The Govardhan Eco Village team comprises of people from various areas of interests and expertise who have come together to create a model community. This diverse and multi-talented team had been doing extensive research into the various aspects of the eco-farm, studying from best practices across the world. Marrying modern technology with Vedic wisdom, the community hopes to provide a truly sustainable solution, a kind of living experiment to resolve to the current global ecological crisis.
In 1970, at a mere nineteen years of age, Radhanath Swami left his home in America seeking adventure and spiritual knowledge. After trekking across Europe for months, he reached his long hoped for destination: India. After living there for many years as a Sadhu or wandering monk, he returned to America share the sacred he had gathered. He is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder Acarya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Currently he stays at Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir in South Mumbai. Over the past 20 years he has been guiding several social development projects and a congregation of over 3000 devotees. As a gesture of service to humanity he travels all over the world preaching the message of Bhagavad Gita.
Mr. Hrishikesh Mafatlal is the Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive of the Arvind Mafatlal Group of Companies (AMG). Mr. Mafatlal has an Honors Degree in Commerce (1975) from the Sydenham College, Mumbai. In 1993, he attended the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at the Harvard Business School, USA. He is a past President and now a Managing Committee Member of The Mill owners’ Association, Mumbai (MOA). He is a Governing Council Member of the N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies & Research. He was a Member on the Board of Governors of IIM Ahmedabad for 12 years (1995 – 2007), and a Vice Chairman of The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL). He is a Trustee of Shri
Sadguru Seva Sangh Trust as well as BAIF Development Research Foundation.
Mr. Sanjiv Maheshwari has over 20 years of experience in Financial planning,Purchasing & Supply Chain Management and has served as Vice President Worldwide Operations & CFO, for Apar Technologies. He has wide exposure in Accounting, Treasury Operations, Management Information Systems and Offshore back-end functions hand has played key role during the integration of Ness and Apar. Currently he is the Project Director of Govardhan Eco-village.
Mr Rajiv Srivastava has twenty years of global operations and investment experience across the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has been a venture capitalist and private equity investor since 2006. He has been an investor and active board member in companies such as Encora Group BVI, Apar Holding Corp, Cignex Technologies, Suvin Technologies. He has grown and guided couple of his companies through M&A and IPO’s. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a MBA from Mumbai University.
Kushal N Desai
Mr. Kushal Desai is currently the Managing Director of Apar Industries Ltd. He is also the co-founder and Board Member of Apar Technologies. Kushal possesses a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Business Degree from Wharton School of Business.
Krishnan M Iyer
Board Member and CFO
Krishnan M Iyer is a Chartered Accountant and law graduate with over twenty-five years of experience in Finance. He retired as the CFO of a multinational corporation in the year 2000 and is now serving full time in ISKCON Chowpatty, overseeing the Finances and General Administration. He is also, currently, the CFO of ISKCON Mayapur ToVP project.
Sanat Kumar Das
Mr Sanat Kumar Das holds degrees in B.Com, L.L.B from Bombay University. With a vast knowledge of natural living, he is currently leading the Organic Farming, Gurukul and Rural Development Program in over 20 villages around GEV. He is working with various organizations like BAIF for the development of rural farmers and has been instrumental in creating several self-help groups for the local women. With the help of Bhaktivedanta Hospital, he was helped in the setting up of a primary health centre in the Hamrapur village.
With a Graduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the reputed IIT Mumbai, Gaurang Dad leads the Govardhan Ecovillage Facilities, Nursery and the Green Buildings Construction(CSEB). He has won several accolades for GEV by presenting the Symbiotic waste management systems followed in GEV, at various reputed conferences such as CII, SKOCH and FICCI. He has been instrumental in creating the new Vedic Culture and Education Centre at GEV. He is currently also leading the much awaited Vrindavan Biodiversity project at GEV.