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Expert in Food Technology, Grain Processing, Edible Oils, Feasibility Studies, Project Appraisal

Expert ID: 724900 India

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Mr. K.L. Expert has eight years of (1.5 years in private and 6.5 years in public sector organizations) experience as a research and Development Scientist.

Designing and setting up a laboratory for testing of fire proof plywood.
Process Development for Reclamation of Used Waste Oils from Motor Vehicles.
Setting up of a pilot plant for fractionation of Multivalent Phenol.
Setting up of pilot production facilities for Wood preservatives and Hardeners used in Plywood manufacture.

Setting up of Pilot plant for Germination, Drying and Toasting of food grains used in infant foods, Weaning foods, Energy Foods etc and collection of data, design / selection of equipment.
Development of Process and setting up of Plant facility for fractionation of red chilly for capsicum enrichment. The enriched fractions are used in the production of high pungent oleoresin, colour and other products from Byadagi variety chilly.
Process development and Scale up studies and setting up of Pilot production facilities for the manufacture of Chitosan from Prawn Waste and Squilla. Special contributions include development of meat bone separator, Kinetic studies and development of a reactor and method for de-acetylating of Chitin.
Scale up studies and design of an Aroma Recovery Plant for Tropical Fruit Juices and Coffee.
Scale up studies and setting up of Pilot plants for concentration of tropical fruit juices.
Studies on drying of Citric Acid monohydrate
Development of Modernized Mini Rice Mill and Mini Dhal Mill for Rural use.
Technology Transfer activities and Demonstration of Process technologies developed by the Institute, Technology popularization by setting up and running demonstration cum training units.

Over 30 years of Consulting experience in the area of Feasibility Studies, Business Plans, Sector Studies, Market Research and Survey, Raw material Survey, Industrial Parks and Estates development, Environment impact assessment, Socio-economic impact assessment, Industrial potential studies, Industrial Policy research and formulation, Technology Transfer, Technology and machinery Sourcing, Financial Analysis (Ratio Analysis, Cash Flow Analysis), Food Laboratory Planning, Training and Capacity Building, Tariff Studies (Industrial sector and Port Sector), Development project Monitoring and Evaluation etc.

Central Food Technological research Institute (June 1975 – Dec 1981): technology Transfer, Erecting and commissioning of plants in Food Processing sector and Post harvest facilities based on Institutes own technologies, Teaching Food Engineering Course at post graduate level, Faculty Support for Short Term Courses related to Food Industries, Detailed project Report.
Technical Consultancy Services Organization of Karnataka (Jan 1982 – April 1997): Joined the organization as Adviser (Chemical and Agro Processing) and became Chief Adviser and CEO of the organization. Handled over 400 assignments independently or as project leader, in Food processing, Natural Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Plastics and Rubber sector.
Freelance Consultant (April 1997 – Present): As a Freelance Consultant handled several national and International Assignments in the area of Industrial potential studies, Techno-market surveys, Food Parks, Agro –Food Industries, Project Appraisal, Business Planning, Valuation of Industrial properties, Project Formulation and Project reports, Business Plans, Online consultancy, Value chain analysis Food Laboratory Planning Environment Impact Asses

Helped the team as a specialist Agro technologist identify agribusiness projects in ADB funded Agribusiness Development and Commercial Agriculture Assessment Project in 5 Northern States of IndiaHelped Development of a Agro Industria Park at Mallappuram District of Kerala State in India (UNIDO Funded Programme). Prepared Master Plan Development Guidelines for the Park, Identified Investment Projects, and helped marketing the projectIdentified Micro Enterprise Projects to help Rice Farmers of Gilan Province of Islamic Republic of Iran under a FAO Assignment. Also prepared Profiles and technical briefs for the identified projects, highlighting investment required, technology and machinery sources, profitability, financial analysis for each project.As a Team Food processing technology specialist, Helped prepare commodity value chains, identify gaps and suggestions for bridging the present gaps in the value chains. Also helped in building local consulting capacity for the agribusiness ventures under a FAO project in Cambodia.Prepared a project document and implementation manuals for creating 1 million jobs through establishment of Micro Enterprises in Karnataka's Rural Districts during 8th Plan period. Also provided training to implementing agency Staff under a State Government project Nick named "Vishwa"

