DR. COLIN D’SILVA
Marketing & Communications Committee Co-Chair
Vice President, Corporate Affairs (Government Relations Asia Pacific), Cargill
Colin D’Silva is the Vice President of Government Relations Asia Pacific for Cargill stationed in Singapore. In this role, Colin will lead engagements with government stakeholders across the region on issues of importance to Cargill’s businesses, customers and other stakeholders. He will lead a team of government relations experts across Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining Cargill, Colin was the Head of Communications and Government Affairs Asia Pacific at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare. In this role, he was responsible for external communications, internal communications and government relations across the region with the objectives of building trust, belief and advocacy amongst internal and external stakeholders.
Colin has more than 15 years of experience in corporate affairs, public relations, issues management, sustainability and brand management at regional and global levels. Before joining GSK, he was with Skin Inc. as Global Director, Scientific Affairs and Brand Communications. In this role, Colin was responsible for ensuring that Innovation and Communication became key drivers of business growth globally.
From 2008 – 2016, Colin was with Procter & Gamble (P&G) as Associate Director, External Relations – Beauty and Grooming where he had responsibility for the Retail Beauty and Prestige Beauty Sectors in Asia Pacific and the SK-II brand, globally. In this role, Colin managed a variety of stakeholders from celebrity ambassadors and dermatologists to the beauty media in markets across Asia Pacific and the United States. Colin was an integral part of the team responsible for making SK-II P&G Asia’s first billion-dollar brand.
From 2002 – 2007, Colin was Principal Scientist and Scientific Communications Manager for P&G Asia Pacific. In this role, he was the primary spokesperson for P&G’s cosmetic science, technology and innovation to government and regulatory officials, medical and beauty professionals and media.
Colin joined P&G as a Scientist in Japan, overseeing Regulatory Affairs for Personal Cleansing products, Skin Care products, Cosmetics and OTC drugs in Asia Pacific. In this role, he influenced, shaped and managed the external landscape on cosmetic and OTC regulations, working with Asian regulatory bodies and government agencies.
Colin began his career in Canada as a Research Fellow with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and later with the National Institute of Animal Industry, Japan.
Colin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry, and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Microbiology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.