Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2002
Ensuring sustainable livelihoods:

challenges for governments, corporates, and civil society at Rio+10
8 - 11 February 2002, New Delhi

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Dr Paul S. Teng, Ph.D.
Asia-Pacific Director for Science and Technology, Monsanto Company, USA

Dr. Teng is currently Vice-President Asia Pacific, Public Affairs, for Monsanto Company. He was until recently Monsanto’s Asia Pacific Director of Science and Technology, responsible for all aspects of biotechnology outreach programs, development and management of a project portfolio for cooperative research, and contributory to the company’s sustainable development goals. Dr. Teng joined Monsanto in January 1999.

Prior to that, he was with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines, as its Program Leader for Cross-ecosystems Research, (1991-1998) and its Integrated Pest Management Coordinator (1987-1990). He provided scientific and administrative leadership to a multidisciplinary group of 34 internationally-recruited scientists working on germplasm conservation and biodiversity, biotechnology for rice improvement, pest ecology and diversity, systems analysis and computer simulation for natural resource management, and social/technology impact assessment.

Between 1978-1987, Dr. Teng was at the University of Minnesota, U.S.A, where he rose from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, then Professor of Plant Pathology. Between 1989-90, he was Professor and Department Chair, Plant Pathology, University of Hawaii.

Dr. Teng graduated in 1973 with First Class Honours, Bachelor of Agricultural Science, from Lincoln College, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He also obtained in 1978 a Ph.D. in agricultural microbiology/systems research, from the same university.

Dr. Teng has been recognized for his work through the following honors

  • Awarded the Eriksson Prize for Plant Pathology by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science in 1987, (this is awarded every five years to the plant pathologist who has made significant contributions to solving an international plant disease problem; only Asian to have received this prize);
  • Elected a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society in 1994, (Only Malaysian to have been honored by the world’s largest and most influential professional society for plant pathologists); and
  • Elected an Associate Fellow, Third World Academy of Sciences, 1996 (one of five Malaysians to have been elected to this global academy; at any one time there are only 350 fellows worldwide).
  • He is also cited in the 1996-97 Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

Dr. Teng has served on many international boards –

  • Board of Directors of International Consortium for Agricultural Systems Applications (ICASA),
  • International Advisory Board of the C.T. de Wit Graduate School of Production Ecology,
  • U.S. IPM Collaborative Research Support Program;
  • Board of Directors of the Consortium for International Crop Protection (1981-87) and
  • BOD, International Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (1982-88).

He is also an advisor to the Y.L. Nene Foundation for Agricultural History. He is a past Chairman of the Epidemiology Committees of the International Society of Plant Pathology and the American Phytopathological Society. Dr. Teng has also been a consultant for F.A.O., the World Bank and several other organizations.

Dr. Teng’s research has concentrated on the epidemiology of plant diseases, and its application to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and sustainable agriculture. He has worked extensively on computer simulation of agricultural systems. He has published over 250 journal papers and eight books on his research. Dr. Teng has visited more than 51 countries in support of agricultural R & D. He is very familiar with agricultural and natural resource management issues in Asia.

In addition, Dr. Teng has started two SMBs specifically aimed at introducing new agricultural technologies to Asia.