Rikin Gandhi

Rikin Gandhi

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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.

Read More
Rikin Gandhi

Giovanna Masci

Chief Operations Officer

Giovanna serves as Digital Green’s Chief Operations Officer. She oversees Digital Green's HR, Finance, Compliance and Operations teams globally. 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 kids learn and grow.

Read More
Rikin Gandhi

Kebede Ayele

Managing Director, Ethiopia Programs

Kebede Ayele joined Digital Green in 2017 with over 30 years of experience with government, non-government and bilateral organizations in various capacities, including as a grassroots practitioner and manager.  Kebede is dedicated to long-term, sustainable agricultural and rural development of his country, Ethiopia. He has rich experience in designing and managing development programs, with a proven track record of accomplishments in strategic planning and management, fund mobilization, program management, private sector development, value chain development, financial management and human resource development. Kebede established and successfully ran the International Development Enterprises (iDE) Ethiopia Program for nearly 13 years and grow from an annual budget of $30 thousand to $3.5 million and from a one person staff to over 120 staff members. Kebede holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development from Imperial College (UK); a Postgraduate Diploma in Water Supply and Sanitation from Loughbrough University (UK); and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sociology from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia).

Read More
Rikin Gandhi

Krishnan Pallassana

Managing Director, India Program

Krishnan joins Digital Green with more than 25 years of experience in sustainable development sectors ranging from climate resilience to women's empowerment. He served as COO for Population Foundation India, India Director for The Climate Group, and Country Director in Afghanistan for ActionAid International. Krishnan has often joined organizations at times when they are making a strategic pivot and enabled them to scale and deepen their impact by forging new partnerships and securing new resources to execute. Krishnan holds an MBA in marketing and BSc in physics degrees and enjoys traveling and spending time with rural communities to hear their wisdom and pragmatic approach to life. He's also a voracious reader and loves listening to music, especially Indian classical.

Read More
Rikin Gandhi

Alesha Miller

Chief Strategy & Growth Officer

Alesha Miller serves as Chief Strategy & Growth Officer for Digital Green where she supports new partnership and program development, thought-leadership in key cross-organizational priorities, like gender, strategy, and learning. Prior to this role, Alesha was the Managing Director of the Global Food and Agriculture Program where she led research looking at key challenges and opportunities affecting the food system, including urbanization, the rise of global youth populations, water scarcity, and digital technology. Alesha began her career at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she held several roles over eight years, including managing strategic partnerships with governments and UN agencies, grant-making to improve smallholder farmer access to markets in sub-Saharan Africa to support smallholder farmers and program-wide work in nutrition and agriculture, gender, and impact measurement strategies for the Agricultural Development program. She has a bachelors from University of Arizona and a masters from Syracuse University.

Read More
Rikin Gandhi

John Collery

Chief Product Officer

With a background in venture building, John is a specialist in leading early stage, disruptive innovations around the world. An Acumen Global Fellow in 2013, working with Avani Bio Energy in the Indian State of Uttarkhand, he went on to lead Venture Design at IDEO.org, building products across Africa and Asia, from sensor based agri extension platforms with Proximity Designs in Myanmar to a cooperative agri, health, and water business in DR Congo. From Ireland, John began his career working to expand the market for small, artisanal food producers before moving to the US to pursue an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. John was founding CEO at Kuja Kuja, a startup focused on real time customer feedback in the humanitarian sector leading growth from a single client in Uganda to a platform operating across East Africa and Latin America, partnering with USAID and others. Prior to joining Digital Green, John was Head of New Products at Change.org, where he led the evolution of the Change platform from a focus on petitions to creating an ecosystem to support movement leaders. John recently joined Digital Green as Chief Product Officer.

Read More
Rikin Gandhi

Razak KM

Vice President, Engineering

With over 20 years of experience building and leading engineering teams ranging from startups to enterprise-scale corporates, Razak has worked on a spectrum of web, mobile, and cloud platforms, and developed a range of products from e-commerce, business automation, legal, and knowledge management. Razak holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Mysore and prior to joining Digital Green, Razak was leading the engineering team in Relecura Inc working on cognitive cloud platform that provides custom intelligence on patent portfolios, technologies and companies. Razak's industry experience also includes working with Harman connected services and Bridgeline Digital on various enterprise scale platforms and products. At Digital Green, Razak leads our Engineering team and technology solutions across the globe. Razak's favorite way to unwind is to go on long drives and to follow Formula 1.

