Our Experts

Industry experts - Our experts comprise senior industrialists and professionals who are interested in promoting entrepreneurship. They come from varied backgrounds including product design, agriculture, manufacturing, Government policy, law and e commerce.

Alok Pugalia -Electronics

Founder of Anvation Labs, a company that develops electronic products to simplify our day to day lives. Alok also has co-founded Sankalp Semiconductors, a semiconductor design services provider and ekLakshya, a training company to make students industry ready.
Alok holds a Masters in engineering from Indian Institute of science (IISc) and a Bachelors in Engineering from National Institute of Technology Karnataka.. His area of expertise include hardware design (PCB, ICs), mobile accessories design and electronic product safety certifications.

Balaji Shinde- Lighting products

Seasoned business leader with expertise in sales and market development of lighting products. Over 15 years of experience with a number of renowned organisations including Phillips Lighting , Future group and ADATA Technologies.
Balaji holds Bachelors in computer science from University of Madras and an MBA from Madurai Kamraj University.

Bharti Krishnan, CFA – Business viability studies

Bharti Krishnan has over thirteen years of experience in industry research and credit research. She worked with CRISIL and ICRA in their rating and research divisions. As part of her work at the two rating companies, Bharti executed research assignments on a number of industries including cement, fertilizer and chemical and SME. Apart from an MBA, Bharti possesses a Diploma in IFRS (ACCA, UK) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA (USA).

Dr. Chandrakanth N. Patil - Consulting Animal Nutritionist

Founder of CNP Livestock services, a company that provides consulting to dairy farmers and cattle feed manufacturers. Has work experience of over 15 years in designing feed formulations as per lactation stages and pregnancy stages. Also, conducts trainings for dairy farmers on various dairy operations, feeding schedules, feeding strategies and optimum dairy economics.

Dr. Yerram Raju - Government Policies

Dr. Yerram Raju is a senior retired banker from State bank of India (SBI) with more than 45 years of experience in banking and consulting. Dr. Raju’s areas of expertise include SME development and corporate governance. Dr. Raju has authored fourteen books on a variety of subjects related to rural banking and corporate governance of which three books deal specifically with the SME sector

Laksshman Rao - Handicrafts and Handlooms

Laksshman Rao is a result driven leader with over 18 years of professional experience in production and marketing of handloom woven fabrics. His key skills include sourcing/ Designing / Dyeing of Handloom products, Home textiles and Home décor products.
He has a Diploma in handloom and Textile technology from Indian Institute of Handloom technology and has worked in the industry for over 15 years.

Shrikant Varanasi–Solvent extraction

Srikanth Varanasi is the Proprietor of Trifolium Scientifics, a consulting firm for projects related to neem related products such as Azadirachtin, neem based bio pesticide, neem oil. He has extensive ( 23 years ) experience in setting up Azadirachtin extraction facilities. His area of expertise includes sourcing chemical processing equipment and commissioning turkey projects.

Zeeshan MP - Waste Management 

Zeeshan MP, co founder and director of Synod bio-science Pvt ltd ,Bangalore has over 8 years of experience in technology innovation and commercialization of anaerobic digester. He holds a B.Tech in Biotechnology & Biochemical engineering from Kerala University.  He is an expert in different waste processing technologies and has installed number of projects in India, Mauritius and Egypt.

Mr. Rohit Bhandari - Food Processing

Mr. Rohit Bhandari has over 40 years of experience in various sub sectors of food processing Industry such as dairy, horticulture, edible oil, snack food and food supply chain infrastructure. His expertise includes project planning, material procurement and concept to commissioning of green field projects. He is the founder of Dynamic Agri & Food-biz Consultants, a provider of agri business consulting services. Prior to starting his consulting venture, Mr. Bhandari worked with a number of corporates including Reliance retail , NDDB (National Dairy development board) and Mott MacDonald.

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