Group Head, Agri & IT Businesses, ITC Limited
Mr. S. Sivakumar is the Group Head of Agri & IT Businesses of ITC Limited, and a Member of the company’s Corporate Management Committee. He also holds responsibility for ITC’s Social Investments Programme.
ITC is a multi-business conglomerate with interests in Consumer Goods, Hotels, Agri Business, Paperboards, Packaging, and Information Technology.
Mr Sivakumar is well known as the architect of ITC e-Choupal, the pioneering farmer empowerment initiative that benefits over 4 million small farmers through customised agri-extension and market linkage services, while providing a unique source of competitive advantage to ITC's packaged foods business.
Currently in its Version 4.0, ITC e-Choupal integrates a range of partners such as government agencies, farm input companies and agritech startups on a common platform to engage with producers and consumers in Rural India.
Sivakumar serves on the Advisory Council to the Ministry of Rural Development on National Rural Livelihoods Mission, the Commodity Derivatives Advisory Committee of SEBI and on the Management Committee of National Agricultural Higher Education Project of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. Earlier, he served on the Boards of NABARD and IRMA. He was the Chairman of the National Agricultural Council of the CII, Vice Chairman of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation, and a Member of UN Global Compact’s Core Advisory Group that developed Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles.
Topper of the Class of 1983 from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), Sivakumar served a farmers' cooperative for six years before joining ITC in 1989.
Mr Sivakumar blogs at http://shivsthirdeye.blogspot.com/ He can also be reached at @S_Sivakumar on Twitter.