Kavita Prakash-Mani is Executive Director of Grow Asia based in Singapore.
Initiated by the World Economic Forum, Grow Asia is a new multi-stakeholder partnership platform to catalyze action that contributes to sustainable, inclusive agricultural development in South-East Asia.
The partnership convenes governments, companies, farmers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to co-create value chain initiatives focused on smallholder farmers and environmental sustainability of agriculture.
Previously, as Head of Food Security Agenda at Syngenta, Kavita piloted innovative business models focused on smallholder farmers and environmental sustainability globally including India, Tanzania and Brazil. She helped design Syngenta’s Good Growth Plan and led the engagement with the World Economic Forum’s Grow Africa partnership and the G7 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.
Prior to that she was Vice President for Client Services and Emerging Economies at SustainAbility, a consulting firm and think tank, where she focused on the Food and Beverage sector and on Emerging Economies. She has worked with the World Resources Institute, USA and at SmithKline Beecham, India. Kavita holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.
She has been a Trustee of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, a Board member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Food Security and Nutrition, and on the Executive Committee of the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT).