14 November 2022, New Delhi: CropLife India, an association of domestic and multinational R&D-based crop science companies announced the appointment of Durgesh C Sharma as the new Secretary General of the association. Mr. Sharma will oversee the organization’s strategy, and outreach to various stakeholders and be an interface for public policy intervention.
Durgesh C Sharma has over 26 years of experience in the areas like Public policy and social sector advisory; managing large-scale multi-stakeholder participatory programs; innovative Public Private Partnership initiatives and judicial procedures & interventions. His expertise is focused on Agribusiness and Food.
In his last assignment, Durgesh was the Director General of an industry association. He has been instrumental in various interventions with various Ministries of the Government of India, including the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.
Durgesh has worked in leadership and senior advisory roles for various reputed organizations like Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), Bajaj Hindusthan Ltd., Chambal Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd., to name a few. He is an Agriculture Graduate & Post Graduate from G B Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, and a Management Graduate from Symbiosis, Pune.
Speaking on the appointment, Dr. K. C. Ravi, Chairman, of CropLife India said, “The board of directors is unanimous in its enthusiasm for having Durgesh lead CropLife India. Durgesh has consistently demonstrated professionalism, integrity, and a commitment to doing what is best for Indian agriculture and is well respected by stakeholders across India and other countries. CropLife India would scale newer heights under the strong and focussed leadership.”
Durgesh C Sharma opined, “It is an honor to work for CropLife India, and am delighted to have this opportunity. CropLife India and its member companies have always believed in and demonstrated a constructive partnership approach with the Government and other stakeholders. We would like to continue to contribute to strengthening the collaborative ecosystem.” He added, “It is a privilege to work in an industry that plays a key role in achieving food security safely and sustainably while improving farmer income”.
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