The founder T.J James is an Anthropologist by training, Chevening scholar, and a well known expert in innovation management and has contributed in developing scalable diffusion and participatory technology development models, which were recognized at national and international level.
He was the winner of prestigious Chevening Rolls Royce Scholarship programme on Science, Innovation and policy from Said Business School, University of Oxford in 2011. He was conferred National Award from National Innovation Foundation india in augmenting grassroots innovation in 2001. He was the former National Coordinator of National Innovation Foundation and associated with UNDP, ITPGRFA FAO, NIF, leading innovation consulting companies and non profit organizations in Innovation management. He started his career in the leading NGO in South India, Peermade Development Society, as Anthropologist and helped the organization to become pioneer in participatory technology development and grassroots innovations. He has published several articles in journals of international repute and presented in high level committee and several international forums organized by IFAD, ITPGRFA etc. He was awarded several research grants from national and international organizations for promoting grassroots innovation.
Bobby Issac is a trained Food quality Auditor and is the Managing Director of M/s LACON quality certification Pvt. Ltd, a company that is engaged in inspection and certification of Agricultural and food produce, since 2005. He had completed his training on inspection and certification services in Germany and has the expertise on various national and international food quality standards.
He had chaired many technical sessions in international seminars and has proven his skills on establishing business relationship with various stakeholders in the Industry as well as with the farmers across the Asian countries. He studied agricultural science and started his career as Agricultural Scientist at Peermade Development Society and was a part of multidisciplinary team and was involved in scouting of many innovations at the farm level.