Venkataramani Srivathsan, managing director for Africa and the Middle East, joined Olam International in 1994. Mr Srivathsan has presented many papers on smallholder farming at Pan-African forums and been part of the advisory committees for the Nigerian ministries of agriculture and of trade and industry. Under his leadership, Olam Nigeria has won several international and national awards. In 2010, Mr Srivathsan was awarded a prestigious World Business for Peace Award. He is also a member of the Advisory Panel of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies.