Team SGI: About us:

Sustainable Green Initiative believes that trees are the solution to most of the problems that the world is facing today. Though the threat of climate change is imminent, planting trees on a large scale can help bring the state of the world back to equilibrium.

Through urban scape tree planting and afforestation activities we harness the unlimited potential of nature's miracle cure in healing the damage the earth has sustained in the last few years of human progress.


Raj Mohan Seshamani: Connecting dots... the billion who cause climate change and the billion who sleep hungry! 

After pioneering the yellow pages in India, Raj has been in the forefront of technology start-ups since 1999 and has over two decades of experience in building successful businesses. 

At SGI, the social-enterprise start-up, the roles he plays are very similar to what he did when he was 27, except that this path is much more socially and emotionally full-filling and satisfying.  More at

S M Devadason:  With over 30 years of Senior management at all top companies in India, Dev provides Consulting and Training services to over 200 organisations in India and abroad. Dev is an authorised clinical practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming - a psychological set of methods to help mental, emotional dysfunctions.

In Dev's own words, "I have mid-wifed, birthed and mothered Raj's first entrepreneurial baby " And he is now ready to take up the mission to make the world a better place by helping plant a billion trees in 5 years.


An ardent naturalist, perpetual entrepreneur and business maker, Raujeev brings over 19 years of business and management acumen to the social enterprise. He has spent close to two decades in specially developing 100% naturals and organic fully traceable products and services. Raujeev heads the business and marketing functions at SGI.

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Pooja Joshi PhD: Currently with the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai in the area of Intellectual Property Rights, her work profile includes IP/technology Management and Commercialization. Earlier, she also worked as a technology consultant with a law firm in Delhi.

Pooja is a plant biotechnologist by training and has worked on tissue culture and genetic diversity of medicinal plants for her doctoral thesis. She also availed a postdoctoral fellowship at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Alnarp, Sweden, where she worked on establishing tissue culture protocols for sesame.

Prerna Raturi: a journalist for over a decade. After having worked with a business daily for five years, she is now a freelancer who writes for national newspapers and magazines. Her interest in sustainable living comes from her roots in the hills of Uttarakhand, which not only teach you humility but the wonder that nature is and can do.


Rakesh Gairola:  An Independent Non-Profit Organization Management Professional and teacher from Gopeshwar, teaching is not just a passion, but also a way of serving the masses. Other than teaching, Rakesh Gairola has been actively participating in social work. He is an eminent educationist and a patron of Subodh Prem Vidhyalaya, Gopeshwar, for more than 32 years now. He has won the National Achievers Award for local eco development and has a scientific outlook for the development of rural India. He runs several units of self-help group in the rural area.

Murli Khemka:  A firm believer in giving back to society and making the world a better place for the coming generations,  Murli is committed to the cause of fighting climate change.   Honorary board member and ardent supporter of SGI, he advises SGI on all issues relating to finance and resource mobilisation. Not just him, his wife and two little children are as excited about planting trees and watching them grow and have spent many a weekend planting tree saplings with SGI. 
As Senior Vice President, SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd, Murli Khemka has nearly two decades of experience in business strategy and planning, investment (M&A and buyout), private equity and fund mobilisation, Murli has worked in sectors such as banking, mining, infrastructure and manufacturing.

Ravi Kiran is a Technology Entrepreneur with personal interest in the areas of Organic farming and Sustainability.  He has been associated with the IT products and services sector for over 21 years.  His entrepreneurial focus is on developing a Digital solution to help people pursue and accomplish their individual goals easily.  Ravi is based in Bangalore.

Surya Saraff:  Surya has 15+ years experience in technology and has helped grow various start-up companies throughout his career. He strongly believes that in today’s social and economic environment, individuals and corporate companies need to step up more and play a bigger role in bringing the change in the world, and all our expectations cannot be left to the government. 

While supporting the technology and other areas for SGI, he also manages his family business of manufacturing fasteners (  Surya holds a degree in B.S. in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin, USA and has attended its MBA program for 1 year before moving to India. He had lived in the USA for 11 years. More about Surya on


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