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Padma Commuri

Director, R and D Agricultural Solutions, BASF Corporation RTP

Raleigh, NC

Committee: Technical Advisory and Finance

Term Ends: 2026


Padma Commuri is the Director of Research & Development of Agricultural Solutions – North America for BASF. She was named to this role in January 2021 and is responsible for the oversight of R&D. In this position, Padma is establishing R&D capabilities to support the development and evaluation of connected cropping systems offers across seeds, crop protection, digital and sustainability and the integration of these systems into a grower’s operations and practices.  She has more than 25 years of experience in biotechnology, seeds and crop protection research and development. Padma most recently worked at Syngenta in various positions including Project and Portfolio Management.

Padma is passionate about customer centric innovation and contributing toward the transformation of the agricultural food system for the better.


B.S. Agriculture Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University 1988

M.S. Agronomy, Biochemistry University of Wisconsin-Madison 1993

Ph.D. Agronomy, Plant Genetics University of Minnesota 1997