Executive Director & CEO
Dr. PVSM Gouri
A professional with over 22 years of experience spanning Corporate, Academic and Regulatory sectors . She is a PhD in Life Sciences & Post Doctorate in Tissue culture. As an expert in Organic Farming and former advisor to the National Accreditation Body, APEDA under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry ,Government of India , made several contributions towards the overall development of the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) implemented by Agricultural & Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India for development of exports. Represented APEDA as an Expert in several National Committees of Ministry of Agriculture, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Environment and Forests (2009-10), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India (2009-10) and Planning Commission.
Dr Gouri has been an active member of Global Market Access Project (GOMA) of FAO/ UNCTAD/ IFOAM (2009-2013) ,International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and Roundtable for Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (2013) ,The International Task Force on Harmonization and Equivalence in Organic Agriculture (IFOAM/UNCTAD/FAO) (2003-2008) and Working group member of The Criteria Committee of The International Federation for Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM), Germany (2001-2002)
Presently she is a Partner Member of the Organic Food System Programme (OFSP)—an international initiative in 2015 for research and knowledge transfer on organic food issues. OFSP is closely linked to IFOAM Organic International and the UN Programme on Sustainable Food Systems, Member of Working Group on Eco Agriculture and Bio products of Indian Council of Food and Agriculture(ICFA) , an apex think tank organization, serving as a global platform for partnerships towards addressing policy issues concerning farmers, food and agro industries, Member of the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum),an initiative of FAO and also Assessor with National Body for Accreditation of Certification Bodies (NABCB) , Quality Council of India (QCI).