Core Team


Mr. Manoj Kumar Menon

Executive Director ( ED )

Mr. Manoj Kumar Menon is the Executive Director of ICCOA. Previously, he was head of its Market Development programs since August 2004. He was also the Co-ordinator of both editions of the “India Organic trade fairs" ( 2005 & 2006 ), the flagship products of ICCOA. He was State University topper in his degree in Agriculture from Gujarat Agriculture University. He has done his MBA from 'Faculty of Management Studies (FMS)', University of Delhi. He has close to 2 decades of experience in management of agricultural projects, estates, input marketing and market developments etc. He has also represented ICCOA internationally at the BioFach, IFOAM, FiBL and at various forum nationally.


Mr. Rohitashwa Gakhar

Director Operations

He is a post graduate in Agricultural Entomology, he has worked extensively across the entire value chain of organic agriculture management including organizing capacity building programs for the officers of the state Government, working in the organic adoption and Certification projects at field level, development of internal Control system as part of organic certification requirements and market linkage initiatives. Working towards development of markets for the organic produce, organised India’s biggest trade Fair on Organic Agriculture in the year 2007 and 2008 at New Delhi with participation of Central and State Governments, private organic stakeholders and International participation. He was also instrumental in facilitating the establishment Organic Farming Division as one of the major Vertical at Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC) Ltd.


Dr. A.S Kashyap

Senior Coordinator Projects

Dr A.S Kashyap retired as Associate Director (Research and Extension) from Dr. Y. S Parmar University Of Horticulture and Forestry. In his long career of 36 years he has been head of 4 research station and KVK(ICAR). He has played an important role in establishing one of the prestigious research stations of the university under the cold desert conditions of the state. He has worked on the evaluation of temperate fruit varieties of different fruits, standardization of agro techniques and propagation techniques for sustainable crop production with emphasis on Horticulture based cropping system, crop regulation, agro-ecology, agro-forestry and biodiversity of export oriented crops.


Mr. Jaydip Roy

General Manager Coordination

He is a Post Graduate in Agricultural Sciences majoring in Plant Pathology from Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat in 1996. He is working with ICCOA since 2008 and involved in Project acquisition, implementation of Organic projects in different states. He also has Vast experience in managing big farms with integrated Cropping Systems, Commercial and high-tech horticulture/plantation crops, Organic farming, Nursery management and production. He is also associated in formulating strategies for organization’s growth and Organizing Trainings/International seminar and workshops at national and state level.


Mr. Anil Sharma

Manager (Projects)

Graduate from JNKVV Jabalpur in B.Sc. Forestry. Possess 17 year experience in Agriculture sector. It includes farm management, seed production, certification and marketing of seed, bee keeping and animal husbandry. Working with rice exporter and having knowledge of organic rice production, quality analysis of rice, storage, processing, grading, and packaging of certified organic products. From 4 years working with department of agriculture on organic adoption & certification projects in different states. In ICCOA working as a Manager Projects and looking after Himachal Pradesh & JK projects.


Mr. Saurabh Chaudhry

Manager- Market Linkage

Has done his schooling from Scindia School Gwalior (1999) and then pursued his Master Degree in International Business (MIB, 2004) from Devi Ahilya University, Indore. Has 13 years of Exclusive experience in B2B selling of Bulk Certified Organic Agro commodities both in domestic as well as International Market. His core competence is linking farmer groups /produce to buyers, Identifying Agro Products having high potential (region wise), Client servicing, Developing Marketing Strategies, New buyer development and Complete monitoring of the transaction right from procurement till final delivery of material to the buyer is what he handles. Mapping buyer requirements and developing projects which can be linked to buyers from first year are his core strength areas. Has thorough knowledge and has worked across the organic product value chain.


Gopalkrishna Hegde

Manager (Projects)

Has completed MSc (Agri) from University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad with specialization in general horticulture. He has Pioneered contract farming / Agriculture Extension in Karnataka, Andhra and Tamil Nadu through farmer and village mapping networking of farming community, input inventory management and improved agronomic practices establishment of collection centres. He also specializes procurement & logistics management of fresh produce field development of biological products Liaisoning with SAU’s and ICAR institutes for product testing Promotion and establishment of Farmer Producer Companies in Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura and Sikkim.