2018 fellow, Founder of Arboreal
SOUTH & CENTRAL ASIA
Swati is an engineer turned entrepreneur, who has been on a mission to create a Type 2 diabetes and obesity free world.
Swati Pandey is the CEO and co-founder of Arboreal Bio innovations – an award-winning plant-based food ingredients manufacturing company based in India. Arboreal started in 2015 with a vision to accelerate the world’s transition to a post-Sugar world and has been focused on developing manufacturing, and marketing plant-based, healthier Sugar alternatives to the food and beverage industry globally.
Under her leadership, Arboreal’s work with smallholder farmers in rural India to build an ethical and sustainable supply chain for sugar alternatives like Stevia, and innovation to create many ‘industry first’ zero/lower-calorie food products has garnered recognition and multiple international and national awards. In 2018, Swati was selected as the Asia-Pacific Laureate at the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards, adjudged by Cartier, Mckinsey, and INSEAD Business School. In 2019, Arboreal was selected as one of the top 50 biotechnology startups in India by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. More recently, Arboreal won the National Startup Award 2021 in the food processing category by the Government of India, and Swati was selected as one of the 75 women that are transforming India (2021) by Niti Ayog, GoI.
Swati has previously worked in the consulting and venture capital industry in the UK and Singapore. She is a Mechanical Engineer from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad and holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and a European Union (Climate-KIC) Scholar.
Swati is a big believer in the power of collaborative science to solve some of the most pressing problems faced by humanity today, and loves to read about advancements in science in her free time.
Arboreal is a global award-winning plant based food ingredients manufacturing company based in India. Arboreal was started in 2015 with a vision to accelerate the world’s transition to a post-Sugar world, and has been focused on developing, manufacturing, and marketing plant based, healthier Sugar alternatives to the food and beverage industry globally. Arboreal’s competitive advantages are based on its unique sourcing (directly from smallholder farmers in rural India), proprietary organic processing technologies and (patent pending) formulations know-how that enables it to produce sweetening solutions (fibers, stevia, flavors) that do not just mimic the taste and cost of Sugar, but also its texture, caramelisation, binding and other functional properties in a wide range of food and beverage recipes that were, in many cases, previously considered impossible to achieve. Arboreal enables food & beverage companies to develop and launch great tasting, clean label, winning lower calorie products in their markets within 30 days and currently serves 150+ national and international brands across a wide range of FMCG categories including but not limited to Bakery, Desserts and Beverages. Arboreal’s solutions have already reached 1 million consumers globally.