Suri Sehgal holds a Ph.D in Plant Genetics from Harvard University, and a diploma in business management from Harvard Business School.
He is the founder and chairman of Misr Hytech Seed, Egypt; and Hytech Seed, India. He is the founder and chairman of the Sehgal Foundation, USA, and S. M. Sehgal Foundation, India. He is the former President of Pioneer Overseas Corporation and vice president Pioneer Hi-Bred International, now owned by DuPont. He is the former Chief Operating Officer and Member Board of Directors of Plant Genetic Systems, Belgium, now a Bayer CropBioscience Company. He is the founder and former chairman of Proagro Group of companies, India, which were acquired by AgrEvo-Hoechst Schering in 1998, and are now owned by Bayer of Germany. He served on the board of Crop Design, a Belgian biotech company, now owned by BASF, and on the board of Great Lakes Hybrids as a representative of KWS before its merger with Limagrain seed operations in the US to form AgReliant Genetics.
He served as a trustee of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, a CGIAR international center located in Ibadan, Nigeria, & served on the board of Diversity, a news journal for the International Plant Genetic Resources Community. He is the founder of the William L.Brown Center for Economic Botany at the Missouri Botanical Garden at St Louis, Missouri and an Emeritus Trustee of the Garden. He is the recipient of many awards and honors in agriculture and philonthropy.