Ramesh has made a distinguished career expertise in Agriculture /Food Commodities and Africa. The geography under his supervision consists of 20 countries in Central, South and East Africa. His current strategic business unit employs over 3,000 people including 50 top global managers. He serves on the Olam’s Global Management Committee.
Ramesh joined Olam at its inception in Nigeria 22 years ago, and has been a part of the core team that saw the company grow from a green field start up to a Singapore listed USD 18 billion revenue organization today. Ramesh has lived and worked in multiple countries across Africa and also headed Olam’s India operations at one time in his career. He started Olam’s trading desk in Europe, based out of the Netherlands, before returning to Africa.
Ramesh has worked closely with farmer groups, worked alongside government programs, set up and run logistics and processing operations and also set up distribution structures in a variety of African markets. He is widely consulted by banks, government structures, NGOs and private businesses. He teaches at the University of Cape town.
Ramesh lives in Durban with his wife and daughter.