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Santanu Sarma
Agriculture Project Head , Agriculture Project Management
Guwahati, Assam
NGO Management professional with PGDM (Agribusiness & Plantation Management) with 4 years' experience in a renowned NGO as the Head of North East India & Bhutan and 26 years' experience in Tea Estate Management. Willing to relocate to anywhere in India or abroad and join in short notice for a leadership position.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural, Urban
  • Communications, IT, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
Professional Experience:
# 30 years’ experience:
• 4 years: Head of North East India & Bhutan for the renowned NGO – GVK EMRI
• 26 years: Operations & Management (Tea Estates – Plantation & Factory)

# Demonstrated leadership in overall management of large-scale complex operations:
• 4 Services for Govts. of Assam & Arunachal Pradesh, India: Worth INR 100 crores (~USD 16 m)/year
• 1 number of World Bank Project: Worth USD 135000 on Capacity Building:
For the Directorates of Health Services of 3 State Govts. of India - Assam, Meghalaya & Mizoram
• Managed large team (direct: over 25, indirect: over 3200), multiple Unions, legal matters etc.
• Managed large stakeholders; liaised with senior Govt. & non-Govt. Officials - nationally & abroad
• Reporting Head for all the Heads of the Departments

# Initiated operations-expansion:
• Discussion, presentation & proposal-submissions to senior Government Officials of North Eastern States of India & Bhutan
• Expanded operations to Arunachal Pradesh of India for the first time in the history of GVK EMRI

# Headed operations of over 2100 hectares of Tea Plantations with varied type, terrain & challenges

# Experienced in land-clearance, planting, uprooting & replanting, good field management practices

# Headed the largest Tea Factory of the company, produced over 2 million kg of tea per year

# Improved factory-machinery, minimised breakdowns, improved quality & elevated the overall ranking of the factory from the last i.e. 13th to the 2nd for the first time in the history of the Company

# Purchased green-leaf (in addition to own), augmented tea-production, reduced production-cost

# Fulfilled export-contracts every year

# Excellent skill & abilities:
• Team-builder & player, interpersonal & organisational skills, leadership & decision-making
• Negotiation, advocacy & communication skills: Written, verbal, presentation & public-speaking

# Shouldered welfare-responsibilities for the resident-employee & families: medical, quarters, subsidised ration, schooling, games & sports, cultural activities etc.

# Postgraduate in Agribusiness and Plantation Management from Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bangalore ( & Degree in Chemistry

# Trained with many globally renowned Courses & Training Programs at regular intervals
# PGDM (Agri-Business and Plantation
Management) from Indian Institute of
Plantation Management, Bangalore, India

# International Agribusiness and Plantation
(South-East Asia) in Thailand: Study Abroad Program from Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bangalore, India

# B.Sc. (Honours in Chemistry) from Guwahati
University, Assam, India.
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali
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