40 A, Hans Nagar, Pandwala Kalan, Ghumenhera Road, Najafgarh, New Delhi 110043, India
M.Sc (Agriculture) Horticulture, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat, 1998-2000.
B.Sc. (Agriculture) ICAR Nominee, Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University, Sabarkantha, Gujarat, 1994-1998
10th & 12th (Science), Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 4, R. K. Puram, New Delhi 110022, 1982-1994.
Diploma in Export Management (Specialization in Export of fruits, vegetables and processed products), National Institute of Export Management, Chennai, 2005.
Post-Graduate Diploma in Total Quality Management and ISO 9000, All India Institute of Management Studies, Chennai. 2002.
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Measures, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Bankers Institute of Rural Development, NABARD. 2nd June 4th June 2014.
Nodal Officers training on Agri. Clinic & Agri. Business Centre Scheme, MANAGE, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India at Hyderabad in March 2006.
Export packaging. Jointly organized by Small Industries Service Institute, Govt. of India, M/O. Small Scale Industries, Haldwani and Indian Institute of Packaging, New Delhi. December 8th to 10th. 2004.
Certificate Course in French Language, YMCA, Delhi, 2003.
National Eligibility Test (NET) Vegetable Crops, Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board, ICAR, New Delhi. 2001.
SENIOR AGRIBUSINESS & VALUE CHAIN CONSULTANT, Society for Economic & Social Studies, New Delhi, NOV. 2008 NOW.
Working as a Consultant with the Not for Profit Organization especially in the field of promotion of Farm & Non-Farm Rural Enterprises as part of Alternate Livelihood Options in Rural Areas. Especially in the area of Wild Apricot, Millets, Natural Fibres, Plant Extracts used in Cosmetic/ Toiletries Industries, Non-Edible Oils etc & addressing challenges of Climate Change & Disaster Management through rural enterprise diversification.
Exploring potential rural enterprises as per resources & regions especially in the hill states of India and generate funds from Govt./ Donor Agencies through Proposal Writing, Baseline Assessments and Value Chain Studies etc.
Field Surveys and institutional visits to relevant S&T Institutions, Equipment manufacturer etc. & assessment of available technologies (with specifications, prices, sources etc).
Secondary data compilation and analysis.
SWOT analysis of envisaged interventions/ enterprise models & techno-economic analysis of different options.
Developing Execution Plan & Strategy for Implementation of the proposed rural enterprise models and regular monitoring and evaluation of the newly set enterprises.
AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST (CONSULTANT), Asian Development Bank, Philippines, MAY 2012 MAY 2013
Done agribusiness assessment study in 6 states of India i.e. Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Assam. Undertook sector assessment to identify: (i) existing value chains for HVA (High Value Agriculture) and involvement of small and medium-sized farmers; (ii) supporting physical and soft infrastructure and environment for agribusiness development; (iii) private sector involvement in agribusiness particularly HVA; and (iv) effective PPP modality.
Developed a preliminary agribusiness assessment report of selected states for potential investment by ADB.
Prepared research plan and outline, logistical requirements for field survey and interviews, developed interview and survey questionnaire based on the main focus of the study.
Gathered relevant published and unpublished reports from key government offices and independent researches as sources of relevant information.
Undertook sector assessment of all selected states through detailed surveys and visits.
Developed a Final report and met key government agencies to share and validate research findings.
HORTICULTURE CONSULTANT, Smart ProBiz Solutions Pvt. Ltd. For National Vegetable Initiative for Urban Cluster Program of Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India, SEPTEMBER 2011 MARCH 2012.
A Study has been commenced under the auspices of Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India with the support of Small Farmer Agribusiness Consortium as national level agency under National Vegetable Initiative Program to address the challenges of availability of Vegetables to the Urban Population.
