Pankaj Mehta

Pankaj Mehta

Carrier Transicold

Managing Director, Carrier Transicold, India & South Asia

Mr. Pankaj Mehta is the Managing Director of Carrier Transicold India and South Asia including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives.

Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, the world leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and fire & security solutions. Carrier Transicold is a world leader in refrigeration solutions for trucks & trailers, rail and sea-going containers, which collectively help advance a healthy, safe, sustainable cold chain.

Mr. Mehta joined Carrier in 2000 and has held various progressively expanding roles in India. In his current role, he is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic direction, and operating performance of the truck-trailer refrigeration business in the region.

Mr. Mehta is the Co-Chairman of the National Task Force on Post Harvest & Logistics set up by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in association with the Ministries of Agriculture and Food Processing to stimulate the cold chain infrastructure development.

He is a member of the CII Task Force on COVID vaccine and member CII National Committee on Food Processing, CII National Council on Agriculture and Member of Governing Council CII Food and Agriculture Center of Excellence (FACE).

Mr. Mehta is actively involved with the National Center of Cold Chain Development (NCCD) and was awarded the ICE award 2011 by the Global Cold Chain Alliance.

Mr. Mehta has nearly 30 years of rich work experience and earned a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Marketing Management.

Prior to entering the corporate business world, Mr. Mehta served in the Indian Navy for 9 years as an Officer and is an alumni of the prestigious National Defense Academy (NDA) Khadakvasla-Pune.

All Sessions by Pankaj Mehta

DAY 01 | Thursday February 2, 2023
11:30 - 12:30

Executive Dialogue 1 – Ensuring a Sustainable Cold Chain by India@100 Powered by Danfoss Industries

New Delhi

Session Brief: India has emerged as one of the world's second-largest producers of fruits and vegetables. However, with India's growing population, there will be an additional 430 million mouths to feed, hinting that food security and hunger to remain the most pressing concerns in the next few decades. Further, the sector continues to experience significant post-harvest losses, which are a cause of rising distress for India's small-holder farmers. The Indian government recognises the need for developing post-harvest infrastructure and has formulated several schemes, such as the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), Mega Food Park Scheme, and Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF). Recent interventions, such as the formation of the Doubling Farmers Income (DFI) committee and the Gati-Shakti Master Plan, will improve farmers' income, increase employment opportunities and strengthen market linkages. This journey of developing a sustainable cold chain will help the country decarbonise its energy system and increase its economy and meet the Net Zero ambitions by mid-century. However, some questions still need answers:

  • What hinders the on-ground implementation of government programs for strengthening cold-chain infrastructure? How can these be resolved?
  • Is it difficult to develop a sustainable cold chain in India, employing energy-efficient technologies?