Read More
Rikin Gandhi

Vineet Singh

Vice President, Product Management

Vineet is helping build FarmStack in Digital Green, with his deep passion for agriculture and belief that open source technology can play a critical role in improving livelihoods. He brings 15+ years experience in diverse tech startups across India where he steered product development from concept to execution. With a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology - Kanpur, he co-founded drone manufacturing company Aurora Integrated Systems in 2006, where he oversaw technology and product. Post exit, he helped build the innovation team at Delhivery, where led development of machine learning enabled products that resulted in a new business vertical. A lifelong thinker and tinkerer, he loves discussing and experimenting new ideas in any domain.

Read More

Melissa Ho

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

Melissa Ho is Senior Vice President for Freshwater and Food at World Wildlife Fund. Throughout her 25-year career as a scientist, policy advisor, and development professional, Dr. Ho has focused on the intersection of water and agriculture and its connections to energy and health. In her previous role at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, she oversaw a $1.5 billion portfolio of infrastructure investments in West Africa. She has served at USAID, overseeing the technical team responsible for Feed the Future strategy development and implementation. Previously, Dr. Ho developed and implemented the agricultural water management strategy and grant portfolio at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and served in various capacities in the US Congress. She has a PhD in plant physiology from the Pennsylvania State University, an MSc in soil science from the University of California, Davis, and a BSc in environmental systems from Cornell University.

Read More

Christian Merz

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

Christian Merz is a senior leader with a background in the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to address challenges faced in developing countries. As a senior advisor at GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) he’s providing consultation to the organization’s programs and projects on the utilization of digital solutions for maximized impact. Prior to this he worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the role of Senior Program Officer - Digital Agriculture. Christian has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, where he contributed to development partnerships and solutions for eLearning, inclusive agricultural supply chains, digital finance, logistics and health etc.

Read More

Adam Wolf

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

Adam Wolf is Founder and CEO of Eion Corp. Adam founded and led Arable Labs Inc from 2014-2020, an IOT company empowering people to measure and manage their land. Arable’s award-winning product is used in thousands of agricultural fields in over 40 countries. Prior to Arable, Adam collaborated with luminaries at Princeton and Stanford, publishing works in Science, Nature, and other journals that have been featured on NBC News, The Economist, and the New York Times. Adam holds a PhD in Biology from Stanford, and an MSc and BSc in Agronomy from UC Davis. During his scientific career, Adam lived and researched in Russia, Africa, Europe, and East Asia, and brings a global perspective to solving real world problems.

Read More

Aishwarya Ratan

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

Aishwarya Ratan is a global leader and technical expert in data, technology, gender, poverty, research methods, and policy design. She currently is the Deputy Director at the Yale Economic Growth Center and is experienced and passionate about translating research into policy. Her prior experience is in corporate, NGO, and academic institutions (Microsoft Research, Women for Women International, BMGF, Yale Microsavings & Payments Innovation Initiative).

Read More

Eliane Ubalijoro

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

Eliane Ubalijoro, PhD, Executive Director, Sustainability in the Digital Age, is a future-thinker dedicated to driving innovation and partnerships to further sustainable development. She serves on numerous boards and advisory groups, e.g. Presidential Advisory Council for Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Eliane brings decades of experience in academica, science-policy, non-profit, and international development sectors.

Read More

Dr. Mandefro Nigussie

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

Dr. Mandefro Nigussie is CEO of Agricultural Transformation Agency of Ethiopia. He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD in Plant Sciences, Agronomy and Genetics and Plant Breeding, and an MBA. In addition, Dr. Mandefro Nigussie has over two decades of experience in agricultural policy, research, development, and teaching, including serving as State Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture. He's a policy leader and practitioner dedicated to strengthening Ethiopia’s Agriculture sector.

