Varun Deshpande

Varun Deshpande

Managing Director, GFI India

As the son of a cancer surgeon from Mumbai, Varun has been deeply immersed in healthcare and technology from a very young age. He spent several formative years studying Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at technology hub Carnegie Mellon University. He then went on to work on implementing digital health in India and the United States, helping vulnerable populations through care coordination, and a systems approach to healthcare. While in the United States, Varun learned about Effective Altruism, a philosophy which seeks to investigate and target the world’s most pressing problems. He came to understand the tremendous impact of industrial animal agriculture on the world, and the imperative need to transition away from it using markets and technology. In dedicating his work to the future of protein and combining his duty to human and planetary health, Varun aims to help build a more healthy, sustainable, and just global food system, starting right here in India.

Dhruvi Narsaria

Dhruvi Narsaria

Corporate Engagement Specialist, GFI India

Dhruvi majored in Journalism with a degree in Mass Media from Jai Hind College, Mumbai and has been helping brands make connections for the last 4 years. Her experience includes heading Marketing and Partnerships for Wishberry – India’s biggest crowdfunding platform for creative artists with the goal to democratize art. She has also consulted in business and creative development for textile, sports, hospitality, and fashion companies in India. She is interested in social entrepreneurship and building brands that DO good!

Shardul Dabir

Shardul Dabir

Operations Specialist, GFI India

Shardul is fascinated by all things food! Over the past 6 years, he has studied food through the fields of Engineering, Applied Sciences, R&D, Entrepreneurship, Management, and a highly complementary Liberal Arts. He is a Young India Fellow (YIF) from Ashoka University and has a Bachelors in Food Technology and Management from NIFTEM, MoFPI, Govt. of India. He has spent time as a researcher at Rutgers University (USA) and was an exchange student at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada). Shardul loves travelling & entrepreneurship and has been a Jagriti-Yatri in the past. At GFI India, Shardul works as an Operations Specialist to enable GFI’s team of Scientists, Policymakers, Innovation, Communication, Marketing, and Corporate Engagement Specialists in shaping the future of food- efficiently, effectively and sustainably!

Aishorjyo Ghosh

Aishorjyo Ghosh

Development Specialist, GFI India

Aishorjyo holds an M.A degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a B.Sc. Economics (with Honours) from Presidency College, Kolkata. Aishorjyo believes in the transformative power of markets, to drive positive systemic change at the bottom of the pyramid. He brings around nine years of diverse experience as a sell-side equity strategist, and more recently driving new program development for an international nonprofit in India. At GFI India, he is focused on building relationships with partners, who believe in our mission to create a sustainable, healthy and just food system.

Ramya Ramamurthy

Ramya Ramamurthy

Communications Specialist, GFI India

Ramya is a media professional with 15 years of work experience spanning across the gamut – from print media to broadcast television news, from documentary filmmaking to digital media. She has worked with established media brands like CNBC TV-18 and on films for channels like National Geographic Channel and Star World. She is also a published author – her first book Rebuild – How Brands In India Overcame Crisis and Emerged Stronger, Better, Wiser, commissioned by Hachette Publishers, has been in bookstores and online since April 2018. Her mission, simply put, is to make GFI the first word that comes to your mind when it comes to all things plant-based, cell-based meat eggs and dairy.

Ambika Hiranandani

Ambika Hiranandani

Government and Legal Specialist

Ambika is a qualified lawyer who studied at the Government Law College in Mumbai and holds an LL.M. from the University College, London. She has spent the last decade working in the environmental and animal rights movement in India. Her work has ranged from the filing of public interest litigations to advocating for changes in policy for the environment and animals. Ambika believes in working towards a more equal and compassionate world. At GFI, her role ranges from working on GFI’s legal issues to engaging with the government on behalf of GFI.

Sneha Singh

Sneha Singh

Chief of Staff

Sneha is a CIPD qualified HR professional from Manchester Business School, and has worked as an HR professional in the UK for eight years. Before joining GFI, she was the strategic and operational HR Lead for London Wildlife Trust, developing and implementing robust HR policies, ensuring best practice HR and driving organisational change. Sneha is passionate about all things nature conservation, sustainability and climate change, which led her to working for GFI, as she continues on her journey of shaping the workforce for the greater good!

Siddharth Bhide

Siddharth Bhide

Science & Technology Specialist

Siddharth holds a Master’s degree in Food Science from Rutgers University, USA and a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology from Osmania University, India. Prior to joining GFI, Siddharth worked as a Food Scientist at JUST in San Francisco, and was a key contributor to formulating & manufacturing the JUST Egg (plant protein based egg). In addition, Siddharth has been a part of multiple Research & Development and Food Safety Internships with General Mills USA, Rutgers Food Incubation Center USA, and Nestlé India. At GFI India, Siddharth’s role as a science and technology specialist aligns well with his passion to leverage food science to create a nutritious, just, and sustainable food supply.

GFI has a team of scientists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and lobbyists, all of whom are laser focused on using markets and food technology to transform our food system away from factory farmed animal products and toward clean meat and plant-based alternatives. If you are a member of the media and would like to connect with one of our experts, please contact Ramya Ramamurthy at ramyar@gfi.org.

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