Prasad Pullabhatla is executive vice-president of the food and agribusiness advisory and research team at Yes Bank, India’s fourth largest private sector bank. Trained in agriculture and agribusiness management, Prasad’s previous professional assignments have been across the food and agribusiness value chain. He has worked with start-ups and organised players, including BASF Chemicals and Reliance Retail amongst others.
Vasudevan Chinnathambi is co-founder of Ninjacart. He has over 10 years of experience in the technology and product development domains with companies such as Infosys, HindustanTimes and TaxiForSure. At Ninjacart, Vasudevan is responsible for people practice, marketing and new category business.
Troy Muyshondt is co-founder and business lead of Dockflow, a company focused on moving logistics into the digital era. Dockflow enables partners in logistics chains to share information on a flexible, secure and easy-to-use platform – reducing tedious administrative tasks and human error. During his time as a practising lawyer, Troy specialised in maritime and transport law, giving him a first-hand insight into the inefficiencies of the logistics industry. Determined to find a solution, he obtained an MBA in digital transformation, with his thesis focusing on the possibilities of blockchain technology for logistics.
Tarun Arora is a director of IG International. His role focuses on guiding the company through diversification and growth, as it continues to position itself as one of the leaders in the Indian fresh fruit industry. Sensing the need to develop an end-to-end cool chain, Tarun has played a leading hand in establishing IG Supply Chain, a network of temperature-controlled warehouses holding a capacity of 20,000 pallets across nine facilities. In addition to the cool stores, IG Supply Chain operates a fleet of 70 trucks, 50 of which are reefer trucks that ship products from ports to markets. Tarun holds a Diploma in Private Equity from Harvard Business School, along with an MBA from MIT School of Business. He is the son of IG International chairman G.C Arora.
Sanjay Badhe is an independent marketing and retail consultant. He works on a range of projects within the FMCG and food categories, including new product development, channel conflict, pricing, private label, consumer decision making and brand performance. Before becoming an independent consultant, Sanjay worked with Tata Trent, Aditya Birla Group and Shoppers Stop in India, along with the Al Futtaim Group in the Middle East.
Girish Sarda is director – sales and marketing at Monsoon Green Earth (MGE) Farms. He has over 15 years experience working across various agriculture sectors, with his expertise including fresh produce retail, food safety and certifications. He has been involved in India’s fresh produce export trade for the past nine years and joined MGE Farms in 2016.
Krishna Mishra is founder and chairman of the Ekutir group of companies. With a strong background in rural banking, micro-finance and technology services, Krishna has been aiding impoverished communities in rural areas for over 30 years. A Global Ashoka fellow, Krishna is widely recognised for social innovation and developing inclusive business models. He is also the co-founder of Blooom International, an agritech initiative from eKutir and Fairtrasa, a Swiss Fair trade company.
Sanjay Dasari is co-founder of WayCool Foods. As one of India’s fastest growing food distribution platforms, WayCool leverages innovative technology to scale-up and operate a complex supply chain. Sanjay focuses on developing the company’s sales and distribution channels, maintaining marketing and brand recall, and digital transformation initiatives.
Akash Agarwal is chief executive of Crystal Logistic Cool Chain, which provides various cold chain services. He is involved in developing the company’s medium- and long-term business plans and heads up all marketing activities. Under Akash's leadership, the company has entered a joint venture with Titans Group. Known as Crystal Titan Containers, the joint venture focuses on solutions for the portable cold storage business.
Gonçalo Santos Andrade is president and chief executive of Portugal Fresh, an association that promotes fruit, vegetables and flowers from the European nation. He is also a partner in Casa Prudêncio, a fourth-generation agribusiness founded in 1906. He has more than 25 year of experience in the berry business and helped launch Portugal’s first berry growers organisation, Lusomorango, in 2004. He continues to serve as a member of Lusomorango’s executive board of directors.
Dinesh Shinde is the owner and founder of Anusaya Group. Dinesh has played a leading role in India’s fruit and vegetable import trade over the past two decades, primarily through the food service sector. The group’s fresh produce division, Anusaya Fresh, is a key supplier to a number of India’s leading hotel chains, including Marriott, Grand Hyatt, Oberoi, Sahara Star and Courtyard, along with the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai. With strong business links to Thailand, the US, Serbia, Dubai and Vietnam, Anusaya Fresh handles some of the worlds most recognisable fresh produce brands, including Mission, Avanza, Camet, Fruitlife and Justberry.
