FSII Secretariat

Dr. Shivendra Bajaj, PhD

Executive Director

Dr Bajaj holds office of the Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII) and Alliance for Agri Innovation (AAI) as the Executive Director. He manages the 40-member led association to drive public policies and advocates for adoption of seed and biotechnology policy, innovation, new technologies, breeding applications in the agriculture sector. Dr Bajaj works with stakeholders such as central and state governments, regulators, media to inform and educate them about the role and benefits of biotechnology for farmers and agriculture. Previously, as the Executive Director of Association of Biotech Led Enterprises- Agriculture Focus Group (ABLE AG), he represented the industry on agricultural biotechnology across National and International platforms.

Dr. Ratna Kumria, PhD

Director of Agri Biotech

Dr Kumria runs the day to day affairs of Alliance for Agri Innovation (AAI) and its relations with stakeholders related to Agri Biotech especially in Government and Regulatory Agencies. She keeps continuous track of latest scientific and policy developments and biotech advocacy. Dr Kumria has a Ph.D in genetics from University of Delhi, South Campus. She did her post-doctoral studies at ICGEB-New Delhi and Donald Danforth Center, Saint Louis, Missouri. Previously, she has worked with DuPont Pioneer at DuPont Knowledge Center for trait discovery. She led a team responsible for characterizing a transgene undergoing de-regulation and high throughput evaluation platform for lead identification for maize at DuPont Pioneer. 

Ms. Debarati Das

Communications Manager

Debarati handles all internal and external communication of the association. She corresponds with employees and external stakeholders to keep them informed of the developments in the association. Prior to this role, she worked with Edelman India Private Limited as an Account Manager in the Public Affairs practice for close to 4 years. During her stint at Edelman, she consulted clients and strategised for government communications, corporate communications, stakeholder engagements – government, third party, regulatory bodies etc, advocacy and crisis management. With 7+ years of experience, she has worked with clients across agriculture, energy, healthcare, technology, along with Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).   

Ms Karishma Singh Tomer

Account Executive

With over 2 years of professional experience in accounting, she works as an Account executive in FSII. Ms Tomar handles the accounts, financial reports and budgets of the organisation. She has an MBA in Finance.

Mr. Varun Sharma

Office Coordinator

Varun is a graduate in Arts and have more than 9 years of experience. He worked as an Office Coordinator with Convertech Equipment Okhla. Prior to Convertech, he was associated with All India Distillers Association Delhi as an Executive Assistant for close to 5 years, before this organization, he worked as a Sr. Executive Assistant with Aravali Infrapower Limited Delhi for 5 and a half years. As the Office Coordinator of FSII, he takes care of all administrative activities such as Office Management, Travel arrangements, Vendor Management, Scheduling appointments and meetings among others.