Speakers

Ajay Rastogi
Director, Foundation for Contemplation of Nature

Ajay has worked for 25 years in the sustainable development sector. He specializes in the interface of trade and environment; and business and ethics primarily in relation to agriculture and natural resources. He has been actively involved in various labeling, certification and community branding exercises. He was a Lead Auditor for Fairtrade Labeling Initiative for 8 years handing projects in India, Nepal, Indonesia and Thailand. As a lead national consultant to a FAO (UN) - Government of India programme; he was instrumental in launching Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) specially geared to serve the naturally organic small holder farmers. In an earlier assignment, he coordinated the UNESCO/WWF/Kew Gardens Regional Programme on People and Plants based in ICIMOD. He has assisted several agencies including IFPRI and WWF. Ajay was selected as South Asia Youth Leader in 1990, an Erasmus Mundus European Union Fellow in 2007 and Nehru Fulbright Environment Leadership Fellow in 2010.