Keynote Speaker

Elzandi Oosthuizen, Vice President of Global Geographic Strategy, Monsanto Company

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Elzandi Oosthuizen is vice president of global geographic strategy at Monsanto Co., where she leads several teams in analyzing current and future trends and technology advances in the food and agriculture industry to inform expansion of the company’s global operations. Elzandi’s team implements integrated strategies to create value in new categories like data science, plant health and fertility in developing world regions.

Elzandi started her 12 year career with Monsanto in South Africa and has held global and regional roles across the company’s Seed & Traits, Crop Protection and Vegetable operations. Most recently, she led the U.S. Row Crops division in Iowa and was responsible for delivering the division’s volume and revenue goals while executing Monsanto’s multi-brand strategy to grow market share and increase profitability in key agricultural markets.

In addition to her work for Monsanto, Elzandi is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion, as well as helping empower women. She demonstrates this passion through her involvement in several initiatives, including Monsanto’s Supplier Diversity Mentoring Program, United Way, Kingdom House St. Louis and Global Give Back Circle Mentors. She was named YWCA Leader in the Workplace in 2012 and participates in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women NextGen conference.

Elzandi holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science and Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science Honors in Genetics from the University of Pretoria. She also holds a Master of Science in Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding from University of the Free State and an MBA from North-West University in South Africa.

Women Changing the Face of Agriculture provides career advice and direction for young women in high school and college who are thinking about a career in agriculture. At the conference, women learn more about careers in the industry, network with women from across the country, and interact with others interested in similar careers. To learn more about the conference, visit or email us.




For an idea of what sort of keynote address you might expect at the 2017 Women Changing the Face of Agriculture event, review the following video of 2016 keynote speaker Marij Guyler-Alaniz.