Meet The Team

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Prof. (Dr.) PL Gautam

Former Vice Chancellor GBPUA&T,
Pantnagar
Career Profile of Dr. PL Gautam
Before joining India Millet Initiative, Prof. P. L. Gautam served many senior positions of Govt. of India. He was the Chairman of National Bio-Diversity Authority of Govt. of India, and Chairperson of Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Authority, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India. He was the Vice Chancellor (two terms) of G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar and Deputy Director General (Crop Science) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He was also the Managing Director of Uttarakhand Seeds and Tarai Development Corporation Ltd and National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP), ICAR, Govt. of India. He served as Chairman / member of various committees of Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Planning Commission, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Department of Science & Technology, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Department of Biotechnology etc.
Out of his 35 years professional career, almost 13 years he held different positions as Director of National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, ICAR, Govt. of India; Dean, College of Forestry of Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, Himachal Pradesh; Joint Director (Research & Extension), Associate Dean, Associate Professor (Plant Breeding) & Additional Charge of Associate Director and Officer-In-Charge, Crop Research Centre, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar.
He was the Fellow of Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding; Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources; National Academy of Biological Sciences; National Academy of Environmental Sciences; National Academy of Environmental Sciences and International Society for Noni Science. He received many accolades for his contribution in agriculture sector. He was the recipient of Agriculture today Life Time Achievement Award-2011, Harbhajan Singh Memorial Award, CIDA/NSERC of Canada Associateship, Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial and University Medals, Uttaranchal Rattan, Eminent Citizen of India Award, Indira Gandhi Priyadarshni Award and CABI Award.
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Prof. (Dr.) J. S. Sandhu

Hon’ble
Vice Chancellor SKNAU,
Jobner
Career Profile of Prof. (Dr.) J. S. Sandhu
Professor Jeet Singh Sandhu, renowned agricultural scientist and research manager has been appointed as Hon' ble Vice Chancellor, SKNAU, Jobner. Born on 1st August 1955 at Sriganga Nagar, Rajasthan, Dr Sandhu graduated from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur in 1978 and obtained Master’s in 1982 and Ph.D. degree in 1985 in Plant Breeding from Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar.
Prior to this, Dr Sandhu served the Apex Agricultural Research organization of India, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi as Deputy Director General (crop Science) and Assistant Director General (Seeds). He also served as Agriculture Commissioner, Government of India in between above positions. Prof. Sandhu started his research carrier from premier agricultural institution, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, as Research Fellow since July 1985and worked there in various capacities as Assistant Plant Breeder, Pulse Breeder and Senior Pulse breeder cum Incharge, Pulses Section, and Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics.
He has also served as Incharge, Seed Production as Additional duty, Regional Research Station, PAU, Bathinda. He has developed 23 varieties of different pulse crops and published 229 research articles in scientific journal of national and international reputes. Prof. Sandhu also served the professional societies, as President, Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding, New Delhi, President & Vice president, Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development (ISPRD), Kanpur, Vice President, Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi and Chairman, Editorial board, Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences.
He has Served as Chairman, Central Sub-Committee for crop Standards, Notification and Release of Varieties for Agricultural Crops and Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee and a member of various important committees like PPVFRA, RCGM, GEAC, Saarc Regional Gene Bank and Board of Management of Agricultural Universities, India etc. Dr Sandhu was also Member of various Steering Committees of ACIAR, ICRISAT, IRRI, BISA and BRICS etc to develop the joint work plans and research strategies. He was also involved to develop various policy documents. He has visited more than dozen foreign countries being part of Indian delegations for International cooperation.
The National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi’ awarded Dr Sandhu with Fellowship for his outstanding scientific contribution in agriculture. He is also Fellow of Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development (ISPRD), Kanpur and Honorary Fellow of Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi. Dr Sandhu is duly recognized for contributions, with awards and honors by the various other organizations like CGIAR’S King Baudouin Award 2002 and ICRISAT DOREEN MASHLER 2002 – PAU Team Award as national collaborator of ICRISAT, Plaque for best Research Worker and with a certificate for outstanding contribution in Research and Development by Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and with ISPRD Recognition Award by the Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development, Kanpur.
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Dr. Satyen Yadav

