Food & Nutrition Security – The Biosecurity, Health, Trade Nexus

13-14 December 2021, Canberra


Mr Rob Kaan, MBA

Managing Director; Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea.  Corteva Agriscience™

Currently based in Sydney, Australia, he is responsible for the strategic leadership and commercial activities for the Australia / New Zealand and Japan / Korea business units.

Rob has worked in Agricultural businesses since 1998.  He spent the first part of his career in commercial roles in Sydney, Perth and regional locations such as Tamworth and Moree, NSW before relocating to the United States in 2007 to lead global product portfolios.  In 2009, Rob relocated to Kuala Lumper, Malaysia to lead the SE Asia business units before returning to the United States again in 2011 to lead global portfolios for crop protection across global corn and soybean markets until 2016. 

In these roles Rob has had the opportunity to travel extensively and work with partners and farmers in many Agricultural markets around the globe including South America, Asia, Europe, North America and ANZ.  He has also worked closely with consultants such as McKinsey on Organization Design and Culture projects both at Dow Chemical and in the creation of Corteva Agriscience.

In 2016, Rob returned to Australia to lead local businesses through the DowDuPont merger and integration through to the final formation of Corteva Agriscience on June 1, 2019.

Rob completed his Master of Business Administration at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Rob is married to Rhonda and has two kids, Oliver (16) and Harriet (14).  Hobbies include surfing, skiing, golf, running, reading and guitar.