Dr. P.R. Krishna Kumar was born in 1951 to P.V. Rama Varier and his wife, Pankajam Rama Varier. Dr. Krishna Kumar grew up mentored by Rama Varier in the skills and techniques of Ayurvedic treatments. He studied at Shoranur Ayurveda College, after which he decided to dedicate his life to the propagation of Ayurveda through research and education.
Dr. Krishna Kumar’s first major achievements were in 1977 when he initiated the first clinical research study on rheumatoid arthritis in partnership with the WHO and the Indian Council of Medical Research. The research was recognized by the National Institute of Health who funded a clinical trial project through the University of Washington.
Dr. Krishna Kumar successfully implemented a variety of projects, established the AVP Research Foundation, and launched a clinical documentation program called RUDRA, which is now used by the Indian government’s AYUSH department.
For his phenomenal achievements, Dr. Krishna Kumar has received multiple awards including India’s highest honor, the Padma Shri, in 2009.
In 2020, Dr Krishna Kumar passed away shortly after in September leaving a deep vacuum here at AVP (CBE).
C. Devidas Varier was appointed as the Managing Director of AVP (CBE) in 2021 and is the grandson of Arya Vaidyan P.V. Rama Varier. His father, P.V. Chandrasekhara Varier was the Chief Managing Director before him.
Varier has over 28 years of experience in operations management and was instrumental in taking the brand overseas. In 2015, Varier established AVP Baltics expanding brand presence considerably.
Prior to that, Varier played a key role in forging collaborations with Hindustan Unilever (Ayush) and Kama Ayurveda.
Varier started out as a management trainee in the company in 1993. Varier’s deep understanding of Ayurveda, the company’s businesses and growth plans has enabled him to make deeply relevant contributions towards AVP (CBE)’s progress. His diverse perspectives on the industry, knowledge of Ayurveda, and determination to take Ayurveda to a global level has ensured an exemplary track record for showing outstanding results.
R. Haresh is a partner with Phi Capital and currently serves as the Managing Director of TVS & Sons apart from being on the boards of several companies.
He has over three decades of core management experience in operational and senior positions within the TVS Group. He was responsible for spearheading multiple business initiatives, and forming collaborations and joint ventures with global companies.
As an active member of the Family Business Network (FBN) International he has tackled unique challenges successfully for sustainable results. Previously, he was the head of CII-FBN India and continues to participate and speak at different family business events.
Porinju Veliyath is the Founder of Equity Intelligence, a portfolio management company founded on the principles of value investing.
Veliyath began his career as a floor trader with Kotak Securities in 1990, later moving to Parag Parikh Securities where he worked till 1999. He returned to Kochi in 2002 and started Equity Intelligence, which today is known for its exceptional track record of giving great returns to its clients.
Sivadas R. Warrier has been in the accounting and finance industry for over 15 years. He brings with him a unique combination of fine management experience and deep knowledge of Ayurveda.
Warrier began his career by working with various investors on Dalal Street after which he honed his management accounting skills at the Al Naboodah Group in Dubai.
Warrier is a keen believer and practitioner of Ayurveda and has also worked in the industry.
Dr. Ramkumar Kutty is the Founder and Director of Punarvana Ayurveda, a company committed towards promoting wellbeing with authentic Ayurveda.
Dr. Kutty completed his formal education in Ayurveda in 1991 and went on to work on a project aimed at improving the healthcare system in India. From 1994 to 2003 he was one of the trustees at the Ayurvedic Trust Hospital in Coimbatore, India, recognized by the Government of India as one of the top five Ayurvedic hospitals in India
Sudhakar Mallya is an entrepreneur with business interests in South Asia and South East Asia.
He has over two decades of business experience across geographies of South Asia, South East Asia, Western Europe and North America. As an entrepreneur, Sudhakar co-founded and sold his first start up to an international investor at the beginning of his career. Sudhakar was part of Mr. N. S. Raghavan’s (co-founder of Infosys) Nadathur Group for over a decade gaining valuable experience in investment, portfolio management and also being entrepreneur-in-residence to start new businesses for the group.
Sudhakar has firm conviction in Ayurveda and while striving to follow the principles of Ayurveda personally on a daily basis, he seeks to propagate Ayurveda as a way of life for all.
Krishnadas R Varier is basically qualified in BSc Mathematics. Further he has done Advanced Diploma in systems management from NIIT. Before joining AVP in 2002 he has worked in programming and IT management areas for 10 years in companies like Amritlal Chemaux limited, Cabot corporation, Mattel India Limited
In AVP he has played a key role in IT infrastructure development. He further took responsibilities like Production, HR, Branch administration and Sales. As recognition to his hard work, cross functional skills & contribution to the company growth, he is appointed as Executive Director.
AVP was established by late Aryavaidyan Shri P. V. Rama Variar who was a humanitarian, philosopher and physician par excellence. The key milestones
Establishment of Arya Vaidya Pharmacy
Establishment of Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam, an Ayurveda Hospital at Coimbatore
The World Health Organization and ICMR sign an agreement with the Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam for clinical research on Ayurvedic remedies for rheumatoid arthritis.
Recognition of the research institution by the Dept. of Science & Technology and various universities as a research centre.
Granting of the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certificate to Kanjikode plant from the Drug Controller, Government of India.
Inauguration of second plant at Kanjikode.
AVP Celebrated its Platinum jubilee.
Launch of AVPs Over the Counter Medicines