President Of Horticulture Produce Management Institute(HPMI)
Career Profile of Dr. Satyen Yadav
Dr Satyen Yadav is a agribusiness professional having a large academic and research background till 1990 where he contribute more than 50 publications in International journals and many research report and delivered more than 200 lectures at different National and International forums.He has contributed significantly in the field of commercial horticulture with special reference to market access development.
He has been on the board of many companies and associated with many organisations in various capacities.Currently he is heading HorticultureProduce Management Institute , Director One Life Foundation ,Founder of India Millet Initiative and Founder Chairman of Indian Potatoes Limited. He has contributed significantly by introducing new crops to India like Quinoa, Stevia and many products based on innovative ideas and promoted superfood concept and products.He has been actively involved in projects in India and many countries in agribusiness , organic farming and food processing sector.For more details please referent www.hpmi.org.in
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Dr. Surendra Gankoktra(IAS)

Former Chairman of
State Food Commission,
Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
Career Profile of Dr. Surendra Gankoktra(IAS)
Dr. Surender Ghonkrokta has 40 years rich experience of working with Govt. of India, state governments and academic institutions where he led multiple food & nutrition security, safety and quality programs. Currently, he is Head of the Committee on Vegan Standards / Export Promotion, and a member of Evaluation Committee on Organic Farming, APEDA, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India. He is also nominated by Govt. of India as governing body member of Sports Authority of India.
He was the Chairman of State Food Commission, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, where he was actively involved for implementation of Food Security Act. and regularly advising to the Chief Minister and state government agencies for effective implementation of food and nutrition security programs. As Managing Director & Commissioner of Food & Civil Supplies Department, Govt. of Delhi, he implemented public food distribution program for the Delhi state. He worked as Director of Education Department, Govt. of Delhi, wherein he played an important role in improving the nutritional status of the Mid-Day-Meal program. He worked as Member Secretary of Delhi Pollution Control Board and Drug Controller of Govt. of Delhi. During the tenure with FSSAI as Director (Enforcement), he laid down the standards of many food articles and regulated their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import. For some time, he worked as Secretary with the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.
Besides his diversified senior position roles with Govt. of India and state governments, he was actively involved in academics during his initial career as Food Technologist and Asst. Professor with Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University where he spent substantial time in research & training. He was the president of Association of Food Scientists & Technologist of India, CFTRI, and recently an Adjunct Professor of Food Science & Technology at Pondicherry Central University.
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Prof. Dr. E. G. Rajan

Founder President of Pentagram Research Centre (P) Ltd., Hyderabad, India
Career Profile of Prof. Dr. E. G. Rajan
Prof. Dr. E. G. Rajan B.Sc., D.M.I.T., M.E., PhD, FIE is the Founder President of Pentagram Research Centre (P) Ltd., Hyderabad, India. He is an Electronics Engineer and a Professor of Signal Processing having about 44 years of experience in teaching, research and administration. He has a number of publications to his credit. He has been a professional member of ACM and an editor of the journal of AMSE, Royal Academy of Doctors, Barcelona, Spain. He received his Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering, (Signal and Image Processing), from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, U.P., M.E. degree in Applied Electronics, from Madras University, the then famous DMIT in Electronics Engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology, Chromepet, Madras and B.Sc degree in Physics from Madras University.
His contribution to the state-of-the-art of Electronic Warfare and Support Measures has been well recognized in the Government and industrial sectors. He was a noted teacher in the department of Electrical Engineering of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He received Distinguished Scientist and Man of the Millennium Award from Who is Who Bibliographical Records, Cambridge, 2000. He authored many books like, Symbolic Computing Signal and Image Processing, Electronic Order of Battle Records of Military Radars, Computers and Information Technology and Foundations of Information Technology. He is the father of a novel paradigm Symbolic Computing in the Framework of Markov’s Constructive Mathematical Logic. His contribution to Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Modeling and Simulation, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning could be seen in his research publications. Two of his sixty five Ph.D scholars were involved in the design of digital circuits using organic molecules and some of them are working in the area of Big Data Analytics pertaining to Genome Data Base, Crime Prediction Support System, Biometrics Data Base, Medical Data Bases like MRI and CT Scan imageries of Breast Cancer, Geospatial Data Bases like Multispectral Satellite imageries and Subsurface Three Dimensional Radargrams obtained using Ground Penetrating Radars.
He has brought out more than 25 original patentable concepts. One such concept is Codon Space, which advocates the theory of Life Forms as Subspaces of the Information Space called Codon Space. Another concept is a Mathematical Transform, which goes by his name as Rajan Transform. On November 15, 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Gold Medal for his life time achievement in Teaching, Research, Industrial Development and Corporate Social Responsibility. He has been a Special Invitee of Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, Elected Member, International Federation of Systems Research, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria, He was honored with a citation Veda Vedi Vibhushana by H. H. Swami Ramdev during the second National Conference on Vedic Sciences, Arshadhara 2013 held at the Mythic Society, Bengaluru on 28th December 2013.
He was invited to address at many conferences, departments, organizations and universities like National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad; RCI / DRDL, Hyderabad; University of Hyderabad; University of Maryland @ College Park; Florida State University, Tallahassee; Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta; Lincoln Laboratory, MIT, Cambridge; Pennsylvania State University @ State College; Loisiana State University, Baton Rouge, University of Southwestern Louisiana, La Fayette, University of Southern California, Russian Academy of Sciences, Syberia, Kepler University, Austria, University of Aegean, Greece, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Police Academy, Hyderabad, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, Lovely Professional University, Punjab, Tapar University, Patiala, Chandigarh University, Punjab, to name a few. He has chaired ten international conferences and offered keynote lectures and workshops both in India and abroad. He is also advisor for an NRI funded organization in the USA which deals with funding projects related to aviation, space, energy, health, education, agriculture and security.
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S. MURALIDHARAN

