Dr. Mrinalini Kochupillai, LL.M
SIRN Founder-Director / RESEED Research-Director & Adviser
Dr. Mrinalini is a lecturer & senior academic researcher in business ethics, business law, sustainable innovations & mixed research methodology. With over 15 years of experience in three continents, her multi-disciplinary research currently focusses on emerging technologies such as blockchain and AI and how these can be used and designed to promote sustainable and inclusive innovations on one hand, and protect and beneficially promote culture-specific innovations linked to traditional knowledge systems on the other.
Dr. Mrinalini obtained her B.A. LL.B (Hons.) degree from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal, in 2003, & an LL.M. in Intellectual Property, Commerce & Technology from the University of New Hampshire, School of Law (UNH, formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 2006. She completed her Ph.D. at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Munich as a full scholar and fellow of the International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation (2009-13). She later served as program director at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (2014-17) & senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition (2014-18) and at the Technical University of Munich, School of Governance (2018-2019). She has been an adjunct faculty at UNH and also served as a consultant-expert to their International Technology Transfer Institute. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the EU Business School, Munich & MIPLC, Co-investigator of the IP & Global Development Project with the University of Leeds. She is also the Founder-Director of the start-up Sustainable Innovations, Research and Education (SIRN).
In her free time, Mrinalini teaches yoga, meditation, mindfulness and breathing based stress management programs to students, young professionals and experts from all walks of life. She is also a trained facilitator for the International Association for Human Values’ “Healing Resilience and Empowerment” seminar, supporting trauma relief and integration efforts for refugees and war veterans, amongst others.
Julia is about to finish her Master Program in Sustainable Resource Management at the Technical University Munich. She is passioned about the protection of biodiversity and solving current agricultural challenges.
Her Thesis on Nutrient Cycles and the role of microorganisms in regard of agroecological movements showed her the importance of ecosystem services but also the empowerment of farmers. She is fascinated of natural feedback systems and the cultural aspect of farming.
Julia spends her free-time as much as possible in the outdoors, talking to farmers, being involved in environmental discussions. Her vision is to stop the ongoing erosion of biodiversity and to give farmers their power, knowledge and voices back. In SIRN she sees the possibility to plant a seed to do so.
Project management & operations
Stefan is passionate about working in a purpose driven startup that will contribute to creating a path towards a sustainable future. His expertise lies in Business Development, Marketing and creating as well as managing platforms. He is about to finish his Bachelors Degree in Management and Business Administration at LMU Munich.
Besides studying he has has funded a startup on his own and worked in several others. On top of that he is part of the Manage&More scholarship program of UnternehmerTUM where he gathered valuable experience in consultancy and project management. In SIRN he sees the possibilty to create a unique global platform that will boost organic farming internationally and increase the food quality for all of humanity.
Operations & Marketing
Karthik is a sales and business development expert in technology and engineering services sector. He is an entrepreneur focussed on creating new providing market access for small and medium farmers produce. He works closely with the farmers trained with Sri Sri Natural Farming techniques by Sri Sri Agricultural Trust at the Art of Living Foundation.
His key interest is in creating network business models that can distribute wealth among marginalized farmers. In SIRN he sees the possibility of moving farmers from being takers to innovators.