Recipient of prestigious Cambridge Nehru Scholarship to do Ph D from Cambridge (UK) and was funded by Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods (UK) to do a Postdoc at the University of York (UK).
Have over 20 yrs experience in industrial R&D working with two major FMCG companies such as Unilever and ITC. At Unilever I was part of a team responsible for 3 major re launches in Beverages category and led some international projects with countries such as Japan and Pakistan. I have 10 patents from the work carried out at Unilever and ITC. Was a global science area leader in Biochemistry / Biotechnology working on metabolic engineering of tea. Was considered for global leadership role in Foods R&D as well as Bioscience with in Unilever before leaving.
Currently leading a team of more than 40 scientists to actualise the company's vision of 'convergence' to develop technologies to help 5 major businesses of ITC. The focus is to use ITC's strength in Agriculture to identify actives for Skin Care and Foods business (for Diabetes and CVH).
Set up Agri R&D at ITC in a short frame of time (3 yrs) from green field. Developed international and Indian collaborations in the area of gene assisted selections, WUE and biomolecules with CSIRO (Australia), CSIR (South Africa), IISc and UAS Bangalore. Gave sevaral talks at the international forums such as Bio 09, Bio Asia, World Agroforestry congress and chaired session in several international conferences.
My goal is to develop products using modern genomics and proteomics tools which would give breakthrough technologies.