Mary Shelman is Director of Harvard Business School’s Agribusiness Program which includes the renowned HBS Agribusiness Seminar, an executive education program that attracts 200 CEO’s and senior managers from the world’s leading food and agribusiness firms each year. She has led similar programs for Harvard Business School and other organizations in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Mary is recognized as a strategic pathfinder in the global food and agribusiness sector. She offers a particular competency in diagnosing the forces of change shaping the future of the industry and in identifying transformational approaches. Working with CEO’s of industry-leading firms such as Nestlé, Barilla, Bunge, Alltech, Fonterra, Olam and Yum! China, Mary has authored more than 50case studies highlighting situations of strategic change and transformational leadership. Her work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Market Leader, and the International Food and Agribusiness Management Review.
Actively engaging with these themes, Mary has served as a director of a number of fast-growth food and agribusiness firms. For 10 years she was Chairman of the Board of RiceTec, Inc., now the dominant US rice seed company with over 60% market share. She has been a board member of RiceTec AG, Stiftung Furst Liechtenstein, and the USA Rice Millers Association as well as a number of other organizations. Currently she advises the Irish government’s Food Marketing Board (BordBia) on the future direction of the Irish food industry, co-authoring Pathways for Growth which has played a pivotal role in revitalizing the sector.
Mary is a regular keynote speaker on themes of food and agribusiness. She is the current President of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA).
A native of Kentucky where she still owns a farm, Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree inChemical Engineering with High Distinction from the University of Kentucky and an MBA withDistinction from Harvard Business School.