Nandini Mendu, Ph.D.
Senior Director, 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.