Rishi grew up in Chennai, where his involvement in Nandalala Mission began as a participant in the children’s and youth programs. Rishi continued his association with the mission when he moved to the U.S for his graduate studies. After completion of his PhD at Georgia Tech, he moved to the Bay Area where he works in research and development of solar cells. Residing in the Bay Area has kindled his passion for the beautiful outdoors, where Rishi and his wife enjoy hikes, runs and national park trips. As a member of the board, he coordinates the activities of its hiking club, Nanda Adventures.