Shachi Gurumayum


Shachi grew up in Manipur, passing his 10th from Manipur Public School. He finished his 12th as a school topper from Sandur Residential School in Karnataka. Following graduation with Honours in Chemistry from St. Stephen’s College , where he was a Sanwa Bank Scholarship recipient as well as an Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Fellow, Shachi was able to pursue MSc and PhD studies abroad through scholarships and grants from the UK government, the University of Bristol and the Lubrizol Corporation.

Shachi started his formal career as a research scientist at Lubrizol during which time he was selected as a Young Person of the Year 2003 by the UK Chemical Industries Association. While at Lubrizol, he also worked at the company’s head office in Ohio, USA, on an intra-company assignment. In 2006, for his contributions to British science, he met with HRH Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at a reception in Buckingham Palace. Shachi also worked for BP, the Oil & Gas company in a work-and-study agreement supported by Lord Browne, the then CEO of BP, enabling him to simultaneously complete his MBA from HEC Paris.

In 2008, he joined Syngenta, a Swiss agribusiness company, where, after a year-and-a-half long stint in the Global Business Development team, he spent many years in the Africa Middle East business in various management and leadership roles. Between 2013 and 2015, Dr. Shachi (as he was referred to by his Nigerian stakeholders) was responsible for establishing and managing Syngenta’s subsidiary business in Nigeria and made Syngenta Nigeria an integral part of the country’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda led by Dr. Akinwumi Adesina. Shachi is now the Director of a Swiss-based company that supports international organizations expand into Africa.

Over the years, Shachi has also formally and informally advised multiple agribusinesses in Africa and Asia which share many of the same challenges in achieving food, nutritional and health security. He was also a judge and mentor in the 2017 Thought for Food Challenge with two of the teams he mentored coming out top in the competition. Shachi has attended executive courses at Purdue University, INSEAD and Harvard, and was featured in a Harvard Business School case study entitled “Syngenta: Committing to Africa” published in 2015. He is a strong believer that business and community development must go hand-in-hand and one’s progress should lead to the benefit of the other.