Our Story

Blooom was made possible by uniting the expertise of two pioneering social enterprises. Both eKutir and Fairtrasa have been acclaimed for breaking new ground in human-centric innovation, and for impacting the lives over 100,000 farmers worldwide.

Our Story

Blooom was made possible by uniting the expertise of two pioneering social enterprises. Both eKutir and Fairtrasa have been acclaimed for breaking new ground in human-centric innovation, and for impacting the lives over 100,000 farmers worldwide.

eKutir

eKutir is India’s first certified B corp. Ever since its inception in 2009, its goal has been to extend novel, technology-driven opportunities to people at the “bottom of the pyramid,” and to enable impoverished communities to develop sustainably. It has not only created a first of its kind smart farming platform for smallholders, but has developed operational models which enabled the technology to benefit even secluded communities and illiterate farmers.

eKutir has also started numerous initiatives which strengthened rural-urban linkages, and yielded improved nutrition and health outcomes in both villages and cities. Wherever eKutir’s models have been adapted, the participation of women in the formal economy has increased substantially. eKutir’s combination of social and technological innovation has proven to be both sustainable and replicable in a wide variety of local contexts, and has earned support from Grand Challenges India, MIT, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook and Internet.org.

Fairtrasa

Fairtrasa is a pioneering social enterprise, and one of Europe’s leading organic fruit importers, with a growing presence in the United States. Over the last 13 years, Fairtrasa has addressed the daunting food security challenge by educating and empowering smallholders. It has enabled increased food production and the reduction of food-waste, while offering farmers unprecedented access to markets.

Fairtrasa’s trademark 3-tier farmer development model has broken the vicious cycle of poverty, and transformed subsistence farmers into independent agro-entrepreneurs in six countries in Central and South America. Through profit reinvestment and partnerships with NGOs, Fairtrasa has implemented over $3 million in farmer development, while distributing over $1.7 million in Fairtrade Premiums. This has had a direct impact on the lives of over 40,000 smallholders, field workers and farmers’ families. A social enterprise with an annual revenue of approximately $70 million, Fairtrasa has received awards and support from the World Economic Forum, Ashoka, the Schwab Foundation and Yale University, among others.

We found that our abilities strongly complement each other, and that together
we can revolutionize smallholder livelihoods and improve food security
both for local populations, and around the globe.

We found that our abilities strongly complement each other, and that together we can revolutionize smallholder livelihoods and improve food security both for local populations, and around the globe.

Our Team

Suvankar Mishra

CEO and Co-Founder

Suvankar’s career has combined an engineering background with a long-time focus on the future of food. He is a serial entrepreneur with over nine years of experience at the crossroads of social business and technology services. He is a TEDx Speaker and a Forbes 30 under 30 nominee. His core interest is in harnessing digital technology to connect billions of underserved consumers in Bottom of the Pyramid markets to vital products and services.

Suvankar is an Executive alumnus of Stanford, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is an engineer from BITS, Pilani, India. In addition to Blooom, he serves as the Executive Director of eKutir.

Patrick Struebi

Co-President and Co-Founder

Patrick is a serial social entrepreneur, thought leader, and founder and CEO of the Fairtrasa Group. For his work with Fairtrasa, Patrick has been selected an Ashoka Fellow, a Yale World Fellow, a Gabelli Fellow as well as an Endeavor high-impact Entrepreneur. Furthermore, he has been named four times Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation (2014), the abc* Foundation (2012), Univision (2012), and Visionaris (2009). Patrick is a member of the World Economic Forum who named him a New Champion in 2014.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University where he teaches at the Gabelli School of Business. He writes a column at HuffPost and gives talks around the world on social innovation and related issues.

Patrick Struebi

Co-President and Co-Founder

Patrick is a serial social entrepreneur, thought leader, and founder and CEO of the Fairtrasa Group. For his work with Fairtrasa, Patrick has been selected an Ashoka Fellow, a Yale World Fellow, a Gabelli Fellow as well as an Endeavor high-impact Entrepreneur. Furthermore, he has been named four times Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation (2014), the abc* Foundation (2012), Univision (2012), and Visionaris (2009). Patrick is a member of the World Economic Forum who named him a New Champion in 2014.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University where he teaches at the Gabelli School of Business. He writes a column at HuffPost and gives talks around the world on social innovation and related issues.

Krishna Mishra

Co-President and Co-Founder

Krishna is a serial social entrepreneur and innovator, with over 30 years of leadership experience in the Bottom of the Pyramid market. He has been driving excellence in the fields of agriculture, sanitation and clean and affordable energy for impoverished communities in rural areas. He has a background in rural banking, microfinance, development, and technology services.

He is a Global Ashoka fellow and is widely recognised for social innovation and developing inclusive business models. In addition to Blooom, Krishna is the founder and chairman of the eKutir Group.

Himanshu Amin

CFO

Himanshu is a Chartered Accountant who has spent more than three decades in senior management positions in the financial services industry. He specialises in risk management, strategy, corporate governance and offshoring. He is an angel investor with particular interest in tech and social/impact investing. He advises startups on finance and strategy. Himanshu established and chaired corporate philanthropic programs, and has also held Director and Trustee positions in a UK national charity.

