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T G Parthasarathy
Director Sustainability (Africa) , Barry Callebaut
Bangalore, Karnataka
Agribusiness professional with both business and sustainability experience. My experience is on a global platform across multiple supply chains. I have managed large programs focused on improving livelihoods of farmers, environmental impact, gender, youth, financing etc. I have also managed very large budgets and multicultural teams. I have worked in 8 countries globally.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural, Urban
  • Fundraising, Business Development, Grants Writer
  • Private Sector, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
? Agriculture Livelihoods/Private Sector Manager, adept in setting up new sustainable buying networks for operations of agriculture value chains of cash crops, directly improving the livelihoods of farmers. With OLAM International, operationalized eight $50-300 million agribusinesses in Africa and Asia, with an emphasis in agriculture, commodities and private sector development. Advises on strategy and business planning leading to profitability; oversees successful operations including budgets, administration and logistics. Full P&L responsibility
? Deep Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Sustainability Expert, develops and links services to African farmers through foundations and international donors through CSR. Successfully set up all CSR work for Olam International across Africa. Setting up similar networks for Barry Callebaut – key focus on market linkages; program management; gender, youth, environment and community development
? Team Leader, with extensive experience heading teams over the past 14 years. Supervised from 15 to 50 full-time multicultural and diverse staff members with OLAM. Keen on team development, team unity and empowerment to ensure success. Frequently directs teams and senior management to successful strategic decisions. Currently manage multicultural teams across the region for Barry Callebaut
? Setting up and Managing SMEs, new country operations and new businesses
? Partnership/Capacity-building successfully works with international NGOs, private sector clients, foundations and donors such as Gates Foundation, USAID, Oxfam, and the GIZ. Develops partnerships towards improving farmer livelihood and market linkages.
? Currently a key member driving the Forever Chocolate Campaign of Barry Callebaut as an organization wide initiative lead for Farm Services (providing inputs & services, replanting services, partnerships and learnings – improving livelihood through productivity & diversification)
MA Development Studies, Erasmus University, The Netherlands (2015-2017)

MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from Seton Hall University (2001 - 2003)

MBA in Marketing from Pondicherry University (1992 - 1994)

BE in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Karunya (1987 - 1991)

Affiliations and Achievements:
Dear Recruiter,
I have over 16 years' experience across eight countries in sustainable agribusiness development in an international setting across multiple supply chains including cocoa, coffee, cashews, cotton, sesame, rice, spices, palm oil, food crops, dairy etc. My experience is in both commercial and sustainability areas with very large multinational organizations.

In my commercial roles, I have established and grown many agribusinesses and geographies. I have managed a topline of up to USD 300 million with complete responsibility for profits & strategy. I have typically been able expand / grow our businesses and have exceeded the budgets comfortably each year. Some of the responsibilities I have held are Country Head, Profit Centre Head, Zonal Manager, Regional Business Development Head, Sr Global Trader etc. My teams have been largely multicultural. I firmly believe that business development & Management are my strengths.

Over the course of my career, I transitioned to Sustainability roles. I have headed Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability for Olam International Ltd across Africa. I was also the Director – Sustainability (Africa) for Barry Callebaut, the World’s largest chocolate company. In both my roles, my work was focussed on working with smallholder farmers across various supply chains to improve their livelihoods. My key experience and expertise include managing / implementing large multilateral programs at the field; working with farmer organizations; farmer training on good agriculture practices; famer income improvement; farmer access to inputs; development finance (microfinance & microinsurance for the farmers as well as working with impact investors and developmental finance institutions); employment generation (focussed on youth and women); community development (ensuring zero child labor, child education, gender); farmer income diversification; environmental management (prevention of deforestation and encouraging better use of land); Sustainability Reporting (reports to partners etc); Impact Measurement; Data collection & Analysis. Managing Partnerships is key to my responsibilities. I have extensive experience managing partnerships with governments (both at local and national levels), NGOs, Private Sector, Development Finance Institutes, Donors (such as BMGF, GIZ, USAID), research agencies etc

My experience in agricultural supply chains is from the farmgate level. I have an excellent understanding of the problems and potential across the chains. I have managed large teams and huge budgets. I have lived and worked in eight countries. I am fluent in French and have a working knowledge of Spanish. I believe I am a passionate individual with a global outlook, with an interest to make a difference (to scale) across the smallholder farmer universe. I have travelled to over 150 countries.

After my MBA, I also have completed MA (International Relations) from the United States and MA (Development Studies) from the Netherlands.
I am interested in a challenging opportunity and look forward to discuss with you about the same.

Thanking you in advance.

(T.G Parthasarathy)

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    Years of Experience:
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    English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, French
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