K. Vijayaraghavan (Vijay), the chairman of Sathguru Management Consultants established the firm to integrate proficiencies in science and management to help create and nurture innovative enterprises, by adopting next generation technologies for product development and providing strategic ideas in reaching markets and delivery systems for different segments. View More
He takes special interest in exploring the potential of applying technological innovations in life sciences, to address the problems of resource-constrained communities. His able guidance has helped constitute, some path breaking global consortiums in public health, agriculture, food and environment. He is a Chartered Accountant and a certified Management Consultant. His multiple majors in graduate programs and fellowship in finance, strategic and technology management, helps nurture enterprises that can effectively complement in-house research with external research capacity to sustain competitiveness. For over 30 years, he has advised several national governments of both advanced and emerging economies to shape their science and technology commercialization policies; technology development and dissemination strategies; enterprise nurturing policies and intellectual assets protection policies. He has helped structure governance and leadership models for global consortiums, corporate enterprises and non-profit organizations. For over two decades, he has led several collaborative partnerships in research, technology transfer and regional capacity building with Cornell University for the Asian region. He is a visiting faculty at world renowned institutions and believes in sharing his experiences with practicing managers and academicians.
He is a member of the International Advisory Committee of AUTM and Honorary President of the Society for Technology Management (STEM), the Indian association of technology management professionals. He is also a fellow member of Institute of Management Consultants of India and he is on the advisory board of Cornell Center for Hospitality Research.
Hemalatha is one of the founder directors of Sathguru Management Consultants. She is a Commerce graduate and holds a postgraduate certification Systems from NCC, UK. She is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants of India and has experience in handling Initial Public Offers (IPO) under the erstwhile Capital Markets practice at Sathguru. View More
She has handled numerous IPOs, Rights and Bonus offers and other Capital Market related offerings. Hemalatha is one of the founder directors of Sathguru Management Consultants. She is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants of India and has experience in handling Initial Public Offers (IPO) under the erstwhile Capital Markets practice at Sathguru. She is also experienced in handling assurance audits, implementation of systems and practices and harness best practices through management control systems. She has extensive experience in global capacity building and education delivery model of Sathguru and currently heads these practices. She also heads the human resource division & has been responsible for introducing various innovative policies. She also presides over Sankalp and other CSR activities.
Kannan Ragunathan is one of the director of Sathguru Management Consultants and heads the Information Technology practice of Sathguru. Ragunathan is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, a Fellow Management Consultant and a systems specialist. He is an eminent expert in application of information technology solutions in the agriculture and food sector for supply chain and last mile delivery integration. View More
His expertise spans over designing and developing solutions using mobile and hand held technologies and integrating them with server based technologies on a multi-platform delivery basis. He leads a team of innovative developers who design solutions for solving real-life problems of agronomy at field level and integrated them for speedy information delivery. He is a member of DFK international, a network of global business advisors providing cross country advisory support for multinational agri and food enterprises.
Venu Gopal is the Vice President of Sathguru Management Consultants and is based out of Sathguru’s Boston office. He is the primary US interface for Sathguru’s international clients in agribusiness and food industries. He advises Indian and global clients on strategies to enhance value and competitive advantage by exploiting new market and product/technology opportunities. View More
He has led several engagements for young ventures and industry leaders including the creation of global expansion strategy for one of India’s largest food companies. Venu brings with him over 16 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Venu holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Vijay Paranjape is an experienced Agricultural Biotechnology professional with over 20 years of industrial and academic experience in diverse areas of Plant Biotechnology. His major experience has been working for over 16 years with Monsanto where he took progressive roles of increasing scope & responsibility. Vijay is a patent scientist and a registered Indian Patent Agent. View More
He also has an experience in implementing and sustaining Quality Management Systems and ETS (Excellence Through Stewardship) programs. In his current role at Sathguru, he advises clients on innovation advancement opportunities, R&D Strategy, Technology Scouting & Assessment, Technology Commercialization, IP Strategy and Valuation, Policy and Regulatory Framework Development. Vijay has a Ph. D in molecular biology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and post-doctoral research experience in plant molecular biology from Imperial College, London, UK and Washington State University, Pullman, USA.
Raja Rajeswari focuses on promoting sustainable social development through CSR wings of Cornell Sathguru Foundation for Development (CSFD). She has over 23 years of national and international experience in social development sector and has initiated development programs especially for women, children, youth, persons with psycho-social disability, HIV infected and affected persons, View More
high risk groups, and victims of conflict. She has served the advisory board of Christian Conference of Asia – Thailand for 5 years and has mentored NGOs at Asia level on peace building strategies. Her key strengths include, program management, grant writing, capacity building and research. She holds a Master degree in Social Work (MSW) from Osmania University, Hyderabad
Anand Singh is a Sr.Manager with International development team and brings an experience of more than fifteen years in the field of biological control, product development, project management, and information technology applications for e-extension. View More
He has worked with Asia Pacific R&D team of Monsanto for delivering IT solutions and as product owner for regulatory application developed for capturing germplasm import information for India R&D teams. He has extensively worked in vegetable Product Development in Northern India and has rich experience in product portfolio management, market profiles, market dynamics, farmer interactions and trainings. Anand has a Ph. D. in plant pathology. He has independently handled high impact projects and in consultation with stakeholders in respective geographies to develop and implement customizable solutions for agri-industry.
