Rikin Gandhi

Rikin Gandhi

Co-Founder & Executive Director

With a Masters in aeronautical and astronautical space engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, Rikin began his career at Oracle, where he received patents for linguistic search algorithms that he helped develop. Later he joined Microsoft Research India’s Technology for Emerging Markets team, where he researched ways to amplify the effectiveness of agricultural development globally. The time Rikin spent in India’s rural communities changed his life. He developed a passion for helping the country’s rural farmers, whom he saw as heroes. More than a decade later, that passion has become Rikin’s career; in 2006, he co-founded what has become Digital Green.

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Alex Dunlop

Deputy Director, Developing Local Extension Capacity

Alex was Digital Green’s first U.S.-based team member, having joined as Director of Business Development in 2015. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of the USAID-funded Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity program which Digital Green leads. Alex has nearly 20 years of development experience in the agriculture, economic growth, and education sectors. Prior to joining Digital Green, he helped launch the nonprofit SNV USA, the U.S. affiliate of SNV Netherlands Development Organization. He led SNV’s business development efforts and designed projects in market-driven agriculture, renewable energy and water, sanitation and hygiene. Alex holds two master’s degrees in Public Policy and East European Languages and Politics from Indiana University. Alex was born in Vietnam and is now based in Washington, D.C., where he loves to get messy in his backyard garden, and lives for family camping trips in the mountains.

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Lakshmi Iyer

Director of Africa Programs

Lakshmi serves as Digital Green’s Country Director for Ethiopia where she oversees the strategy and program operations. Lakshmi has over 13 years of program management experience within the realm of international development. She has spent a significant amount of time during her career learning from and working with smallholder farmers in Kenya, India, Georgia, Kosovo and Ethiopia. While working internationally to operationalize program portfolios, Lakshmi supported and provided leadership to various country teams. She received her Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and her Master’s degree from Cornell University, and currently resides in the UK. Lakshmi loves running, reading non-fiction, and going on hikes with her family.

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Vinay Kumar

Regional Director, Asia and Global Initiatives

As one of the founding members of Digital Green, Vinay provides leadership in program strategy and operations. He has over 35 years’ experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, having implemented on-the-ground projects in more than 20 countries. Prior to Digital Green, Vinay was India Operations Director at Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), a Seattle-based global health nonprofit. He led operations at IntraHealth International Inc. for its Asia and Near East office, overseeing implementation of a global reproductive health program. He was Vice President at JPS Associates, a management consulting firm, and an officer at the Reserve Bank of India. Vinay also served as an Advisor to the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology, and laid the foundation for the Clinical Development Services Agency, a national body that conducts clinical trials in India. He earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Delhi University, as well as a Master’s in Political Science and Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Vinay loves to travel to new locations and meet interesting people; spend time with his son and read social and political history.

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Karin D. Lion

Director, Global Agriculture Strategy

Karin joined Digital Green as Director of Global Agriculture Strategy. In this role, Karin supports the development and implementation of our global agriculture programs. Previously, she acted as a Program Officer on the Agricultural Development team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, specializing in seed sector development and input delivery, with a special interest in women’s empowerment. Prior to that role, Karin worked for the Gates Foundation’s Urban Development team, focusing on women’s livelihood development and community mobilization within urban slums. Her interest in and passion for global development stems from her experience as the daughter of two USAID Foreign Service officers, growing up in Guyana, Pakistan, Peru and Thailand. Prior to the Gates Foundation, she worked for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, providing affordable housing to low-income families devastated by Hurricane Katrina. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with Bachelor’s degrees in history and political science, from George Washington University with a Master’s degree in international security policy, and from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Master’s in Business Administration.