Read More

Deepali Khanna

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

Deepali Khanna serves as the Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation and is an international development professional as well as a strategic partnership catalyst. She has extensive experience across global foundations, rights-based organizations, and multilaterals (e.g. Mastercard Foundation and Plan International). Deepali currently serves on global and Asia-focused boards; founding member of South Asia Women in Energy (SAWIE).

Read More

Si White

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

Si, an experienced international finance executive and CPA, has worked and lived internationally in a variety of global financial leadership roles with EY, PepsiCo, Nestle, Cisco, International Game Technology, and as CFO of three well respected non profits, The Grameen Foundation, Kiva Microfunds and The Packard Humanities Institute. He has raised over $600 million to help alleviate poverty and over $500 million to improve the environment. He was also an active member of the Board of Directors at the Grameen Foundation, Save the Bay, and Three Square Food Bank. Throughout his career he has been recognized for his high degree of integrity, calm demeanor, strategic business partnership, balanced decision making, people development, mentoring skills, and best in class improvement through automation. He is a California native, an avid windsurfer, biker, Ironman, and organic gardener, as well as a father of three.

Read More

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.

Read More

GNS Reddy

Board Member - Digital Green Trust (India)

GNS Reddy is the founder and director of Farm Connect, which is working to reverse urban migration in India, increase economic opportunities for small and medium farmers, and attract young people to farming by providing technical expertise, farm design, and access to finance. It is also creating a system of farms connected to an urban hub to allow urban populations to visit farms, learn about organic farming, and have direct access to produce. He co-founded Akshayakalpa Initiatives in 2009 and served as its Managing Director before founding Farm Connect in 2016. Akshayakalpa is a model for integrated tree plantation and dairy operations designed to supply energy to operate technology and facilitate access to finance. His career at BAIF Development Research Foundation, where he served as vice president and executive vice chairman, spanned 32 years. BAIF is a voluntary organization focused on promoting sustainable livelihoods in rural India, and one of Digital Green’s first partners. Mr. Reddy holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Bangalore Veterinary College.

Read More

Abuja, Nigeria

Program Team

David Edimu

ICT Coordinator, Feed the Future Nigeria Agriculture Extension and Advisory Services Activity

Internal Complaints Committee

Digital Green has zero-tolerance for Sexual Harassment at the Workplace. In view of this the Human Resources Team at Digital Green, India initiated the implementation of the policy on Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) at the workplace for all its staff.

The Government of India Act on Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal), 2013 provides clarity on the role of the employer towards this mandatory guideline, such as the creation of anti-sexual harassment policy, setting up of an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), ensuring employee awareness and assistance, displaying notices and posters, employer’s duties with regard to compliance with complaint committees and production of periodic reports on cases reported and investigated or not.

Our ICC consists of the following members:

Program Team

Gurmeet Bindra (External member & employment lawyer)

Susan Thomas (Chairperson, Core Team)

Vishal Vardhan (Core Team)

Erica Arya (Core Team)

Shashi Bala (Delhi)

Syed Mohammad Kashif (Delhi)

Shams Tarique (Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh & Uttarakhand)

Anila Hritu Samuel (Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh & Uttarakhand)

Sudha Narayanan (AP/TS & Odisha)

Satyapriya Sahu (AP/TS & Odisha)

Email us:


