribusiness and Biotechnology companies and thrives on bridging the gap between science, technology and business. He has over 25 years of management experience from the genetics industry leading multinational and geographically dispersed teams, developing and implementing global strategies across Asia, Central Europe, South America, USA and Europe. Glen has managed companies through growth, market downturns, disease challenges, and strong competition by restructuring and innovatively developing solutions to revitalise organisations.

He pioneered, researched and launched a multi-species strategy to establish the aquaculture genetics and biotechnology SyAqua Group of companies in Latin America and Asia and successfully led a management buyout of the Group in 2006 spearheading it as Chief Executive Officer. He expanded the business into Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and India, attracted a strategic investor and exited the investment in 2012. In his most recent role Glen has restructured, developed and implemented strategies as Regional Director in Asia Pacific & Africa for Topigs Norsvin, one of the most innovative global pig genetics companies.

He is a resourceful, systematic and enthusiastic leader with an ability to liberate research ideas and concepts and translate them into commercial opportunities. Glen has an MBA from the University of Bath, graduated in Agriculture from Seale-Hayne Plymouth University, and holds a post grad DMS from Oxford Brookes University. He is a keen sailor with strong interest in all aspects of nature, environment, biology, food production and processing.