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Giovanna Masci

Director of Growth

Giovanna serves as Digital Green’s Director of Growth. As we enter our next phase of growth, Giovanna supports in growing and developing our human resources and internal operations. Giovanna comes to Digital Green with over 10 years experience in international development and social enterprise. She was an early employee at Kiva.org; while there, she developed and grew Kiva's presence around the world, managing their work in over 80 countries and with more than 300 partners. She served on Kiva's management team, helping guide Kiva's mission and strategy throughout periods of rapid growth. Giovanna’s passion for international issues and economic development stem from an amazing high school teacher, growing up across two different continents, and early experiences in rural Latin America. Giovanna holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and an MBA from Yale University. Giovanna loves to travel, is an avid swimmer, and most of all enjoys watching her son learn and grow.

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Aditya Sethi

Director of Technology

Aditya oversees Digital Green’s technology and product innovation function globally that designs and builds mobile and web solutions to amplify our impact. Prior to Digital Green, Aditya worked in investment banking building portfolio analytics tools and modelling market trends to drive investment strategies at TD Asset Management in Canada; and developing trading and pricing platforms at Barclays Capital in Japan. He has also developed graphic card drivers at Advanced Micro Devices and network solutions at Scotiabank. His passion to realize the potential of technology for social development brought him back to India. Aditya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering with Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo. In his spare time, Aditya loves to travel, play tennis and catch up on the latest in technology and politics.

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Neeta Vinay

Director of Global Finance

Neeta leads Digital Green's administrative, financial and business planning functions and has been instrumental in developing robust financial and administrative systems. Prior to Digital Green, Neeta was Director Program Operations at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), a New York based non-profit; Donor Coordinator at National AIDS Control Organization, the apex organization of the Government of India to control spread of AIDS; Regional Operations Manager for Asia at IntraHealth International Inc. She was also the Chief Executive of Kesha Processors, a unit of the Modi Group in India. Neeta began her career at The Oberoi Hotel, Bombay. Neeta completed her management education at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and holds bachelor degrees in Nutrition and Education from Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi. She also completed Hotel Management from Oberoi School of Hotel Management.

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Kentaro Toyama

Board Chair - Digital Green Foundation (U.S.)

Kentaro is W. K. Kellogg Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, and author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology. Until 2009, Kentaro was assistant managing director of Microsoft Research India, which he co-founded in 2005. At MSR India, he started the Technology for Emerging Markets research group, which conducts interdisciplinary research to understand how the world's poorest communities interact with electronic technology and to invent new ways for technology to support their socio-economic development. It was there that Digital Green started as a research project. Prior to his time in India, Kentaro did computer vision and multimedia research and taught mathematics at Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana. He graduated from Yale with a PhD in Computer Science and from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in Physics.

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Melissa Ho

Board Secretary - Digital Green Foundation (U.S.)

Having over 20 years of experience in agricultural development, policy, and research in the United States, sub-Saharan Africa, South and South East Asia, and Latin America, Melissa currently serves as Technical Division Director & Senior Policy Advisor with the Bureau of Food Security of USAID. Prior to this she has served as a Program Officer in the Agricultural Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as with U.S. Congress in varying roles, including as a Specialist in Agricultural Policy for the Congressional Research Service and as the Agriculture Policy Advisor to then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Melissa currently leads a team of technical experts in the Bureau for Food Security at the USAID, who cover cross-cutting issues related to global food security. Melissa has a B.Sc in Environmental Systems from Cornell University, an M.Sc. in Soil Science from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the Pennsylvania State University. She received a Rotary Fellowship, allowing her to work at an international agricultural research center in East Africa. Melissa has received grant funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, USAID, and the U.S. Department of Defense. She has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses and authored over a dozen peer-reviewed articles, reports and technical papers.

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Soumen Biswas

Board Member - Digital Green Foundation (U.S.)

Soumen is currently a consultant with the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. He is a former Executive Director of Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) and has nearly 28 years of experience in the development sector. While in PRADAN, Soumen worked in various capacities to promote livelihoods for indigenous communities and also involved in its institution building processes. He has advised various state governments and Government of India on issues related to civil society organizations, poverty alleviation and rural development.

