Meet Our People


Dr. Shyam Zawar, an alumnus of Bombay Veterinary College, has undertaken pioneering research work in the field of Embryo Transfer in Sheep, Goat and Cattle. His extensive work on this topic led to the first Ph.D on this subject in the country. Dr. Shyam brought laurels to the Trust when Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India appreciated his work in the field of ‘Rural Development’.

He has also undergone Senior Management Programme from IIM Kolkatta and Senior Executive Programme from London Business School, London.

Dr Shyam is a Member of Health and Safety Advisory Committee constituted by International Embryo Transfer Society, USA. He was a guest speaker representing the Continent of Asia during the 23rd World Veterinary Conference held at Montreal (Canada).

Upon invitation by Government of Nigeria as an international sheep expert, Dr. Shyam visited the country and prepared a Project Report for Government of Nigeria. He is a member of many international societies related to animal science and has travelled extensively to different parts of the world for participating in various international conferences and seminars.

Prior to joining the Trust, Dr. Shyam was working with Raymond Ltd as a Vice President. The Trust has achieved many milestones under the leadership of Dr. Shyam who has over 40 years of rich experience with J K Trust and Raymond Ltd.

Mr. S L Pokharna, Joint CEO

Mr. S L Pokharna is an A.C.A by educational qualification. He joined J K Helene Curtis Ltd in the year 1981. Later on, he worked with various group companies of Raymond family like Cement Division, J K Files & Tools Ltd and Raymond Ltd. Currently he is working as President – Commercial of Raymond Ltd and Joint CEO of JK Trust.

Mr. Sanjiv Sarin, Joint CEO

Mr. Sanjiv Sarin started his career with Raymond Woolen Mills Ltd in the year 1979 and is currently working as Vice President –Corporate with Raymond Ltd. He has 39 years of service with Raymond and is currently serving as Joint CEO of JK Trust, Bombay also.

Mr. Arun Agarwal, Hon. Secretary

Mr. Arun Agarwal is a Chartered Accountant with more than 29 years of strong work experience in the areas of Finance, Accounts, Costing, Commercial and Strategic planning. He has workedin various capacities in reputed companies as CFO and Director Finance, at senior management level.

He had a successful stint with Raymond Apparel Limited, wherein under his leadership, the SAP and the Retail Management process was implemented. Currently he is working as Director – Corporate Finance, Raymond Ltd and Hon. Secretary –JK Trust.


Mr. Chandrakar is a Dairy Technologist from College of Dairy Technology, Raipur. He started his career with Raymond Ltd in the year 1990 as a Trainee Dairy Technologist. From Raymond, he moved to J K Trust and is currently holding the designation of Country Director, spearheading the projects of the Trust in Eastern India.


Mr. Shrikant Deshpande is an Agriculture graduate from Mahatma Phule College of Agriculture, Pune and a PGDM from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Mr. Deshpande Joined J.K. Trust in 2003. Prior to this he worked with DE-NOCIL (A joint venture company of DOW Chemicals, USA & NOCIL, India) for 12 years where he handled market development and sales operations.


Mr. Rajesh Patel is a graduate in Agriculture and a post graduate in Biotechnology. Mr. Patel joined J K Trust in the year 2000. He is currently working as Director taking care of the operations of the Trust in North India. He has attended a ‘Short term course on Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Managing for Impact’ from Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR, Netherlands in 2013.

Mr. Manish Kumar Jain, GM – Finance

Mr. Manish Kumar Jain is a Chartered Accountant and post graduate in Commerce from MDS University, Ajmer. He is having rich experience of around 10 years in the field of Financial Planning and Accounting and is strong in setting up robust & productive systems.


Mrs. Medha Diwanji has completed her Post Graduation in Human Resources from Xavier’s School of Management. She has around 12 years of versatile experience before joining J. K. Trust. She joined J.K. Trust in 2001, and is currently holding the position of DGM – HR & Admin.

