CropIn appoints Dr. Iya Khalil to its Board of Directors
Bengaluru | March 2020: CropIn, a leading AI- and Data-led AgTech organization, has announced the appointment of acclaimed physicist and technology entrepreneur Dr. Iya Khalil to its Board of Directors. Backed by $8 million investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Strategic Investment Fund (London and Seattle) and Chiratae Ventures in its last round of Series B funding, CropIn’s solutions empower agribusinesses to become more data-driven in order to effectively drive business strategies.
As a non-executive director and member of the AI council, Dr. Iya Khalil brings in complementary expertise to CropIn’s board and guides the company in sharpening its AI-ML and data strategy. Dr. Khalil’s extensive experience will help CropIn to build accuracy in AI and deep learning models to strengthen its predictive and prescriptive analytics layers for the agriculture ecosystem. Bringing 18 years of expertise into the system, Dr. Khalil will help CropIn achieve its goal of becoming the world’s largest AI-driven Ag Data platform.
“AI and machine learning has tremendous potential to drastically reduce crop failure, enable precision farming, and build sustainable agri-ecosystems around the world. CropIn's smart agri solutions leverages the power of AI and large-scale diverse data in delivering future-ready farming solutions. I am excited to join CropIn's board and work closely with their high-caliber team to drive innovation in the global agricultural landscape.”, said Dr. Iya Khalil.
Dr. Iya Khalil is a technology entrepreneur and physicist with a vision of transforming medicine into a discipline that is quantitative, predictive, and patient-centric. Dr. Khalil is a co-founder of two big-data companies - Via Science and GNS Healthcare and is the co-inventor of the proprietary computational engine that underpins both entities. Dr. Iya was recognized by President Obama as a leading entrepreneur in genomic medicine. Recently, she was appointed to the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) Oversight Council by Governor Baker.
Commenting on the development, CropIn's Founder & CEO Krishna Kumar said, “Healthcare and Agriculture sectors hold equal importance towards shaping a better tomorrow and function symbiotically. The invaluable expertise in AI and ML technology that Dr. Iya Khalil brings on to the Board will most certainly strengthen our commitment towards achieving smart and sustainable solutions. "
CropIn is a leading AI- and Data-led AgTech organization that provides SaaS solutions to agribusinesses globally. CropIn’s unique suite of products enable various stakeholders in the agri-ecosystem to adopt and drive digital strategy across their operations.
Using cutting-edge technology like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and remote sensing, CropIn creates an interconnected network of all these stakeholders, enabling customers like Banks, Insurance Companies, Government, Development Agencies, Farming Companies, Agri-input companies, Farm Equipment Companies, Food Processors and Retailers to analyze and interpret data to derive real-time actionable insights on standing crop.
With the vision to ‘maximize per acre value’ and the mission to ‘make every farm traceable’, CropIn adds value to agri-businesses by increasing efficiency, scaling productivity, and strengthening sustainability across the board. Thus far, CropIn has digitized over 6.1 million acres of farmland and enriched the lives of nearly 2.1 million farmers, while gathering data on 388 crops and 9,400 crop varieties in over 52 countries. The SaaS solutions offered by CropIn are crop and location agnostic, and are available on the web and for mobile devices.
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