Lunch with Earl Rattray and Pankaj Navani, Binsar Farms Ltd

20 February Hamilton 2
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When: Wednesday 20 February

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Price: Members: $50.00

Non-members: $65.00

Location: FMG Stadium Waikato, Gate 5, 128 Seddon Road, Hamilton

Company governance in developing economies – experience from India

This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Binsar Farms Pvt. Ltd is a pioneering Indian/New Zealand  private sector dairy farming and milk marketing business based in Haryana, India.  The company was founded in 2012 by three Indian IT sector engineers and Hamilton NZ based dairy industry veteran Earl Rattray. Together they have gradually nurtured and steered the business from idea to profit, encountering and managing all the challenges facing start up business in a largely informal and impoverished  rural sector, in one of the world’s largest and most rapidly developing economies. In the process, Binsar farms is becoming a local benchmark for private sector modernisation of dairy farming, and its fresh milk supply chain. The venture also demonstrates the compactivity of meeting social development objectives with entrepreneurial commercial success. 


Earl RattrayAbout Earl Rattray:

Earl Rattray is a New Zealand dairy Industry veteran. His professional career began as an Agricultural Economist before entering the dairy industry in the 1980’s.  He worked his way up through the sharemilking system to initial farm ownership, and gradually to multiple farm ownership. Earl currently holds interests in several medium and large-scale dairy farming companies, in New Zealand, Chile, USA, Australia, as well as India, where he is one of the founding shareholders and Company Chairman of Binsar Farms Pvt. Ltd based in Sonepat, Haryana.

Earl has served in a number of significant New Zealand dairy industry leadership roles, culminating in becoming a founding board member of Fonterra, one of the world’s largest dairy co-operatives, and the inaugural chairman of the NZ Dairy Companies’ Association.

More recently, Earl served as an external member of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Official Cash Rate Review Committee, and now manages his own dairy industry consultancy, Dairy Link Ltd, specialising in New Zealand and Asia dairy sector insight and analysis.

Earl is currently an independent director for several medium-sized companies in agribusiness, rural infrastructure construction and Agri-tech sectors. Earl is currently serving as an independent Chairman of Animal Breeding Services (NZ) Ltd and Maclon Limited.  Earl is a non-executive director at Inframax Construction Ltd, Dairy Farms NZ Ltd, and Quantec Limited.  

Earl holds Fellowships in Institute of Directors in New Zealand, and the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management. He has recently joined the governing Board of the Indian New Zealand Business Council.

About Pankaj Navani, CEO, Binsar Farms: Pankaj Navani

Pankaj grew up in a small Himalayan village in Uttarakhand, has held a life-long desire to invest in development of rural India, and supporting farmers with commercial enablement. While his family has been active in medical/health service, he himself pursued a career in high performance computing. He has served many multinational IT companies including NEC, HP and DELL. As computing consultant he has been closely associated with the Indian and foreign academic research institutions with likes of IGIB, ISRO, IISc., TIFR and TACC, GE, Texas Instruments, Team Emirates -NZ, Honeywell. His career focus has been on problem solving and utilizing strong analytical capabilities he possesses.

Committed to single Binsar thought and project on ground for 6 years and spearheading  Binsar Farms’ developments he is exploring farming from multiple angles, animal nutrition and growth, building processing capabilities , working with Downstream partners and developing software to assist productivity and consumer connect and also learning to be a good board director.


Table of 10: $500.00. For enquiries or to book a table for 10, please email Megan Beveridge, Waikato Branch Manager.


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Our sponsors

The Waikato Branch acknowledges the generous support of

ASBGallagherIT PartnersKPMGMarshTompkins WakeThe University of Waikato


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