An Agribusiness Professional

Retired as the Chief General Manager of National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) after 37 years of development banking service having been with the Reserve Bank of India and Canara Bank also. Currently, he holds the position of Adjunct Professor for School of Agribusiness Management, MIT World Peace University, Pune and as Visiting Professor at College of Post Graduate Studies, Shillong with the Central Agricultural University North East, besides being an Adviser to Aditya Birla Group as well as Dr Reddy’s Foundation and other NGOs.

Mr. Ashok has considerable exposure in NABARD to collective farming models beginning with the Farmers Club Scheme form 1985 onwards to the introduction of the Farmer Producer Organisations model from its inception from the late 1990s. He has been associated with sustainable development programs for rural communities and several corporates in choosing appropriate development programs for implementing agribusiness projects using CSR funds and in identifying partners like NGOs in the project area for supporting FPOs. Mr. Ashok has had exposure of rural finance and agribusiness sector in several countries including Thailand, Kenya, China, Germany USA, Finland and England.