People @FACE






  • Ms. Meetu Kapur leads Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) Food and Agriculture Vertical, driving policy and reform across the sectors, working with stakeholders across, government, industry, civil society and NGO's. She is also, responsible for setting up CII's Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence (FACE). FACE is focused on catalyzing innovation, building capacity and enhancing productivity, in the agriculture and food processing sector.
  • Prior to working with CII, Meetu co-founded 26 Celsius, a Boston based startup focused on building innovative and scalable market based solutions that improve agricultural productivity and enable financial inclusion. From 1996 to 2009 she worked with General Electric in the areas of financial services, and business re-engineering based out of India and the UK .
  • She has 20 years of experience across Project Management, Operations, Quality and Sustainability in the Agricultural and Financial Services Sector with strong expertise in building strategic partnerships and managing global programs.
  • She is a graduate of the MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership and has completed certificate programs in Corporate Finance and Advanced Microeconomics from London School of Economics.


Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory







  • Dr Indrani Ghose, Strategic Advisor, Food Safety and Quality of CII's Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence, is a National Level Resource Person for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India's (FSSAI)'s Food Safety Training and Certification Program (FoSTaC) in the Manufacturing, Catering and Bakery sectors. One of her key focus areas is the design, development and continual improvement of the unique CII Food Safety Maturity Model and its administration as the CII Award Program for Food Safety in the Indian Industry since 2010. She has trained more than 360 Food Professionals as Lead assessors / assessors for conducting on - site Maturity assessments for the Food Safety Award. Indrani has also facilitated successful introduction of the Cluster Approach in Indian Food Processing units for implementing HACCP and global standards of Food Safety Management Systems using TQM tools and techniques. Establishing Global and National collaborative connects & networks for promoting best practices , developing and deploying new Service Portfolios and promoting Capacity building and Science behind Food Safety and Quality across the country are her key primary responsibilities.







  • Sam Thomas John is an Agricultural Engg graduate with 18 years of experience in Implementing in Food Safety Standards Consultancy Projects in Food Industry, Food Safety Standards Audits, & Food Safety & Hygiene Standards Trainings across India & Overseas. At CII Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence he is responsible for Capacity Building Initiatives across the food safety chain through Consultancy, Assessments, Trainings, Seminars, Workshops, CII Food Safety Award and through Partnerships with Industry, Regulatory Bodies, Academic Research & Institutes and International Organizations.







  • Radha Joshi, a Professional with more than 12 years of experience in food safety and quality control in food industry with prime responsibilities of providing technical support to regulatory compliances, existing product development, food safety trainings, quality control and pathogen detection on rapid platform of raw and finished products. She has efficiently delivered food safety implementation solutions in various manufacturing units (covering meat, poultry, beverage, dry mixes, bakery), hospitality sector, QSR chains and during national and international sports events.
  • She is a lead auditor for HACCP and QMS, an approved Food Safety Tutor for Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Middle East Asia (HABC) for internationally accredited OFQUAL certificate courses, a successful ZED master trainer under QCI ZED Maturity assessment and Certification program and master trainer for few schemes under the umbrella of FSSAI like SNF (Safe and Nutritious Food) program and FOSTAC for advanced manufacturing and catering.







  • A Qualified Lead Auditor on ISO 9001:2000, HACCP, ISO 22000, SQF 2000 - Level III, BSCI and SA 8000, is an able Trainer, Consultant and an Auditor in the Food Industry. With a vast experience of 22 years, she has trained more than 5000 Food Business Operators in Open -House as well as in In-House Programs across the country.

    She has facilitated more than 50 Integrated Food Manufacturing Organizations towards certifications on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) , Good Hygiene Practices ( GHP), HACCP, ISO 22000 on Cluster Development Projects. She is an empanelled Trainer of Tea Board of India, Spices Board and APEDA ( Agricultural and Processed Food Export Development Authority) and an empanelled Auditor under various Certification Bodies of International repute.  

    She has successfully completed IIT-CII Certified Food Professional Course in 2013 and  an extensive course on Supply Chain Management for Spices and Botanical Ingredients at the University of Maryland and at University of Mississippi, U.S.A and trained Spice Farmers, Manufacturers, Exporters, Traders, Blenders, Govt. Field officials on Train the Trainer modules based on Good Agricultural Practices ( GAP).







