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Prof. Dr David Hughes

Location : UK

Dr. David Hughes is a much sought-after speaker at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues, particularly consumer and retail trends. David has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia and has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organisations on three continents. For 20 years, he was a Non-Executive Director of Berry Gardens Ltd – a U.K. farmer-owned berry fruit business (£230 million turnover in 2015). With his American business partner, David established, grew and sold a branded fresh produce business which served supermarkets in the USA. Around the globe, he works with food and beverage supply chain companies – including farm input, growers, manufacturers and ingredient companies, retailers and food service firms – to assist them in management training, strategy and Board level decision-making. David’s views are frequently sought by TV, radio and the printed press.

Mary Kay Delvo

Location : USA

Mary Kay is a business coach, strategy, and systems consultant, and speaker with INspiring SIGHT. Her niche is around complex system dynamics, including multi-generational systems and the cultural factors which drive them. Mary Kay has been working with complex family, public, private, non-profit, educational and organizational systems for twenty-five years. She draws from these multi-sector perspectives to nudge others to “wake-up to how they show-up”. Prior to founding INspiring SIGHT, Mary Kay was the director of strategic engagement for a member association representing agribusiness and food companies throughout Minnesota. Additionally, she serves on the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation Board and was accepted into the prestigious Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leaders Program.

Donna Rosa

Location : US

Donna Rosa is a US-based international business development services (BDS) consultant and strong champion for small enterprise in developing countries. With a focus on the food processing and agribusiness, she provides business advisory services, business analysis, business plan development, market research, marketing support, capacity development, training, organizational development, and mentoring.

Donna has an exceptional combination of international food industry experience in 13 developed countries, technical background in food science and nutrition, and hands-on development work in 14 emerging countries. She has worked for multinational food companies as well as USAID, DfID, and UNDP. Donna’s special interests include entrepreneurship as a means of economic development, sustainable development, social responsibility/shared value, social enterprises, inclusive business, and eliminating poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.

Donna is currently President of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of UNA-USA and a Senior Fellow at the Public Private Alliance Foundation.

Dr. Martyn F. Rademakers

Location – Netherlands

Martyn is Managing Director of the Center for Strategy & Leadership, a consultancy based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is also Adjunct Professor of Corporate Strategy at Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam, and affiliated with TIAS School of Business & Society, Tilburg University.

His international teaching experience stretches over 20 years, covering both open and customized in-company programs, and Executive MBA modules in the fields of strategic innovation, strategy implementation, and leadership. He is also the advisor of management teams in these fields.

Martyn’s current research is focused on the interplay between strategic management and organizational learning. His path-breaking book Corporate Universities: Drivers of the Learning Organization was published by Routledge in 2014. In addition, Martyn has authored articles on inter-firm cooperation in the agribusiness, and a series of Harvard-style cases on agribusiness companies with his mentor from Harvard Business School.

Martyn holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and an MA in Policy and Organization Sciences from Tilburg University

Nishant Sharma

Location –Africa and India

“Nishant Sharma is an agribusiness professional with experience in India, East and West African countries. He has worked along complete value chain in agribusiness globally majorly focussing on organic food value chains. His span of experience is in developing organic farming projects from conception to the implementation. Developing new large scale projects with organising small holders in groups for organic farming, training, system set up for documentation control / Internal Control System, procurement set up for various agricultural commodities are major areas of work. He has hands on experience of implementing international organic farming standards in various countries. “

Avnindra Srivastava

Location – India

Avnindra is an Agri-business professional for last 20 years with exposure to various geographies of India across businesses ranging from fertilizers and agrochemicals (bio and chemical both) to agri & non-agri retail, project conceptualization on various sub-domains of agriculture, supply chain of agri-produce for fruits and vegetable processing, delivering farmer-level extension of Govt. support in the form of seeds and fertilizers in the capacity of Business Head. Having understood dynamics of agri-business ranging from farmers’ psyche, evaluation of agri-technique as a business proposition, dissemination of knowledge, exploring new agri-technologies, developing business models, understanding employee psyche, employee capacity building to managing storage & logistics, finance & accounts of businesses which he has led in various corporate entities. He has done his Masters in Agriculture in the discipline of Plant Breeding& Genetics from College of Agriculture, Indore-MP-India.

