Hemant NitturkarProject Director at BASICS
Hemant Nitturkar is a tri-sector professional with multi-country experience of nearly three decades in agriculture research, commercial agriculture operations, information technology, financial services, venture capital and entrepreneurship development. After being an oilseed breeder in a private seed company in India, he has been a serial entrepreneur in India and Australia with experience of running four businesses, failing in two, doing well in one and successfully selling another business for a decent profit, mentoring over one hundred startups. He is a two-time recipient of the Governor's Gold Medals from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, India, for his academic achievement in BSc (Agriculture) and MSc (Genetics and Plant Breeding). He holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from Securities Institute of Australia, Sydney and has also received Executive Management Training in Raw Material Procurement for Agro-processing units from IIM, Ahmedabad, India and the Venture Capitalist Development Program, ISB, Hyderabad, India and an executive course in inclusive business models from HEC, Paris, France. His doctoral thesis was on “Digital Agriculture strategies for sustainable and inclusive development in India and Africa”
His expertise is in commercializing technologies and he is passionate about creating innovative grassroots business solutions to social and environmental problems facing the developing counties with large youth population by bringing in all the stakeholders in a symbiotic relationship.
He joined CIP after working as the regional Technology Scaling Specialist in-charge for West Africa at ICRISAT. He is currently the Project Director in CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) project called Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Cassava Seed System in Nigeria (BASICS) at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria.