Navin Twarakavi is a research scientist at IBM Research Labs, India, focussed on climate change, sustainability, food supply chains and agriculture. Within these domains, he has over 15 years of experience in research and innovation. He started his career as an assistant professor, where he focused on sensor development, remote sensing, crop modeling and data analytics for agriculture and environmental applications. During this time, he successfully steered projects from organizations such as NSF and USDA. For his research contributions, he received the Early Career Award in Soil Physics for the year 2011. In 2010, he joined the Desert Research Institute as an Associate Research Professor. At DRI, Navin researched on remote sensing applications for water resource and agriculture management. He researched on the Leaf Clip Sensor, which measures transpiration from a plant in real-time. He also worked in hydroponics, aeroponics and was an advisor on hybrid crop growth technologies.
Later, he transitioned to the private sector with the goal of bridging the gap between research and implementation. Navin led digital farming initiatives at TCS and Yara International, where he developed innovations that have become the foundation of popular agriculture apps.
Navin has advised inter-governmental organizations such as FAO, WEF among others on the future of agriculture, environment and supply chains.