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Beginning his career in 1971 as Graduate Trainee Engineer, he rose to the position of Executive Director in Kirloskar Oil Engines in 1992, the flagship company of the Kirloskar Group. Between 1992 and 1997, for the Kirloskar Group, he set up the first in a kind, Pig Iron plant with a capacity of 500 thousand ton integrated to a state -of- the-art Foundry with a capacity of 60 thousand tons per annum.
In 1998, he joined Ingersoll-Rand India as the Chairman and Managing Director and retired in 2008.
In 2005, he was the Chairman of the Karnataka State Council of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) ,and in 2007 was nominated by the CII to be the Chairman of the Task Force formed by the Ministry of Agriculture, to examine and recommend policy interventions and set technical standards for the formation of the Cold Chain Infrastructure in India for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Implementation of these recommendations has been initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Presently he is working on the development of a scalable model in the space of primary and secondary education for the poorest of the poor in Rural India.
He serves on the advisory and statutory Board of various Companies in the space of Bio Fuels, Infrastructure Development, Infrastructure Finance, Forgings and a MNC.
Mr. Daljit Mirchandani, is a Graduate Engineer from Birla Institute of Technology.

Sekhar's started off doing something quite different early on in his career which underwent several transformations that led his success.
A Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant by qualification, Sekhar has spent more than 30 years in Monsanto. He is the Chairman of the Company’s listed entity providing strategic counsel, business guidance, and representing the Company on several industry forums. Prior to this role, he held several leadership positions across functions – Chief Financial Officer, Business Development Head, Sales and Marketing Head, Global Corporate Strategy Lead at Monsanto’s headquarters in St. Louis, USA and the India Region Lead.
Sekhar has been instrumental in evolving the India business from a pure herbicide company, into an agrochemicals, seed, and biotechnology company that is setting the stage for a renewed crop revolution in India.
The millennium saw Sekhar take over as Managing Director for the South Asia Region where he played a key role in collaborating with Mahyco for the commercial approval of the first biotech crop technology in India – Bollgard® in-built insect-protection Bt cotton. The technology catalyzed a doubling of cotton production in seven years (2002-08), making India the world’s second largest producer and second largest exporter, and more importantly, a self-sufficient global contributor in cotton.
When Monsanto identified India as an independent region in early 2007, Sekhar returned from the global headquarters in St. Louis as the first Indian Region Lead. In this role, he successfully led his team to grow Monsanto’s core businesses in India. Sekhar is also an active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Council on Agriculture and CII National Biotech Committee.

Tom Reardon is Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University, USA, where he has researched and taught since January 1992. From 1986 through 1991, he was Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in Washington DC. From 1984 to 1986 he was Rockefeller Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow attached to IFPRI and also working with ICRISAT in West Africa. Tom finished his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at University of California at Berkeley in 1984.
Tom is widely recognized as the leading global expert in links between the “supermarket revolution” and development of agrifood value chains and farms in developing regions, as well as links between agrifood industry transformation and food security. He has also worked extensively on rural nonfarm employment and food security. His work as of May 2010 has 7000 citations in Google Scholar and 1100 in ISI. He is on the World Economic Forum (Davos) Global Alliance Council for Food Security, and has been a food security advisor to the Chicago Council for Global Affairs and an invitee to Davos. He is listed in “Who’s Who in Economics,” and received a Distinguish Faculty Award from MSU.
Tom’s research work is mainly in India, China, Indonesia, and Nicaragua, including studies of the rise of supermarkets, the transformation of value chains in horticulture, shrimp, dairy, and rice, and the emergence of rural business hubs and other linkages between farmers and the modern food industry.
Tom teaches a graduate course in the fall semester (AEC 861, Agricultural in International Development) and an undergraduate course (ABM and FIM 427, International Agrifood Markets and Industries). He also has a Michigan Experiment Station appointment and undertakes outreach to domestic agrifood business audiences on changes in international markets.

Professional Interests
  • Links between globalization and the transformation of the agrifood industry (rise of supermarkets, large-scale agroindustry/processing, wholesaling, and food service/fast-food sector) and agricultural and supply chain/value-chain development in developing countries.
  • Focus on South Asia and Southeast Asia.
  • Implications of agrifood industry transformation for small agro-industrial enterprises and small farmers and farm and rural nonfarm labor.
  • Development program and policy approaches to “competitiveness with inclusiveness” and “customized competitiveness” for farms and agroindustry firms.
  • The rise of private food safety and quality standards.
  • Main focus on horticultural and fish/seafood/aquaculture, and secondary focus on dairy.
  • South-South Trade and International joint ventures in the produce industry.
He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, 1984; M.I.A., Columbia University,1979; Diplôme, Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Université de Nice, 1977; B.A., Claremont Men's College, 1976.