Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-Algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition

Intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council Under ECOSOC Resolution 2003/212 Dated 5th of March 2003.
Designated by the United Nations Economic & Social Council Under Rule 79 of the Council’s Rules and Procedures.


IIMSAM and India flags

One in three malnourished children in the world lives in India

Vikkrant Sandal
H.E. Ambassador Kunwar Vikrant Sandal
Hon. Ambassador to Republic of India
H.E. Ambassador Kunwar Vikrant Sandal is a Social Entrepreneur and a Senior Diplomat with IIMSAM. He is an Oxford University Alumnus (Hertford 2008), where he read for Social Entrepreneurship, before which he attained an Honor’s degree in Engineering from Coventry University.

Since 2006, H.E. Ambassador Sandal has been associated with the Autonomous Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition, IIMSAM- An Observer to the United Nations Social & Economic Council (UN ECOSOC), in various capacities.

Working towards eradication of malnutrition and to achieve food security, In IIMSAM, Ambassador Sandal plays a vital role in global policy planning to fight severe hunger and malnutrition to save millions of lives in accordance with the Rome Declaration and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

H.E. Ambassador Sandal has taken a lifetime objective of “Eradication of Malnutrition Globally & Achieve Food Security” and his entire working, be it corporate or social, is aligned with it. He has established the Research & Development Centre which is engaged in carrying out high-end R&D in the field of Phycology for producing various microalga including Spirulina in a most cost-effective way.

The United Nations has declared Spirulina, a super-food, a potent tool to eradicate malnutrition and has advised global governments to incorporate it into their national policy planning. Endorsed by WHO, FAO, UNICEF, NASA & various agencies, Spirulina has the potential to combat malnutrition most effectively.

To support the global effort of streamlining Spirulina microalgae to counter severe humanitarian crises worldwide, he has established one of the biggest Spirulina Cultivation Farm in south-east Asia at his home town in India. This facility not only serves as IIMSAM’s backbone to its worldwide humanitarian endeavors but also offers employment opportunity to numerous individuals in the area which as one of the underdeveloped regions of India.

Furthermore, to give his endeavors and objectives a perceptible shape, H.E. Ambassador Sandal has developed one of its kind, multi-objective, replicable Micro Social entrepreneurship model for socio-economic upliftment of underprivileged at grass root level & making them part of the Global endeavor of ‘Eradication of Malnutrition and Achieve Food Security.’

This distinctive socio-economic model entails growing Spirulina in villages by imparting training to marginal and underprivileged farmers/women living below the poverty line and creating a source of income for them. This multi-objective model meets eight United Nations Sustainable Development Goals including, Combatting Poverty (SDG-1), Achieving Food Security (SDG-1), Sustainability & Skill Development (SDG-2), Women Empowerment (SDG-3), Eradication of Malnutrition (SDG-4: Reduce Child Mortality , SDG-5:Improve Maternal Health) , Enhancing Public Immunity towards diseases ( SDG-6), Creating Clean Environment (SDG-7), Rural/Tribal Development by partnering with them (SDG-8).

H.E. Ambassador Sandal is an active Public Speaker and interviewed/and highlighted various times in national and international media. He is credited with organizing different awareness camps and seminars on Malnutrition along with the teams of Experts throughout India. Amb. Sandal has adopted and successfully treating hundreds of Cancer patients in the Malwa belt of Punjab, India. He has also assisted with initiatives on behalf of the IIMSAM aimed to help the undernourished/underprivileged individuals suffering from acute malnutrition in India and the IIMSAM Sh. Zayed Centre in Kisumu-Republic of Kenya were thousands have been recipients of the benefits of Spirulina since the Centre’s inception in 2009.