Madhav Datt

Country representing





  • IIT Kharagpur; Harvard University
  • Computer Science

Current organisation

Green the Gene

Current role

Founder and President

Skills and Expertise

Data analysis
Project management
Social entrepreneurship

Areas of interest

Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about


I founded Green the Gene as a small environmental club in school when I was 8 years old. Since then, we have scaled the organization to one of the world’s largest completely youth-run environmental non-profits, with projects in 62 countries. I have mobilized over 7000 people, all under the age of 24, to join me and volunteer to build tangible solutions for communities facing acute climate crises. I have initiated and led technology and data intensive projects to address very specific yet acute water accessibility problems faced by local communities. For example, developing extremely low cost (< $8 per unit), machine learning driven water filtration units, providing safe water access to over 40,000 people in rural Tanzania; recycling 3,000,000+ liters of swimming pool water annually in Haryana; planting over 1,500,000 trees in Gambia and 600,000 in India; developing compact box-gardening urban farms empowering 1,200+ people to start home based agricultural enterprises (towards food security) in water-scarce urban areas in Uganda; deploying 45,000 retrofitted stoves in Sierra Leone and India, that cost less than $5 to build, increase energy efficiency and lower harmful emissions. As a software engineering intern at Google, I developed machine learning algorithms for Nest thermostat energy demand response programs, to reduce energy used by home heating/cooling systems during peak energy demand times.