Prof. Dr. Olaf van Kooten

Location – Netherlands

Prof. Olaf is an expert in Greenhouse growing of vegetables and flowers, postharvest physiology, quality controlled logistics, consumer acceptance and market science. He possesses more than 35 years of experience in university education in agricultural related sciences, experience in public-private research projects and management, experience in teaching in the Wageningen Agri-food MBA and experience in teaching several courses for the Wageningen Center for Development Innovation about Horticulture and postharvest management

Ravishankar Natarajan

Location – India

Ravishankar Natarajan has been active for over 35 years in agri-inputs, agri-commodities industry and trade in India and African countries. His last 20 years of industry engagement has been at the levels of GM/CEO/MD leading and implementing business strategies in seed industry, electronic spot exchange for agri commodities and international trade. In the seed industry, managed functional areas initially followed by overall business responsibility role to oversee and setting strategic directions in R&D, Supply Chain, Operations, Sales & Marketing, in a MNC and Indian company. His profile is unique with exposure in setting up electronic spot exchange for agri-commodities giving him an opportunity to appreciate challenges of transforming a multi layered trade which is entrenched in practices of several decades.

Shubham Chandra

Location – USA

Shubham Chandra has over 18 years of experience with helping clients leverage technology to gain competitive advantage through product development, technology evaluation, and market assessment. We work with fresh fruits and vegetables shelf life extensions, handling and storage protocols, consumer products, HVAC equipment, design, fabrication and testing of refrigerated containers, and test and evaluation of ethylene control devices. Shubham is an angel investor at Agribusiness Academy and sits on the Board of Directors.

Dr. Atanu Chaudhuri

Location – Denmark

Dr. Chaudhuri was at Deloitte, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, assistant professor at the Center for Industrial Production at Aalborg University, Copenhagen (Denmark) and is currently working as Associate professor at Copenhagen Business School. He possesses hands-on expertise in supply chain risk management in both discrete and process manufacturing industries. Atanu has a doctorate from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.

To the Agribusiness Academy he brings his rich understanding of the mathematical and empirical modelling tools and applies them to suit the dynamics of the food sector. He recently completed a project that modeled the supply chain risks in food processing and food retail industry contexts, the experience and insights of which he will present within this masterclass.

Ir Woody Maijers

Location – Netherlands

Ir. Woody Maijers possesses more than 25 years of work experience in providing solutions to complex organizational chains and networks within the food & agribusiness sector. Woody Maijers has worked as a managing director of AKK (Agri Chain Competence, www.akk.nl) in several co-innovation programs (100 million euro turnovers in total) with more than 400 chain and network projects. He works as a professor at Inholland University of Applied sciences and is engaged as a project leader in several public-private projects focused on research and education.

Hemendra Mathur

Location – India

Mr. Hemendra Mathur with over 20 years of experience in private equity, management consulting and investment banking industry in India, South Asia, Europe and USA.
– 8+ years of experience of fund raising, investing and managing an active portfolio of mid- sized companies in food and agribusiness industry in India.
– 12+ years of management consulting and investment banking experience in the food, agribusiness, retail and consumer goods industry for clients including International / Indian corporates and the Government of India / state governments.
He currently mentors more than 50 high-potential start-up entrepreneurs in Indian Food and Agribusiness space

Sundar Rajan

Location – India

Sundar (or Rajan) has 30 plus years of work experience in Agriculture Inputs Industry after his PhD in Agricultural Sciences. His career began with a 5 year stint with a CRO (Contract Research organization) engaged in research pertaining to pesticides in agriculture and public health.Followed by 25 years of career in a MNC in various functions including product development, marketing, technical services , sales and operations planning and research and development and regulatory and stewardship aspects for pesticides and seeds. This kind of wide exposure in agri-inputs industry is unique. Core competency is in the area of pesticides from discovery to farm-use level. Current engagement is in the area of managing and resolving issues regarding pesticide residues in export commodities such as rice.