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GNS Reddy

Board Member - Digital Green Trust (India)

Dr. Reddy is Managing Director for Akshayakalpa Farms and Foods Pvt Ltd, an automated dairy farm specializing in organic milk production. Dr. Reddy is also currently in-charge of BAIF Programmes in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka where he holds additional responsibility of an Executive Vice Chairman. He has completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Bangalore Veterinary College with Advanced Training in Large Herd Management and Oestrous Synchronization from Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA), France. Dr. Reddy was honoured with best Veterinarian award instituted by the Karnataka Veterinary Association in 1998, DesaSnehi Award from India Development Foundation in 2008 and has also received Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar from the Government of India on behalf of BAIF Institute for Rural Development-Karnataka.

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Srikant Vasan

Board Member - Digital Green Foundation (U.S.)

Srikant is the founder and CEO of SkillStore, which builds people skills for professional success with a quick, easy-to-use and effective mobile platform. Earlier, he was the founder and President of Portmont College at Mount St. Mary’s, a non-profit college that helps low income Americans gain quality college degrees more affordably. Srikant was the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence and a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to Gates, Srikant was the co-founder & CEO of StorePerform Technologies (the leading provider of retail performance management software), co-founder and CEO of KBkids (a leading e-commerce company), a founding team member and director of business development of MediaOne (which was sold to AT&T for $62 billion), and a consultant at McKinsey & Co. Srikant is an advisor to Grameen Technology Center and a member of the Strategic Planning Task Force of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BS (Electrical Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

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Rajesh Veeraraghavan

Board Member - Digital Green Foundation (U.S.)

Rajesh is currently an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University. Prior to this he was a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and also a Research Fellow at the Transparency and Accountability Initiative at the Open Society Foundation. Having previously worked with Microsoft Research India to design and deploy technology to complement efforts that help amplify intent of the groups that are working to alleviate poverty, Rajesh has also worked as a software developer at Microsoft for several years and been an active volunteer with the Association for India's Development. Rajesh has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Clemson University and Economics from Cleveland State University; and Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Management from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India.

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Tejesh Shah

Chair - Board of Directors, Digital Green Trust (India)

Tejesh Shah has diverse interests that range from real estate to organic farming. In 2005, Tejesh started a biodiesel venture in India which led him to discover the potential for sustainable agricultural development. Tejesh is one of Digital Green's earliest champions. He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Indrani Medhi Thies

Board Member - Digital Green Trust (India)

An Architect, Researcher and Innovator, Indrani is currently researching the area of User Experience Design, in the Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research India in Bangalore. Indrani’s work focuses on designing text-free interfaces that could help non-literate and semi-literate people and new technology users find jobs, get medical information and use cell-phone-based banking services. Indrani studied Architecture from VNIT Nagpur, and acquired a Master’s degree in Design from Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT-ID), Chicago, USA. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT Bombay), India. In 2010, Indrani was listed in the MIT Technology Review’s ‘World’s Top 35 innovators under the age 35′ and also featured in the list of 50 Smartest People in Technology by Fortune magazine and received the ‘Young Indian Leader’ award from CNN-IBN, the same year.

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New Delhi

New Delhi serves as the hub of all projects in India as well as the new global initiatives.