Assess the extant vegetable supply chain to the identified city centres, to identify the bottlenecks and vegetable growing clusters in different districts of selected states (Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand)
Preparing questionnaire and formats
Presentation to State Govt. regarding findings of the study
CONSULTANT (ECONOMIST), German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)/ Govt. of Uttrakhand, India, MARCH 2010 JULY 2010
TheREGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM of GTZ in Uttarakhand focuses on the development of selected value-chains and clusters with potential for inclusive growth, the creation of improved framework conditions for pro-poor market development and the improvement of market access for small and medium sized enterprises and producer organizations.
Undertook Financial Value Chain Analysis and Enterprise Development Plan for Uttrakhand in the areas of Off- Season Vegetables, Eco-Tourism and Medicinal Plants.
Analyzed economic aspects of the selected value chains with following key deliverables:
a) Meeting all the stakeholders of value chain
b) overall value added generated by the chain and shares of value addition at different stages.
c) the production and marketing costs at each stage of the chain, and the cost structure along the chain stages
d) identification of cost drivers
e) the performance of operators (utilization of productive capacity, productivity, profitability) etc.
AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIC CONSULTANT, KPMG For Punjab Infrastructural Development Board, Govt. of Punjab, NOVEMBER 2009 MARCH 2010.
Preparing Agribusiness Vision Document 2030 for Infrastructure Development in Punjab and Revenue Augmentation Strategy for Punjab Infrastructure Development Board , Govt. of Punjab
Value Chain analysis through series of primary interviews with key State officials and voluminous secondary data contiguous to the Terms of Reference and to emerging situations that impact agricultural activity in Punjab.
Researching and monitoring selected markets and conducted market analysis of Central Food Procurement under MSP and farm economics and market demand of wheat and paddy in Punjab.
Visits to key mandis of wheat and paddy in Punjab (Ludhiana, Moga, Khanna, Karnal etc), silo structure at Moga (under Public-Private Partnership of FCI-ADANI Silos), APMCs and understanding and documenting key mandi practices from harvesting to marketing covering entire supply chain management of wheat and paddy in Punjab.
Updating short and long-term forecasts to reflect market changes of wheat and paddy in Punjab.
Documenting Fodder Value Chain and visit and meeting key stakeholders of Commercial dairy producers; Govt. organizations and Institutions (PAU, Vet. University, Animal Husbandry department of Punjab), organized public/ private dairy (MILKFED, Nestle, Milk Time, Wockhardt Ltd)
Financial analysis of value chain identification of the activity linkages and developing strategic approaches to address and prioritize gaps in the value chain linkages.
MICRO & SMALL RURAL ENTERPRISE CONSULTANT, Agricultural Finance Corporation Ltd. (A subsidiary of EXIM Bank & NABARD), New Delhi & Regional Centre, National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board, Shillong, Meghalaya, India. MARCH 2008 MARCH 2009.
Promoting Small & Medium Forest Enterprises (SMFE) and Business Development Strategies (BDS) through Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India, Integrated Afforestation and Eco-development Project Scheme (IAEPS). The overall objective of the scheme is to develop the forest resources with peoples participation, with focus on improvement in livelihoods of the forest-fringe communities, especially the poor.
Developed Business development plans & strategies for SMFE (like sericulture, honey production, bamboo, broom grass, spices, medicinal plants etc based enterprises ) for SHGs/ Federations in Uttrakhand, Meghalaya and Uttar Pradesh.
NATIONAL COORDINATOR (MARKET LINKAGE), Indian Society of Agribusiness Professional for Ford Foundation, New Delhi. FEBRUARY 2005 JUNE 2007.
Grant has been sanctioned to Not for Profit Company to create a network of farmers, agribusiness stakeholders from across the country and to do need assessment of farmers requirement for agriculture information, market linkages and develop E-Agriculture based Services.
Handled Query Redressal Services (E-Agriculture Content Development & Management) and market linkage department of the company
Organized more than 12 national and international buyer-sellers meets as part of market linkage activities.
