Mr. Le Page is the founder of Heartland Global Inc., a demonstration of his passion for new business and enterprise development through technology transfer, research and market innovation, stakeholder engagement, creative partnerships and mutually beneficial growth.
Mr. Le Page’s career includes 25 years management experience in farming, agribusiness, high value horticulture, and rural development in Africa, Asia and US. He has consulted for the World Bank, IFC, USAID, agri-business, trade associations and non-profits. Prior to starting the consulting practice Lloyd was CEO of the CGIAR Consortium, the world’s largest public agriculture and natural resources research institution, spanning 15 research centers globally, operating in over 200 locations, and supported by 64 national government and private foundation donors.
Mr. Le Page led DuPont-Pioneer’s Global Sustainable Agriculture and Development program. In this capacity he focused on creating innovative sustainable development partnerships which increased farmer productivity, and enhanced agricultural value chains while improving the business and technology acceptance environment. He led the strategy development and execution of Pioneer’s sustainable development activities. These included creation and leadership of strategic partnerships to develop trait and seed products, and innovative seed systems, including business partnerships and technology acceptance activities. Lloyd targeted and led development of business initiatives and value chain partnerships, in previously under-served markets. This increased farmer productivity and business value resulting in improved community economy. Working with international and local business teams, or where necessary independently, in new markets Lloyd was responsible for ensuring proposal preparation, implementation, evaluation, replication and scale-up. He developed and managed relationships with international and local partners including donors, foreign and US governments, non-profit organizations, research and academic institutions and other private sector businesses. He represented Pioneer and DuPont and advocated for positive agricultural development policies and resource commitments in individual meetings with senior government officials, in high level sustainable development and food security forums, and in working groups and steering committees such as the UN, USAID, FAO, and CGIAR. The role supported Pioneer’s citizenship and CSR initiatives, including education and capacity building and interacted at all levels with private, public, non-profit and academic sectors both in the US and in developing countries, especially Africa.
Prior to his move to the US, Lloyd worked for Pioneer as regional supply chain manager for Africa, and previously as production manager in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In these roles Lloyd managed large capital expansion projects as well as addressing supply chain and product deployment challenges of reaching small and large farmers in Africa. He was also involved with trade and regulatory issues of seed movement and was responsible for implementing quality management systems such as ISO9001:2000 in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Egypt. Lloyd participated in various committees of Africa-Bio, SANSOR and the Seed Trade.
Prior to Pioneer, Lloyd’s career involved farm and livestock management, horticulture, agro-processing, general management and finally sales agronomy in Zimbabwe.
Lloyd has served on many non-profit and advisory boards including the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA), Empower Tanzania Inc, the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF), Iowa Council for International Understanding (ICIU), Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD), Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), CropLife Africa, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa (PCHPA), African Bio-fortified Sorghum (ABS) consortium, the West Africa Seed Alliance (WASA), the Alliance for Seed in East and Southern Africa (ASIESA) and the Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Lloyd was among the founding participants of the Base of the Pyramid Protocol™ and has spoken at many global corporate citizenship events including at Wharton School of Business, Cornell, UNC, ISU and Drake. In 2006 Lloyd was awarded the AIARD Young Professional of the Year and was selected for Leadership Iowa 2009-2010
Although Lloyd is British, he spent his childhood in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Kenya. Lloyd moved to Iowa with his family in 2004 and lives in Des Moines.