Program Team

Vinay Kumar

Regional Director - Asia and Global Initiatives

Charu Chopra

Director, Programs

Purnima Damade

Program Manager - Video Production

Ankita Dubey

Program Manager

Sudha Jha

Program Manager

Syed Mohammad Kashif

Program Administrator

S. Kaushik

Director MLE

Abhinav Kumar

Program Manager - MLE

Sanjeev Kumar

Lead Program Manager - MLE

Sakshi Misra

Assistant Manager Communications

Meghan O’Hearn

Program Manager - MLE

Ritika Pandey

Lead Program Manager - Projects

Shilpa Rastogi

Sr. Program Manager

Manish Sharma

Video Producer

Mahika Shishodia

Program Manager - MLE

Rishiraj Shukla

Assistant Program Manager - Training

Namita Singh

Head of Training

Rachna Sujay

Director, Nutrition Project

Susan Thomas

Communications Manager

Vishal Vardhan

Senior Video Producer

Technology Team

Aditya Sethi

Director - Technology

Erica Arya

Sr. Product Manager

Sujit Chaurasia

Assistant Software Engineer

Lokesh Garg

Software Engineer

Divish Gupta

Product Designer

Atulya Jain

Assistant Software Engineer

Melbin Thomas Jose

Product Manager

Abhishek Lodha

Assistant Software Engineer

Vivek Nayan

Sr. Manager

Vikas Saini

Assistant Software Engineer

Sourabh Singh

Assistant Software Engineer

Amandeep Singh

Assistant Software Engineer

Nikhil Verma

Senior Software Engineer

Admin/Finance/HR Team

Neeta Vinay

Director of Global Finance

Anuradha Bhattacharji

HR Head, India

Rohini Gambhir

Associate Director, Compliance & Internal Control

Neha Kaushik

Lead - Finance

Amit Kumar

Finance Assistant

Ashok Kumar

Assistant Manager, HR

Anand Kumar

Sr. Manager - Administration

Neetika Madan

Senior Manager - Finance

Manjunath

Manager - Internal Audit

Geeta Negi

Travel Coordinator

Yatendra Singh

Executive Adminstration

Shiny Sunil

Assistant Manager - Finance

Kavitha Vinod

Manager - Donor & Partner Monitoring

Patna, Bihar

Bihar has acted as a test bed for most of our innovations including Loop and contributed the largest numbers to our overall reach.

Program Team

Amitesh Anand

Assistant Program Manager

Falguni Ganguli

Program Manager

Syed Zakir Hussain

Program Manager - Monitoring & Evaluation

Ashok Kumar K J

Senior Program Manager

Kundan Kumar Kaushal

Senior Program Manager

Anupam Kumari

Assistant Program Manager

Beauty Kumari

Assistant Program Manager

Randhir Kumar

Assistant Program Manager

Sachin Kumar

Assistant Manager - Admin & Finance

Bipin Kumar Mishra

Senior Manager - Finance

Sasmita Nayak

Assistant Program Manager

Neha

Assistant Program Manager

Pawan Ojha

Deputy Director - Programs

Vinay Kumar Rana

Program Manager

Bipin Raj

Assistant Proram Manager Loop

Anila Hritu Samuel

Program Manager- Nutrition

Shams Tarique

Senior Program Manager

Alkendra Kumar Tiwari

Assistant Program Manager

Hyderabad, AP/Tel

Based in Hyderabad, the shared capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, this team has stood the test of time, forging new partnerships and serving the people of the twin states.

Program Team

K Archana

Senior Program Manager - Training

K.P. Ranga Charyulu

Program Manager

G Venkat Goud

Program Manager

Kamala Indukuri

Assistant Program Manager

B. Praveen Kumar

Senior Program Manager

S.B. Nadagouda

Deputy Regional Manager

Pritam K Nanda

Regional Manager

Sudha Narayanan

Manager - Administration, Finance & HR

Taduri Surender

Program Manager

Masthan K Vali

Program Manager

Kamalakar Vemula

Assistant Program Manager

Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

Odisha team’s primary thematic areas are Agriculture, Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture and Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition. The team has a foothold in 600 villages in 7 districts reaching approximately 50,000 households.

Program Team

Saumit Kumar Das

Assistant Program Manager

J. Giri Prasad Dora

Program Manager

Sailendra Narayan Mishra

Accounts and Admin Officer

Ronali Pradhan

Senior Program Manager

Satyapriya Sahu

Assistant Program Manager

Avinash Upadhyay

Deputy Director - Programs

Ranchi, Jharkhand

Digital Green started operations in Jharkhand in 2014 and our work here has expanded significantly covering livelihood as well as health and nutrition. Our team here focuses on strengthening rural livelihoods and improving health and nutrition behaviors in partnership with Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS) and Jharkhand State nutrition Mission (JSNM).

Program Team

Joshin K Jose

Program Manager

Ritesh Kumar

Assistant Program Manager

Raj Kamal

Admin Executive

Praveen Sriramshetty

Regional Manager

Nisha Neha Joshi Tirkey

Assistant Program Manager

Mumbai, Maharashtra

In Maharashtra we’re working with the UMED (Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission) and also with Mann Deshi on a project funded by British Asian Trust where we’re piloting Loop for non-perishable produce.

