Simon Jan de Hoop

Story

Simon is East-West Seed's Innovation Counsel and former Chief R&D Officer.

One of the very first employees to join back in 1984, Simon Jan was head-hunted by the founder of East-West Seed, Simon Groot. While studying Plant Breeding at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Simon Jan received a phone call from Simon Groot asking if he’d like to be at the very beginning of the East-West Seed journey as a plant breeder.

He was “very excited to be part of a company that had to be built up from scratch.” The right person for the right job, he has been a key part of the East-West Seed success story from the start

Bio

Team : R&D Research/Biotechnology

Current position : Innovation Counsel

Works for East-West Seed since : 1984

Based in : Chiang Mai, Thailand

Education

Masters in Plant Breeding
Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Honorary Doctorate
Maejo University, Thailand

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