  • An optimistic and results oriented professional with possession of well-off work experience in Food Sector. Post Graduate in Personnel Management with proactive experience of project management, organizing and promotion of events, networking with new companies, research for programs. Core area of expertise is to organize conversant and imperative training programs, Roundtables related to Food Safety & Quality, International Summits, Awards and Consultancy on HACCP, ISO 22000, FSMS for the benefit of the Indian Food Processing companies.







  • Dhruv is a business management post graduate with an overall experience of 1.5+ years with Coffee Day Global, Motilal Oswal & AIESEC India. He is currently working with the Food Safety & Quality vertical where he is responsible for marketing & organizing events and training programs in various capacities. He has a strong inclination towards engagement with CII Members and a holistic management of business operations.







  • Ms Shivani Singh, Food Safety and Quality of CII-HUL Initiative on Food Safety Sciences (CHIFSS), based out of FACE, New Delhi, is a R&D proficient with 4.5 Years of experience. She is MSc in Food Technology from School of Vocational and Applied Sciences, Gautam Buddha University. Her experience is in Quality Assurance in Food Industries including Mother Dairy, NABL Certified lab and in Agriculture ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute. She is well versed with Food auditing and Standards i.e. HACCP, ISO 17025, ISO22000. Her current profile involves, development of food category specific Food Safety Management System Guidance Document (FSMS) and training packages. Also, organizing and conducting various technical workshops, public lectures for capacity building with focus on Scientific capability and expertise build in food safety risk assessment.







  • Ms Neha Aggarwal works in the Food Regulatory area at FACE. She is responsible for undertaking initiatives towards building capacity in the area of food regulations and facilitating work on development of food standards. She is a post Graduate in Information Technology and has 12yrs of professional experience.







  • Ms. Jyotsna Jaspal works as a ReCHaN (Resource Centre for Health Supplements & Nutraceuticals) Faculty. She has completed her Masters in Biomedical Sciences (Specialized in Cancer Biology & Therapeutics) from University of Bradford, UK and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Drug Regulatory Affairs, IPR & Patents.
  • She has over 5 years hands on experience on Quality Management, Audits, Trainings and developing Course Material in the Health Supplements and Nutraceuticals (HSN) and other sectors as well.
  • She also has practical industrial insights on the subject due to her hands on experience as an International Regulatory Affairs Professional in Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, Ayurveda & HSN Industry. She is well versed with the Regulatory Guidelines of Europe, CIS countries, FWA Countries, Middle East, ASEAN countries including Asia Pacific.


Post Harvest and Logistics







  • Pragya Nehru with an advanced degree in Food Processing and Management with over eight years' experience in evidence-based calls for policy change and advisory across the Agri value supply chain.
  • Joined in 2012, she leads the post-harvest vertical under FACE. Her work includes Enabling evidence-based calls for change in public policy and private investment for Food Processing and Cold Chain, research & report creation, policy development & advocacy, advisory & training, project management and event management in the domain of post-harvest logistics and cold chain.
  • She has done a professional training on Cold Chain Management systems from Cemfroid (Paris) and have an exposure of both international and domestic cold chain infrastructure systems.
  • Also did the Food Professional Course on "Food Safety and Quality Management System" from IIT Kharagpur acquiring knowledge of Total Quality Management System, ISO 22000, HACCP and quality systems.
  • Having worked closely with Ministry of Food Processing, have an extensive experience on Drafting various policies and papers.







  • Rashmi is working with cold chain vertical of FACE since 1 year. She has more than 3 years of experience in the agriculture industry where she has majorly worked on the projects related to value chain analysis of Agri- commodities, Impact assessment of govt schemes for Agri and allied sectors and Commodity profiling. She was also involved in the PMC for Agri- infrastructure like cold chain, Pilot processing plants and, Mega Food park. She has done MBA(Agribusiness management) and BSc (Hons)Agriculture.







