Conference Speakers 2022

Scroll down to discover the high-class speaker line-up for The smarter E India's conferences 2022.

Conference Speaker Overview

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Arunkumar A, LINDE

Associate General Plant Manager

India

Mr. Arunkumar heads the Operations of Merchant Air Separation plant which Produces Oxygen ,Nitrogen & Argon. His specialties include Safety ,Environment and Quality Compliances of plant operations. He holds a B.Tech in Fire & Safety from CUSAT and an MBA in Oil & Gas Management from UPES.

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Rajesh Ambigapathy, Pasan SA

Managing Director

India

Rajesh Ambigapathy joined Pasan SA, a member of the Meyer Burger Technology group, in 2010 as Head of Sales and Service and is currently its Managing Director. Pasan is the world reference for measurement equipment in the photovoltaic cell and module manufacturing business. Prior to joining Pasan SA, Rajesh worked in several companies in the IT and RFID industries, and occupied different roles in sales/marketing as well as in operations. Born in Madras, India, Rajesh is trained as a physicist and obtained a PhD in optoelectronics from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He is married and the happy father of three wonderful children.

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Dr. Puzan Baliozian, German Engineering Federation (VDMA)

PV Equipment Group's Project Manager

Germany

Dr. Puzant Baliozian is the VDMA PV Equipment Group's project manager since September of this year. He is involved in techno-economic studies for manufacturing capacity of PV along the value chain and represents the interests of European PV equipment manufacturers internationally. The PV Sector Group at VDMA also publishes the yearly international technology roadmap for photovoltaics (ITRPV) showing highly relevant technology projections and trends. Dr. Baliozian studied physics at the American University of Beirut (BSc., 2014) and has a specialization in renewable energy (MSc. 2016) from the university of Freiburg. From 2016 until recently, he worked at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg in the field of photovoltaic production technologies where he also did his PhD. He is best known for developing the passivated edge technology for separated industrial solar cell concepts, to boost cell and module efficiencies.

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Preetam Chauchan, Hero Future Energies

Lead - Green Hydrogen

India

Mr. Chauhan has been leading the end-to-end design of Green Hydrogen projects at Hero Future Energies. Prior to his current role, he was heading the Rooftop Solar PV projects team at Hero Future Energies. He is a B.Tech graduate from Dronacharya College of Engineering.

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Rohit Gadre, BloombergNEF

Senior Associate

India

Rohit Gadre leads BNEF's solar sector research for India. His focus is on analyzing market trends, policy dynamics, companies' strategies and building forecasts to provide strategic insights on the development in the sector. Rohit previously worked as a consultant with DNV GL Singapore advising regulators, government agencies, utilities, developers and credit ratings agencies on regional electricity markets, energy policies and energy efficiency standards. Rohit holds an MSc in the Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment from University College London and B.E. in Environmental Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Manav Gandhi, Siemens Ltd.

Unit Head - Industry Solutions

India

Manav Gandhi has served with Indian Navy for 7 Years as an Electrical Officer before Joining Siemens. He has been working with Siemens for 14 Years and is currently responsible for the Industry Solutions Business in India. During his tenure he has worked on varied projects in industry verticals of Pulp & paper, Oil & Gas, Marine and Port Infrastructure. In his current profile the focus is on providing 'fit to purpose' solutions which help in efficient reduction of carbon footprint for the industry. He holds a Master's degree in Electrical Technology and has completed his Business management certification from IIM Calcutta

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Saptak Ghosh, The Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP)

Senior Policy Specialist

India

Saptak Ghosh is a Senior Policy Specialist at CSTEP and is leading the domain of RE & EE. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering (BE) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (R.V. College of Engineering, Bengaluru 2006) and a master's of science (MSc) degree in Sustainable Energy Technology (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 2011). His areas of expertise include technology and policy analyses of rooftop solar, ground-mounted solar and wind, waste management infrastructures, innovative system designs in energy and industry, energy Policy and energy efficiency in industries. His professional experience of nearly a decade in the renewables sector allows him to bring deep knowledge and expert insights to any table. He has conceptualized, led and implemented the first-of-its kind innovative aerial Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) based rooftop solar potential assessment for each building in Bengaluru. He is closely involved with the Energy Departments and DISCOMs of Karnataka and Bihar in shaping rooftop implementation strategy to achieve respective state targets. He has also contributed in the development of CSTEP's RE Atlas which allows any state in India to use a GIS visualization platform and choose suitable sites for ground-mounted solar and wind projects based on a multi-criteria analysis framework. Presently, he is working on using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to carry out rooftop potential assessment studies in several cities in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

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Dr. Nicole Glanemann, Government of Germany

Deputy Head, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

Germany

Dr. Glanemann has been responsible for the energy cooperations with Asian countries, in particular with India, Viet Nam, Japan and South Korea, since July 2019. She is a former Assistant Professor at Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Otto Beisheim School of Management. She holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics and used to work as a research assistant for the University of Hamburg.

