26 April 2023 4pm Onwards Hotel Park Hyatt Hyderabad - India.
Shri Singireddy Niranjan Reddy
Hon Minister Of Agriculture - Telangana State
Guest of Honour
Mr.Challa Sreenivasulu Setty
Managing Director(International Banking, Global Markets & Technology)State Bank Of India
Shri Challa Sreenivasulu Setty joined the Board of SBI as Managing Director in January 2020 and heading International Banking, Global Markets & Technology wings of the Bank.
Prior to the present assignment, Shri Setty headed Retail & Digital Banking vertical. He has also been heading various task forces / committees formed by the Government of India.
A Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and also, a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers, he started his career with State Bank of India in 1988 as a Probationary Officer. Across a career spanning over three decades, he has rich experience in Corporate credit, Retail, Digital and International banking and banking in developed markets. Shri Setty has held key assignments in State Bank of India including Deputy Managing Director - Stressed Assets Resolution Group, Chief General Manager and General Manager in Corporate Accounts Group, Deputy General Manager in Mid-Corporate group and VP & Head (Syndications) in SBI, New York Branch.
Dr.S K Malhotra
Project Director- ICAR
Dr. S K. Malhotra, the Project Director in Directorate of Knowledge Management in Agriculture, ICAR is a renowned agriculture scientist & administrator, has over 3 decades of experience in food and nutritional security. He has served as Agriculture Commissioner, Horticulture Commissioner, ADG (Horticulture) in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and ICAR.
He is the architect of many new mission programs such as National Pulses Sub Mission, National Mission for Edible Oils, National Millets Mission, Per Drop More Crop program of PMKSY, National Saffron Mission and National Bee & Honey Mission.
As a Chairman of Insecticide Board, Central Fertilizer Committee, Central Biostimulant Committee, his contributions are immense in formation of policy framework and guidelines for their registration and commercialization of novel products. Represented Government of India in more than 24 international events organized by international agencies. The most recent is FAO (COUNCIL), where he introduced proposal of International Year of Millets & was approved for 2023 by United Nation Organization.
Founder Chairman of Dhanuka Agritech Ltd
Shri RG Agarwal, the Founder Chairman of Dhanuka Agritech Ltd, is a visionary leader who successfully transformed a sick pesticide company named Northern Mineral Pvt. Ltd. into a 1000 crore organization. His outstanding leadership and business acumen have earned his company the title of "Best under a Billion Company" by Forbes magazine, thrice. He has dedicated himself to his aspiration of "Transforming India through Agriculture" by bringing about changes in the agrochemicals industry and the farming community.
He has received numerous awards for his remarkable contributions to the agro industry, such as the "Life Time Achievement Award" by Agri Business Summit & Agri Awards 2019-ABSA 2019, and the "Distinguished Contribution to Indian Agrochemicals Industry"
Shri RG Agarwal has held many prestigious positions in the Indian agrochemical industry, including past Chairman of CCFI, the apex chamber of all Indian agrochemical majors, and Chairman Advisory Committee of AGRO Chemicals Federation of India. He is associated with organizations such as Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Crop Life India, and Agro Chemical Federation of India.
Director of VAMNICOM & CICTAB
Dr Hema, as Director, of VAMNICOM & CICTAB, is spearheading programmes in building capabilities of Cooperative banks, coop societies, good governance, compliances and project planning & promoting international cooperation for training in agriculture banking and facilitating collaboration with the member countries of Asia.
She is Member-Secretariat of National Cooperation Policy being formulated under the Chairmanship of Shri Suresh Prabhu.
She has been Member of Committee for formulation of Model Bye Laws of Primary Cooperative Societies & spearheaded documentation of Good Cooperatives and Creation of National Maps on Cooperatives. She is also Member of Women in Agriculture of BRICS.
She holds academic degrees in MBA, MIB, Diploma in Agri Marketing.
Group Head - Agri & IT Businesses at ITC Limited
Mr. Sivakumar oversees the Agri and IT Businesses of ITC Limited and is a Member of its Corporate Management Committee. He also holds responsibility for ITC's Sustainability and Social Investments programs.
Sivakumar serves on the Advisory Council to the Ministry of Rural Development on the National Rural Livelihoods Mission, the Commodity Derivatives Advisory Committee of SEBI, and the Management Committee of National Agricultural Higher Education Project of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.
Sivakumar has served as the Chairman of the National Agricultural Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry, and as the Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation and UN Global Compact's Core Advisory Group to develop Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles.
Sivakumar was also on the Boards of India's National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and IRMA among other organizations.
Ram Kaundinya is an expert in the field of business of agriculture. He is an author, strategic management consultant, teacher and a policy analyst in India. He is a graduate in Agricultural Sciences and MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad.