New Delhi

Program Team

Krishnan Pallassana

Managing Director, India Programs

Namita Singh

Director - Strategy, Knowledge and MEL

Ravi Shankar Sharma

Director - Programs

Tanushree Chakraborty

Sr. Executive Coordinator

Ankita Singh

Senior Officer, Grants and Business Development

Amrita Das

Program Analyst

Sushmita Shankar

Program Analyst

Oorna Mukherjee

Lead Communications Coordinator

Siddharth Sharma

Creative Design Officer

Ayushi Singh

Sr. Head, Training

Vishal Vardhan

Program Manager, AV

Priya Singh

Dy Manager, Training

Reeti Agarwal

Audio Visual Producer

Nandita Mishra

Senior Program Manager, Training

Varsha Kumari

Program Coordinator

Divyambari Saxena

Content Developer

Akshay Gupta

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning for Digital Solutions

Amit Mishra

Program Manager, MEL

Prita Das Gupta

Lead Gender Specialist

Anushka Rose

Program Officer, Knowledge Management

Rohit Sharma

Sr. Climate Specialist

Daneshwar Mishra

Data Analyst

Technology Team

Razak K M

Vice President, Engineering

Vineet Singh

Vice President, product Management

Chandrashekar M S

Senior Software Engineer 2

Waseem Pasha S M

Associate Manager, Engineering

B Ugesh

Sr. Software Engineer 2

Rubesh Babu S

Senior UI UX Designer

Jayasankar G K

Senior Software Engineer 2

Gautam Mandewalker

Director, Product Management

Ramaskanda R S

Associate Manager, Engineering

Varun R

Software Engineer 3

Shruthi Monika R

Software Engineer 1

Satish Chandra Bagali

Technical Architect

Sai Prasad Chirivirala

Sr. Product Manager

Preeti Harsh

Product Delivery Lead

Sarath S

Senior UI UX Designer

Kanhaiya Suthar

Software Engineer 2

Piyush Saraswat

Software Engineer 2 (DevOps)

Shaik Mohamed Imran

Software Engineer 2

Nilesh Tiwari

Software Engineer 1

Sunil Kumar Kushwaha

Senior Software Engineer 1

Apoorva Kshatriya

Associate Product Manager

Prachi Shikha

Product Manager

Aiyappa Mahalingam

Software Engineer 2

Sohit Kumar

Software Engineer 2

Ekta Kumari

Software Engineer 1

Jai Bhatt

Software Engineer 1

Raghavendra Rao Gaikwad

Associate Product Manager

Admin/Finance/HR Team

Anuradha Bhattacharji

Advisor - HROD

Avinash Kumar

Head, Country Finance & Accounting

Shashi Bala

Lead Manager, Finance

Ashok Kumar

Manager HR

Syed Mohammad Kashif

Senior Manager, Grants Management

Sonu Ali

Senior Finance & Ops Associate

Leena Kumaran

Senior Manager HR

Vidya V

Lead HR Officer

Sophiya Jennifer

Senior Officer, Operations

Kapil Kumar Sharma

Senior Manager, Operations & Admin

Manisha Rawat

Finance & Ops Associate

Himanshu Solanki

IT Officer

Manali Jain Khurana

Analyst, Grants Management

Patna, Bihar

Bihar has acted as a testbed for most of our innovations and contributed the largest numbers to our overall reach.

