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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Vinay Kumar

Managing Director - Asia

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

Vice President - 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

Vice President - Internal Operations

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

Managing Director - Loop

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 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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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.)

Melissa D. Ho is Managing Director, Africa, in the Millennium Challenge Corporation's Department of Compact Operations. She oversees countries in West Africa. Before joining MCC, Dr. Ho served as Senior Advisor and Technical Division Director in the Bureau for Food Security at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which was responsible for supporting the strategy and implementation of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global food security and nutrition initiative, in 19 countries. Dr. Ho was one of the first members of the Agriculture Development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led the agricultural water management portfolio, and she also worked with the U.S. Congress as a Specialist in agricultural policy for the Congressional Research Service and as Agriculture Policy Advisor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Dr. Ho 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 Pennsylvania State University.

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Edwin Macharia

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

Edwin is a Partner and Africa Regional Director for Dalberg Advisors, the global strategy and policy advisory firm focused on shifting the needle on creating an inclusive and sustainable world. He founded Dalberg’s Nairobi office in 2008 and has been a key contributor in building Dalberg’s Africa presence to be the largest top-tier consulting firm on the continent. Edwin advises a wide range of clients including Governments, investors, corporations, bilateral and multilateral donors, global foundations, and non-governmental organizations on their most important issues around strategy, operational efficiency and program implementation. His work is increasingly focused on the intersection of new business models and atypical partnerships required to reach the underserved and unlock potential. Before joining Dalberg, Edwin was at the Clinton Foundation where he held multiple roles focused on rural communities. Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, Edwin was at McKinsey & Company in NY. Edwin holds a BA (cum laude) in Biology from Amherst College. He serves on The Nature Conservancy Africa Council, and the Nabo Capital Board. He is an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

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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 Veeraraghavan is an Assistant Professor of Science Technology and International Affairs (STIA) Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University and was previously a Fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University. He works in the intersection of information technology, development, and governance, with a focus on India. His research combines both the design and study of technological solutions to development and governance problems. He is currently interested in understanding the role of information and communication technology in making systems of governance more participatory. Previously, he was an associate researcher at the Technology for Emerging Markets group at Microsoft Research, India. Before that, he worked as a software developer at Microsoft for several years in the US. He has a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information.

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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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Anirban Ghose

Board Member - Digital Green Trust (India)

Anirban Ghose co-leads the Transform Rural India Foundation (TRIF), which is focused on bringing multi-dimensional impacts in the lives of people living in India’s most backward regions. He is deeply involved in ground pilots creating scale-solutions around community led processes for behaviour change and strengthening public system delivery around health, nutrition, education, agriculture, etc. Looking at opportunities for technology to play a catalytic role in transformative changes at the grassroots has been an area of special interest over the years. Prior to co-creating TRIF in 2015, Anirban spend over two decades at India’s leading non-profit PRADAN, working on rural transformation in various capacities. He worked as a grassroots practitioner and subsequently led the field-based teams in tribal dominated districts of Jharkhand. Later he joined the leadership team at Delhi as Director, Operations, in PRADAN, and was responsible for integration of all activities across the organization, involving planning and implementation of programs, monitoring progress, setting systems, design of strategies, staff development and managing key grants. His role included raising funds and building linkages with multiple stakeholders. Anirban graduated in Business Studies from University of Delhi.

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Neeraj Jain

Board Member - Digital Green Trust (India)

Neeraj Jain, is PATH’s Country Director for India, based in New Delhi. He oversees the country program and serves as a liaison between the office in India, PATH headquarters, donors, partners, and national-level ministries. Mr. Jain has more than 27 years of experience in strengthening organizations. His strengths lie in setting up new ventures, organizational development, and he has provided strategic leadership for change management in organizations across Asia and Europe. Prior to PATH, Mr. Jain led WaterAid India through a dynamic phase of transition as its chief executive. He was instrumental in setting up the India Sanitation Coalition as part of the governing committee and heads their Engagement with Central and State Governments Task Force. Prior to WaterAid India, Mr. Jain was associated with Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, where he worked for child development. He also headed the Asia region for Vestergaard Frandsen, a Swiss company that manufactures water purifiers and insecticidal mosquito nets. Mr. Jain holds a BA in business studies from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He completed his MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.