  • Mr. Rijo Varghese has completed MBA in marketing form Amity University. He is working with Post-Harvest & Logistics vertical from more than two years. He is responsible for organizing and promoting events and also takes care of financials of the vertical. He is also engaged with task force members for their active participation and engagement for CII events.









  • Ms. Surbhi Bhalla has completed her Masters in Food and Nutrition from Punjab University. She also holds a Bachelors in Science and Bachelors in Education from University of Delhi. She joins us from UNICEF (New Delhi, India Country Office) and has 8 years of work experience in the field of public health, with a major focus in the area of nutrition. Within this domain she has worked primarily in the areas of, maternal and child health, 1000-day period, malnutrition in tribal children, capacity building and school health programs, with agencies like UNICEF and Public Health Foundation of India.
  • She has authored multiple papers and reports which are on the issues of Drivers of child stunting in eastern India, Harnessing Power of Women Collectives to Promote Women's Nutrition in Tribals of India, Review of Government Programmes for Women and Children in India: Implications for Nutrition during the thousand Day Period, India: A Situational analysis for Transform Nutrition and also contributed to the book titled - Forest Lanterns - A Collection of Essays on Nourishing India's Tribal Children (Published by Penguin).
  • Outside of work she enjoys offbeat travel, watching plays and playing table tennis.







  • Sanya has completed her Masters in Food and Nutrition and B.Sc. Home Science from University of Delhi. She joined us from Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi with over 1 year of experience in the field of public health. At FACE she works in the Nutrition vertical and her work involves drafting project proposals for government and industry projects, providing technical support during consultative workshops, and also active engagement with the members of the Industry and government officials/departments on various issues around nutrition.


Policy Advocacy







  • Ritoja has eight years of research experience in policy and infrastructure. Her areas of expertise include policy impact evaluation, macroeconomic analysis and research synthesis. At CII-FACE, she is responsible for agriculture research and policy advocacy.
  • Ritoja holds a Masters in Economics (Centre for Economic Studies and Planning) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.







  • Manish is a Business management graduate having over 21 years of experience. He has been with CII since the last 20 years, engaged in multifarious initiatives and programmes for the SMEs, within India and abroad. Currently, he is engaging the industry on the Food Processing sector through the CII National Food Processing committee, the Task Force of Food Regulatory Affairs and the Tractor industry through the Tractor Manufacturers Associations (TMA).
  • A Post Graduate, who studied Business Management, prior to completing a MS in Consultancy Management from the Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences (BITS), Pilani, he is a Professional member of Consultancy Development Centre and the All India Management Association, New Delhi







  • Ms A V Rajamany has been working with Confederation of Indian Industry since 1996.
  • In FACE, her focus areas are Agricultural Mechanization and Tractor industry together with the management of Tractor and Mechanization Association (TMA); and the Diary industry through the CII National Committee on Dairy.
  • Her profile involves active engagement with the members of the Industry, various Government Officials/ Departments, tracking policy changes and planning new initiatives to promote Agricultural Mechanization.
  • Before moving to FACE, she was with the International Department of CII looking after the promotion of commercial activities and enhancement of bilateral relations between India and ASEAN, Asia Pacific countries. She was closely linked with the various international activities of CII for expanding business opportunities for Industry through a range of specialized networking events and global linkages.
  • Ms A V Rajamany is a graduate in Mathematics and holds a Diploma in Computer Science.






  • Vikas is a Master of Entrepreneurship and Biotechnology from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, United States of America. He has previous experiences working in the Life Sciences and Renewable Energy sectors. His areas of expertise include Technology Commercialization, New Product Development, Content Creation, and Strategy Formulation. At FACE he works in the Advance Technology Team helping develop the Network of Agri Startups, Venture Financiers and Incubators (NAVI).







  • Roli Pande is a MBA-Agri Business Management from MANAGE, Hyderabad and a graduate in Agriculture from GB Pant University of Agriculture & Technology. She has been with CII since the last 8.5 years working in the agriculture domain.
  • Major part of her work at FACE involves working in the area of Agriculture policy under the National Council on Agriculture. Her profile involves work on policy advocacy, tracking policy changes, research and analysis, active engagement with the members of the Industry and government officials/departments.