Program Team

Akash Asthana

Head, Bihar Region

Amitesh Anand

Regional Technical Coordinator

Sachin Kumar

Senior Officer, Operations

Shams Tarique

Project Manager

Falguni Ganguli

Project Manager

Sujeet Pandey

Field Coordinator, Climate Resilience

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

G Venkat Goud

Regional Technical Coordinator

Sreekanth Gundoju

Lead Audio Video Producer

Sudha Narayanan

Senior Officer, Operations

Taduri Surender

Regional Technical Coordinator

Masthan K Vali

Regional Technical Coordinator

Kamalakar Vemula

Regional Technical Coordinator

C Yashoda

Senior Field Coordinator

Ashok Kumar K J

Senior Program Manager

Narendra Kandimalla

Head, AP/TS Region

S.S.P. Jyothi

Project 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

Ronali Pradhan

Sr. Head, Odisha and Jharkhand Region

Sailendra Narayan Mishra

Senior Officer, Operations

Chandan Dash

Senior Field Coordinator

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

Project Manager

Adity Kumari

Senior Field Coordinator

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

Kebede Ayele

Country Director

Beza Bogale

DAAS product Director

Elshaday Zewdie

M&E Manager

Firew Kebede

Senior Program Manager

Helen Gebregiorgis

Communications Manager

Daniel Tesfu

Director of Program and strategy

Meseret Kahsu

Gender Specialist

Getachew Gashaw


Milkiyas Lekeleh

Data Management Officer

Teshome Asfaw

Senior Climate Specialist

Technology Team

Hawinet Bekele Gonfa

Senior Product Manager

Natnael Estefanos

Senior Manager Tech. Products

Andualem Haregu

Senior Manager Tech. Partnership

Samuel Abate Kebede

Software Engineer 2

Amanuel Negash Tiruneh

Software Engineer 2

Selamawit Reta

Product Manager

Yared Tekileselassie Anbese

Software Engineer 1

Lidya Sefefe Doya

Product Manager

Admin/Finance/HR Team

Yosef Yilma Ayele

Head, Finance and Administration

Yordanos Belay

Head, Human Resources

Seblework Demissie

Senior Finance Manager

Feven Alemu

Finance Officer

Kidist Angassa

Finance and Admin Assistant in Finance and Administration

Nardos Solomon

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Meaza Mekuria

Interim Senior Logistics and Procurement Officer

Hailu Mulugeta

Driver/Admin Assistant

Tsigereda Gebrekidan

Office Attendant

Bezawit Girma Kebede

Operation & Administration Associate

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

Regional Program Manager - Amhara

Zeredawit Nebyu

Regional Technical Coordinator - Amhara

Yohannes Abnet

Assistant Program Manager

Yitayal Wubale Mekuriaw

Assistant Program Manager

Tesfu Altaseb

Field Facilitator - 2

Minale Gebey

Field Coordinator

Gebrie Chekole

Field Coordinator

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

Regional Manager

Tedros Tilahun Eyasu

Field Coordinator

Tesfalem Desta GebreTekle

Assistant Program Manager

Meles Gebremariam

Regional Technical Coordinator

Mehari Redae Kassaye

Field Coordinator

Oromia Region

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

Program Team

Kebede Gudissa

Regional Manager

Abdurahiman Haji Hamda

Regional Technical Coordinator

Abera Tsegu

Field Coordinator

Fasica Solomon Kana

Field Coordinator

Fikru Urgecha

Field Coordinator

Teshita Beriso Segaro

Field Coordinator

Hundara Amsalu

Field Coordinator

Dilayehu Manahile Teka

Field Coordinator

Ashenafi Ageta Tujo

Field Coordinator-Farmer Organizations

Elias Endrias Betamo

Project Coordinator, Jimma

Dawit Hailu

Field Coordinator

Remedan Abdella

Field Coordinator

Lechisa Assefa Etea

Field Coordinator- Farmer Organizations, Jimma

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

Regional Technical Coordinator

Gizachew Woldie Sebete

Regional Program Manager - South

Woldegebriel Jimore Jicamo

Field Coordinator

Abera Berga Koru

Field Coordinator

Amanuel Abebe

Field Coordinator

Solomon Tesfa

Field Coordinator

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

Chief Executive Officer

Alesha Miller

Chief Strategy & Growth Officer

Tetyana Zelenska

Director, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

Andrew Hicks

Head, Program Strategy Support

Eric Firnhaber

Director, Communications

Priyadharshini Ramaraj Alagarraj

Strategy Officer

Wendy Gutierrez

Senior Manager, Communications

Janay Warren

Executive Assistant

Juan Pablo Giraldo

Senior Program Manager, East Africa

Jona Repishti

Head, Global Gender Programs

Archana Karanam

Head, Organizational Learning & Sharing

John Collery

Chief Product Officer

Cameron Russell

Product Marketing Manager

Kira Topik

Strategy Officer

Technology Team

Saureen Shah

Technology Strategist

Admin/Finance/HR Team

Giovanna Masci

Chief Operations Officer

Amruta Gadre

Associate Vice President, HR and Talent

Joyce Wong

Sr. Director, Operations and Organizational Effectiveness

Amanda Brown

Sr. Manager, Grants Management

Czarina Castro


Quinci Dailey

Sr. HR Officer

Michael Cook

Senior Global IT Operations Manager

Ammar Aljundi

Senior People Operations Manager

Mike Stuart

Head of Budgeting, Reporting & Analysis

Joyce Le-Bickford

Senior Manager, Legal Affairs

Ashley Molina

Global Operations Manager

Cesar Beltran

Staff Accountant

Christina Casagrande

General Counsel, Director of Legal

Business Development Team

Rebekah Stutzman

Associate Director, Institutional Giving

Arber Kuci

Business Development Manager

Nairobi, Kenya

Program Team

Henry Kinyua

Head of East Africa Programs

Kathmandu, Nepal

Program Team

Anil Nepal





Organizational Budget