The Bio Basics Team – What makes us tick
The Bio Basics Team is led by four professionals aiming to create a social and environmental impact. We are staffed by a young team, which runs daily operations and sales efforts
We are supported by several well-wishers, farmers, advisors, activists and investors
FOUNDER - DIRECTOR
Ramesh has over 22 years of corporate experience in the financial services industry across India, US and Netherlands in functions ranging from operations, human resources, fund management, corporate strategy and governance. He holds a B.Tech. degree from India, an MBA from Kelley School of Business, USA and a CFA charter from the USA.
Passionate about the potential of social enterprises to address social and environmental issues, Ramesh returned to India in 2013 at the peak of his corporate career to launch Anantha Charitable Trust dedicated to promoting sustainability by building social enterprises and developing local entrepreneurs. Trying his hand at sustainable farming, he realized that what the organic farmers need is a fair and reliable market. That led in 2015 to the founding of "Bio Basics" a social enterprise dedicated to sustainable food and farming. Today, Bio Basics touches the lives of hundreds of farmers and consumers, while empowering entrepreneurial youngsters to manage its daily operations.
CO-FOUNDER - DIRECTOR
Devi has over 14 years of corporate experience, followed by over 12 years of social work with various NGOs both domestic and international. Devi holds a BA in Economics and an MS in Sociology from the University of Louisville, USA. As food and environmental activist, Devi has been actively working with the Coalition for a GM (Genetically Modification)-free India to prevent the launch of GM foods in India. She has also co-founded "Urban Leaves" in Mumbai to promote terrace gardening. She is presently an Advisor to a Foundation that provides assistance to NGOs working on sustainability. An Advisor to Thanal based in Thiruvananthapuram, Devi is a consultant for the "Save Our Rice" campaign across 5 States committed to conserving hundreds of traditional rice varieties.
Devi has published several articles on the issue of safe food and sustainable farming. A keen farmer herself, she enjoys interacting with organic farmers and oversees the operations team at Bio Basics.
Cdr S Lakshmanan Iyer (Retd)
Lakshmanan holds a BTech degree in Aeronautical Engineer from IIT Bombay, but, on joining the Indian Navy, converted to a Naval Architect. He has served for 21 years in the Navy with experience in various roles as diverse as management, teaching and R&D. Right from his initial Service days, he has been passionate about environmental issues. Exposure to Masanobu Fukuoka's "The One-Straw Revolution" got him interested in Organic Agriculture, which has stayed as a passion ever since. After opting for premature retirement from the Navy, he spent four years as a volunteer at Isha Foundation, Coimbatore, initially teaching organic food gardening to children of Isha Home School, and subsequently facilitating setting up an organic farm for the Foundation.
After spending two years promoting and Eco-friendly wastewater management system developed & patented by IIT Bombay, called Soil Biotechnology, he has joined Bio Basics since 2016. He presently handles Sales & Marketing for the venture.
Vishnu Potty started his career with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and has worked for close to 30 years in the IT industry until 2017 July. His most recent and last job was as the Vice President & Head, Operations for Cognizant at their Coimbatore location. He spent his last 22 years at Cognizant where he donned various roles both in India as well as in the US. .Vishnu played a key role in the selection of a Tier 2 city to set up a delivery centre and relocated to Coimbatore to establish operations in August 2005. Since then, under Vishnu’s leadership, the Coimbatore centre rose to over 13,000 employees. Vishnu was also Chairman of the Computer Society of India, Coimbatore chapter for the year 2016-2017 and successfully conducted the CSI annual event at Coimbatore in 2016 with record attendance.
Vishnu holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum, and a Masters in Industrial and Management Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.