Jai Shroff is the Chairman and Group CEO of UPL Limited. He is a well-recognized global leader in sustainable agricultural development and across agribusiness, with over 30 years’ experience in India and internationally.
UPL is focused on strengthening food security in 138 countries by offering world class technologies and solutions for sustainable agriculture production. Under Jai’s leadership, UPL is one of the fastest growing agri-input companies in the world with a strong presence in the Seeds, Plant Nutrition, Crop Protection and Post-Harvest Food Preservation value chains, with annual revenues exceeding $6bn USD. UPL holds around 14,000 product registrations and more than 1,300 patents globally, illustrating the extent of the company’s focus on innovation across a diverse product portfolio.
UPL’s purpose – OpenAg – is to create an open network for agriculture, activating connections across the world’s agriculture system. It aims to power new levels of sustainable growth – for farmers, for producers, for customers, for partners, and for societies everywhere. It is a fundamentally optimistic view of the future of agriculture; one with no limits, and no borders, that feeds sustainable growth for all.
Jai has driven the transformation of UPL from a largely domestic player to a truly global multinational. Today, UPL has a global workforce comprising of more than 25 different nationalities. It operates 35 manufacturing plants in India, Asia, Europe, Latin and North America and serve the farming community across the globe.
Jai’s vision for UPL is to endeavour to continually provide smart, affordable and profitable solutions to the global farming community with a strong focus on Innovation, Research and Excellence by “Reimagining Sustainability” for farms, farmers and food systems worldwide. Jai believes in the power of collaboration and inter-sectoral partnerships. He is actively involved in the global development agenda, including the World Economic Forum’s Grow Africa and Grow Asia initiatives, IFPRI’s Sustainable Agriculture and Global Food Security Initiative, WBCSD, Chicago Council, IGD and ICAR.