Roy D’Silva
Roy has done his MBA, LLB and B.Com and is a practicing lawyer. He has held responsibilities as Executive Director, Karl Kubel Foundation/Institute for Development Education; Regional Funding Coordinator, Oxfam GB, East & Central Africa; Regional Representative, Oxfam GB, Hyderabad; Regional Programme Manager, Child Rights & You, South India; Senior Programme Administrator, Samuha, Karnataka; Audit Supervisor, M A B & Associates, Chartered Accountants.
Abha Saxena
Abha, the founder of Social Equity Advisory Services is an industry veteran with over two decades of entrepreneurial and corporate experience. She brings in with her a combination of Business and Leadership. She has held leadership positions in the best corporate names in the past. Abha has successfully managed business roles like Country Head – Germany for Sonata Software and Head – Microsoft BU for Mindlance apart from Key Account Management & CSR leadership roles at Aditya Birla IT. She had also held the position of VP Programs at NASSCOM Foundation and lead BR Forum, Disability and volunteering programs to success.

Aruna Rangachar Pohl
Programme Head
Aruna is an alumni of Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), and has 25 years of varied entrepreneurial and senior management experience primarily in the food, agriculture and retail sector. She has set up factories for processing spice oils and oleoresins, a food laboratory and import businesses for food products, as well as marketing and distribution channels for organic foods. She has been consultant to Agri-products export promotion body of Government of Germany (CMA) and other reputed companies internationally. She has won the “Outstanding Women Entrepreneur” award for 2002, presented by the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu. She has been the National Director, Cheshire Disability Trust implementing livelihood programs for persons with disability. In her current role as Executive Director, she is tasked with building up the organizational capabilities of IFHD to design and implement core programmes in greening economies.
C J Robens
Project Head
Robens has done his MA in Social Work (Loyola College, Chennai). Has 18 years of experience in International Development Cooperation. Areas of key expertise: Human and Institution Development, Livelihood improvement, Sustainable Agriculture, Organic and Fair Trade Certification, Micro-credit, Market development for agri-products and Collective marketing of products of small producers. Has held positions of Assistant General Manager, NABFINS. Was one of the promoters of two producer companies. His current role is to ensure ProCIF’s accountability, effectiveness and efficiency; Producer Organisation - assessment, mentoring and review; linkages for service provision; engagement with NGOs, financial institutions; wholesale lending NBFCs and banks, donors, market players and others; liaising with stakeholders.
Hemalatha D
Manager Partnerships
Hemalatha, has completed B.A (Hons) in English Literature, Jyothi Nivas College, Bangalore. She has an experience of working for 17 years as Secretary, Hivos India with responsibilities such as supporting the management, handling external relations and communications, managing the resource centre, supporting the programme department on external communications with partners and supporting project management. In her current role, Hema is tasked to develop partnerships consistent with IFHD’s priorities based on an analysis of key development issues, emerging trends and opportunities, develop and manage database of partners, service providers, donors etc, represent IFHD and maintain contacts with civil society organisations, government, corporate and others, manage communications and coordination with all stakeholders.
Paresh K Sethy
Senior Advisor
Paresh completed his PG Diploma in Management (IIM, Calcutta) and B. Tech (IIT, Guwahati). He has over 8 years expertise in consulting (strategy & scaling up), project management and business research Development & Government Sector. Has on-boarded a Public Enterprise, set up a raw material bank (yarn) for women weavers, set up a tailoring unit, on boarded DC (H) office, Ministry of Textiles and made strategies for their ‘craft awareness campaigns’ and worked on E-commerce to facilitate sales. In his current role, Paresh is tasked with identification and monitoring of service providers for the Technical Assistance facility for Farmer Producer Organisation; business planning for FPOs; administration of ProCIF diagnostic tool (MIDCA) on FPOs; preparation/ implementation of mentoring plan; technology transfer; facilitation of the value chain analysis of commodities; and market linkage for the FPOS.
