Transforming The Food Economy
3-5 November, 2017 | Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India


Mr. Pawanexh Kohli

Mr. Pawanexh Kohli

Designation : Chief Advisor & Chief Executive Officer

Company : National Centre for Cold-chain Development (NCCD)

Headquarters : Delhi

Speaking in : Opportunities in Infrastructure, Logistics, Technology and Equipment

Company Profile :

  • NCCD is an autonomous thinktank of the Government of India with aim to serve an advisory role to policy makers and facilitate cold-chain development across all user segments. NCCD is frequently invited to global platforms to guide on matters of food crises and food security and has brought about greater conceptual clarity on cold-chain at all decision making levels of Government and Industry. NCCD draws inputs from its industry member base as well as inhouse domain experts.
  • NCCD has received global recognition for its works, and the idea of a nodal body to focus on food loss and waste is fast being adopted by various countries.

Personal Profile :

  • Pawanexh Kohli leads NCCD, an autonomous advisory body of the Government of India. An industry leader, he is among the few who chose to shift energies into public service and to contribute to nation building efforts. As Chief Advisor on cold-chain and agri-logistics matters, he guides the associated government interventions and policies.
  • An ardent believer in innovation, he seeks those that are pragmatic and lead to environment friendly solutions. With focused approach on food losses he brought key conceptual changes to cold-chain development. India’s system guidelines on cold-chain infrastructure, were developed under his tutelage. He contributes to various national level councils and is a member of the Committee for Doubling Farmers Income and on the Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol. Kohli represents India on global platforms and as keynote speaker at various forums.
  • Among others in recent years, he was Guest of Honor at the International Conference on Sustainability & the Cold-chain in Paris, invited to debate on the Global Food Crisis at the House of Lords in London, the co-chair of the Working Group on Food Waste at the global action forum by FAO at The Hague and was an expert witness to UK’s Policy Commission on sustainable cold based economy.
  • In recognition of individual achievements, the industry has awarded Kohli for ‘Exemplary Thought Leadership’, lauded as ‘Cold-chain Personality of the Year and conferred life-time honorary member of ISHRAE.
  • Under his leadership, NCCD was presented India’s first “Agribusiness Leadership Award” in 2014. As a thought leader he counsels various committees of industry & government and contributes to international efforts for making the food supply chain more secure. Kohli continues to steer national level applied research in cold-chain and is an ardent believer in innovation and sustainable solutions for agriculture. His opinions stem from 3 decades of global multi-disciplinary experience across domains like shipping, business processes, food logistics systems and policy development.

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