M. V. Ashok

Prof. M.V.Ashok an Agribusiness Professional, retired as the Chief General Manager of National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) in July 2017 after 37 years of development banking service having been with the Reserve Bank of India and Canara Bank also earlier. Currently he holds the position of Adjunct Professor for School of Agribusiness Management, MIT World Peace University, Pune and as Visiting Professor at College of Post Graduate Studies Shillong with the Central Agricultural University North East, besides being an Adviser- Agriculture to Aditya Birla Group as well as Dr. Reddys Foundation and several NGOs and FPOs promoted by them and a Mentor to about a dozen agri startups.

A Post Graduate in Agriculture, Mr. Ashok is from th1980 batch of Indian Agricultural Research Institute New Delhi after a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore (1978 batch) with additional qualifications in General Management, Human Resources Development & Training & Development. He has also done a special course on Agri-Business Management from Cornell University, USA as well as on Financing Micro Enterprises from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Reading, UK.

Mr. Ashok has considerable exposure in NABARD to collective farming models beginning with the Farmers Club Scheme from 1985 onwards to the introduction of the Farmer Producer Organisations model from its inception from the late 1990s. He has been associated with sustainable development programmes for rural communities and has associated himself with several corporates in choosing appropriate development programs for implementing agribusiness projects using CSR funds and in helping choose implementing partners like NGOs in the project area for supporting FPOs. Mr. Ashok has had exposure of rural finance and agribusiness sector in several countries including Thailand, Kenya, China, Germany USA, Finland and England.