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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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New Delhi

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

Program Team

Vinay Kumar

Managing Director - Asia

Ankita Dubey

Training Program Manager

Sudha Jha

Program Manager - Health

Syed Mohammad Kashif

Sr. Manager, Grants Management

Savita Khurana

Manager, Admin

Abhinav Kumar

M&E Manager

Sanjeev Kumar

Head, M&E - Asia

Ritika Pandey

Project Director

Namita Singh

Head Training - Asia

Susan Thomas

Head, Communications - Asia

Smarika Chandrakar

Assistant Program Manager - Health

Technology Team

Aditya Sethi

Managing Director - Loop

Vivek Nayan

Head, Technology - Asia

Erica Arya

Head, Product, Loop

Sujit Chaurasia

Software Engineer 2, Loop

Lokesh Garg

Sr. Software Engineer, Loop

Atulya Jain

Software Engineer 1, Loop

Sourabh Singh

Software Engineer 2, Loop

Mayank Gautam

Software Engineer 2, Loop

Vengi Reddy Harikumar

Software Engineer 1

Shristi Jaiswal

Software Engineer 1

Admin/Finance/HR Team

Anuradha Bhattacharji

Head, HR - Asia

Neha Kaushik

Head, Finance

Amit Kumar

Finance Associate, Loop

Ashok Kumar

Deputy Manager, HR

Shiny Sunil

Deputy Manager, Finance

Kavitha Vinod

Sr. Manager, Donor Monitoring & Budgets

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

Program Manager, Loop

Falguni Ganguli

Senior Program Manager, Loop

Randhir Kumar

Deputy Program Manager, Loop

Sachin Kumar

Deputy Manager, Finance & Admin

Pawan Ojha

State Head

Vinay Kumar Rana

Program Manager

Bipin Raj

Deputy Program Manager, Loop

Anila Hritu Samuel

Program Manager

Shams Tarique

Senior Program Manager

Ashwani Srivastava

Deputy Program Manager, Loop

Rakesh Roushan

Program Manager, Loop

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

Deputy State Head

K.P. Ranga Charyulu

Program Manager

Kadas Deepak

Assistant Program Manager

G Venkat Goud

Program Manager

Sreekanth Gundoju

Deputy Program Manager

B. Praveen Kumar

Senior Program Manager

Pritam K Nanda

State Head

Sudha Narayanan

Manager, Finance & Admin

Taduri Surender

Program Manager

Masthan K Vali

Program Manager

Kamalakar Vemula

Deputy Program Manager

C Yashoda

Assistant Program Manager

Ashok Kumar K J

Senior 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

J. Giri Prasad Dora

Program Manager

Sailendra Narayan Mishra

Assistant Manager, Finance & Admin

Ronali Pradhan

State Head

Satyapriya Sahu

Deputy Program Manager

Avinash Upadhyay

New Initiatives Program Head - Asia

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

Ritesh Kumar

Deputy Program Manager

Nisha Neha Joshi Tirkey

Deputy 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

Tadele Fayso

Monitoring & Evaluation Director

Mekdes Girmaw

Strategy Director

Wondwossen Hailu

Program Implementation Director

Gudissa Tesfaye

Senior Training Manager

Simret Mamuye

Field Program Manager

Elshaday Zewdie

M&E Manager

Kebede Ayele

Country Director

Dawit Mengistu

Agricultural Marketing Manager

Admin/Finance/HR Team

Mergitu Kebede

Senior Finance Manager

Martha Zewdie Robele

Finance & Admin. Officer

Tadesse Tekle

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Melese Truneh

Head, Finance & Administration

Ruth Yohannes

Head, Human Resources

Blen Getachew

HR Officer & Executive Assistant

Hailu Mulugeta

Driver

Tsigereda Gebrekidan

Cleaner/Office Attendant

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

Field Officer

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

Tesfalem Desta GebreTekle

Assistant Program Manager

Meles Gebremariam

Field Officer, GRAD Project

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

Mengistu Ayele Getaneh

Assistant Program Manager

Woldegebriel Jimore Jicamo

Assistant Program Manager

Getachew Sugamo

Program Manager

Shimelis Sileshi Wubishet

Assistant Program Manager

Gizachew Woldie Sebete

Senior 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

Shreya Agarwal

Deputy Director, Strategy

Suprita Kudesia Makh

Program Manager, Developing Local Extension Capacity

Dan Quinn

Business Manager - Loop

Technology Team

Saureen Shah

Technology Strategist

Admin/Finance/HR Team

Giovanna Masci

Director of Growth

Chris Blatnik

Finance and Compliance Manager

Amruta Gadre

Head of Global HR & Talent Development

Karin Luton

Executive Assistant

Joyce Wong

Senior Manager, Strategy & Operations

Business Development Team

Rebekah Stutzman

Manager, Donor Relations

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Country Offices

$10.8M

Organizational Budget

150

Staff