Mr. Sudam Pawar is the Director of the Innovation and Technological Connectivity Department. He joined the Institute with more than 20 years of experience in Development work, Management Consultancy, Project management, Institutional Building, Training, and Capacity development, Market Linkages in Agribusiness and Food Processing including supply chains, community development and socio-economics.
His key areas of interest are sustainable agriculture, hi-tech agri- entrepreneurship, innovation, green energy , technology, economic & enterprise development, international business and business strategy. He has designed and actively implemented capacity development projects based on Innovation and Technology at Community Based Organization, Private Organizations in India and East Africa including the “Convergence of Agricultural Interventions in Maharashtra for Distressed Districts” (CAIM), funded by International Funds for Agricultural Development ( IFAD), SRTT and Government of Maharashtra State. Agri-Export Zones (AEZ), Integrated Cold Chain and Food Park” Projects in Western Maharashtra funded by Government of India in “Public Private Partnership”(PPP) module among others.
Prior to joining Mekong Institute, he worked as Senior Project Associate in the Project Management Organizations ,Project Director of IFAD funded project and Senior Manager/Consultant level positions with Private and Semi Government Organizations. He has worked in the Africa, and widely travelled at Middle east, South Asian countries for Business Development activities with various international organizations.
He obtained his B. Tech degree in Agricultural Engineering from Mahatma Phule Agricultural University, Rahuri of the Maharashtra State, MBA, post- graduate degree in International Marketing Management from Jadavpur University of Kolkata, India and Executive Development Program in Project Management from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.