Martha  Schlicher

Martha Schlicher

Bioenergy Technology Lead
Monsanto Company

Martha leads Monsanto’s bioenergy efforts in the technology organization focused on utilizing Monsanto’s scientific expertise and capabilities to support the existing corn based ethanol industry, to develop Monsanto’s sweet sorghum and sugarcane product pipeline in Brazil and to identify and act upon new opportunities to create value for growers in the field of renewables. The responsibilities of this effort include generating and providing sound data to help guide sound regulatory policies and decisions related to bioenergy, development of sustainable models and markets for stover removal, fostering new technologies to ensure the long term economic viability and sustainability of the use of corn for renewables, and identification and development of new markets. Martha has over 20 years of direct agricultural and biofuels industry experience from previous roles at Monsanto, leadership of the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) - the only independent feedstock to fuel bio-processing testing facility in the world, and as the head of Technology and Business Development for a London based renewables company, GTL Resources plc. Martha has held roles within Monsanto leading the Environmental and Regulatory Sciences and Regulatory Policy Groups, the Ag Biotech Crop Teams, and the US Western Corn Belt Commercial Business Martha has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Indiana University, a Ph.D. in Bio-organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Martha serves as a Trustee for the St. Louis Academy of Science, as a Technical Advisor to the NCERC, as a member of the Department of Energy Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee, as a Board member of GTL Resources plc and Illinois River Energy, LLC, as a member of the Renewable Fuels Association co-product and educational committees, and as an industry advisor to the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy Research at Washington University in St. Louis, the Department of Agricultural Economics at University of Missouri, Columba and the Midwest Governors Association LCFS Advisory Group.