Arjun is currently Head of Agri Business at Hariyali Kisaan Bazaar. This
is a rural
initiative of DSCL (DCM Shriram Consolidated Limited) and works with the
delivering goods and services to the rural community across India.
It is the
largest organized sector enterprise engaged in rural retail in India.
He is directly
responsible for several businesses such as Dairy, Fruits and vegetable,
Feed, vocational training, telecom etc.
Prior to this
Arjun was an Advisor to ICICI Bank’s Rural Credit Businesses: (2005
to 2007). There
were two phases in this role. First was to interface between ICICI
potential customers that operated in the rural space. This entailed
corporates such as ITC, Godrej, Hindustan Unilever, Reliance, Fabindia,
etc with the objective of understanding their business models. Based
on their needs,
the Bank would create relevant products to cater to specific
producer company model for Fabindia was one of the highlights.
second phase, he worked closely with Dr Nachiket Mor and ICICI
was to build businesses that had social impact. This covered several
sectors such as
food processing, handicrafts, skills, rural tourism, energy, etc.
involved understanding the sector, identifying successful models,
business plans, funding such enterprises and then mentoring these to
Managing Director of Mother Dairy Foods Ltd in its formative days.
mandate was to build a contemporary brand, form joint ventures with
federations and run the business in a commercially viable manner.
Arjun spent 19
years with Hindustan Unilever Ltd till 2002 and worked in various
general management roles. Two major achievements were in turning
around the Seeds
business and Kimberly Clark Lever Limited from losing operations
major interest areas are agriculture and social entrepreneurship. He
in these areas having worked in this space for over twenty years.
He is associated
with the BASIX group as well as several NGOs.