Rikin Gandhi is the Founder and Executive Director of Digital Green, a global development organization that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships. He 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. While traveling around India’s rural communities, Gandhi developed a passion for helping the country’s rural farmers. That passion then became his career: in 2006, he co-founded what is now Digital Green. Gandhi holds a master's in aeronautical and astronautical space engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor's in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.