Rakesh is a development professional with 16 years of experience across India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. He focuses on helping smallholders capture increased value from the agri-value chain and fostering entrepreneurship. Prior to TechnoServe, Rakesh worked with Catalyst Management Services Bangalore, where he helped establish the Livelihood Resource Centre ‘Vrutti’; and with CARE Odisha where he focused on livelihood restoration, health and nutrition projects. Rakesh is an Engineering graduate from NIT Surat. He has a Masters in Development Studies (majoring in Rural livelihoods, and minor in Environment) from the ISS in The Hague, and MBA in Rural Management from IRMA