Program Team

A. Gulzar

Senior Technical Specialist

Jaipur, Rajasthan

In Rajasthan we work with RGAVP in 6 districts.

Program Team

Rupa Ram

Assistant Program Manager

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Digital Green started working in Ethiopia in 2011 and set up its office in 2014. Since then our team in Addis Ababa has been growing and delivering services to the remotest parts of Ethiopia in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR).

Program Team

Lakshmi Iyer

Country Director

Chimdo Anchala

Director, Agriculture Extension Strategy and Policy-East Africa

Amenti Chali

Senior Agronomist

Tadele Fayso

Monitoring & Evaluation Manager

Mekdes Girmaw

Project Director

Wondwossen Hailu

Project Director

Gudissa Tesfaye

Assistant Program Manager - Training

Admin/Finance/HR Team

Mergitu Kebede

Finance Manager

Martha Zewdie Robele

Admin, Finance & HR Officer

Tadesse Tekle

Assistant Logistics Manager

Melese Truneh

Director of Finance & Administration

Ruth Yohannes

Senior Manager, Human Resources

Amhara Region

It’s here that we started institutionalizing training of extension agents with the Agriculture Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) Center of Excellence.

Program Team

Workalemahu Lakew

Deputy Senior Program Manager

Yohannes Abnet

Assistant Program Manager

Samuel Hailu

Assistant Program Manager

Melkamu Mogoes Menbere

Assistant Program Manager

Yitayal Wubale Mekuriaw

Assistant Program Manager

Tigray Region

We’ve worked with the greatest numbers of women farmers in Tigray where there are specific women’s groups as well as female extension agents.

Program Team

Tsigewoin Tekleab

Senior Program Manager

Tedros Tilahun Eyasu

Assistant Program Manager

Tesfu Altaseb Gebrea

Assistant Program Manager

Tesfalem Desta GebreTekle

Assistant Program Manager

Oromia Region

Oromia is our largest region, where we serve the greatest number of villages and farmers.

Program Team

Tekle Tibesso Segaro

Senior Program Manager

Abdulselam Temam Abdulahi

Assistant Program Manager

Abdurahiman Haji Hamda

Assistant Program Manager

Fasica Solomon Kana

Assistant Program Manager

Firew Kebede

Assistant Program Manager

Teshita Beriso Segaro

Assistant Program Manager

Abera Tsegu

Assistant Program Manager

Ibrahim Ahmed Yassin

Deputy Senior Program Manager

SNNP Region

SNNP was the first region to incorporate our Community Videos solution in the regional government work plan for extension agents.

Program Team

Wuletaw Belayneh

Senior Program Manager

Mengistu Ayele Getaneh

Assistant Program Manager

Woldegebriel Jimore Jicamo

Assistant Program Manager

Getachew Sugamo

Program Manager

Shimelis Sileshi Wubishet

Assistant Program Manager

San Francisco

San Francisco is Digital Green’s newest team and brings experience at a range of global organizations, on a variety of international projects.

Program Team

Rikin Gandhi

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Karin Lion

Director, Global Agriculture Strategy

Suprita Kudesia Makh

Program Manager, Developing Local Extension Capacity

Kelly Stenhoff

Senior Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning

Technology Team

Saureen Shah

Technology Strategist

Admin/Finance/HR Team

Giovanna Masci

Director of Growth

Amruta Gadre

Head of Global HR & Talent Development

Karin Luton

Executive Assistant

Joyce Wong

Senior Manager, Strategy & Operations

Washington D.C.

Washington DC is Digital Green’s first office in the US, and has been driving forward some key global projects.

Program Team

Alex Dunlop

Deputy Director, Developing Local Extension Capacity

Eva Cantrell

Communications and Advocacy Manager

Michelle Kurian

Country Engagement Manager

Rebekah Stutzman

Manager, Donor Relations

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Country Offices

$10.8M

Organizational Budget

150

Staff