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Dr. Rashi Gupta, Vision Mechatronics Pvt. Ltd.

Managing Director

India

Dr. Rashi Gupta, fondly known as 'Batterywali of India', is the pioneer of manufacturing of Advanced Lithium Batteries in India alongwith the 'Worlds Smartest Lithium Battery'. She is the Founder & Managing Director of Vision Mechatronics Private Ltd, leading it towards a name to reckon for in the field of Robotics, Renewable Energy & Energy Storage. A Women Entreprenuer who has been fearless & ferocious in creating a brand for herself & the company in these male dominated fields. If one takes a closer look at the alchemy of this achiever, two distinct virtues pop up, besides perseverance & hard work. These are: pioneering spirit & willingness. Coupled with an impressive background, it was not therefore surprising that she became a prominent name in the Renewable Energy Sector of India and is featured as Asia's Most Influential Women in Renewable Energy, 2020. She has been working on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment issues globally. She holds degrees of BE, MBA, LLM, & PhD to her title. She is a committee member of Bureau of Indian Standards for Batteries, Energy StorStorage and E-Mobility. She is also Member of International ElectroTechnical Commission. She is also a committee member of National Energy Storage Committee- FICCI, CleanTech Business Club- Chair of Task Force- Energy Storage & Smart Energy, Chairperson-Womens India CBC, CBC Vice Chair India.

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Manish Gupta, Insolation Energy Limited (INA)

Founder and Chairman

India

Mr. Manish Gupta, aged 45, Founder and Chairman of Insolation Energy Limited (INA) and is first generation entrepreneur with an extensive experience and exposure of more than 20 years in various sectors such as Steel, Industrial Pipeline Accessories, Real Estate, Health & Fitness, and Independent Solar Power Producer. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon. He created a robust supply chain network and a trusted customer base for his ventures, to name a few, Fluidcon Engineers, Pink City Pipe Fitting Pvt. Ltd. etc. He has set high standards of excellence in the areas of innovation, manufacturing, operations, enhancing production capacity, and executing profitable integration and business outreach. He possesses excellent business acumen and the capability to run any business ventures he intends to get involved in, with much efficiency and the capacity towards accomplishment. He has played a pivotal role in establishing INA as a well-established player in the Solar PV Module manufacturing industry. His venture into the renewable energy sector, Insolation Energy Ltd has emerged as the largest solar panel manufacturer in Rajasthan and one of the leading solar power companies in India with global accolades. His out of box approach and persuasive skills has resulted in the company receiving many awards of National and state level and these recognitions brought a lot of glory to the company and to Mr. Gupta through his hard work, determination, perseverance, and commitment.

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Santosh Gurunath, Umagine

Co-Founder and CEO

India

Santosh Gurunath is a Chemical Engineer with a Masters degree from the Netherlands with over 10 years of experience across Oil & Gas with Shell and management consultancy with McKinsey and BCG. He is leading Umagine since the past 3 years, focussing on accelerating the low carbon hydrogen economy as a technology and consulting company. Originally started in the Netherlands, Umagine is now based in Ahmedabad and works across strategy, policy, technology, engineering and development of low carbon hydrogen projects.

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Dr. R. Harikumar, Energy Management Centre Kerala

Director

India

R Harikumar, Director of Energy Management Centre (EMC), Government of Kerala is a Graduate in Mechanical Engineering; Post Graduate in Energy Conservation and holds a Ph.D in Energy Management. EMC is the State Designated Agency (SDA of BEE, Govt of India) in Kerala for implementation of the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act 2001, which includes inter alia, Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), Perform-Achieve-Trade (PAT) scheme for energy intensive industries, Municipal & Agricultural DSM, Standards & Labelling for selected equipment, etc. He was on deputation from EMC to Agency of Non-conventional Energy & Rural Technology (ANERT) as its Director from September 2016 till December 2018. ANERT is the Kerala State Nodal Agency (SNA of MNRE, Govt of India) for promoting renewable energy. He was instrumental in launching the "Soura" - joint program of KSEBL & ANERT, targeting 1000 MW of solar by 2022. Got more than 28 years of experience in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Trained at National Productivity Council during 1992, he worked for a national energy consultancy organization in North India. Harikumar had a brief stint in a chemical processing industry and then worked for more than 2 years in the first Energy Services Company (ESCO) in Asia, at Bangalore, before joining EMC in 1997. From Sept 2006-Sept 2009, he was on deputation to ANERT as its Project Director, leading its district operations. A Certified Energy Auditor of Bureau of Energy Efficiency, he is the Honorary Founder General Secretary of the Society of Energy Engineers and Managers (SEEM), the professional body of Certified Energy Managers and Auditors in the country, established in 2005. Harikumar has travelled widely within the country for energy efficiency capacity-building programs as a faculty member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). On various energy-related missions, he has also travelled abroad to Bangladesh, France, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Netherlands, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