Vithal is working with Sathguru in Malawi in implementing a trilateral partnership project on agricultural innovation partnership (AIP) supported by USAID. Vithal holds over 20 years of experience in project development and implementation View More
covering developmental research, green field projects under foreign direct investment (FDI) and capacity building in the areas of agriculture and forestry in India, Ethiopia and Malawi. He has been involved in agricultural and natural resource based international developmental projects in Africa on organizational development, capacity building, technical and vocational education, and agricultural innovations. His other expertise include developing suitable agro-technologies for resource poor small holder farms in Africa, public-private partnership (PPP), informal and formal seed value chain development, crop variety development and testing. Vithal is a certified seed inspector and holds Ph.D. in agricultural development. He is a member of International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria and is an executive editor to the world research journal of agricultural biotechnology.
Rituparna works as a Senior Consultant with Life Science Advisory Group at Sathguru. She undertakes project and program management of public - private partnership projects involving innovative technology transfer and commercialization. She has been actively involved in facilitating transgenic crop development, technology transfer & licensing, new product development planning, risk management, monitoring & evaluation (M&E), strategic corporate recommendation for innovation advancement in agribusiness arena. View More
She is responsible for providing strategic and technology advisory services, undertaking market assessment, business feasibility and devising market roadmap for agribusiness companies. Rituparna has over 8 years of experience and her core expertise includes strategic planning & advisory for research prioritization, technology management, business feasibility and market entry propositions, stakeholder liasoning and market research in agribusiness sector.
Prior to joining Sathguru, Rituparna worked with Access Livelihoods Consulting in the areas of livelihood promotion in agri & allied sector.
Rituparna holds an Agribusiness Management (ABM) degree from National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), Jaipur and a graduation degree in Agriculture from Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU.
Dr. Sheetal is an Agribusiness Consultant in the Life Sciences Advisory Group at Sathguru Management Consultants. She has done her Bachelors & Masters in Biotechnology, from University of Pune, and has a PhD in Technology and IP Management from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Patents Law from Nalsar University. View More
Sheetal has over six years of academic experience and two years of corporate experience in analyzing business and technology strategies, as well as IP strategies of agri-input companies (agri-biotech, seeds, & crop science). She has hands-on experience in IP analytics, patinformatics, designing patent and PVP landscapes, and conducting IP audits. Her domain knowledge in technology transfer, licensing, and commercialization brings a unique value proposition to the team.
Mansi’s professional experience includes 2.5 years of management consulting practice with Sathguru Management Consultants. She has been actively working on multiple engagements in project management for international development projects; strategizing business solutions for public-private client across the industry and developing Go to Market entry strategies for unexplored business propositions. View More
Her sectoral expertise includes project management where, she has extensively handled Project operations and stakeholder management, strategy and execution of international development projects in Africa and South Asia. These project addressed farming communities through interventions in formal and informal seed sector, food and nutritional security and digitization of education in the region. Value Chain studies: Have experience in value chain studies for cereals, horticultural/agricultural commodities, etc. She has carried out value chain studies in countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and within India for various cereals. Business Strategy: Developing Go to Market strategies for various consulting project. Handled Strategy focused assignments on market landscaping and financial feasibility to enter into commodity trading/ importing business of high-value legumes to India and Southeast African regions.
Richa is an Associate Consultant in Sathguru and is responsible for management of International Development projects through continuous stakeholder interaction, capacity enhancement. She also worked on developing a proprietary tool to track surveillance of disease incidence, handy for usage by pathologists in field. She has been involved in projects related to strategy for market expansion, growth strategy, market research, data analytics and IP landscaping. She is continuously engaged in secondary and primary market assessment for internal and external clients and continuously adding to Sathguru. Richa holds Diploma in Agribusiness Management from National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), Hyderabad.
Aishwariya Varadan Kazhiyur is working as an Associate Consultant in the Life Science Advisory group at Sathguru. At Sathguru, she is engaged in handling International development projects that needs an intervention of sophisticated tools. She is actively involved in capacity building of external stakeholders, facilitating/ conducting training(s), business development, data analytics, deploying and implementing the ICT related tools that have been developed to mine the gaps in value chain.
She is a certificate holder in Systems Analysis from National University of Singapore and has been certified by Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore in International business management.