Advisory & Administrative Board

The Vanamoolika board advises & administers long term plans, key strategic decisions, conservation & sustainable initiatives and capital & infrastructure investments. The board comprises of individuals from a diverse background & with experience in their relevant fields. 

 

Jörg Volkmann – Projects & Policies

A scientist, consultant & entrepreneur.

 

A Hydrologist graduate & Soil expert, Jörg has 20 years of professional experience in sustainable development focusing on the agroforestry sector. He has amassed vast experience in these fields having spent considerable amount of time in Ethiopia & Nepal. He has managed to incorporate his learnings into his own entrepreneurial ventures.

 

Jörg brings this experience in his role advising Vanamoolika on projects especially focusing on sustainability & adapting farms to climate change.

 

 



Anith Puthiyankath – Commercial & Marketing Strategies

A postgraduate in International Business from the University of Leeds in the UK, Anith grew up in the world of business, as a 3rd generation member of a 100 –year- old family business.

 

Anith has a considerable amount of experience having worked for MNCs in diverse markets such as India, MEA & Europe. A few years ago, he made the transition to become an entrepreneur, by joining the family business & at the same time venturing on his own, to set up a start-up in the UK - a blank canvas to paint the picture he wished to.

 

Anith brings in his experience to drive the commercial & marketing strategy of Vanamoolika by understanding & respecting the organisation’s philosophy, vision & founding principles.

 

Ina Kudlich – Internal Audits

Barista & Proprietor of a specialty coffee bar & shop. Profound knowledge of literature & retail business.

 

Starting as an apprentice in a bookstore right after school, Ina was soon being responsible for successfully building up a new department. A woman of practice, she got a deep understanding of the trade, tactics & strategies in the retail business, at a very young age.

After switching to the coffee business 13 years ago, Ina brings in more than 30 years of experience focusing on small & independent businesses. Dealing with traders just as drawing conclusions from interacting with customers on a daily basis.

 

Ina’s keen sense of trendsetting, coordination & efficiency in operating a responsible business is useful to Vanamoolika to balance the challenge of conservation & progress.



P.J. Chackochan – Founder & Face of Vanamoolika

One of the founding members of the Vanamoolika vision. A trained pharmacist, a responsible conservationist of medicinal plants & a passionate practitioner of Ayurveda.

 

A strong advocate of the need to conserve, cultivate & responsibly harvest medicinal plants, Chackochan has seen Vanamoolika grow from the very first days since its inception in 1991. One of the first adopters of organic farming in Wayanad, he has over the years successfully led this movement. Coming from an agrarian background, Chackochan’s immense knowledge in the field of medicine along with his practical experience in sustainable organic farming, in conservation & in cultivation of plants, has helped Vanamoolika to become one of the pioneers in this field.

 

An ardent supporter of the need to modernise operations & infrastructure, his vision, has seen Vanamoolika develop a world-class infrastructure. At the same time his philosophy has helped him attract experienced partners, to join him in fulfilling the Vanamoolika vision.




K.M. George – Quality & Internal Control Systems

A strong communicator & coordinator, George an Economics student, has over 40 years of experience in the field of organic farming.

 

He began his career as a field officer for one of Wayanad’s first organisations involved with organic farming & its sales. His role involved organising farmers, creating awareness of organic farming, converting farmers to organic farming & monitoring their activities & standards. A successful stint saw him joining Infarm (Indian Farming Movement) as the Wayanad District Co-ordinator. In his new role he oversaw the activities of the group farmers for the entire district of Wayanad. George has been with Vanamoolika since 2003, as the Programme Coordinator of Organic Wayanad – the Internal Control System (ICS).

He brings his immense knowledge to Organic Wayanad & oversees his team of field officers who together with him guarantee, the genuineness of the organic processes & the quality of the products of the group farmers.