Aadhimalai has a diverse team with a mix of young and experienced blood and people from different backgrounds.
Sneh or Sneha Madam is a founder director of Keystone Foundation and works with Livelihoods, Indigenous Peoples Programme and the Hunter-Gatherer Initiative. She supports NGO networks in India around forests and indigenous people. She has also initiated the People and Nature Fund which will be coordinated by Keystone. She advises Aadhimalai on various capacities.
Leo or Leo Sir, as he is fondly called by the team, joined the Keystone team during beekeepers and honey hunters survey in 1993-94 and has been an integral part since then. He is a native of Kodaikanal and he completed his Bachelors in Rural Developmental Science and Masters in Arts, both from Madurai Kamaraj University. During the early days of his professional life, he was associated with farming in plantations. Beginning with beekeeping initiatives among indigenous communities, Leo Sir then moved on to traditional farming practices, looking at issues with forest honey quality, sustainability, value addition of honey, beeswax, and initiatives in community enterprise in Keystone’s project areas. He is the Deputy Director of Keystone and advises Aadhimalai on a variety of areas.
Moorthy Sir as he is fondly called by everyone, has led from the front right from the time the processing centres were set up by Keystone. He led the value addition projects of Keystone and later became the CEO of Aadhimalai. Now, Moorthy Sir is a Senior Advisor to Aadhimalai, and is helping Aadhimalai come up with new products and maintain producer relationships.
He hails from Sirumugai in Mettupalayam and comes from a weaving family. He has an eye for experimentation and as a result has come up with several new products for Aadhimalai.
Arun comes from a management background. He is an IIM Calcutta alumni and has worked as a Business Analyst for an IT firm. Before joining Aadhimalai, he has worked as an HR Head for an automobile electronics company. Arun has recently taken over as the CEO for Aadhimalai. Arun is also an Electrical Engineering and is a native of Trivandrum.
Sivakumar comes from Yedapalli in Coonoor. He has been with Keystone for over 8 years and has seen the growth of Keystone and Aadhimalai from close quarters. Siva looks after the finances for Aadhimalai and is a guiding light for the team in all matters.
Rangaswamy hails from Gildhimbam near Hasnur and works as the Centre Head for Hasanur Centre. Rangaswamy has steered the centre from its inception and has taken it to a level where more than half of the revenue earned by Aadhimalai comes from his centre. He lives with his family in Sathyamangalam.
Moorthi looks after the stock and procurement related work at Aadhimalai. He hails from Kadasolai village. His family has coffee & tea plantations. He braves bears and cheetahs on his way to office and home. Murthi has completed his Masters in Computers from Coimbatore.
Jestin is responsible for Operations for Aadhimalai and coordinates the production at different centres. He has done his engineering in Mechanical in Erode. He lives in Kotagiri.
Krishnan is a veteran with Aadhimalai and is one of the first employees of Aadhimalai and Keystone’s value addition related projects. He travels daily from Kozhithurai village near Kunjapanai checkpost. Elephants are a common threat that he has to overcome on a daily basis.
Kaliappan has been with Aadhimalai and Keystone for over 7 years and comes from Kozhithurai village, often braving threats from elephants.
Mani has been associated with Keystone for over 10 years and drives around Aadhimalai’s trademark vehicle which is a modified version of the Mahindra Camper. He has a wide acceptance among the community around all the areas that Aadhimalai and Keystone works in.
The Hasanur Centre is ably led by Rangaswamy. He is supported by Rajamma and Chithra who work as Production Supervisors. The other team members include Sivakami, Latha, Selvi, Amutha, Rukmani and Padma.
Sumitra acts as the Production Supervisor for the Pudukad Centre and stays in the same village. She is assisted by Maheswari, Sellamma, Santhi, Radha and Radhika.
The Bangalapadigai team consist of Vanaja, Chithra, Kamala, Veeraiyamma and Kalamma who all stay in the village close to the centre.