•Outstanding Technical Achievement•
Centers for Biology Excellence
Global Leader, Global Crop Protection R&D Director
The Dow Chemical Company
M.S. (equivalent) agronomy engineering, Universitat de Lleida, Spain; B.S. (equivalent), agricultural engineering, Universitat Politècnica, Catalunya, Spain/Università degli Studi, Sassari, Italy; Additional Marketing Degree from the Agriculture Biosciences Industries in Spain.
Monica Sorribas was born and raised in the urban environment of Barcelona, Spain, but with the agricultural heritage of her family’s roots in a small farming village in rural Catalonia. That heritage came to the fore when she became the first in her family to attend a university and decided to study agriculture engineering at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain, in a joint program with the Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italy.
After successfully completing her bachelor’s degree, she used an Erasmus scholarship to study abroad, traveling alone to Italy to complete her dissertation around natural strains optimization for food industry fermentation processes. Her resilience in adapting successfully to a new culture and unfamiliar language would serve her well as her career developed.
After completing her internship, Ms. Sorribas continued her research in Italy for a year before returning to Spain to pursue her master’s degree in agronomy engineering at the Universitat de Lleida. She worked on her dissertation on the “Evaluation of the rehabilitation methodology to be applied in the carboniferous area of Ebro River in Mequinenza (Zaragoza, Spain)” led to a Spanish Minister of Agriculture Scholarship and
a recommendation for hiring in a position as a field scientist with Dow AgroSciences in Spain and Portugal.
Ms. Sorribas’ discipline, leadership and communication style so impressed her supervisors that they sent her to Fresno, California as a visiting scientist. Her skills at rapid cultural assimilation soon resulted in the offer of a position as lead research scientist in the state, working with two research stations and leading more than 30 employees. Before long, Dow decided they needed her talent for aligning scientific initiatives with business
objectives at corporate headquarters in Indiana, where she was rapidly promoted to Field R&D Leader in Coastal States.
Her successes at Dow headquarters led to an unprecedented career achievement when she was chosen to head up the largest single project in the history of the Dow Chemical Company as Global Project Leader for the Enlist weed control system, an extraordinarily complex technology with components of input trait introgression in plants, herbicide development, and crop improvement.
In her current role as the Global R&D Director for the Centers for Biology Excellence in the Crop Protection Division of Dow AgroSciences, Ms. Sorribas is responsible for researching the performance of products in clinical trials for a $7 billion business division that includes more than 70 employees located in more than 10 countries. She also leads and develops the strategy and implementation of Technology Transfer Education activities for all business technologies to train and equip the company’s more than 2,000 employees on commercial teams and oversees all operational aspects to support the Crop Protection Research and Development function, which includes financial planning, tracking and alignment.
With numerous scientific publications, presentations, regulatory registrations, and 10 patents to her name (and seven more pending), Ms. Sorribas easily earned inclusion in the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 list. She is a member of the Weed Science Society of America and an active member of the annual Indiana Latino Expo.
-By Vinnie Longobardo