Venkat Raman
Senior Advisor
Venkat has completed MBA (Finance) from Magnus School of Business, Chennai and is also a qualified Chartered Accountant (Inter). He has over 6 years of experience working in the corporate and non-profit sector covering Operations, Marketing, Financial Management and Programs in the work areas of Support to Farmer Producer Organization, Agricultural services/products, Livelihood Development, Financial Inclusion and Business Development including supply chain/logistics for the procurement of produces. In his current role, Venkat ensures provision of qualitative and output oriented Technical Assistance to the FPOs viz. develop market for the agriculture produces of the client FPOs; Coordinate, Monitor and Evaluate the TA provision to the FPOs by ProCIF service providers as well as provide the Required TA to the FPOs; and Development of training materials for the use of the FPOs.
Pratheek Abraham
Manager- Programme Development and Technical Assistance
Pratheek holds Masters degrees in Management from MDI, Gurgaon and ESCP Europe, Paris and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science Engineering from BITS, Pilani. He has five years of work experience across the development and corporate sectors spanning market research, value chain studies, financial planning and analysis, and business strategy and operations. He has worked on several projects across a range of 7 agricultural commodities in different geographies in India and Bangladesh and has worked with various donors like CGEP, DFID, BMGF, World Bank, NAPP, Tata Trusts and ACRE and State Governments. He is passionate about travelling and has set up V For Change, an organization to promote volunteer-tourism to create social impact in remote and rural areas. In the past, he has worked with leading organizations like TechnoServe, Grail Research and Morgan Stanley. In his current role at IFHD, he is focusing on programme development in addition to technical assistance to FPOs that includes conducting market research and value chain studies, and developing business plans and operational strategy for FPOs.
Veeresh Nayak
Manager- Technical Assistance
Veeresh holds an MSW (Master in Social Work) with specialisation in Community Development from Mangalore University. He has seven years of experience of working with the farming community at Srijan as Programme Manager and as Programme Officer at Dhan Foundation under JSYS Program. In his current role, he ensures provision of qualitative and output oriented Technical Assistance to the FPOs; develop market for the agriculture produces of the client FPOs; coordinate, monitor and evaluate the TA provision to the FPOs by ProCIF service providers as well as provide the required TA to the FPOs; and develop training materials for the use of the FPOs.
Narasimha Hegde
Project Manager, Sirsi
Narasimha is a Geologist and is pursuing his Doctorate at University of Greifswald, Germany. He has been working in the Western Ghats creating awareness among the people on conservation and rejuvenation of Natural resources and Forests. Along with the forest department, he has set up Village Forest Committees and trained them in sustainable harvest of NTFPs, protection of endangered species and the forests. He has extensively worked on value addition of selected NTFPs and its marketing. Protection of fresh water swamps and moist evergreen forests is another area where has worked extensively. He has Independently handled projects for IUCN Secretariat, CGIAR, ATREE, Rain Forest Information Center - Australia, Western Ghats, Global Green Grant Fund, USA, Cordaid, Netherlands, UNDP. He has published research papers, booklets and books. Currently he is setting up an NTFP and Spices centric FPO for IFHD at Sirsi, Karnataka.
Medha Ramachandra Hegde
Field Extension Staff, Sirsi
Medha has done her MSc -Botany from Karnataka University. She has been part of research teams on biodiversity and its management, flora exploration, value education, ecology, environmental science, plan genetics and plant tissue culture. She has worked on linking fragmented fresh water swamps through the restoration of micro corridors in the central western ghats, India funded by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). As a research associate for biodiversity international funded project on participatory research to assess the gendered knowledge and collective management of native fruit trees in the central western ghats. She has published presented papers at various forums. Currently she is working as Field extension staff for IFHD at Sirsi for the promotion of Farmer Producer Company.
