Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:45

The Eden Trust announced today (April 3, 2019) that Sanjeev Gandhi is the new chair of Eden Project Ltd, succeeding Judith Donovan CBE.

Currently a partner at Mitchell Gandhi LLP, Sanjeev has held leadership roles in the technology, media, investment management and not-for-profit sectors including as founder and CEO of Reach to Teach, Director of Strategy at Yahoo! Europe and Head of Strategic Development at BBC Worldwide. In all his roles he has focused on growth, strategy, partnerships and significant change. 

Leaving Yahoo! in 2001, Sanjeev travelled to the rural areas in India where his parents were born, and was inspired to create Reach to Teach, a primary education NGO with a unique model using international best teaching practice to train and support primary school teachers in some of the most remote communities in India. 

He spent the next 10 years working with a leading Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur and Indian state government to develop a high quality, low cost primary education system which has grown to reach tens of thousands of children in India.  Sanjeev is passionate about transforming communities through education.

Sanjeev is married with two children and lives in London. He enjoys cricket and mountain biking. 

Edward Benthall, chairman of the Eden Trust, the charity that owns the Eden Project, said today: “The next few years will see a significant shift in the scale and range of the Eden Project’s education and community-based activities.  I am delighted that Sanjeev will bring his talent, experience and enthusiasm to support us as we enter this exciting new phase for Eden.”

Sanjeev said of his appointment: “Eden is an amazing British story which I have admired for a long time, and I am very pleased to join Gordon, Edward, Tim and the team. They have achieved so much and I’m looking forward to supporting and being part of an exciting future.”

Sanjeev succeeds Judith Donovan who was non-executive chair of Eden Project Ltd for six years.