Himanshu is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an alumnus of London Metropolitan University and University of Michigan, Ross School of Business (Executive Program).

Himanshu Amin

CFO

Himanshu is a Chartered Accountant who has spent more than three decades in senior management positions in the financial services industry. He specialises in risk management, strategy, corporate governance and offshoring. He is an angel investor with particular interest in tech and social/impact investing. He advises startups on finance and strategy. Himanshu established and chaired corporate philanthropic programs, and has also held Director and Trustee positions in a UK national charity.

Himanshu is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an alumnus of London Metropolitan University and University of Michigan, Ross School of Business (Executive Program).

Gabriel London

CMO

Gabriel is an award winning documentary filmmaker and social impact campaign director, whose collaborations with notable talent and leading organizations spans nearly 20 years with a focus on storytelling and brand development. As a founding partner of the social impact creative agency, Found Object, Gabriel has built and directed purpose-driven campaigns and brand marketing on issues including veterans health, clean energy and climate change. His work has spanned long-term documentary projects in Haiti and short films on sustainable models for development in countries ranging from Bangladesh to Zambia with clients clients including Timberland (Kombit: The Cooperative, 2015), Clinton Global Initiative (CGI Commitment Updates) and the UN Foundation (See You in Copenhagen).

Gabriel’s development of social impact campaigns combines documentary storytelling with social activation, with a focus on partnership building and distribution strategy, to drive multi-stakeholder involvement and audience engagement.

Christina Ulardic

Head of Business Development

Christina heads Business Development for Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. Prior to this role, she was responsible for market development in Africa, leading origination efforts in weather, agriculture and energy. Her clients have been investors, financial service companies, and corporate and public sector entities. Christina has been involved in impact investing for many years, being an angel investor herself. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Impact Hub Zurich, Fairtrasa, Blooom and on the Board of the Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy.

She is a jury member of Venture Kick Switzerland and a Mentor in the MassChallenge program. She has obtained a Master of Public Administration degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.

Christina Ulardic

Head of Business Development

Christina heads Business Development for Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. Prior to this role, she was responsible for market development in Africa, leading origination efforts in weather, agriculture and energy. Her clients have been investors, financial service companies, and corporate and public sector entities. Christina has been involved in impact investing for many years, being an angel investor herself. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Impact Hub Zurich, Fairtrasa, Blooom and on the Board of the Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy.

She is a jury member of Venture Kick Switzerland and a Mentor in the MassChallenge program. She has obtained a Master of Public Administration degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.

Raj Singh Bhandal

Board Member

Raj is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, with over 25 years of experience across the domains of marketing, operations, and finance & technology. He co-founded Ehaat, a rural commerce venture operating through a last-mile network of village level entrepreneurs. He also founded TechMobia, a specialist agency providing innovative and impact driven mobile-centric digital marketing solutions to brands focused on reaching rural consumers. He is a Director and advisor on digital strategy at Next MediaWorks, a publicly listed company running one of India’s most commercially successful FM radio stations broadcasting under the brand Radio One. Raj previously ran entrepreneurial ventures in the UK and India, plus held professional roles at Credit Suisse (Hong Kong), British Airways (UK) and Shell International (Netherlands).

He is an ex. Governing Council member of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and a founder member of the Mobile Marketing Association in India. He is an alumnus of University of Oxford, IFOAM (Organics International) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Daniel Ross

Board Member

Daniel is a high-impact social entrepreneur, and a consultant in community food systems and agricultural value chains.. He serves as Principal and CEO of DAISA Enterprises, LLC., building innovative initiatives and enterprises through strategy consulting and tech development. His experience includes three years as Chief Operating Officer of Wholesome Wave Foundation Charitable Ventures, and 16 years as Executive Director of Nuestras Raíces, a grass-roots organization to promote economic, human and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment. He is also the Co-Founder of Energía energy efficiency contracting company.

Daniel is recognized as a leading social entrepreneur with a lifetime fellowship from Ashoka. He received an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an MIT Sloan Fellow for Innovation and Global Leadership, and an MIT Legatum Fellow for Development and Entrepreneurship. Former Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Hampshire College.

Daniel Ross

Board Member

Daniel is a high-impact social entrepreneur, and a consultant in community food systems and agricultural value chains.. He serves as Principal and CEO of DAISA Enterprises, LLC., building innovative initiatives and enterprises through strategy consulting and tech development. His experience includes three years as Chief Operating Officer of Wholesome Wave Foundation Charitable Ventures, and 16 years as Executive Director of Nuestras Raíces, a grass-roots organization to promote economic, human and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment. He is also the Co-Founder of Energía energy efficiency contracting company.

Daniel is recognized as a leading social entrepreneur with a lifetime fellowship from Ashoka. He received an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an MIT Sloan Fellow for Innovation and Global Leadership, and an MIT Legatum Fellow for Development and Entrepreneurship. Former Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Hampshire College.

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