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Welcome to First Agro

 

First Agro’s management team is dynamic, technology-savvy, willingness to learn & innovate and hunger for growth – a secret sauce for success! . With a blend of horticulture, supply-chain and information technology expertise, the management team is a well-balanced to exponentially scale the organization.

 

Naveen MV, Managing Director

Naveen has been a Business Leader with twenty four years of experience in building and scaling Business Units of major global organizations in Americas and Asia-Pacific region. He has been Managing Director and Co-Founder of First Agro since inception in early 2011. At First Agro, his vision is to deliver best-in class quality horticulture and Zero Pesticide™ produce to global consumers, by leveraging modern horticulture practices, powered by post-harvest solutions and Information technology enabled supply-chain efficiencies. Naveen has been a major proponent of sustainable agriculture and conservation of fast depleting natural resources for a better future.

Prior to First Agro, Naveen was the Regional Business Unit Head and Vice President, Asia-Pacific & Japan (APJ) at Hewlett Packard for software services. Earlier to Hewlett-Packard, Naveen had worked for twelve years with iGATE Global Solutions Limited in multiple Business Units, Sales and Delivery leadership roles, the last two business leadership roles being Vice President & Regional Head for US West Coast Region in California (USA) and earlier as Vice President & Regional Head-Asia/Pacific & Japan. Prior to iGATE, Naveen had managed the Systems Integration business for the Financial Services/Systems Business Unit for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in India. DEC experience enabled Naveen to successfully deliver large scale and complex IT engagements, which yielded major business outcomes and customer satisfaction benefits to major customers in the Financial Services sector. His excellent performance and consistency in DEC earned him the "DECATHLON" – the highest and prestigious global award in DEC. Naveen graduated with a Computer Science degree from the University of Poona with specialization in theoretical computer science and compiler construction. Naveen is a known personality in business circle in the region and is a sought after guest speaker in several international seminars and symposiums.

 

K.N.Prasad, Co-founder & Director

 

KN Prasad is the Co-Founder and Director of First Agro. He brings with him over twenty five years of cross functional experience in Business Operations across diverse functions like Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain management & Customer service. Prasad has a unique execution experience across both large companies and start-ups across India, US and Asia-Pacific regions.

Prior to First Agro, Prasad was Director and Vice President of Glassbeam Inc., a product analytics & IT services company operating across United States of America & Asia-Pacific regions. He successfully incubated and subsequently built the IT services business for the company and managed critical global accounts successfully. Earlier to Glassbeam, Prasad worked in Apara, Wipro and Xerox Corporation handling multiple senior executive roles in Sales, Marketing & Operations. Prasad holds a degree in Engineering with specialization in Electronics & Communication and a Post Graduate Management Diploma in Marketing from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calicut.

 

Nameet M, Director & Chief Production Head

 

Nameet is the Co-Founder and Chief Production Head at First Agro. He is both a farmer as well a commercial pilot, a unique background which blends two distinct passions well. Nameet is a subject matter expert in Olericulture (science of vegetable growing), hydroponics and Integrated Pest & Disease Management who had pioneered the Zero Pesticide™ cultivation globally by using natural methods, a hands-on experience gained by working with commercial growers in British Columbia, Canada over many years. Nameet is now based at our Talkad farm in India after his relocation from Canada.

Nameet has two Master degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and an undergraduate Economics degree. Nameet is also the Founder and Director of META-i Technologies, India’s largest competence assessment company, which designs and conducts more than 20 lakh high stakes professional higher education entrance examinations across India. This company was incubated by Nameet at the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B).

Apart from his professional experience as a Horticulture Grower, Nameet is also a Commercial Pilot, a holder of Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) and licensed pilot examiner for certification. He has a distinction of having more than 1,800 hours of pilot in command experience across India and Canada air-space.