Mr. Berendes is a venture partner at Flagship Pioneering and Chairman of the Board of both Indigo Ag and CiBO Technologies. Mr. Berendes has a strong background in the agriculture industry. He co-owns and serves as a partner of a-connect, a global talent management firm, where he leads the Ag, Food and Chemicals sector. He also is an Operating Director at Paine Schwartz Partners and serves on the Board of Directors of Verdesian Life Sciences and AgBiTech. Before, Mr. Berendes worked with Syngenta. From 2007 through 2014, Berendes was Syngenta’s global head of business development and a member of the executive committee. Additionally since October 2012, he had interim responsibility for the company’s global 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. Mr. Berendes joined Syngenta in 2002 from McKinsey & Company, where he was a partner. He started his professional career at Procter & Gamble as a process engineer. He has a PhD in Biophysics from the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry and Technical University of Munich and a Diploma in Chemistry from the University of Cologne.