Harsh is a development professional having extensive experience of working across producer-owned collectives, governments, multilaterals, and grassroot NGOs. Harsh started his professional journey with Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Limited (GCMMF), popularly known as “Amul” in 2003. Post his stint with Amul, he joined the Commissionerate of Rural Development, Gujarat and was responsible for managing the poverty alleviation projects being implemented in the state through the funding support of the government and external agencies. In his next professional assignment, Harsh opted to work with UNDP India, wherein he was responsible for managing a large poverty alleviation project in the 13 tribal districts of Jharkhand, Odisha and Rajasthan. Post completion of the project, Harsh was deputed to UNDP State office in Patna (Bihar) wherein he led the UNDP operations in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Post UNDP, Harsh joined the Transform Rural India Initiative of Tata Trusts as Director (Programs) in 2015 and helped set up the initiative. Prior to joining CDD India, Harsh was officiating as CEO of Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell (CSPC), which is a joint initiative of Tata Trusts, Aga Khan Rural Support Program India and Ambuja Cement Foundation.

Harsh has designed and executed large-scale development projects both within as well as outside government systems and has been involved in policy making by both the national as well as state governments. Harsh has completed his under-graduation from Delhi University followed by a post-graduation in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) in 2003. He likes to read and follow wildlife in his spare time.