Board

Dr Sachin Shende

Dr Sachin Shende
Co-Founder and CEO

Sachin holds a Ph.D. in Computational Hydraulics from Loughborough University, and prior to founding KisanHub in 2012, managed the development of research analytics platforms for Barclays Global Investors and BlackRock.

Giles Barker

Giles Barker
Co-Founder and COO

A graduate of Henley Business School at the University of Reading, and with a family background in agriculture in the east of England, Giles brings his considerable business development and project management skills to the KisanHub team.


Sir Jim Paice

Sir Jim Paice
Non-Executive Chairman

KisanHub’s Non-Executive Chairman and former Member of Parliament for South East Cambridgeshire from 1987-2015, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food 2010-2012. Past Chairman of First Milk Ltd, Non-Executive Director of Camgrain, Current Trustee/Director of NIAB TAG and of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Patrick Norris

Patrick Norris
Board Observer

Patrick is Notion Capital’s board representative for KisanHub and lead the investment for Notion in 2016. He joined Notion Capital in July 2013 where he focuses on deal origination, evaluation and execution as well as fundraising, portfolio company development and cloud metrics benchmarking. Patrick is a Board Observer at Duedil, DemystData and IOCS.


Advisory Board

Gary Laitner

Gary Laitner
Board Advisor

Gary Laitner is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales, and he is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels in the London business and corporate services group. Gary also serves as co-leader of Faegre Baker Daniels' international team. Gary advises KisanHub on all legal aspects of their business.

Dr Shailendra Vyakarnam

Dr Shailendra Vyakarnam
Board Advisor

Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield University and Director of Accelerator India. Previously he was Director of Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Shai mentored KisanHub during the early stages of the business. He advises KisanHub on Board matters, team development and business growth strategies.


Dr Tina Barsby

Dr Tina Barsby
Board Advisor

Tina is the CEO of NIAB and had led and managed multifaceted, product driven, research and development programmes in North America and UK/mainland Europe. Tina is a member of the Agri-Food Technology Council and is Chairman of a BBSRC responsive mode committee. Tina advises KisanHub on our all things UK agriculture and market development as well as representing NIAB’s interest in strategic joint venture with KisanHub.


Team

Abhishek Kumar Singh

Abhishek Kumar Singh

Abhishek is a UI/UX designer & full stack developer at KisanHub. He is interested in the intersection of design and technology, and how it can be used to make a positive impact in the world.

Adwait Phadnis

Adwait Phadnis

Adwait leads the company's Indian business. He has ten years' experience of working with early stage companies in areas like go-to-market strategy, product development, business model pivots, custom information systems etc. Adwait holds a Master’s in Entrepreneurship from EDI, Ahmedabad.

Alistair Edwards

Alistair Edwards

Ali studied agricultural business management at the University of Reading. He has a very practical farming background, and is a proud Shoffel wearer. His role at KisanHub is Key Accounts Manager, dedicating time visiting farms, on-boarding clients and attending regional events. Throughout the season, Ali spends most of his time shooting, he classes this as a "networking activity".


Dhiraj Bankar

Dhiraj Bankar

Dhiraj is an Engineer in Electronics and telecommunications and has over 9 years of experience in IT. He tries to find simple solutions to problems, he is a self-motivated learner. In leisure time he loves watching movies and keeping himself fit.

Dharmendra Jindal

Dharmendra Jindal

Dharmendra earned his M.Sc. in Applied Geology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. His key focus is playing with data, making sense out of it and evolving actionable insights. He leads the development of the KisanMet app ensuring supply of consistent and high quality weather data. He also manages platform user data analytics. His other interests include reading political news and watching movies.

Dr Harshal Galgale

Dr Harshal Galgale

Harshal is a technical expert with over 15 years’ experience in systems development, GIS, data management and application development. Harshal leads KisanSat services. He is responsible for the design, development, delivery and maintenance of geospatial, remote sensing and web functionalities. Harshal holds a Ph.D. in Hydrology from Loughborough University. In his spare time, Harshal enjoys the great outdoors.


Naveen Singh

Naveen Singh

Naveen is a Computer Science Engineer with passion for design and computers. He works as a full stack developer focusing on design, user experience and mobile with occasional battles on the backend side of things. Outside of KisanHub, Naveen likes mountain biking, motor biking and a generous helping of pizzas.

Nithya Mary

Nithya Mary

Nithya is an Agricultural Engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. She's passionate about using technology to achieve improved and sustainable farm production. Her role at KisanHub involves research and development of decision support tools for crop management and data analytics. She actively contributes in satellite image processing for crop monitoring and yield prediction.

Piers Holden

Piers Holden

Piers read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford. He spent four years as an analyst and junior portfolio manager for agricultural strategies on BlackRock Investment Management's Natural Resources team. He left in 2014 to pursue an M.Sc. in Data Science and also attended the Makers Academy software and web development programme. Piers leads the visualisation and analytics efforts. When not working, Piers enjoys reading, cooking and keeping fit.


Pratik Saxena

Pratik Saxena

Pratik is a Computer Science graduate with a post-graduate degree in Business Administration. He works as a software developer and focuses on writing robust back-end and front-end code. He ensures that our servers continue to serve our users. His other interests include game development and reading books on physics.

Rohit Sinha

Rohit Sinha

Rohit is an engineer with degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He works as a full Stack Developer mainly involved with Sensor and Weather Data integration. Off work loves exploring new places, reading books and has photography as a hobby.

Siddharth Marathe

Siddharth Marathe

Siddharth holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Pune. He is a full stack developer and supports the core team in seamless product releases. He is heavily involved in developing KisanTools. When not coding, Siddharth enjoys cricket and trekking.

Shantanu Aranke

Shantanu Aranke

Shantanu is commerce graduate from Shivaji university, Kolhapur. He works as a Business Operation Manager with experience of 7 years, managing day to day operations at KisanHub, he likes listening to classical Indian music.

Sumit Thakre

Sumit Thakre

Sumit is mobile application developer with experience of over 5 years. Sumit leads kisanhub mobile app development, delivery and maintenance of mobile app. Sumit holds a Computer Science degree from MIT, Pune. Apart from work, Sumit enjoys cricket, trekking and playing volleyball.

Umesh Saruk

Umesh Saruk

Umesh is an Electronics and Telecommunications engineer from VJTI, Mumbai and a self-taught programmer. Umesh works as a full stack developer on map-centric applications. He loves to solve technology problems and discover new technologies. Outside of KisanHub, he is a cycling enthusiast and a foodie.


Vasudev Kumanduri

Vasudev Kumanduri

With an experience of over 15 years in Bioinformatics, big data, Next Gen Sequencing, high performance computing and human genomics Vasu moved into a challenging AgriTech space with Kisanhub taking care of Trials App and DevOps. He likes spending time with his family and friends, especially if it involves cricket, guitar, motorbikes or general merriment. He is not allowed to play guitar near living beings and has been warned to give advanced notice to local authority before getting onto motorbikes.


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