Inari Company Overview
Inari Agriculture is an exciting early stage, high growth company working to create a winning global food system for all. We’re taking a revolutionary approach to transform plant breeding and contribute to a transparent agriculture system that is climate resilient, respectful of the environment, promotes health, empowers all farmers, and can continue to feed the growing global population. To solve these hard problems for world changing impact, we’re fearless in asking the questions no one else is, and determined to find the answers no one has.
Our success is dependent on great minds, collaborating to generate bright ideas and deliver exceptional outcomes.
Inari’s Seed Foundry™
The Seed Foundry is powered by Inari’s plant science and technology platforms. Through it we are looking at nature’s genetic diversity to produce high-performance seeds that require fewer resources. Our Seed Foundry can produce new seeds at 1/3 of current industry time and 10% of the costs.
Jobs at Inari
CEO & Director
Ponsi brings global knowledge of the agriculture and seeds business and extensive management and operational skills to her leadership of the company. Prior to joining, she was COO at Indigo Agriculture, where she led the R&D operations and built the international businesses. Beforehand, Ponsi held a number of leadership and commercial roles at Syngenta, most recently as President of Syngenta Seeds North America and Regional Director of North America where she led $3.5bn business. Before Syngenta, Ponsi held positions with McKinsey & Company as well as with Merrill Lynch Phatra in Asia. She holds a MBA with distinction from Cornell University.
VP, Communications & PR
Julie brings knowledge of external partnerships, communications and corporate relations, following in the footsteps of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, her grandfather, to expand his mission to feed the world’s hungry. Prior joining Inari, Julie served as Associate Director of External Relations at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. She also handled strategic initiatives for corporate relations within AgriLife Research at Texas A&M. Julie serves on several boards and advisory councils including the Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST), Community for Zero Hunger and Texas A&M Dallas Urban Agriculture Center Advisory Board. Julie received her MBA from the University of Dallas.
DR. CATHERINE FEUILLET
Chief Scientific Officer
Catherine brings deep experience in research innovation and extensive knowledge of genomics and wheat. Prior to Inari, she worked at Bayer CropScience where she was Head of Trait Research and at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) where she was the Research Director leading the development of wheat genomics projects. Catherine is a co-founder of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium. She received her PhD from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse. For her postdoctoral studies she served as an assistant professor at the University of Zurich, where she researched disease resistance genes and sought a better understanding of evolution of wheat and barley.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom brings years of corporate finance and capital markets experience in and around the agriculture value chain. Before joining Inari, he served as a managing director and head of the Agriculture, Clean Technology & Renewables investment banking group at Piper Jaffray, and was head of the group’s mergers and acquisitions practice. Prior to that, he worked in private equity and as a corporate-strategy consultant. Tom graduated from Harvard College and received an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.
DR. MICHAEL KOCK
VP, Innovation Catalyst
Michael brings 20 years of experience creating and implementing holistic IP strategies to enable innovation. Before joining Inari, Michael was Head of Intellectual Property at Syngenta. He shaped major M&A, litigation, and licensing deals, and was instrumental in setting up a new industry licensing platform for seeds. Prior to joining Syngenta, Michael spent 10 years at BASF. Michael received his PhD in Molecular Biology from Hamburg University, Germany and is a qualified European and Swiss Patent Attorney.
Matthew brings deep knowledge of digital agriculture and entrepreneurship. Matthew comes from The Climate Corporation after the company acquired Yield Pop, a seed analytics startup he founded that offers farmers unique insights into the performance of corn and soybean seeds. Prior to this, Matthew was Vegetables Portfolio Manager and Corporate Strategy Manager at Syngenta. Matthew began his career as a UK diplomat. He was responsible for a joint UK-China initiative on climate change launched by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Matthew has an MBA from Harvard University.
VP of People
Jennifer has led global people strategy and operations for more than 15 years in private and public companies, focusing on business growth and transformations. Most recently she was SVP, Global Human Resources with Monotype where she grew the employee population by 300% over four years. Prior to that, she held positions with Intralinks, Kadient, Netegrity, and Putnam Investments. Jennifer holds a BA in Sociology from Franklin & Marshall College, and is pursuing her coaching certification with Coaches Training Institute (CTI).
DR. MARK STOWERS
Chief Operations Officer, President - North America
Mark brings over 30 years experience in agriculture, operations and entrepreneurship. Before joining Inari, Mark was VP and Global Head of Research and Development of Limagrain. He led research and breeding at HM.Clause, a global leader in vegetable seeds. He has previously served at the senior executive level at Monsanto, POET, and Eastman Kodak. He has been the CEO or founder of five companies in sustainable agriculture, green chemistry and clean technology, securing over $2bn in financing. He holds a PhD in Microbiology from North Carolina State University, completed his postdoctoral studies at Cornell University and attended the Olin School of Business at Washington University – St. Louis.
We Are Pioneers
What is a pioneer? When Inari was named a World Economic Forum 2019 Technology Pioneer, CEO, Ponsi Trivisvavet shared her definition. She says those who “are willing to take the risk in order to get the rewards that are not only good for themselves, but for the bigger population.” Inari is pioneering in technology, science, and agriculture - to make the world better.
We come from diverse backgrounds
With over 120 employees we’ve deliberately built a team that brings a diversity of thought to all aspects of our business in order to generate new ideas, approaches, and ways of operating. And we've intentionally combined experience with potential; bringing ag industry experts with the desire to innovate together with bright minds from academia, human therapeutics, software, and consulting. Do you want to be part of a diverse and inclusive team developing unique solutions?
We are driven by purpose
How do you feed the world without starving the planet? Our team is driven to solve these hard problems for world-changing impact. We’re fearless in asking the questions no one else is and determined to find the answers no one has yet. Christy and Daniel joined Inari to have a high impact and challenge the unknown. Everyone has a reason for joining Inari, what will be yours?
I came to Inari because of the great opportunity in Cambridge to combine data science and the best molecular biology in the world.
I am excited to have an impact on making those big fields even more productive.
I never saw myself in agriculture, but when talking to the scientists here I could see the opportunity to help build computational platforms that supports a company mission that feeds the world. When I started interviewing I saw the potential for building new things at the intersection of engineering & data science -- that is what interested me most
I joined Inari because on this team I feel I help feed the world.