Beverley Postma, Chief Executive Officer, HarvestPlus
Bev Postma leads HarvestPlus, an international agriculture and nutrition research program based in Washington, DC with ten offices in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. HarvestPlus tackles hidden hunger on a global scale by breeding vitamins and minerals into everyday food crops, working with partners to build sustainable food systems and bridge the gap between agriculture and nutrition.
Ms. Postma has 25 years of experience as a policy expert in international food systems, nutrition and food security. Prior to joining HarvestPlus in 2016, she spent six years as the founder and Executive Director of Food Industry Asia, a successful non-profit regional platform tackling food security, nutrition and regulatory harmonization. In that role, she fostered multi-sectoral partnerships between major food companies and public sector affiliations, including the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, and the regional trade bodies, APEC and ASEAN. Ms. Postma was a founding partner of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) convened by the World Bank and a founding member of the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN).
Ms. Postma’s experience with food and agriculture stems from her childhood growing up in a farming community in the UK. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in marine biology, she spent three years as a PhD Research Assistant with the University of Liverpool before accepting a Technical Development role with the Isle of Man Milk Marketing Board. This led to eight years with the UK National Farmers’ Union, including regional advocacy roles in the UK and Brussels. During that time, she was a prominent spokesperson for complex trade policies and agriculture negotiations in the European Union. Thereafter, Ms. Postma spent four years with Kellogg’s in Europe, and Syngenta in Asia. At Syngenta, she worked with regional and country leadership teams in Southeast Asia to support social, environmental and economic benefits of crop protection and seed technology. This included the promotion of integrated food security initiatives with multiple stakeholders across Asia and beyond.
Ms. Postma received her BSc in marine biology (with honors) from the University of Liverpool and a Higher National Certificate (with distinction) in business and finance from Isle of Man College. She is the 2016 recipient of the Gold Standard Award for Professional Excellence.