Carmen held several leadership roles at USDA, including Acting Deputy Under Secretary for the Office of the Food Safety from August 2017 through January 2019, and FSIS Administrator from May 2018 to March 2020.
From April 2016 to August 2017, Carmen served as FSIS Deputy Administrator. In those leadership roles, Carmen executed a budget of over $1 billion, prioritizing resources and resolving disputes, advancing the Agency’s vision and goals, and leading innovative solutions to challenges in FSIS.
Carmen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Philosophy form Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and a Juris Doctor Degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.
Vijay is a techno-commercial professional with over two decades of experience in agriculture, agribusiness, food processing, rural banking & financial services, agriculture commodities, supply chain, warehousing & logistics, trading, sales, and marketing of agri-inputs, and extensive knowledge of agri-value chain and infra structure development. He held positions at numerous companies, including DuPont, KPMG, IL&FS, DCB Bank, and NBHC.
Vijay is identifying and onboarding suppliers with compliances, quality consistency, and access to the global marketplace.
Vijay holds a Bachelor of Agriculture and an MBA in Agri-business Management.
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Venkatesh is a seasoned businessman who has worked in the fields of Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Manufacturing. He has more than three decades of experience in IT, where he has developed technologies to improve the efficiency of the healthcare industry’s outsourced services. In the field of Biotechnology, he has created an eco-friendly method for producing organic manure by composting biodegradable organic materials derived from municipal solid waste. This project, which is funded by the Asian Development Bank, will aid in resolving environmental issues while supplying high-quality organic fertilizer.
Venkatesh is also a proponent of the Minimum Viable Price (MVP) for the well-being of farmers, and he has developed a global business model that enables farmers to sell their produce using MVP without difficulty. He has developed the AIMSTM application, which provides an effective supply chain management system to support agriculture worldwide. Venkatesh believes that this model will benefit consumers by granting them access to produce of higher quality at more affordable prices and by ensuring compliance.
Venkatesh has a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from India’s Bangalore University.
Brinton is a business and marketing expert with over four decades of experience in technology marketing, product strategy, and business transformation.
Brinton brings to dFarm deep domain expertise in data management and analytics, as well as experience accelerating startup revenue growth and in liquidity business planning.
Brinton has led marketing and product management at leading technology companies such as Oracle and Apple, as well as at smaller companies and start-ups, where he consistently built high-performance teams, identified sustainable opportunity, clarified messaging, and increased revenue. Brinton is an expert at crafting messaging, content, and sales tools that translate complex technology concepts into business benefits for prospective clients, and he has led more than ten successful global introductions (concept to definition to launch) of sophisticated technology products.
Brinton earned a B.A. cum laude in Political Science and Philosophy from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Michael has over 30 years in sales, product strategy and business development experience in the Biotech/Pharma and IT industry markets. As a highly skilled sales professional, he has a proven track record of achieving and exceeding sales targets in a variety of business industries. Michael possesses a unique combination of finance, sales knowledge, developing marketing niches, using strong problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills to build and develop clients in the US and globally.
As an experienced business entrepreneur, Michael has worked in fast paced environments, directed and managed new start-up companies that achieved their sales targets. Michael has sold to large customer accounts and closed many complex sale contracts. Michael has successfully built sales teams, implemented sales strategies, developed mentor and sales training programs, including successfully launching many technical products.
Michael received his BA in Business Administration from Michigan State University and an MBA from University of Michigan.
Dr. Pasam is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Energy Enterprises India Private Limited.
He is also the founder of Diplomat Trade Centre Limited (DTCL), an innovative concept that houses the trade offices of 158 countries under one roof in Bengaluru International Airport City, as well as the chairman of Bairisons Agro India Private Limited.
He serves as a consultant for Pre-Unique India Private Limited, Apeiron Healthcare Private Limited, KADA (Kemubu Agriculture Development Authority) Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Malaysia, GCOT-Gramodaya Chamber of Commerce and Technology, GMIT, Davanagere, and Paavai Group of Institutions.
Dr. Prasad Pasam earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Osaka University, Japan, and his MBA and B.Sc from Sri Venkateshwara University.
Since 2014, Bhaskar has collaborated with dFarm on business research pertaining to produce data analytics, forecasting, supplies, and demand.
He has also collaborated with the technical team on technology analysis, the development of swim lane processes, and a comprehensive understanding of the AIMS workflow. He is testing the beta version of a key project expansion. Additionally, he currently provides marketing team and consultants with technical marketing support.
Bhaskar received his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Michigan State University, and he is currently pursuing his MBA.
He leads the UI team for the dFarm® for AIMSTM project, and his principal responsibilities will include: an exhaustive comprehension of the project’s workflow, creating web and mobile user interfaces that are friendly to users, code optimization that increases the application’s performance, using multiple test cases to eliminate errors.
Prasanna has a Master of Science in Computer Science from Texas A&M University Kingsville.
Manjunath was born into a family of farmers, so he can empathize with their daily struggles and understand their pain. From coding to software product architecture, he has over 13 years of experience in information technology. He has a strong background in the Banking and Securities industry.
He spent the last decade working for Wipro technologies. Currently, he is working on the AIMS application and educating the world on the importance of Blockchain and the AIMS application to the agricultural industry.
Manjunath earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering in Bangalore, India.