Simon Jan de Hoop

Story

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 : Managing Board

Current position : Chief R&D Officer

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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Ard Groot

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Simon Groot

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Rutger Groot

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Dilip Rajan

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Douwe Zijp

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Cathlea Barote

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Marc-Philippe Garnaud

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Joost van Elzakker

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Paul Chaytor

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G.C. Shivakumar

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Michel Devarrewaere

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