General Manager-Digital Transformation Seedworks International Pvt.Ltd
Pulkit Mittal has over 7 years of work experience in digital transformation, business analytics and project management. He is associated with SeedWorksInternationalsince March 2018 and undertook Senior Leadership role in Digital Transformation Strategy. This Digital Transformation encompasses - Business Transformation, IT Transformation & Culture Transformation. Before SeedWorks, he was associated with one of the largest Indian Conglomerate – ITC Limited in the Agri Business Division.
He is an experienced modern age Digital Leader with a demonstrated history of working in the Agri Businesses. Over the years he has turned into a versatile professional with hands-on and diverse experience of business aspects. Focussing energy on Emerging Tech, he envisions, and structures business value driven digital transformation strategy and executes leading technologies. The value he brings to the table is the ability to bridge the right logic, attention to detail, rigour in execution and hard negotiation skills. Developed the capability to liaise with cross-functional teams in executing initiatives and projects that help steer the organization towards its goals.
He won the coveted Hyderabad Management Association’s Young Manager of the Year Award presented by Sri M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India at 46th HMA’s Annual Awards Function held at Hyderabad in June 2019. He has been awarded the Big CIO Innovators Award by Trescon Global at the Big CIO Show in May 2019 at Mumbai. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Practitioner by BMG International.
Under his leadership, SeedWorks International won ABSA Award 2021 in Best Digital Farming Technology - Agri Practice category, CII Most Innovative Digital Transformation Award 2020 in Customer Experience category, Gold Winner in RMAI Flame Awards Asia 2020 for Digital Farming Efforts in the Agriculture Industry and National Award in Marketing Excellence 2020 by CMO Asia for the innovative Digital Transformation.
He holds Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India. He is a recipient of Certificate of Merit for Academic Excellence at IIT Kanpur. At IIT Kanpur, he has worked extensively in the area of Evolutionary Algorithms and published 2 international conference papers & 1 journal paper.
He is an avid reader, exploratory cook and loves to swim
CEO at Agrowon
Nilesh Shejwal is a Mechanical Engineer by qualification, having over 15 years of diverse industry experience in the field of Strategy, Sales, Market Development & Brand Management with Global and Indian Firms. Previously, he had worked with companies like Thomson Reuters and Bharati Axa. He has completed his MBA from International University, Viana, Austria.
He had Led businesses, large-scale operations, successfully managed P & Ls and Brands of different sizes, different audiences, and at different stages in their life cycle.
Nilesh was leading his own venture Krushiking which mainly works for various Services in the Agriculture sector having over 2.5 Lac farmer user base. Nilesh has been appointed by AP Globale as CEO of Agrowon Agrotech Industries Pvt. Ltd. which focuses on 2 major projects - Agrowon Mart and Agrowon Digital. Agrowon Mart aims at Presence in Agriculture, Rural and Digital sector which works in combination of retail and ecommerce along with information to farmers, Quality inputs, Market availability, trusted products, home delivery in 24 hours and low price.Whereas Agrowon Digital has a vision of designing a digital organizational structure that aligns closely with their overall digital strategy and how they expect to capturevalue from digital.
His high contribution comes in Strategizing and developing new Revenue Streams, incubating new business models in agriculture industry. His key areas are Managing Channel and Retail Sales, Led Strategic Alliances, Re-designing business processes and building consumer connect.
Senior Advisor, Food & Agribusiness at Caspian Impact Investment Adviser Limited
Emmanuel Murray works as Senior Advisor, Food & Agribusiness at Caspian Impact Investment Adviser Limited (www.caspian.in), a fund management company, that manages both equity debt funds. The debt business currently stands at Rs. 450 Crore, about a fourth of which is in Food & Agri sector, with the rest being in Financial Services, Clean Tech, Education & Healthcare. The equity fund invests in Food Agri, apart from Clean Tech and Financial Services enablers.
Emmanuel’s role in Caspian is in supporting the Eco system development through working with Incubators & Start-ups in the Food & Agri space. Apart from mentoring, support in market linkages & credit linkages are facilitated.
Emmanuel is also a Director on the Board of NABKISAN Finance Ltd, a subsidiary of NABARD that funds FPOs and other Agribusiness Enterprises.
Prior to Caspian, Emmanuel worked for 5 years with Maanaveeya Development & Finance Ltd, the Indian Subsidiary of the Dutch Impact Cooperative, Oikocredit that operates in 70 countries. He was in-charge of the credit operations totalling around Rs 350 Crore in Microfinance, SME Finance, Renewable Energy & Agriculture.
The major part of Emmanuel’s professional life, 25 years was with NABARD, across various parts of India, including North-East India, and across various domains including, project finance, microfinance, direct lending and consulting. He also was in the training system for seven years, including five in the Reserve Bank’s College of Agricultural Banking.
Some of the notable works that Emmanuel has done include,
Agriculture in India is embarking on a modernisation drive backed with regulatory headwinds and paving the way for a thriving agricultural technology (agritech) segment. This includes using technology to achieve faster planting, modified crops that grow well in different environments, and harvesting. AgriTech, the merger of agriculture and technology is using modern methods to enhance farming. The advancements in AgriTech have elevated the global economy for good. The technology came out at a time when the world is undergoing multiple setbacks.
AgriTech, the merger of agriculture and technology is using modern methods to enhance farming. The advancements in AgriTech have elevated the global economy for good. The technology came out at a time when the world is undergoing multiple setbacks. In 2020, farmers mitigated agriculture challenges like fragmented land holdings, seed and crop quality, availability of input, supply chain and storage, weather and climate risks, as well as soil nutrition. All these conflicts were solved using AgriTech solutions like high-tech drones, IoT devices and data analytics.
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