Tejesh Shah new

Chair of DGT Trustee Board, 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.

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.

Board Members

Part of the lead team at Transform Rural India. He has been on the leadership team at India’s leading non-profit PRADAN working on rural transformation.Anirban joined PRADANin 1995 and led the field-based teams in Lohardaga and Khunti districts of Jharkhand. He was Director, Operations, inPRADAN, 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. As part ofPRADAN’s Leadership Group, he was responsible for institution building and positioning PRADAN with stake-holders. Anirban is recognized as the pioneer of automated book-keeping systems in women’s Self Help Groups and numerous technology for development programmes. Anirban graduated in Business Studies from University of Delhi.

Over 20 years of development experience working with communities in diverse parts of the country. She currently serves as the Head of Interglobe Foundation, the CSR initiative of a large Indian conglomerate, with businesses in hospitality and travel sector.Her experience includes working as Chief Executive for Seva Mandir. A 50-year-old grassroots NGO based in Rajasthan. During her years at Seva Mandir, she added to the program quality, program portfolio, and geographical outreach of the program. She also led many strategic research partnerships with reputed Academic Institutions in India and abroad and forged successful CSR Partnerships. Priyanka has served on boards of several non-profits and her alma mater-Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA)

PATH’s country director for India, based in New Delhi. He oversees all operations in the country and serves as a liaison between the office in India, PATH headquarters, donors, partners, and national-level ministries.Mr. Jain’s career includes more than 27 years of extensive experience in strengthening organizations. His strengths lie in setting up new ventures, organizational development, and market development, and he has provided strategic leadership for change management in organizations across Asia and Europe. Prior to joining PATH, Mr. Jain led WaterAid India through a dynamic phase of transition as its chief executive. He was instrumental in the setup of the India Sanitation Coalition as part of the governing committee and heads the Engagement with Central and State Governments Task Force for them. The coalition, launched in June 2015, is leading the sanitation conversations in India by bringing together organizations and individuals to find sustainable solutions for sanitation.Prior to WaterAid India, Mr. Jain was associated with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, where he brought his extensive experience from the corporate sector to work for child development, with a focus on nutrition, early learning, and child survival in the perinatal period. He was also head of the Asia region for Vestergaard Frandsen, a Swiss company that manufactures water purifiers and insecticidal mosquito nets, primarily aimed at increasing the health impact against vector-and water-borne diseases.

He is a humanitarian and sustainability professional with nearly four decades of experience in government, corporate and not for profit sector. Chief Mentor of CDDMASS, an expert group of sustainability professionals, Board Chair of Humanitarian Aid International and Vision SpringIndia, Board member of Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security, India, founding Chair of Sphere India board, Mr. Prusty also served as a global board member of Sphere Project,Geneva,Mr. Prusty has held senior leadership positions in International Resource Group, Care India and National Diary Development Board. He has been involved in design of incidence response system in India and served as a member of key task forces under National Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of India, Alma matter of National Institute of Technology Rourkela and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi.He is a recipient of the Global Best Practice award for social housing, nominated for the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship and the Ramon Magsaysay Award. His areas of interest include climate resilience and adaptation, disaster risk management, cooperatives and farmers collectives and technology for building resilience and development governance.

She is a senior business leader with over 30 years of diverse global experience in climate change strategy and sustainability across sectors including Banking, Technology & FMCG. She has specialization in climate strategy and finance, green banking, triple bottom line accounting, large scale sustainable development projects & public policy and introduced Responsible Banking to India, launching the first-ever Green Bonds. Namita is a prominent voice at influential national & international platforms like UN General Assembly, Economists Ocean Summit & G20, amongst others. She was elected as Chairperson of the UN Natural Capital Finance Alliance and member of the Global Steering Committee of UNEP FI. As a founding member, she is one of the architects of the United Nations Principles of Responsible Banking, launched in 2019. An alumna of Columbia Business School, Mumbai University, Svenska Institutet, Sweden, THNK School of Creative Leadership, Netherlands, Namita has held CXO positions with YES BANK, Marico & served in management positions in Microsoft Corporation and CII as well as on advisory councils/boards of International Capital Market Association’s Green Bonds Executive Committee, Black Jaguar Foundation, We Mean Business and the Bureau of Indian Standards. She founded Auctus ESG LLP, in 2020, an advisory firm to enable ESG risk management, climate & SDG finance.