National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) ,
Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi Project
Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology
for Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management(CAAST - CSAWM)
Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri, Tal. Rahuri, Dist. Ahmednagar 413 722

Piers Mitchell Holden

Co-head of Engineering - Enterprise Solutions, KisanHub

Piers Mitchell Holden
D.O.B.: 4th May 1987
Telephone:+44 (0)750 777 4178

Co-head of Engineering - Enterprise Solutions, KisanHub (June 2017 - present)

  • Responsible for delivery of functionality for enterprise customers
  • Jointly responsible for a team of >15 engineers; providing managerial support, mentoring and technical guidance
  • Iterative improvements in development process
  • Fostering automated-testing practices
  • Management of infrastructure and architecture design

Full-stack Engineer, KisanHub (November 2015 - May 2017)

  • Development of backend applications in Python/Django framework
  • Working with both SQL and NoSQL DBMS
  • Experience using Django REST framework to build RESTful APIs
  • Development of front-end interfaces in Angularjs
  • Data visualisations with Highcharts (JS visualisation library built on D3.js)
  • Independently designed and implemented quality-control monitoring and reporting application
  • Designed and led development of bespoke crop-management & decision-support application for potato growers

BlackRock Investment Management: Investment Analyst & Junior Portfolio Manager (2010 - 2014)

  • Joined the firm full-time through the 2010 graduate scheme (normally a 2 year rotation programme)
  • Initial placement on the Natural Resources team; offered a permanent role on the team after 6 months
  • Part of a team of 2 responsible for BlackRock’s global agriculture strategies (?<?$750m): evaluating & investing in a range of asset classes across the global agriculture value chain:
    • Long/short equities
    • Commodity futures & options
    • Direct investment in UK farmland
  • Represented the team & firm on international research trips; travelling to assess assets & prospects in Brazil, Argentina, USA, Canada, Europe & India
  • Analysis responsibilities included both financial modelling & commodity analysis/forecasting

Other Professional Experience:

  • BlackRock Investment Management: Summer Internship (2009) - Portfolio Management Group
  • BlackRock Investment Management: Summer Internship (2008) - Account Management Group
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Gap Year Scholar (2005 - 2009)

Education, Training & Qualifications:


July - October 2015

Makers Academy Web Development Immersive


MSc Data Science, with distinction


City, University of London


Chartered Financial Analyst CFA) charterholder


Investment Management Certificate (IMC)


2.1: BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics


Pembroke College, University of Oxford



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