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1971 Degree: B.E. Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Karnataka Regional Engineering College
Year: 1973 Degree: M.E. Subject: Chemical Plant Design Institution: Karnataka Regional Engineering College
Year: 1994 Degree: Post Graduate Diploma Subject: Environment and Ecology Institution: Indian Institute of Environment & Ecology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1997 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: Responsibilities: Handled assignment of FAO in Iran and Cambodia, UNIDO in India (Food Industrial Park Development), Authored Text on Agro Industrial Parks for FAO, Nicotine and its derivatives for DST, Govet of India; Asian Development Bank on Commercial Agriculture Assessment in India. Project Appraisals, Valuations for Banks and Financial Institutions in India, Project Report for Private SME sector entrepreneurs in India
Years: 1995 to 1997 Employer: Technical Consultancy Services Organization of Karnataka Title: Chief Adviser (CEO) Department: Management Consulting Responsibilities: Consulting Business Development and Execution mainly related to SME sector Development, Industrial Infrastructure Development, Industrial Policy Research-Formulation, Training and Capacity Building for Government industrial Development Officials Financial Institutions and Banks
Years: 1982 to 1995 Employer: Technical Consultancy Services Organization of Karnataka Title: Advisor / Dy Chief Adviser Department: Chemical / Food / Training Responsibilities: Identification of investment opportunities, Entrepreneur guidance, Business Plans, Project Reports, Sector Studies, Infrastructure Development Guidance to Government, Industrial policy Research related to SME sector in Food and Chemical sector
Years: 1975 to 1981 Employer: central Food Technological Research Institute Title: SSA/ Scientist Department: Process Development Responsibilities: Scale up studies, Technology transfer, HRD activities for Food Industry (Training and teaching Post graduate Course in Food Engineering)
Years: 1973 to 1975 Employer: Indian Plywood Manufacturing Company Limited Title: Chemical Engineer Department: Research and Development Responsibilities: Setting up quality control laboratory, Research and Development of Wood preservatives, R and D Management

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1982 to 1997 Agency: Technical Consultancy Services Organization of Karnataka Role: Adviser/Dy Chief / Chief Adviser and CEO Description: Consultancy - Business Development and Execution
Years: 1975 to 1981 Agency: Central Food technological Research Institute Role: Scientist Description: Food Process Development, Scale up studies, Technology Transfer, Teaching Food Engineering Course
Years: 2000 to 2001 Agency: Keral Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation Role: Food Technology Expert Description: Master Planning for Food Industrial park, Identification of Opportunities, Project profiles.
Years: 2004 to 2004 Agency: Government of Karnataka Role: Team Leader Description: Assessment of Production capacity of Distilleries, Breweries and Wineries and fixing minimum viable production levels

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2000 to 2000 Country / Region: Islamic Republic of Iran Summary: As a FAO Expert identified additional employment and SME opportunities for the Rice Farmers of Gilan province of Iran. Also prepared techno-economic dossiers on the identified opportunities.
Years: 2003 to 2004 Country / Region: Cambodia Summary: As a FAO project team member and Food Technology Specialist helped the Cambodian Government in the formulation and identification of economic opportunities for cambodian Agriculture / Food processing sector. Suggested various policy measures required for sustained development of the Food processing sector. A hand book on Commodity value-chain is also prepared.
Years: 1995 to 1996 Country / Region: Sri Lanka Summary: Helped a Private Sector Sri Lankan Company to identify raw material sources and planned procurement strategies for starting a Coir Pith based products and active carbon from Coconut shell manufacturing unit in India.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Country / Region: India - UNIDO Project Summary: As UNIDO Expert helped an Indian Public Sector Infrastructure Development Company to Develop a Model AgroIndustrial Park in South India.
Years: 2003 to 2004 Country / Region: India-ADB Project Summary: As Team Expert Agro processing technologies of ADB Team, helped in identification of technology gaps in post harvest methods and Food processing sector in five northern states of India. Also included is suggestions for bridging the present gaps for better utilisation of agriculture commodities and increase in exports.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Institution of Engineers, India - Fellow
Institution of Valuers - Fellow
Association of Food Scientist and Technologists of India
Indian Science Congress Association
Professional Appointments
Nominee Director, Ravindra and Company Limited representing Indian Renewable Energy Development Authority
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 25 publications including FAO Working Document on Agro Industrial parks. Techno Market Report on Nicotine and its Derivatives published by TIFAC, A Chapter on "Alternate Use of Tobacco" in a book Published by CTRI.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Food Engineering Course at Post graduate level. Course on Project Appraisal (SME Sector Projects)
Vendor Selection
Sourcing Machinery Suppliers and Technology for Food Processing Industry

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Had Education in English language and is Fluent in English language

Fields of Expertise

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