IKP Centre for Advancement in Agricultural Practice

Abdul Rahman Ilyas

Abdul Rahman Ilyas

Abdul Rahman Ilyas is currently the CEO of IKP Center for Advancements in Agricultural Practice (ICAAP) a center promoted by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a CGIAR Center headquartered at Washington with a South Asia Regional Office at New Delhi.

He has more than 18+ Years of experience in working with multinationals, not for profit institutions, Government organizations, Corporate Social Responsibility organization (CSR) and International agricultural research and development organizations. Some of his previous engagements were with Govt of Andhra Pradesh as Officer on Special Duty - Horticulture Marketing & Processing; Dr.Reddys Foundation (of Dr.Reddys Laboratories) as Head-Agro Rural Initiatives and with International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) as COO-Innovation & Partnership. With a business management background and passion for agriculture & development, groomed his career in the agribusiness development sector.

In his career span he has successfully managed multiple projects, developed operational strategies and steered major projects from concept to creation. He is highly resourceful, innovative and tactical in supporting the organization through critical turnaround situations and coordinating rapid growth expansions. He has his niche’ in maintaining professional contacts with organizational affiliates, special interest groups, Government and Corporate Partners and highly effective in organizational liaison, with and service to a diverse national and international stakeholders. He has handled projects like Science Parks / Incubators, Technology Commercialization Platforms, Collaborative Research Programs, PPP Models, Agri Export Zones, Food Parks, Micro Enterprise Initiatives, investment desks and innovative social enterprise models and development projects involving farmers, entrepreneurs from rural and peri-urban geographies.

He is on various agro food investment committees nationally and internationally in the advisory capacity and also member of various international organizations which, are engaged in international cooperation and development particularly in the areas of agricultural science and technology cooperation and regional agribusiness development. He has also organized international events, coordinated high powered Africa India agricultural economic missions, buyer seller meets, workshops and has presented / moderated / chaired in international conferences.

His current engagement and mission with ICAAP is on strengthening agricultural extension intermediaries through high end technology and knowledge backstopping and creating inclusive / hybrid opportunities for the stake holders, particularly rural opportunities around micro enterprise, employable skill development and breaking the notion of agricultural advisory restrictive to scientific minds. He is open for any collaborative opportunities in this field as well as agricultural value chains.

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IKP Centre for Advancement
in Agricultural Practice
IITM Research Park,
A1, 10th Floor, Kanagam Village,
Tharamani, Chennai 600113,
Tamil Nadu, India.

Phone: +91 (44) 6668-7075

Fax: +91 (44) 6668-7010

Email: abdulrahman.ilyas@icaap.org.in