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Leadership

Bharath Mandanna– Chair

Bharath_photo_NAPP_website+2014 ARBharath Mandanna is Vice President of the Plantation Division of Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation Ltd, where he has worked for over three decades. He is responsible for the corporation’s tea & coffee plantations in India and Tanzania. All the tea plantations are Fairtrade certified since two decades.

He has been an active board member of the Network of Asia and Pacific Producers (NAPP) for five years and was elected Chairman of NAPP at the General Assembly in January 2012, re-elected in 2014. He is also on the board of Fairtrade International (FI), the Chair of the Nominations Committee of FI and a member of the Finance Committee of FI. Bharath was the Chairman of the Indian Fairtrade certified producers network (AIFP) for four years.

 Ayan Banerjee – Chief Executive Officer

Ayan sAyan_photo_NAPP_website+2014 ARerves as the Chief Executive of the Network of Asia and Pacific Producers, the official member, stakeholder and representative of producers from the Asian & Pacific region at Fairtrade International.

According to Ayan, working with 200+ Small Producer Organizations (SPOs), Hired-Labor and Contract Production set-ups across the agro-climatic diversity of Asia and Pacific region has been a source of incredible energy. As a consultant, a board member or researcher, Ayan has enjoyed working in the overlap of policy, business and development through all-encompassing strategic advisory roles. Fairtrade NAPP squarely falls in this area of interest.

Though Ayan enjoys a diverse portfolio of endeavors, his core areas of interest are leadership and organization development. In an earlier avatar, as an angel investor and serial social entrepreneur with a particular interest in high (social) impact investments he founded seven social enterprise initiatives to address some of the ingrained socio-economic problems and leadership and change management concerns to drive inclusive growth in India, with 2 successful sell-outs. His mainstream experience is across ICT, management consulting and investment banking. Transitioning from working on multi-million dollar investments in the private equity space, in recent times the conscious choice has been to work in the “development sector” with increasingly areas of specialization in agribusiness and microfinance.

He immensely appreciates and inspires breakthrough ideation and the power of innovative incubations to social change. In his rare spare time, he is constantly striving to build radical growth enterprises with a potential for disruptive innovation.

Ayan also brings in rich scholastic and analytic experience. Inter Alia, has a doctorate (Thesis: “Impact Investments”), is an alumnus of Columbia Business School and The London School of Economics.

Rakesh Supkar – Chief Operating Officer

20151226_124626Rakesh is an agri-business and development professional with 16+ years of experience across India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. His focus has been on helping smallholders capture increased value from the value chain and fostering entrepreneurship. As the COO of NAPP, Rakesh will be leading the entire producer facing role of NAPP (including PSR).

Prior to joining NAPP Rakesh spent 8+ years with TechnoServe India (TNS) in various positions, the last three years as Associate Program Director for the India office. TNS is a leading global non-profit institution operating across 30+ countries doing pioneering work on agricultural value chains looking for creating business solutions to poverty in partnership with smallholder producer groups and corporate / donor partners. As part of the leadership team at TNS, his work covered project operations, developing and executing systems for M&E and operations, new program development, team building, and strategic planning. Rakesh also functioned as an interim Country Director for TNS India in 2011 during a critical transition phase. Before TNS, Rakesh worked with Catalyst Management Services Bangalore, where he helped establish the Livelihood Resource Centre ‘Vrutti’; Center for Development Finance (CDF) at IFMR Chennai on applied research on rural infrastructure financing; and with CARE Odisha where he focused on livelihood restoration, health and nutrition projects.

Rakesh is part of Aspire circle of social leadership, a forum promoting enlightened social leadership in India.

Rakesh is an Engineer from NIT Surat. He has a Masters in Development Studies (majoring in rural livelihoods, and minor in environment) from ISS in The Hague, The Netherlands and MBA in Rural Management from IRMA, arguably the best institutes in India on development and rural management.

Sujatha Krishnaswamy – Chief Finance Officer

Sujatha

Sujatha comes with 26+ years of experience in the areas of finance and administration. Sujatha is responsible for all finance and compliance related functions of NAPP and part of NAPP management team. This would include, but not be limited to, aid decision making as well as support in strengthening / setting up of accounting & documentation of policies & procedures, communication with employees/management, finalization of accounts, liaison with the statutory auditors, statutory compliances/filings under tax laws, Company law and various Labour laws, expenses management, MIS & accounting ERP, payroll generation & advisory on commercial & compliance matters to the Board & Management.

Sujatha is an MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary.