Philip Abrahams, Strategic Business Development Director, Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI). Dr. Abrahams has over 30 years’ experience working in business development, primarily in science publishing. During this time he has managed publications such as New Scientist magazine, Elsevier Trends Journals and the business services of the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). He has launched numerous journals, web services and magazines, and overseen the management of the RSC’s Chemistry Library and related information services, the largest collection of its kind in the world.
Phil joined CABI in 2009 and a year later led the fundraising for, and launch of, the Plantwise programme. Plantwise is a global initiative to develop plant health systems which contribute to improved food security and rural livelihoods by helping farmers lose less and feed more, through the identification, control and prevention of pests and diseases on crops. Supported by such donors as the European Commission, DFID, SDC, ACIAR, IrishAid, IFAD and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Plantwise has trained hundreds of plant doctors to run regular rural plant clinics in 24 countries and continues to grow.
In 2013, Phil’s role changed to coordinate CABI’s emerging business development activities in support of building agricultural trade and the roll-out of mobile agri-advisory services.
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