Dominika Kozarzewska is chief executive of the Polskie Jagody (Polish Berries) Producers Organisation, a member of the Polish Berry Cooperative (PBC). PBC is in turn one of the founders of European Berry Growers, a marketing alliance of berry producers from Spain, Portugal and Poland, which offers year-round supply of blueberry fruit to Asian markets. Dominika comes from a family of blueberry growers and has extensive experience in fruit production and marketing. She is also a board member of the Polish Blueberry Promotion Foundation.
Andy Zhang is the Asia market representative at Dole Food Company. With close to 20 years of experience in global fruit sourcing and retailing, Andy has a profound understanding of the perishable food industry and new retail channels. His role is dedicated to developing an efficient supply chain business platform that connects Dole’s Asian operation with customers and suppliers worldwide.
Asish Puri is vice-president of Avalon Consulting, part of the Cordence Group. With close to 14 years of management consulting experience, predominantly in consumer and building products, he has devised and implemented strategies for small, medium and large companies. Growth, diversification, and turnaround strategies are the core areas in which he assists clients in India, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe.
Lakshmipriyan is the founder and chief executive of FarmFolks. His professional career includes appointments with Amul, Mother Dairy and Bharti Walmart India. Lakshmipriyan founded FarmFolks in 2015 with colleagues from Bharti Walmart. The business started as an aggregation model focusing on value addition and branding for bananas from the Mysore region in Karnataka, before transitioning into an end-to-end supply chain service provider. FarmFolks has started replicating this model for other crops in different regions in India’s south.
Siebe Schuur is the agriculture counsellor for India and Sri Lanka at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Siebe has worked as an economic diplomat for the last 20 years in Taipei, Beijing, Jakarta and Brussels. Prior to that he worked at the Netherland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague. Siebe assumed his current post in August 2018 and is based at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New Delhi.
Swathi Vurrakula is business development manager – India at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. Her role is to facilitate the growth of India’s agriculture and food sectors by drawing on the technical expertise of Dutch-based Wageningen Research. Swathi places a particular focus on accelerating knowledge and technology transfer in postharvest and supply chain management.
Jithendra Nimmagadda is chief operating officer of Krishnapatnam Port Company (KPCL). His prime responsibility is heading up the port’s container terminal. He has played a leading role in implementing scientific processes at the container terminal and developing a positive organisational culture, which has helped Krishnapatnam become one of India’s fastest growing and most efficient terminal ports.
Roberto Rodriguez is export sales manager at Mission Produce, one of the world’s largest avocado suppliers. Based in Mission’s head office in California, Roberto oversees the development of new markets such as India and the Middle East. He is also responsible for avocado sales into established markets such as Canada, Chile and Argentina.
Himanshu Arora is Zespri International’s general manager for a range of markets including India, South East Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. Based in Zespri’s global hub in Singapore, Himanshu oversees the operations and financial performance of the markets that fall under his remit. Before joining the kiwifruit marketer in 2018, Himanshu helped leading FMCG brands Cadbury and Red Bull build high performance teams across the Indian Subcontinent and South-East Asia.
Ahmet Tunali is area manager – sales, South-East Asia at Rijk Zwaan. Ahmet joined Rijk Zwaan in 1994 and spent the majority of his career with the leading seed company as an area manager in the Middle East. Ahmet started working in India in 2002 and was actively involved in developing the gherkin processing industry in South India. Since 2014 he has been involved in the activities of Rijk Zwaan India, which was established in 2010. Together with Rijk Zwaan’s local team, he is helping to develop India’s agricultural sector to stimulate exports. Ahmet is also responsible for developing Rijk Zwaan’s business in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Avinash Joshi is vice president of fruit and vegetables at Reliance Retail. He has 29 years of experience in India’s food and agribusiness sectors, during which time he has developed a strong network of contacts, including growers, manufacturers, NGO’s and retailers from across the globe.
MJ Khan is chairman of the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA). Under his leadership, ICFA has been constituted. ICFA serves as the apex level policy research and trade facilitation body and national knowledge resource centre for the food and agriculture sector in India. It also acts as a global platform for partnerships, technology, investments and agribusiness services. During his tenure as chairman, MJ has led delegations of agriculture stakeholders to Israel, Holland, France, Germany and China. He also launched the International Agriculture Consulting Group in 2011, which provides Indian expertise in food and agriculture to Asian and African countries.