Rikin is chief executive officer of Digital Green. Rikin’s interests include sustainable agriculture and technology for socioeconomic development. He co-founded Digital Green as a research project in Microsoft Research India’s Technology for Emerging Markets team and now leads the spin-off of Digital Green that works to amplify the effectiveness of agricultural development globally. Rikin is a licensed private pilot and received patents for linguistic search algorithms that he helped develop at Oracle. He has a master's in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
His specialties include agricultural extension, technology development, computers and society, international development, sustainable development, smallholder farming, India, Africa. He worked as the Assistant Researcher, Technology for Emerging Markets for Microsoft, Research Assistant, Tropical Agriculture Program, Earth Institute in Columbia University, as a Draper Fellow in Draper Laboratory, a Member of Technical Staff, Text in Oracle, Consulting Technologist for CleanStar.