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Kartikey Hariyani, Chargezone

Managing Director

India

An entrepreneur by passion and an engineer at heart. For past 20+ years, have worked through utility, industrial andcommercial applications of electrical engineering and informationtechnology. Core Business : Solar & Energy Storage, Electric Vehicles (EV) Charging Networks, Battery Swap Industry, Green Hydrogen. Founded TecSo Energy in July 2010 and it is now a full-scaleturnkey energy services company with capabilities in, Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) in Solar and Energy Storage withend-to-end capabilities from concept to commissioning as well as aC&I IPP and Project Developer. High-level expertise in energy regulations High-level expertise in energy regulations, captive and open access,transmission and distribution of electricity, business modelling in bothCapex and Opex with 200MW+ of experience in Solar PV. Working closely with government regulators, state departments,technology providers, equipment manufacturers to create micro-gridswith energy storage and help de-regulate electricity sector.Combining TecSo's expertise in electrical engineering, our newstartup CHARGE+ZONE - an exciting venture focussing on theEV Charging infrastructure through IoT deployment and OEM partnerships! Specialties: Power Sector, Electric Vehicle Charging, GreenHydrogen, Energy Consulting & Legal advisory.

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Alexander Hogeveen Rutter, International Solar Alliance (ISA)

Private Sector Development

India

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Bhami Ilyas, CPP Wind Engineering & Air Quality Consultants

Regional Business Director

India

Mr. Ilyas is CPP's local representative based out of Dubai Office for Middle East and South Asia business operations. Bhami has over 14 years of wind engineering experience during which he worked on iconic projects around the world including large utility scale solar projects in the region. Some of the notable projects in build environment include Large Scale Solar Utility plants in North India, the UAE Pavilion @Expo 2020 with Santiago Calatrava, Address JBR, Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Terminal in Mumbai as well as numerous other projects around the Middle East, South Asia region. He has developed his career towards technical client consulting. Bhami holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautics (Anna University) and has a Desautels Faculty of Management (McGill) executive certification in Business Management. An Advanced Management Program (AMP) certification from the American University Cairo (AUC), Egypt. He is an alumni of the McGill Executive Institute and School of Business - AUC. Bhami speaks four different languages which include Arabic, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam. He is a speaker at various conferences including at PV Tech Solar, Zak World of Facades and the Skyscraper Summits. CPP is world's leading wind engineering organization and a pioneer in wind effects research on PV mounting systems. CPP is a contributing member for SEAOC PV2, CTBUH, ASCE and wind engineering associations including AAWE.

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Anmol Singh Jaggi, Blu Smart

Co-Founder

India

An alumnus of University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Mr. Anmol Jaggi is a first-generation entrepreneur and has founded multiple companies in the cleantech space along with his brother. He is the Co-Founder of BluSmart and the Founder of the Bombay Stock Exchange (SME) listed Gensol Group.

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Puneet Jaggi, Prescinto Technologies

Chief Executive Officer

India

An alumnus of IIT Roorkee, Mr. Puneet Jaggi is a first-generation entrepreneur and has founded multiple companies in the cleantech space along with his brother. He is the founder of Prescinto Technologies Private Limited and a Director of BluSmart and Param Renewable Energy . He is also the co-founder of the Bombay Stock Exchange (SME) listed Gensol Group.

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Nimish Jain, Airtouch Solar

Chief Executive Officer

India

An alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow Mr. Nimish Jain has more than 14 years of experience in solar PV industry. In his current role as CEO of Airtouch solar India, he oversees firm operations across all business units as well as strategic planning and growth initiatives. Prior to this he worked as Managing Director India with a Spanish company, Solarig which is one of the global leaders in Solar Asset Management and Project Development. His area of expertise includes P&L Management, Business Development and Strategy, New Geography Expansion and Board Representation. Prior to Solarig he led Business Development at Vikram Solar Limited and established Jinko Solar in India and SE Asia as a market leader. He has also worked with SMA Solar and Reliance Industries Limited in Sales and Business Development roles. He has received various awards like Global Solar Energy Leadership Award, Outstanding Achievement award by world HRD congress and Special Recognition for Contribution for solar PV by Solarcon India.

