Aneel Kumar Ambavaram
Aneel has about 16 years of experience in working with small and marginal farming communities. He has a proven track record first with leading multinational companies followed by rural development organizations. Sustainable farming, Organic and FairTrade cotton, team building and leadership, project designing and management, training / capacity building programs, field reseach and marketing are his areas of expertise.
Aneel is a social entrepreneur and founded two successful innovative social enterprise projects. Beyond India, he worked for a number of international assignments that included feasibility studies. He spearheads Grameena Vikas Kendram Society for Rural Development, an NGO working for sustainability causes in India. Aneel has a bachelor`s degree in Agricultural Sciences from A. N. G. Ranga Agricultural University, India and Msc degree in Organic Agriculture from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Also, he is a Master Trainer certificate holder (FAO of the UN) in conducting Farmer Field Schools.
Sarat Babu Gidda
Sarat Babu Gidda is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering who has spent part of his academic tenure at McGill University in Montreal. Sarat's entrepreneurial journey started in his final year of graduation when he joined Grameena Vikas Kendram to realise his aspiration of becoming a Social Entrepreneur. He has 4 years experience in Program Management, Supply Chains, Strategy and Operations. Sound analytical capacity, risk mitigation, strategy, negotiation and public speaking are his key skills. He has a deep interest in the fields of sustainable textiles, regenerative farming, climate change, sustainable energy and circular economy.
Sanne van den Dungen
Director - Sustainability & Operations
Sanne has MSc in Plant Sciences with a specialisation in nutrient management and smallholder farming systems. She has two bachelor’s degrees, one in Organic Production Systems from Wageningen University, The Netherlands and the second one is in Fine Arts.
Sanne is an expert in sustainability across cotton supply chains and has extensive knowledge and experience on Cradle to Cradle and Circular economy and restorative business concepts that is gained from years of work experience at EPEA (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency). She has firsthand experience in designing organic farming systems. Sanne can contribute both as a leader and as a team player for success of organic cotton projects. She is particularly interested in building cotton value chains from farmer to end consumer.
Director - Strategy
Marci is an internationally recognized ECO lifestyle visionary, authority, innovator, and educator and has been instrumental in driving authenticity, environmental leadership & social justice worldwide for over two decades. Marci is the founder of MetaWear, sits on the Board of the Organic Trade Association, the Textile Exchange, Fashion Revolution USA, and Cradle-to-Cradle’s Fashion Positive, and is a founding member of Chetna Organic, a non-profit in India with over 15,000 farmers in their organic, Fair Trade cooperative. She brings decades of innovation, sales, marketing, and standards experience to the RESET program.
Tholisaku Nagulaiah is an MSc. graduate in social work. He has worked extensively on agriculture and rural development projects for the past 15 years. He has an expertise in capacity and institutional building. He has worked devotedly towards gender equality and rural development by improving livelihoods in the rural communities in the South of India.
Director - Resource Mobilization
Srinivasulu Doodati is a graduate in Social work. He has extensive experience in project management and extension activities. He has worked on multi projects both private and government.
Drishti is a recent graduate in Environmental Studies and Resource Management from TERI School of Advanced Studies and Bachelors in Zoology from University of Delhi. She has undertaken a number of social and environmental impact projects during the course of her post-graduation. She is passionate about working in the direction of developing sustainable solutions for rural empowerment and urban development to ensure sustainable production and consumption of resources. Her long-term vision is to develop an entrepreneurial venture that embodies the Slow Clothing philosophy. In her free time, you are most likely to find her, either reading or planning the next vacation.
Himakiran is an organic farmer and promoter of organic farming in Tamilnadu. He is passionate about agriculture and has spent quite some time deliberating on issues it faces and networking with govt officials, bank staff, farmer leaders/groups. He has experience working with a few thousand farmers over 8 districts in Tamilnadu over the past 6 years.