Dave Ramaswamy is Founding Principal of IndusLatin Ventures, advising commercial farming/agribusiness projects, in Africa/Latin America. Dividing his time between Houston and Chicago, he has worked in these regions since 2008.
From 2008 to 2010, Dave worked in the agribusiness sector in Argentina , Uruguay and Brazil. His goal is to accelerate rural African development by developing high-yield agriculture and integrating farm-to-fork value chains. He is combining farming skills and technology from North and South America, with local African expertise regarding soil, weather and crops.
Dave has lived/worked in the United States, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, Ethiopia, India and Australia. In addition, he has traveled to 47 U.S. states and 58 countries on six continents, including a 10 month around-the-world trip. As a result, he brings a global business perspective to his work, while respecting local political, economic, social and technological practices/norms.
Dave received a B.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and holds an MBA in Marketing and International Business from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he received the Dean’s Service Award. In 2004, he was selected to be a Marshall Memorial Fellow, by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He has spoken at many international conferences including engagements at Harvard, MIT and the World Economic Forum.
Dave is proficient in Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.
His interest in Africa was first kindled when he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1996.
Dave thinks many African countries importing food is as ridiculous as Kansas importing corn, or California importing grapes. His dream is to see countries in sub-Saharan Africa achieve food security and have healthy, prosperous, water-rich and energy-abundant rural communities. He believes economic and human development in Africa begins at the farm.
He is a contributor to Africa Agribusiness Magazine. He can be reached at dave AT induslatin DOT com
Building new grain farms in Africa
Recommending farm/forestry technology and equipment from the Americas to Africa, Latin America and India
Structuring financing for qualified buyers
Connecting the energy/natural resource/mining sector in Africa and Latin America with agribusiness opportunities, as way to implement Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives