Director, AMPUP Advisory

Harish Methil is Director of AMPUP Advisory, a boutique advisory firm focusing on business strategy, business models with a particular focus on circular economy and sustainability strategies. Harish is passionate about transformational and sustainability projects in the food industry and is fully committed in contributing to UN Sustainability Development Goals. Prior to starting up AMPUP, Harish was Chief Executive Officer of Raj Petro - A Brenntag Group company, since May 2018 and managed a global business based out of Singapore. Raj Petro Specialities Pvt Ltd - A Brenntag Group Company, is a multi - faceted petroleum and lubricant manufacturing and marketing company, offering a complete range of industrial, automotive, specialty lubricants in addition to the portfolio of Transformer Oils, Petroleum Jelly, and Industrial wax.

Prior to Raj Petro, Harish was President of Kemin Food Technologies Asia. Based out of Singapore, Harish managed the Asia Pacific region, including India and China. Kemin Food Technologies is a part of Kemin Industries, a global privately held company that develops, manufactures, and distributes specialty ingredients to the feed and food industries and the health, nutrition, and beauty markets. In this role, Harish worked in food chain to ensure that food wastage is minimized through careful selection of shelf-life extension program, including retention of freshness, safety and nutritive value of the food. His quest for supporting the UNSDG on "zero hunger" and 2 decades of experience in food chain, has motivated him to switch to a higher purpose career, which led to the incorporation of AMPUP Advisory in Singapore. He is now focused on advising businesses to integrate sustainability as a part of core business strategy, circular economy strategies through thorough analysis of business models and value chain, and helping in addressing the final food waste valorization and other techniques to ensure that the environmental impact on food waste disposal is minimized.

Harish joined Kemin in 1999 to oversee the building and management of a manufacturing plant in India. He subsequently moved to Kemin Agri-food Asia, in Singapore, as Vice President Operations responsible for end-to-end supply chain of Agri-food business in the APAC region. He also held Commercial Director's role in Kemin Food Technologies, before getting promoted to the Chief Executive Officer role for ASIA.

Prior to joining Kemin, Harish was a project manager for the Murugappa Group. He also managed a commercial construction company in Saudi Arabia and provided project management consulting for several industrial projects.

Harish has a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from University of Calicut, India, and a Master's in Business Administration from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, USA. He has also completed an Executive program on circular economy and sustainability strategies from the University of Cambridge-Judge Business School, is trained on GRI standards and integrating UNSDG into sustainability reporting. He has also completed Executive Development Programs with Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India and Harvard Business School in Boston, USA. Harish has multiple functional expertise prior to CEO roles and was involved in UNWFP through his previous employment. He enjoys his mentoring activities and engagement with couple of startups including investments.