Robert Berendes

Operating director

Robert Berendes is an Operating Director of Paine Schwartz Partners.

Mr. Berendes has a strong background in the agriculture industry, and co-owns and serves as a partner of a-connect, a global consulting firm specializing in strategy implementation, growth projects and change management. He also serves as a venture partner with Flagship Ventures. Before his role at a-connect, Mr. Berendes worked with Syngenta, a leading specialist in enhancing crop productivity. Mr. Berendes joined Syngenta in 2002 from McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner. From 2007 through 2014, he was Syngenta’s head of business development and a member of the executive committee. Additionally, from October 2012 to December 2013, he had interim responsibility for the company’s research and development. Prior to that he headed the diverse field crops unit, and from 2002 to 2005, was head of the strategy, planning and M&A department.

Robert serves on the boards of AgBiTech and Verdesian Life Sciences. He holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Cologne and a PhD in Biophysics from the Technical University of Munich.