Grassroots Innovation Incubation Center

Supported by i-STED, DST, Government of India

PDS team

Dr. Hubby Mathew

Dr Hubby Mathew is a professional social worker, trained from Tata Institute of Social Science, having a comprehensive experience of 24 years in all facets of social work. He is presently spearheading the activities of Peermade Development Society (PDS), as executive director. Under his visionary leadership, PDS has become pioneer in the field of social work. Peermade Development Society has evolved various emulative and replicable community lead models in livelihood, enterprise development, skill development, organic farming, rural technology promotion and ayurveda.

Mr. T.J. James

Project Director of i-STED project, experienced and accomplished professional in the field of grassroots innovation and his contributions in developing scalable models for the promotion of grassroots innovation is recognized at national and international level. He was the former national coordinator of National Innovation Foundation and consultant to various national and international agencies including UNDP and USAID. He was selected for prestigious Chevening scholarship in 2011 and nominated at national level for Fulbright Humphrey Fellowship in 2016.

Mr. Sijo Jose

Project Coordinator of i-STED project, Post graduate in Biotechnology having twelve years of research experience in microbiology, pest and disease management in spice crops, mushroom technology and quality planting material production through tissue culture and other vegetative propagation methods. He is coordinating the research activities of biotechnology and microbiology laboratory of PDS and handling various projects from DST, DBT and DASD.

Mr. Sanoop Surendran

Field level Coordinator of i-STED project, Post graduate in Botany having eight years of research experience in conservation and quality planting material production of endangered plants and spice crops. He was associated with various schemes of Spices Board and Kerala Forest Research Institute.

Mr. Stebin K. Sebastian

Experienced professional in the field of grassroots innovation. Involved in FAO and UNDP projects as Field Coordinator from Peermade Development Society. Working as NIF Coordinator for Kerala to identify and support rural innovators from various locations in the state.

Advisory Board

A high level advisory board has been constituted for monitoring the progress of i-STED project and providing the necessary guidance. The advisory board comprising the following members meets twice a year to review the project.

Chairman: Mr. P.H. Kurian, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Revenue and Disaster Management Government of Kerala


Dr. Rajeswari S. Raina, Former Scientist, NISTADS-CSIR, New Delhi

Dr. V. Ajit Prabhu , Joint Director, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment

Mr. Babu Mohanan, Angel Investor

Dr. Saji Gopinath , CEO, Kerala Start Up Mission

Director, Kerala State Horticultural Mission