Sriram Srinivasan, Chief Operating Officer
An MBA from a leading Indian University and has about 25 years of in-depth experience on finance, strategy and management. He worked with the Tata Group in India for more than 14 years and was seconded to JOil in September 2009 as GM (Strategy & Marketing). He took up the role as Chief Financial Officer at JOil and played a key role in formulating strategic tie-ups and business initiatives. Before moving to JOil, Sriram was heading the biofuels division of Tata Chemicals Ltd., and was instrumental in setting up various agro-climatic research sites for Jatropha in India and Africa. He also played a lead role in setting up a bioethanol plant in India and in participating in various international projects. He is also a board director for Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.In JOil, Sriram was instrumental in developing the value chain approach, setting up India operations and M&A deals including Monfori and Agroils.
Dr. HONG Yan, Chief Scientific Officer
Has a background in biological science training(PhD, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, 1989) and business studies (MBA, NationalUniversity of Singapore, 2001). Since 1998, He conducted independent research in the Institute of Molecular Agrobiology (later in Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory) on biotech crop development, forestry biotechnology,herbal medicine, bioenergy plants and new technology development. He started work on Jatropha in 2006 and joined JOil in 2008as the General Manager. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and a member of Singapore Genetic Modification Advisory Committee. He has 10patents and 80 research papers/book chapters to his credit. He led the R&D team in developing the pipeline of new Jatropha varieties and new processing technologies, applying and conducting the global first GM Jatropha field trial and securing plant breeder certificates for JOil elite varieties. He also coordinated R&D collaboration with TLL and ensured smooth technology transfer.
Dr. Srinivasan Ramachandran, Chief Technology Officer and Director for JOil India and JOil Africa
Obtained his PhD inBiochemistry with Plant Molecular Biology as specialization from University of Idaho, USA.In 1993, he joined Prof Nam Hai Chua’s group at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology,later at the Institute of Molecular Agrobiology, Singapore. He headed the group of RiceFunctional Genomics at Institute of Molecular Biology, later at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory. He also led a group at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (2003-2008) and Center forBioenergy Plants, at Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (2007-2011). Hehas more than 60 peer reviewed publications and several patents to his credit.In addition to leading the technology team, he was instrumental in setting up JOil India operations, and supervising its field trials and seed production. He is also leading JOil's African projects.
Vartika Gupta, Manager - Finance & Strategy
A BSc in Chemical Engineering, MBA in Finance and Master in Financial Engineering (NUS). She has close to 10 years of post-MBA work experience in the areas of finance, strategy and business planning. Her notable contributions include developing long term strategic plans, converting them into actionable business plans and tracking business performance. She brings with her strong financial modelling skills, which have been deployed, in M&A and business development activities. Prior to her current role in JOil, Vartika worked in the Investment management and Chemicals sector. She has contributed to developing value chain approach, business modeling and strategic review of JOil business.