Done market mapping exercises and need assessment surveys of agricultural produce.
Conceptualize, designed & developed the project on online weekly pricing system for National Medicinal Plant Board, Govt. of India.
Initiated Agril. Entrepreneurship Program in Himachal Pradesh under Agriclinic and Agribusiness Centre Scheme of Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India and designed and implemented the course implementation strategy.
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, Division of Post Harvest Technology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. AUGUST 2001 JANUARY 2005.
World Bank has sanctioned loan to Govt. of India for various Agricultural related projects under Mission Mode as NATP (National Agril. Tech. Projects).
Handled World Bank supported project on reduction in post harvest losses of fruits & vegetables.
Execution of R& D trials on polyhouse farms and subsequent Cold/ CA Storage to assess the post harvest shelf life of the harvested produce and effects of various treatments to enhances the storage life.
Organizing training for the farmers and entrepreneurs (On Post Harvest Management of Fruits & Vegetables).
Data analysis, documentation and report writing
Publication of more than 11 articles in national and international journals.
RESEARCH FELLOW, Central Inland Capture Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR), West Bengal (in Gujarat). DECEMBER 1999 OCTOBER 2000.
Data collection and survey to assess household nutritional security.
Other Assignments as Consultant
AGRIBUSINESS MARKET RESEARCH & ADVISORY CONSULTANT, Gerson Lehrman Group 2012 2014.
AGRIBUSINESS MARKET ADVISORY CONSULTANT, For US & Italian Firms such as GRIBA - Largest Fruit Nursery of Europe, ISOLCELL - Largest CA Storage Company of the World, SEPPI - Mulching Specialist Company, Eurobrands India For Market Entry Strategy; Loveland Products, Inc., USA for Feasibility of Agro Adjuvants Market in India; McKinsey & Company. JUNE 2011 DECEMBER 2012.
TECHNICAL ADVISOR, 2007 2010.
a) NCERT-UNESCO - Developed Technical and Vocational Modules on Agriculture based Rural Enterprises.
b) Cluster Pulse Organized visits for the Agribusiness Trade Delegations in India from Canada & Afghanistan.
c) Abhivyakti Trust Organized Honey Consumption Week in Delhi to promote Honey Consumption, Project supported by KVIC, New Delhi.
Membership of Professional Association
The Horticultural Society of India
Confederation of Horticulture Associations of India
Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals
Horticultural Society of Gujarat
Forum for Global Knowledge Sharing
Donor Committee for Enterprise Development
USAID Initiative of Agrilinks
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
Capacity Building Presentations/ Trainings as Speaker
Training to Senior Officials & Distt. APMC Secretaries of Punjab State, Jointly Organized by National Institute of Agricultural Marketing, Jaipur & Punjab State Agricultural Marketing Board, Chandigarh. Covered following topics:
a) Infrastructural Support for External Trade/ Exports. 5th SEPTEMBER 2013
b) Total Quality Management for Agricultural Exports. 4th SEPTEMBER 2013
c) Marketing of Horticultural Crops. JUNE 6th 2013.
d) Supply Chain Management and Value Chains in High Value Agriculture, JUNE 5th 2013.
Conference on Partnering for Rural Prosperity - Farmers as Owners. Presentation in Partnering for Rural Prosperity: Farmers as Owners where businesses and farmers can come together to discuss models where both gain and prosper, Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India organized by ONEWORLD SOUTH ASIA. MAY 16, 2013.
Responsible Trade Networks Principles and Potentials. A Training cum Workshop for Stakeholders of Himalayan Medicinal Plants, India Habitat Centre, Delhi , India organized by PRAGYA. 30th OCTOBER 1st NOVEMBER 2006.
Training to Agricultural Graduates on the different Agribusiness Enterpreneurship Models. Agriclinic & Agribusiness Centre Scheme (Agribusiness Entrepreneurship) of Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India., Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. APRIL 2006.