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Abdul Rahman Ilyas, Agribusiness Development Professional

Abdul Rahman Ilyas, born 23rd May 1973, started his professional career in 1995 soon after finishing his post graduation in business management and in a span of 18 years he has worked in diverse sectors and organization setups. He decided to make his career in the development sector as early as 1999 and built his career in core agribusiness development. Worked for State Government of Andhra Pradesh, India as OSD – Marketing and Processing and went on become the COO of Agri-Science Park for ICRISAT (a CGIAR Center headquartered in India) and now working as CEO, ICAAP (IKP Center for Advancement in Agricultural Practice), a not for profit promoted by ICICI Knowledge Park Trust and IFPRI, Washington (CGIAR Center). All through his career span, he has worked with smallholder farmers, progressive farmers, stakeholders from varied sectors – horticulture, dairy, aquaculture and agribusiness. His core expertise is institutional innovations, sustainable business modeling and research / technology outreach. Widely traveled on missions and work, with contacts spread across globally from academia, private sector and research institutions in USA, Africa, Asia and Middle East, he has helped various organizations with strategic advise and custom facilitations. Lead industry missions abroad for technology and research collaborations and vice versa. He is on various national and internationals committees / action groups that work in the agricultural / agribusiness spectrum. Supported ventures in Gherkins, Organic Farming, bio diesel, nutraceuticals and agricultural extension. Currently he is CEO of IKP Center for Advancement of Agricultural Practice (ICAAP), a center promoted by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington and ICICI Knowledge Park Trust, India. ICAAP is developing a knowledge platform which, will be supported by the Centers of Excellence to showcase innovative technologies, global best practices and scalable models that can benefit small holders at large. EXPERIENCE SNAPSHOT • 18+ Years of work experience in the areas of Strategic Planning and Management, Public Private Partnerships, Programme Development/Management/Implementation, Sustainable Business Models, Technology Commercialization, Platform creation & Business Development across sectors such as Corporate, Government, NGOs, Corporate Social Responsibility and International Research Organizations. • Proven track record of successfully managing multiple projects concurrently and highly skilled in developing operational strategies and directing major projects from original concept to creation to implementation. • Resourceful and innovative, proven talent to adapt quickly to challenges and changes and work out revenue generation tactics. • Expertise in supporting the Organization through critical turnaround situations and coordinating rapid growth expansions. • Cost and Profit center management. • Contracts / MOUs / Agreements / Policies drafting and Policy advice. • Working effectively with the Public Sector and International Donors in fund raising, advocacy and PR. • Maintaining professional contacts with organizational affiliates, special interest groups, Government and Corporate Partners and highly effective organizational liaison with and service to a diverse national and international stakeholders • Capacity to handle projects independently (always had worked with minimum or no supervision). • Key exposure includes, working on projects like Science Parks / Incubators, Technology Commercialization Platforms, Collaborative Research Programs, PPP Models, Agri Export Zones, Food Parks, Micro Enterprise Initiatives and innovative social enterprise models and development projects involving farmers, entrepreneurs from rural and peri-urban geographies. • Excellent track record in developing institutional linkages in Asia, Africa (North, Sub Saharan and ESA and South), USA, Middle East and Asia Pacific. • Conceived and organized Africa India Agricultural Economic missions consecutively since 20010 till 2012 wherein more than 20 Africa countries participated every year for B2B with India agribusiness entities. • Scoping studies, feasibilities and value chain development decks in agricultural and allied sectors – includes supply chain, cold chain, storage and handling and product mapping, planning and procurements.
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Global Knowledge and Technology diffusion through partnerships and innovations


Agriculture; Awareness raising; Food security; Funding and resource mobilization; Land management; Poverty reduction/Development; Stakeholder involvement/Negotiations

Available for:

Consultancy; Consultancy to Parties; Consultancy to support reporting process

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