ARUN UPADHYAY, Senior State Project Manager - Odisha

Mr. Arun Upadhyay is a Post Graduate in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi. He joined JK Trust Gram Vikas Yojana, Odisha in July 2011 and is presently holding the position of Senior State Project Manager.
Prior to joining J.K. Trust, he has worked with ORMAS, Panchayati Raj Dept., Govt. of Odisha as Dy. Chief Executive & Zonal Manager. He has also worked with CAPART, MoRD, Govt. of India as Young Professional during 1990-92. The rich experiences of around 25 years in Development Sector mostly in leadership positions with Central and State Governments as well as with NGOs and Corporate place Mr. Arun in a unique position to deal with subjects like Livelihoods Promotion, Skilling, Women Empowerment, Strategic Planning and Operations Management and facilitate Community Development.

Dr. Jayanta Hazarika, State Project Manager & Sr. Executive Assistant to CEO

Dr Jayanta Hazarika is performing the role of State Project Manager and Sr. Executive Assistant to CEO. He joined the Trust in 2015. Prior to joining JK Trust, he held the position of Area Manager – Milk Procurement & Extension with ITC Ltd., Munger, Bihar and held that responsibility for 3 years until December 2014. He worked with Amul as Executive (Milk Procurement) for about a year. Prior to that, he started his career in 2006 with PRADAN which is an NGO of national repute
Over the years, he gained extensive experience in varied verticals of Dairy industry, more specifically in rural development sector – both on and off the field. He has led the team for establishing a milk procurement network for ITC’s Greenfield Dairy project in Bihar.
He has a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry from the Assam Agricultural University and is a qualified Certificate holder in Dairy Management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He joined JK Trust in 2015 as Dy. State Project Manager and was made Executive Assistant to CEO soon thereafter and is recently leading the CEO Cell.

SOMNATH ROY CHOWDHURY, State Project Manager - Maharashtra

Mr. Somnath is a science Graduate from Kolkata University and an MBA from Vidhyasagar University-West Bengal. He has around 25 years of experience and has worked with Schering Plough USA, MSD (MNC Pharmaceutical companies) and Indian Immunological Ltd. (NDDB) where he was Manager – Marketing and was heading the operations of IndiaGen. He joined J K Trust in 2011 as State Project Manager.

Dr. VINOD A. PATIL, State Project Manager - Maharashtra

Dr. Vinod Patil has done Master of Veterinary Science from Maharashtra Animal & Fisheries Science University (Veterinary Collage- Nagpur). He has devoted more than 4 years for the development of rural communities in Gujarat and MP with DFID- KRIBHCO- Gramin Vikas Trust. Dr. Vinod Patil is working with JK Trust from 2004 onwards as State Project Manager.

Dr. RANVEER SINGH, State Project Manager - Rajasthan

Dr. Ranveer holds doctorate on the topic of ‘Poverty Alleviation’ from Dr. R.M.L. Avadh University Faizabad. He has over 30 years of versatile experience in both for profit and not for profit sectors. He was working as Assistant General Manager, CSR with Suzlon Energy Ltd. prior to joining J.K. Trust in 2015.

SANJEEV KUMAR, State Project Manager - Jharkhand

Mr. Sanjeev Kumar is a Post Graduate in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Services, Ranchi. He has around 15 years of experience prior to joining J. K.Trust in 2015. He was working with ORMAS/ Odisha Livelihood Mission (An Institute under Panchyati Raj. Department, Government of Odisha) in the capacity of Chief Executive cum District Project Manager. He is a goal driven professional with extensive experience in Project Management, Event Management and Rural Marketing in the sector of Livelihoods with Civil Society Organizations and Government agencies.

Dr. DNYANESHWAR SONTAKKE - State Project Manager, Maharashtra

Dr Dnyaneshwar Sontakke has done Master of Veterinary Science from college of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Marathwada Agriculture University, Parbhani, Maharashtra. He has two years’ experience in Animal Husbandry Department, Govt. of Rajasthan. He joined JK Trust Gram Vikas Yojana in December 2000 as Veterinary officer and is currently working as a State Project Manager in Maharashtra.

PULLELA VISHWANATH SHARMA - State Project Manager, AP & Telangana

Pullela Vishwanath Sharma is a B.Tech graduate from College of Dairy Technolgy, Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and has done Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management. Having his initial experience in Dairy sector with Premier Nutrition, Dewas and Visakha Coop Dairy, Vizag; he joined JK Trust in the year 1999 and since then he has been working in various projects and various states. Presently he is looking after the operations of the Trust’s projects in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states as State Project Manager.