Mr. Mallikarjuna Iytha is a social entrepreneur and Co-founder of Believe India. He is a Micro Enterprise Development Expert in India with more than a decade's experience and has been an Executive Director of Fair Trade Forum-India (FTF-I) from May 2008 till March 2012. He is also associated with many Not for Profit Organizations like SEARCH as General Secretary and Co-President of Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI), Delhi State Chapter.
His expertise area includes Market Development for Pro-Poor Micro Enterprises of SHGs and Producer Groups. He was actively engaged in strengthening Fair Trade Movement in India. Mallikarjuna has extensively travelled throughout India as part of Nationwide Network Building initiative in Development sector among NGOs, CBOs, MFIs, SHPIs, SHGs, Government officials, Academicians and Social Activists, and established direct contact with grassroots Artisans and Producers. He has successfully implemented various grass root level micro enterprise development, cluster development projects throughout India and is well versed with the challenges in the pro-poor market development. He was instrumental in creating a Section-25 Company (MFI) to carry out Micro Finance Operation from Vidharbha region of Maharastra.
He has conducted several Research Studies, authored few books and is a proud recipient of “Pillar of Civil Society in India” award from Honorable President of India and several other recognitions and prizes throughout his career.