Ram Kaundinya is an expert in the field of business of agriculture. He is an author, strategic management consultant, teacher and a policy analyst in India. He is a graduate in Agricultural Sciences and MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad.
He worked for 22 years in agrochemical industry in Hoechst, Cyanamid Agro and for 13 years in the seed industry at Emergent Genetics as the Global CEO of Advanta Seeds of UPL Group.
Mergers and Acquisitions is a major area of Kaundinya’s expertise having led his companies in multiple transactions across the world.
Ram served as the Chairman of the Crop Life India & ABLE AG and is currently the Director General of Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII).
He served as an independent director on the boards of Axis Bank. He is also on the boards of Axis Finance, Syngenta India, CapAleph Advisors, Bruhat Energy Solutions & Technologies, AgriRain Industries and Vasudhaika Software Solutions.
He served as a member of the MS Swaminathan Task Force on biotechnology policy for Indian agriculture and as a member of a committee set up by the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister of India.
Ram consults companies and VC/PE funds in areas of strategic planning and M&A. Serves on the Expert Review Committee of Access to Seeds Foundation and the Netherlands MAIZE Independent Steering Committee of the CGIAR Institution CYMMIT.
He has co-founded ThinkAg.