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Ram Kaundinya

Ram Kaundinya

Visiting Faculty - MSB, Independent Director - Axis Bank Non-Executive Director - Advanta Ltd.

Ram Kaundinya is an expert in the field of agriculture and specifically with reference to the business of agricultural inputs. He has a total experience of about 35 years which includes 22 years in the agrochemical industry and 13 years in the seed and biotech industry.

Mr. Kaundinya holds a PGDM with specialization in Agriculture from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is a graduate in Agriculture from the AndhraPradeshAgriculturalUniversity .

Mr Kaundinya was the Managing Director and CEO of Advanta Ltd, an Indian seed company with global foot print from 2006 to 2013. In this capacity he was responsible for running the global business of about Rs.1250 cr spread across various continents. Advanta is listed on Bombay Stock Exchange.

Prior to this Mr Kaundinya  held many posts of responsibility which included Managing Director of Emergent Genetics India, Managing Director of Cyanamid Agro and Director of the Agricultural Products Division of Cyanamid India. He also served Hoechst India for thirteen years as a senior member of the management team of their agrochemicals division.

Mr. Kaundinya has always been associated with various industry associations. He was the Chairman of the Crop Life India (the then Indian Crop Protection Association) for two years from1998-2000. He was the Director of the Association of Seed Industry (ASI), Mumbai from 2002 to 2006. He is currently the Chairman of the Agricultural Group of the biotech industry association called ABLE. He has been at the forefront of the expansion of biotechnology applications in agriculture in India.

Mr Kaundinya has been involved with academics for the last 30 years. He is a frequent guest lecturer at various management institutes including IIMA. He was involved in writing some case studies for class room discussion at IIMA. He teaches courses in Marketing and Corporate Strategy.

Mr Kaundinya is  an angel investor in start ups. He is particularly interested in promoting entrepreneurship in the food and agri sector and is looking at various options to facilitate investments in this sector.

Mr Kaundinya is a writer. He has co-authored a book titled 'Agri Input Marketing in India' with Prof Venugopal of XLRI. The book is just released  by Sage Publications.      Mr Kaundinya writes fiction in Telugu and has published one  book of short stories so far. He has also written a series of articles on Telugu film music.

Mr. Kaundinya is currently an Independent Director on the board of Axis Bank and an Independent Director, Syngenta India

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