Chief Technology Officer & Founder Member,Personalitree Academy Ltd.,New Delhi
Career Profile of S. MURALIDHARAN
Mr Muralidharan is a highly qualified and experienced person with diversified exposure with various large corporates, PSU's and Govt. by heading various projects in the capacity of President, Advisors and Executive Director and addressed very important issues like human rights,international affairs,child labour etc.
He was Chief Technology Officer & Founder Member, Personalitree Academy Ltd., New Delhi (incubated the project to promote softskills online varsity with the VC funding from various top-notch Industrialists in the country). Major clients, include, PSUs – GAIL, MTNL, LIC, BPCL, HPCL, IFFCO, Citi Bank, HDFC, Godrej, TISCO, EID Parry, Wipro, Netvarsity, etc., and Educational Institutions: BITS, Pilani, IIT Madras, IIT Guwahati, IIT Roorky, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, Army Public Schools, DPS, Rashtriya Indian Military College, Embedded 6 courses as curriculum for M.Sc. IT courses in six universities in Andhra Pradesh under the guidance of Andhra Pradesh Council for Higher Education, etc.
He was Information Technology Consultant for monitoring funds for various projects from Germany as per Indo - German Agreement of both Indian and German Governments routed through Indo-German Social Service Society, New Delhi, to various stakeholders in the country. He was Head of Information and Technology, India International Centre, New Delhi (Involved in various Government of India initiatives and was part of initial strategic team to create a few statutory organizations in the country.
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Dr. Subrata Kr. Dutta

Director Of Horticulture Produce Management Institute(HPMI)
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Career Profile of Dr. Subrata Kr. Dutta
Dr. Subrata Kr. Dutta is the Co-founder of India Millet Initiative and Director of HPMI. He has more than 22 years professional experience of working with government, international development agencies and corporate. Before this, he worked as Country Head (India) with Global Food Fortification Initiative at Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, USA; Country Coordinator of Nutrition International, Canada and worked with Tata-Trusts, UNICEF, Ford Foundation and Christian Aid funded projects.
He instituted national food fortification policy in India and was part of few other food security policy initiatives including IYCF. He established a highly-empowered technical advisory body of UN, international development agencies, Ministries and Govt. institutions for collaborative food and nutrition programs and evidenced-based public health & nutrition policy advocacy. He was actively involved with the Planning Commission and several Ministries of Govt. of India for implementation of food fortification & IYCF-guidelines in India. He was part of few WHO/CDC global advocacy initiatives for strategic public investments in Asia and Africa. He is in many advisory boards and member of functional committees setup by Government of India, State Governments, industry bodies and academic institutions including CII and Amity University. He was awarded a Doctorate degree in agriculture development communication and obtained four post-graduate degrees in different subjects. He is a distinguished research scholar and, an expert of food-supply-chain management who established large food security programs through PDS, ICDS and MDM programs in India with more than 4 lakh tonnes of processed foods directly distributed to around 80 million beneficiaries every month. He substantially contributed to the periodic report: The right to Adequate Food in India submitted to the 40th session of UN-ECOSOC and a reviewer of food supply-chain studies in Asia.
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Dr. Ravin Jhunjhunwala

PhD in Management,
Partnered with the
Australian NTS (Nutri-Tech Solutions) group
Career Profile of Dr. Ravin Jhunjhunwala
Dr. Ravin Jhunjhunwala, an accomplished entrepreneur with a list of accolades including an honorary PhD in Management, inherited a thirdgeneration domestic family business and turned it into a multinational corporation with a presence in over twenty countries. The ORIND Group grew into a global brand in the refractory industry because of Dr Jhunjhunwala’s innovative ideas and indefatigable nature. Due to his expansive outlook and relentless efforts, Orind China was the first wholly-owned Indian establishment in China which was celebrated as a legendary achievement. Since the conclusion of the Orind chapter, Dr Jhunjhunwala decided to venture into an ecologically sound enterprise and in 2015, Nutrition Bio System (NBS) Group was born with its headquarters in Singapore. In addition to providing cultivators with a wide range of top-quality organic fertilizers and plant supplements, for the retail and the wholesale markets. NBS Group is one of the key sellers of organic neem oil concentrate, an effective organic pest control additive, in India and S.E. Asia. At NBS, growers and cultivators can find solutions for plant troubles that are brought on by elements out of their control such as pest infestations and diseases. NBS provides onsite consultation and has conducted successful yield projects in India, Malaysia, and Singapore where the client has increased the size and output using NBS range of products.
Currently, NBS supplies to a few of the large retail florists in Singapore and has a strong hold in the organic fertilizer segment in popular e-commerce sites viz. Lazada and Shopee. NBS is also one of the suppliers to the National Parks Board at Singapore for the maintenance of the Gardens by the Bay.
Dr. Jhunjhunwala has partnered with the Australian NTS (Nutri-Tech Solutions) group to propagate the concept of Nutrition Farming in India and other Asian countries. His vision is to revolutionize the current farming methods and promote safe plantations without the application of toxic chemicals commonly found in fertilizers and pesticides which would be detrimental to the health of the final consumer. To make this dream a reality, Dr Jhunjhunwala is involved with several gamechanging projects in the agriculture and landscape industry and will continue to pursue new avenues that will facilitate sustainable growth without compromising exhaustible resources for the generations to come. Recently he published his first book “WHAT NOT TO DO TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS”.
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Dr. S. K. Nanda(IAS)

Former Additional
Chief Secretary,
Govt. of Gujarat
Career Profile of Dr. S. K. Nanda(IAS)
Dr. S. K. Nanda has been holding numerous senior level positions with Govt. of India and Govt. of Gujarat. He was Adviser to National Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of India, the National Chief Commissioner to Hindustan Scouts and Guides, India, an Adviser and Independent Director to Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd. Govt. of India.
In his professional career spanning four decades, he served in numerous positions with the Government of India and the Government of Gujarat like Addl. Chief Secretary of Government of Gujarat; Chairman and Managing Director of Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals; Chairman of GSFC University; Chairman of Mumbai Management and Research; Director of GSPC Gas Limited; Chairman of Gujarat AgroTech Ltd; Director of Bhavnagar Energy Company Limited; Director of Indian Potash Limited; Director of Tunisian Indian Fertilizers (TIFERET); Vice President of United Nations Global Compact Network, Western Region; Member of All India Management Council; Member of All India Management Association; Member of the Consultative Committee for Mid- term Appraisal at Planning Commission of Govt. of India.
He has received several awards such as Subhash Chandra Bose National Award, Mahadhan Award for Excellence in Crop Improvement and Productivity, Corporate Leadership Award for CSR, Environment Protection Award, the CEO Award 2015, National Golden Peacock Award, to name a few.
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Mr. Graeme Sait

CEO and
C0-founder of
Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS)
Career Profile of Mr. Graeme Sait
Graeme Sait is the CEO and C0-founder of Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS) which was founded 22 years ago with the aim of highlighting and researching the links between soil health and human health. They termed this approach as “Nutrition Farming”. More recently, the focus has extended to include the profound relationship between soil health and planetary health.
Graeme Sait has developed over 200 problem-solving solutions, including microbial inoculums, liquid fertilisers and humates.
He is also an author/educator responsible for over 300 published articles and a popular book, "Nutrition Rules". Graeme Sait has also developed an internationally acclaimed, education programme spearheaded by the Four-Day, NTS Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture. This course has been delivered to over 20,000 farmers and consultants on four continents. These seminars are often described as "life changing" and "inspirational".
Graeme Sait has trained the growers from a 540 store, supermarket chain in South Africa (Woolworths) to facilitate their recent “Farming for The Future” initiative, where all food produced in their chain utilises Nutrition Farming® Principles.