Nandini Mendu, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Agriculture Sector DevelopmentDepartment: Agriculture Sector Development
Nandini Mendu has been the director of Agriculture Initiative since March 2016. In this role, she supports the growth of the ag ecosystem including technology based-economic development of the ag crop and animal sector.
Nandini has strong experience in R&D leadership, including senior roles at Embrex, Pfizer and Zoetis. Her background also includes launching innovation programs, obtaining non-dilutive and cost-sharing funding, technology and IP assessment, business development and alliance management. Additionally, she has been a consultant at Blue Pine Consulting, LLC where she advised small and mid-sized companies on research planning, business plan development and strategy.
Nandini holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in Plant Biology from the University of Delhi, India and a Ph.D. in Genetics, from the University of Minnesota.