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Pradip Shah, Co-Founder & Director


Pradip Shah is the founder of CRISIL, India's first and largest credit rating agency. Pradip also helped establish India's first retail housing finance company and the first India-dedicated foreign private equity fund. He currently heads IndAsia Fund Advisors Private Ltd. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a qualified chartered and cost accountant. He is passionate about wildlife protection.


Karan Shah, Co-Founder & Director

Karan Shah holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Haverford College, USA. In college, he had co-founded an advertising business that won the first prize at the London School of Economics Business Plan competition and cash prizes at the Arts and Technology Group Business Plan competition, Ball State University Business Plan competition, and Brown University Elevator Pitch competition. His interests include nature, cricket, and politics.


Bikrant Tiwary, CEO


 Bikrant Tiwary, an alumnus of IIM Calcutta has over 15 years of diverse experience in insurance, media and social sector. He has also pursued a Certificate Course from Harvard Business School and is a holder of Masters in Commerce from Ranchi University. Bikrant, a winner of Silicon Valley Fellowship organized by AFI has also been nominated by U.S. Consulate General Mumbai for their EcoHeroes campaign. In his free time, he enjoys photography, traveling and mentoring to the NGOs on developing social impact strategies.


Supriya Patil, Head- Global Business & Strategy 


Supriya Patil has completed Master’s in Environment Science with distinction from the University of Mumbai and also holds a post graduate diploma in ‘Urban Environmental Management’ from WWF-National Law University, Delhi. She is passionate about current urban issues of environmental governance and sustainable development. In her free time, she likes to visit various sanctuaries in India, go for treks and spend time with her pets.



Animesh Godiwala, Financial Controller


Animesh Godiwala has over 15 years of experience in managing accounts, cash flows and all regulatory aspects related to business with IndAsia Fund Advisors Private Limited, a private equity, and corporate finance advisory firm. He is part of the founding team of Grow-Trees.com and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Mumbai. His interests include the stock market and cricket.


Ronak Jariwala, Assistant Manager Accounts & Admin


Ronak Jariwala holds a Masters in Commerce from the University of Mumbai. He has 3 years of experience in managing accounts in trading and shipping idustry. His interests include motorbikes, cricket, and poetry.


Jayashri Dhakulkar, Executive Operation


Jayashri holds a bachelor in commerce from Mumbai University. She holds 6-year experience in data operations, SAP, and maintaining client relationships. Her interests involve creating unique vibrant handicrafts and tailoring.


Ashish Nagesh Shetty, Assistant Manager Partnerships & Alliances


Ashish has completed B.E in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University, worked in Housing.com in Operations. In his free time, he likes to read, play cricket and keep a tab on the current ongoing political situation in India.


 Arun Poojary- Consultant


Arun has over ten years experience in the development sector. Prior to joining to Grow-Trees, he was working with Tetra Tech ARD, a USAID supported Forest-PLUS Program in the REDD+ preparedness program. He also worked with Seva Mandir in the natural resource management program. An alumnus of Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program, Arun has completed his Master’s in Environment Science and Policy from Clark University, Worcester, USA and a Masters in Rural Management from Gandhigram Rural University, Tamilnadu, India."


Basant Kumar Sharma: Project Coordinator


Basant completed school education from Kalimpong, situated in extremely Bio-diversity rich areas of the Eastern-Himalayas. Nature has always fascinated and motivated him since his childhood. His qualifications include B.Sc (Bio) from North Bengal University and Masters in Ecotourism (SMU) & English Literature (IGNOU). His expertise is on Climate Change Science, Biodiversity Conservation, Project Design & Management; Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Tourism Planning & Management; Community Mobilisation, Convergence, and Program Coordination.


Zahabia Rajkotwala, Assistant Manager - Online Business and Alliance


Zahabia Rajkotwala has a law degree from Government Law College, Mumbai. Her decision to come and work at Grow-Trees was driven by the need to strike a balance between working for a social good and working for personal growth. In her spare time, she likes to read, eat and write.



Tapabrata Biswas, Assistant Project

Tapabrata has completed her M.Sc in Disaster Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and has worked as a team leader with Save the Children, Delhi. She is passionate about the current social affairs. Her interests include reading and swimming in her free time.