Executive Leadership Team

Rikin Gandhi

Rikin Gandhi, Chief Executive Officer

With a Masters in aeronautical and astronautical space engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Bachelors in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, Rikin first worked with 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 was researching ways to amplify the effectiveness of agricultural development globally, which led to the non-profit spin off he later co-founded as Digital Green.

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Vinay Kumar

Vinay Kumar, Regional Director - Asia and Global Initiatives

Vinay has been associated with Digital Green since its very inception and provides leadership to program strategy, organizational development and operations. He has extensive experience of over 30 years in public, private and non-profit sectors. Prior to Digital Green, Vinay was India Operations Director at Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), a Seattle based non-profit in global health. He led operations at IntraHealth International Inc. (an affiliate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA) for its Asia and Near East office. He was also 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 Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and Consulting Editor of Indian Management, a professional journal of All India Management Association. He obtained his MBA from Delhi University, MA in political science and M. Phil. in international relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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Neeta Vinay

Neeta Vinay, Chief Financial Officer

Neeta brings over 25 years of experience in corporate, public and non-profit sectors. She leads Digital Green's administrative, financial, human resources, business planning and legal functions. Prior to Digital Green, Neeta was Director Program Operations at International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI); Donor Coordinator at National AIDS Control Organization; Regional Operations Manager at IntraHealth International Inc. and Program Administrator at PATH. She has consulted with several international organizations in the development sector including Save the Children, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, One World Health, Population Services International, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, IntraHealth International, Mott MacDonald Pvt. Ltd. and PA Consulting Group. She was also the Chief Executive of a sub-unit of the Modi Group. Neeta began her career at The Oberoi Hotel, Bombay. Neeta completed her management education at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and holds a Bachelor's degree 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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Saureen Shah

Saureen Shah, Chief Technology Officer

Holding a bachelor's in Business Administration and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, Saureen was part of the early software engineering team at YouTube, where he worked on numerous projects, both pre and post acquisition, contributing to YouTube's unprecedented growth upwards of one billion views a day. Saureen has also worked at Oracle Corporation. In his spare time, Saureen enjoys consulting for fledgling technology startups; brainstorming technology use cases for sustainable development; and building partnerships with complementary organizations.

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