Venkat has completed MBA (Finance) from Magnus School of Business, Chennai and is also a qualified Chartered Accountant (Inter). He has more than 11 years of experience in diverse sectors of corporate and not-for-profit, where his domain areas of work are in Operations, Marketing, Financial Management and Programs. He has experience in nurturing social start-ups, business development, marketing and fundraising. He has worked with leading partners like Ford Foundation, Hivos, European Union, CoE, Solidaridad, G-Star, Whole Foods (US), Groceries Apparel (US), Fellisimo (Japan), Chetna Organic, Vrutti, NabFins, Oiko Credit, Annanya Finance, Caspian Advisor, RangDe, Nabkisan, RGVN, SVA, Life Trust, Sittlingi Organic Farmers Assoc., CIKS, Parivartan, ICRA, IDF, Tata Trusts, Change Alliance, NIWCYD, NEIDA, CmF, CInICELL, SURE, GEAG, DRCSC, GiZ, etc.
In his current role, he is responsible for providing technical assistance to FPOs like conducting business research involving value chain studies, feasibility studies, and market entry strategies, setting-up F&A & compliance systems, fund raising and designing business processes and organization structures involving HR systems, financial systems, business performance measurement, procurement and supply chain, and market linkages. During his tenure in IFHD, he has supported 38 FPCs across 17 states.