Padmanabha Ganapati Hegde
Field Extension Staff, Sirsi
Padmanabha Ganapati Hegde is a farmer and has extensive experience in working with the communities in the Western Ghats. He has worked in projects related to the protection and restoration of endangered species of flora and fauna in the Western Ghats and the restoration of fresh water swamps. He also been actively part of mobilising NTFP collectors and farmers into Village Forest Committees and groups. Currently he is working as Field extension staff for IFHD at Sirsi for the promotion of Farmer Producer Company.

Sanjay Kumar Gupta
Senior Advisor
Sanjay’s background is Operational Research with key expertise in project management and market led technical support to development livelihoods/poverty projects with primary focus on promoting agribusiness opportunities among rural farmers organized into Common Interest Groups, Farmer Producer Groups, SHGs, Farmer Marketing Cooperative, MACS working with UN agencies, ADB, state government agencies, NGOs/INGOs, and resource agencies.
Aditya Bellur
Financial & Statutory Advisor
Aditya Bellur is a Chartered Accountant and a qualified lawyer. He did his articleship with CA B.S. Nagaraj, H. Vishnu & Co. and with Wipro Ltd (secondment) in their internal audit division. He joined SR Batliboi & Associates (a network firm of Ernst & Young) in the tax division. Aditya has over 8 years experience in individual taxation, corporate tax and service tax areas, as well as in regulatory areas. He has specific experience in compliance, FCRA and non-profit accounting. In his current advisory role in IFHD, Aditya provides support on financial management, Project-wise accounting and related activities, Statutory compliance, Corporate secretarial work.
Nirmallya Mandal
Nirmallya’s background is in Economics and Rural management. His key expertise lies in the areas of Market led Livelihoods, Market research, Skill Development, Micro-enterprise development, CSR, Micro Finance, Institutional development, Value chain development, Social Entrepreneurship, BPR and marketing.
Ramchandram C.
Ramachandram has a Graduate Degree and has undergone in-plant training in Cotton Textile Processing, particularly spinning. He possesses more than 25 years of experience working in spinning mills viz. processing of Raw Cotton into lint bales, ginning process, procurement processing, packing and storage. He has also been involved in Organic Cotton Projects involving certification. Cotton marketing expert
Subash Naik
Senior Advisor
Subash Naik has over 16 years of experience of working in Odisha on rural marketing, women empowerment, micro finance, and livelihood sector. He has extensively with community on SHGs and Farmer Producer Organisation as CEO. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Development (IGNOU) and MSW (Master of Social Work), Tamil Nadu University.
Manjunath. H
Senior Advisor
Manjunath. H has 18 years’ experience of working in Karnataka in the areas of Sustainable Technology Transfer, Sustainable/ Organic agriculture, rural livelihoods, Farmer Producer Companies, watershed management, rural sanitation, bio diversity conservation and gender and youth. He has also several articles, books and films to his credit. He worked with IFHD as Manager-ProCIF Technical Assistance from November 2016 to April 2017. Now as a freelance consultant has been providing his expertise advise as senior advisor to IFHD. Manju holds a PG in Environmental Sciences from Kuvempu University, Karnataka, a Graduate in Forestry from University of Agri Sciences, Dharwad, and a Diploma holder in Agriculture and Rural Development from CAM, Dharwad, Karnataka. He has 18 years’ experience of working in Karnataka in the areas of Sustainable Technology Transfer, Sustainable/ Organic agriculture, rural livelihoods, Farmer Producer Companies, watershed management, rural sanitation, bio diversity conservation and gender and youth. He has also several articles, books and films to his credit.
Christian Friedrich Pohl
Senior Advisor
Christian Friedrich Pohl has over 32 years of international experience in providing strategic and operational guidance to start-up/growing companies and social enterprises in the hospitality/retail/food service/agro-commodities and meat production sectors. He has worked in Africa, Far East, Europe, Sri Lanka and in India. He holds a Diploma in Hotel Management from Hotel School, Dortmund, Germany, International Marketing Management, Germany and Apprenticeships at Buergergesellschaft, Bochum, Germany.