He worked for 22 years in agrochemical industry in Hoechst, Cyanamid Agro and for 13 years in the seed industry at Emergent Genetics as the Global CEO of Advanta Seeds of UPL Group.
Mergers and Acquisitions is a major area of Kaundinya’s expertise having led his companies in multiple transactions across the world.
Ram served as the Chairman of the Crop Life India & ABLE AG and is currently the Director General of Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII).
He served as an independent director on the boards of Axis Bank. He is also on the boards of Axis Finance, Syngenta India, CapAleph Advisors, Bruhat Energy Solutions & Technologies, AgriRain Industries and Vasudhaika Software Solutions.
He served as a member of the MS Swaminathan Task Force on biotechnology policy for Indian agriculture and as a member of a committee set up by the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister of India.
Ram consults companies and VC/PE funds in areas of strategic planning and M&A. Serves on the Expert Review Committee of Access to Seeds Foundation and the Netherlands MAIZE Independent Steering Committee of the CGIAR Institution CYMMIT.
He has co-founded ThinkAg.
Mr.C S Liew
A citizen of Singapore and a graduate of Iowa State University in Agronomy and Pest Management with 45 years of global experience in agricultural inputs (fertilizers and pesticides) industry.
C S has worked for MNCs such as Ciba-Geigy (now called Syngenta), Uniroyal (now called Chemtura), Nufarm before starting his own company, Pacific Agriscience, 23 years ago. www.pacificagriscience.com
Pacific Agriscience started out trading in generic pesticides, sourcing from China and India, but 5 years ago, focused more on Mergers and Acquisitions in the agricultural inputs space.
The claim to fame was getting InVivo of France (sales turnover of Euro 5+ billion) to acquire a majority stake in CCAB Agro (sales turnover of over USD120 million at the time) of Brazil with a deal size of about USD100 million.
CS is currently working on a few global deals and also helping start-up companies with good or patented technologies in the bio agricultural inputs sector raise capital or going global.
Shri.Deepak P. Shah
SHRI DEEPAK P SHAH- Chairman & Managing Director, Sulphur Mills GROUP
Shri Deepak P Shah “The SULPHUR MAN OF INDIA”, is the CMD of Sulphur Mills, Sumil Chemicals and R3 Crop Care. Mr. Shah, a US Educated Mechanical Engineer, is a Technocrat Entrepreneur turned Industrialist, credited with introducing ahead-of- time Formulation Technologies in Crop Nutrition and Crop Protection in Indian and World Agriculture.
Mr. Shah pioneered in introducing Sulphur WDG Formulations and creating Global Capacities in Sulphur WDG. In addition to Sulphur, Mr. Deepak Shah is instrumental in introducing an advanced Zinc nutrition products (Techno Z and Zinda) and other advanced pesticide formulations viz., Liquid formulations, encapsulated formulations and WDG Formulations.
SML Group is fully backward integrated Nutri- Chem Company, unique in its efforts to continuously bring innovative formulations to WORLD AGRICULTURE.
In addition to building a successful SML Group in his life time, Mr. Shah is very active in Stewardship efforts of Indian Industry, being the Vice Chairman of Crop Care Federation of India and PMFAI, the apex Industry Associations.
Dr.K Venkata Subbarao
Ag Advisor, President - Africa & Middle East of Corteva Agriscience
With over 30 years of experience in agriculture, biosciences, and life sciences, Dr. Subbarao is a strategic business leader, He has achieved market leadership in emerging and complex markets, establishing strong and capable leadership teams that deliver strategic initiatives, and increasing revenue and market share.
A seasoned professional with a proven industry background, dedicated to offering sustainable solutions to better serve farmers he has served in various leadership positions, including President of National Seed Association of India from 2011 to 2013, on CII Agriculture council and FICCI Biotechnology committee, and as alternate President of Association of Seed Industry.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, a Master of Science degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding from BHU, and a Doctorate in Life Sciences from the University of Hyderabad. He also has a Graduate Diploma of Management in Technology Management from APESMA – Deakin University of Australia
Dr. Venkatesh Devanur
Dr Venkatesh Devanur Has over 45 years of significant experience in the crop care and crop protection industry in India. He is the CEO of SOM Phytopharma India Limited and Agri Life India - leading organizations focused on agri inputs for organic agriculture, manufacturing BioPesticides, BioFertilizers and BioStimulants.
Dr Venkatesh Devanur is also Director of Koppert Sustainable Solutions (India) Limited - Joint Venture Company with Koppert Biological Systems B.V of The Netherlands
Dr Venkatesh Devanur is the Founding member and Secretary - BioAgri Input Producers Association of India (BIPA) and Founding Member and Vice President - World Neem Organization (WNO)