VIRAJ PURI

Viraj co-founded and serves as CEO of Gotham Greens, a worldwide pioneer in the field of commercial-scale urban agriculture. Gotham Greens provides its diverse retail, restaurant, and institutional customers with reliable, year-round, local supply of produce grown under the highest standards of food safety and environmental sustainability. The company’s non-GMO, pesticide-free produce is grown using ecologically sustainable methods in technologically-sophisticated, 100% renewable electricity-powered, climate-controlled urban greenhouses. Prior to Gotham Greens, Viraj developed and managed start-up enterprises in New York, India and Malawi, Africa focusing on sustainable agriculture, green building, renewable energy, and environmental design. His written work has appeared in several books and publications including, “100% Renewable — Energy Autonomy in Action” and the UN Academic Journal. He has received fellowships from the TED conference, Wild Gift, and the Environmental Leadership Program. Viraj is a LEED® Accredited Professional and received a B.A. from Colgate University. Under Viraj’s leadership, Gotham Greens has grown to employ over 130 full time employees and become one of the largest and most commercially successful urban agriculture companies in the world. The company has built and operates over 170,000 square feet of greenhouses across 4 facilities in New York City and Chicago and is actively developing projects in cities across the United States. www.gothamgreens.com