President, Agri-Food Division at Jain Irrigation
Dr. Dilip Kulkarni is the President of the Agri- Food Division at Jain Irrigation Systems, the world’s second largest micro-irrigation company.
As president of the Agri-food Division, Dr. Kulkarni develops and implements new programs in agriculture and food processing and oversees building value chain operations with small and medium farmers. He also participates in Jain Irrigation’s research and development operations, develops linkages with other organizations, including public-private partnership programs on national and international levels, and coordinates the company’s activities for strategic policy developments.
Previously, Dr. Kulkarni was a lecturer of food technology at the Institute of Applied Science and Technology at Dharan, Nepal, and a professor and head of Food Science and Technology at Marathwada Agricultural University, where he established India’s first-degree program in food technology. In addition, he has been a Danida Fellow in Denmark, consultant in Indonesia, advisor and visiting professor in Mauritius, and a visiting professor to the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Kulkarni is an expert on technology transfer and extension for farmers and entrepreneurs and participates in various committees working on agriculture and food technology issues. He holds a master’s degree in food technology and a doctorate from the Central Food Technological Research Institute in Mysore, India.