Vaidya Anil Kumar
Kerala Ayurveda Limited
Vaidya Anil Kumar is the Executive Director of Kerala Ayurveda Limited, responsible for the consolidation of his family’s business and its entrance into the mainstream Ayurvedic industry. He is the elder son of Kerala Ayurveda’s Founder, Vaidya K G K Panicker, and a third generation Ayurvedic physician. He successfully expanded the historic apothecary, established in 1945, into a publicly listed company under Bombay and Cochin Stock Exchanges, and developed the business in segments of Health Care, Academia, Research & Development, Sales & Marketing. Both an Ayurvedic doctor and entrepreneur, Vaidya Anil believes in people, heritage and kindness.
The wide footprint of Kerala Ayurveda as the full spectrum, most awarded Ayurvedic company it is today is due to Vaidya Anil’s conception of a variety of growth channels including: a chain of clinics throughout Kerala and India, the AyurvedaGram Heritage Wellness Center outside Bangalore; a Research and Development facility; the reorganization of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; Kerala Ayurveda Academy; herbal gardens nurturing over 1,200 rare species; 40 proprietary and patented Ayurvedic products and “Vaidyam,” one of the most respected Ayurvedic journals.
Vaidya Anil is a Doctor of Ayurveda medicine (BAMS) and former faculty of Kerala University of Health Sciences. He is currently the Vice Chairman to CARe Keralam (Consortium of Kerala Ayurveda Industry), Vice President (South Region) of the Ayurveda Drug Manufacturers Association ADMA), a member of the Pharmacopeia Commission for Indian Medicine and Homeopathy – AYUSH Govt of India, and an Executive Member of the Ayurvedic Medicine Manufacturers Organization of India (AMMOI). He formerly served as President of the Ayurvedic Medical Association of India (AMAI – the largest association of Ayurvedic Doctors) and as a member of the Central Council of Indian Medicines Dept. of Ayush (CCIM). He is the recipient of the Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award from KSIDC (Govt of Kerala) on the occasion of their Golden Jubilee Celebrations, and has presented scientific papers in various seminars in India and abroad.
Ramesh Vangal is the Founder and Chairman of Katra Group, including subsidiaries Kerala Ayurveda India and USA. He was honored by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay as a Distinguished Alum and the first Asian to be awarded Alumni of the Year at the London Business School. After a rich career in senior positions at multinationals including Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and Seagram, his personal healing experiences awakened a deep conviction in the power of nature, Ayurveda and Yoga. It is his mission to build an institution integrating Ayurveda and Yoga, validated by modern science for advancing global shifts in consciousness.
His career began at Procter & Gamble in 1980 with marketing assignments in Europe, the Middle East, Central America, the Caribbean and West Africa. He moved to PepsiCo where served as President, Asia Pacific and led the company’s landmark entry into India in the early 1990s, widely considered a pioneering stage in India’s opening of Foreign Direct Investment. Ramesh Vangal’s name is engraved in the Pepsico Walk of Achievement at Pepsico Global HQ in New York. In 1997, he became the Chairman of Seagram – Asia Pacific, now Pernod Ricard, and part of its global executive board. The same year he joined the Board of Infosys Technologies Ltd as its first independent Director. In 2001, Ramesh founded the Scandent Group, now Cambridge Solutions, an India-listed specialist IT/BPO company.
After two decades of experience in technology, big business and entrepreneurship, Ramesh’s life direction shifted as he faced chronic health conditions and a desire to find a deeper meaning in life. Seeking a connection with nature and his life purpose, be embarked on a personal transformation and healing with the help of Ayurveda and Yoga, which profoundly changed his professional career direction ever since. He founded Katra in 2001 as well as the Asha Foundation for children impacted by cerebral palsy and autism, which has helped over 1,500 children with autism and other special needs. Katra Group is focused on wellness from Ayurveda, nutraceuticals and herbal extracts and is the major shareholder in Kerala Ayurveda Limited. The group today employs over 1,000 team members worldwide, including a network of over 10,000 farmers in India. Powered by Katra and Ramesh’s philosophy of “purpose over profit,” Kerala Ayurveda’s seed-to-shelf wellness approach has touched the lives of thousands of people since 1945 and growing.