Udai Kumar Saxena

Location – India

Mr. Udai possesses 35+ years of techno-commercial work experience in various Food establishments of repute in India and UAE. His immediate past assignment was with SGS India as Training and Technical governance head of food division and a short stint with India’s Leading snacks manufacturing company namely, Haldiram Nagpur as General Manager operations.

Served as resource person for Designated Officers and Food Safety Officers of Food Safety and Standards Authority Of India (FSSAI), all over India, for food safety, Hygiene, Food Safety Management System (FSMS), Traceability, Recall, Risk Assessment, Surveillance and other relevant topics to Food safety.

A Masters in Food Technology( 1982) from UN- International Food Technology Training Centre at Central Food Technological Research Institute , Mysore and graduated in Agriculture and animal Husbandry, Udai is running a training and food safety system and quality consultancy organization

Dr. S.K Tyagi

Location – India

Dr. Tyagi possesses more than 13 years of experience in the field of horticulture research and extension and contributed to significant amount of action research. He has published 15 research papers in international and national peer reviewed research journals, 25 papers presented in international and national Conferences/ Symposiums/ Seminars. Nine books, 03 training manuals, 03 impact studies, 12 success stories, 10 extension bulletins and 135 popular articles go to the credit of the author. His contribution in the subject was recognised when he was bestowed with the “Best Writer Award” in 2009 by Bhoomi Nirman National News Paper, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh). Looking to his contribution in the field he was awarded with the Young Scientist Award 2016 by IJTA, New Delhi and the Best KVK Scientist Award-2016 by Indian Society of Extension Education, New Delhi. He is the life member of various esteemed associations, advisory boards and scientific societies.

K. Tyagi is working as Scientist (Horticulture) at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Khargone (Madhya Pradesh). He did his B.Sc. (Ag) and M.Sc. (Ag.) in Horticulture during the year 1999 and 2001, respectively from JNKVV, Jabalpur (M.P.). He qualified National Eligibility Test (NET) twice in the year 2001 and 2006 as conducted by the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, New Delhi.

Kristen Efurd Osgood

Location : USA

Kristen Efurd is pursuing her mini-MBA in Sustainable Food Supply Chains through the Agribusiness Academy. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability with a minor in Urban and Metropolitan Studies from Arizona State University. She currently serves as the Regenerative Strategy Manager for Stern Produce where in less than a year she effectively launched a local buying program, Arizona Fresh Together. Throughout her 18 years of professional experience, she has lead and managed teams and projects, provided job training, facilitated communication with a wide variety of stakeholders, and given subject matter education to co-workers and customers.

Shanmukh Sagar

Location – India

Shanmukh Sagar K., a young research enthusiast and a passionate teacher with 5+ years of experience in Food and Agribusiness sector both in Corporate and Academia. In Academia he worked at capacities of Consultant and teaching faculty at various institutes of repute – National Institute of Agricultural Marketing, Jaipur, School of Agribusiness Management, A.N.G.R.A.U, Hyderabad, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Sonepat, Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur. In his brief Corporate stint, before turning to academics, he was associated with organisations like Monsanto, Dupont, Rasi Seeds, etc. in the field of Agri-input marketing. Shanmukh has a Graduation degree in Commercial Agriculture and Business Management, dual Post-graduation degrees (awarded with UGC Doctoral Research Fellowship) in Agribusiness Management and Financial Management and at the verge of completion of his Ph.D. thesis in the area of Intra-Industry Trade in Food Processing Sector of India. He has presented and participated in various National and International Conferences with around 10 publications in his domain

Dr. Vijayender Nalla

Location – United Kingdom

Vijayender is the founder and content director at Agribusiness Academy. Prior to taking up entrepreneurship in 2009, he has worked at Nyenrode Buisness University, Netherlands, National Institute of technology, Warangal India and several other places. Over the course of his entrepreneurial journey he has worked on several disruptive food chain projects in Europe, Asia and Africa. Value chains of the future, business model innovations and technology innovations for creating added value out of potential food waste are his favorite content topics

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