Chief Operating Officer
Kerala Ayurveda Limited, Katra Group
Vipin is a dynamic pillar for Katra Group’s companies including Kerala Ayurveda Limited and USA Apothecary. He is responsible for managing all operations of the businesses, from manufacturing and production to sales and partnership strategies. Believing that business is conducted with people, not companies, he brings a personable approach to every level of the business internally and externally. He is a skilled success strategist and forward thinker, streamlining the efforts of his 1,000+ employees through direct and compassionate collaboration. His keen ability to protect, preserve and promote for the greater good fosters an optimistic and results-driven approach which is inspiring for the future of Ayurveda worldwide.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Commerce from the University of Kerala and Post Graduate studies in International Business at the University of Wolverhampton, with additional studies in Communication Effectiveness. He has 15 years experience of proven business acumen, beginning with Operations & Business Development at Securitas Security Services. His passion for life science developed at Sabinsa where he rose to a Senior Business Development Management position. Before joining the Katra Group in 2018, he served Synthite Industries Ltd as Head of Global Sales & Marketing. Inspired by the potential of molecular knowledge for supporting wellness, he ensures that quality, integrity and sustainability is considered at every level of our organization, from seed to shelf.
Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath
Vice President & Academy Director
Kerala Ayurveda USA
Vaidya Jayarajan is an experienced Ayurvedic scholar, clinician and educator with over 25 years of experience in India and the U.S. Since 2010 he has served Kerala Ayurveda USA as Director for all academic programs and wellness services, as well as Lead Faculty and Chief Ayurvedic Consultant.
He earned his degree in Ayurvedic Medicine from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. In India, he served as Chief Medical Officer at Kerala Ayurveda’s award-winning AyurvedaGram Heritage Wellness Center in Bangalore and headed Kerala Ayurveda Limited’s Ayurveda Expert team in new research project development on Efficacy, Safety and Standardization of Ayurvedic Wellness solutions.
With rich experience developing internal resources and new offerings in Ayurvedic education, he is a leader trainer for domain experts. His wellness offerings have been effectively demonstrated and implemented in India, Europe and the U.S. He is a member of the Expert Curriculum Committee for Masters in Ayurveda at Bastyr University, Seattle and also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). “Dr. J,” as his students call him for short, is a compassionate healer and educator, devoted to the mission of imparting the traditional teachings of Kerala’s Ayurveda. He appreciates the blessing of supporting the journey of each and every student who joins the Kerala Ayurveda Academy family.
Business Development Manager
Kerala Ayurveda USA
Deeply inspired by the ancient traditions, Heidi embraces the Ayurvedic principles while seeking ways to resurrect them for modern-day needs and business solutions. Prior to joining the Kerala team in 2019, Heidi swiftly rose to leadership and management levels at Teavana Inc, where she gained top 40 placement as a seller worldwide. She has 10 years experience working in project management, data analysis and business strategy. She works closely with global academic, wellness, product research, manufacturing and development teams to create new offerings, programs and opportunities to support the learning and professional journey of the Ayurvedic community.
She is committed to bringing Ayurveda to the forefront of alternative wellness practices in the United States through linking practitioners, maintaining the reputation of Ayurveda, and raising the standard of professional practice. She serves as a resource for research and development, supporting legislation changes, including her role on the Board of Directors for The California Association of Ayurveda. Heidi completed her Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (AWC) training in 2016 along with Sanskrit, Assessment & Pulse Diagnosis and Skin & Beauty workshops, and earned her Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner (AWP) certification. She looks forward to joining the Kerala Ayurveda Doctor program in 2021.
Vaidya Karthik Krishnan
Head of Marketing
Kerala Ayurveda Limited
Born into a family with a legacy of healing and Tantra, Vaidya Karthik began his Ayurveda education as a young adult with his Guru. After the traditional training, he joined Santhigiri Ayurveda Medical College to earn his Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery degree. Vaidya Karthik completed his clinical internship at the National Research Institute of Panchakarma under the guidance of Vaidya Radhakrishnan. He commenced his career as a consultant at Santhigiri Ayurveda Clinic at Trivandrum. In 2013, he joined Kerala Ayurveda Limited as a consultant and later served as Head of Medical Services at The Health Village until 2017. In 2018, he became Head of Marketing – Ayurveda Products & Services, supporting product development and delivery to India and the U.S.
Creative Communications Manager
Kerala Ayurveda USA
Jamila is a certified level I Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor as well as a registered Yoga teacher at the 200 hour level. With 10 years of experience in media, she specializes in holistic communications, design, writing and creative business solutions. Inspired by the power of language and imagery to invoke change and healing, she oversees the creative identity of Kerala Ayurveda USA. Working in tandem with the sales, service and product development teams for the Apothecary, Wellness and Academy sectors, it is her mission to elevate the marketing of Ayurvedic products and services in the minds and hearts of its followers.
She earned her B.A. from New York University in Literature and Journalism studies in 2008, when she also launched her freelance design and writing business, servicing clients in the arts, music, film and hospitality industries for almost a decade. During this time, she accrued diverse experience in advertising, marketing, branding and project management. She was introduced to Ayurveda formally during her Yoga teacher training with Kim Valeri of Yogaspirit in 2014. Since joining the Kerala team in 2016, she is motivated to support harmony on earth by inspiring others drawn to the Vedic path to cultivate their innate power of healing.