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Prof. Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Professor

India

Ashok Jhunjhunwala,Institute Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras at Chennai, India. Following his B.Tech degree from IIT Kanpur, he obtained his MS and PhD from University of Maine, USA. He was an Assistant Professor at Washington State University, USA for a year and half and has been a faculty at IIT Madras since 1981. He has just completed one and half year of his services as Principal Advisor to Minister of Power, MNRE and Railways, Government of India, New Delhi.

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Shaji John, Ohmium

Head of Sales & Business Development, South Asia, Middle East & Africa

India

Shaji John is an Electrical Engineer, has Executive MBA from SP JAIN, Mumbai and he is also a Certificated Project Management Associate, IPMA Switzerland. He is responsible for Business Development & Sales for Ohmium, a Green Hydrogen Technology Company since June 2022. Previously in his last assignment with L&T, Shaji John was responsible for developing Renewables business and ensuring that L&T is well placed to capture a considerable market share in the emerging clean energy space. The Solar Initiative was started under his leadership back in 2008 and reached a portfolio of over ~ 8 GW of Solar projects, 150 MWHr of Battery Energy Storage Systems and 500 Micro Grids. He was responsible for bagging one of the largest contracts of NEOM Green Hydrogen project, involving 3 GWp Solar, 1.5 GW Wind, 500 MWHr of Batteries and associated Grid Management Systems. He has over 26 years of experience in P&L Management, Strategic planning, Business Development, Contracts, Project Management, Strategic Sourcing in International and Domestic markets for T&D and Renewable Business. He and his wife Reena parents two lovely girls Angeline Anna John (16) and Christine Anna John (14). Apart from spending time with family and professional work, he enjoys spending time on gardening, cooking, and investments.

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Komal Kareer, BloombergNEF

Associate

India

Komal Kareer is a regional analyst covering electric mobility and corporate power procurement sectors at BloombergNEF, based in New Delhi. Her work focuses on analyzing market trends, policy dynamics, company strategies and building forecasts to provide strategic insights. She previously worked as a corporate sustainability consultant at Schneider Electric, advising corporates on understanding India's regional power markets and formulating energy cost optimization strategies based on clean energy. Komal holds an MSc in Economics from TERI School of Advanced Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Business Economics from the University of Delhi.

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Deepak Krishnan, WRI

Associate Director

India

Deepak is the Associate Director for WRI India's Energy Program and leads work on Clean Energy Initiatives (Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency) for different consumer categories; Clean Energy Transitions and Water-Energy nexus.

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Rajesh Kulkarni, Uron

Sales Director

India

Rajesh Kulkarni is an Electrical Engineering professional with 26 years of Sales, Marketing & business development experience in the Indian and Asia Pacific regions. He currently manages Uron's EPC business as Director of Sales & is responsible for Techno commercial strategic business development activities in India and the Asia Pacific regions. Before Uron Energy, he worked at Hensel (German MNC) for 19 years, where he was instrumental in their growth and business development activities in India, part of South East Asia, the Middle East & South Africa. He has been involved in setting up businesses in Sri Lanka, UAE, Malaysia, and South Africa and actively supported for business development activities in Southeast Asian countries. Mr.Rajesh is also a member of the Bureau of Indian Standards ETD28 committee specific to IEC solar standards. He was a chairperson for as the Content & Curriculum Development Committee for National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) Green Jobs under NSDC. He has also been a regional manager for ASA (Architectural Solar Association) responsible for developing BiPV projects. He was also recognized & awarded the ' EQ Young Guns Award ' in 2019. As a business head solely responsible for Photovoltaics for the C& I Solar Rooftop segment, he is well conversant with IEC standards and his expertise includes safety requirements.

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Dilip Kumar, Inspire Clean Energy

Founder - Executive Director

India

Dilip Kumar started his career as an automation engineer, due to his keen interest in developing new products. He joined Rockwell Automation Inc., global leader in Industrial Automation as Application Engineer. At Rockwell Automation, he was assigned growing responsibilities leading to manage customers contributing 12% of its revenue in India. During his tenure, he received multiple awards for his technical & sales leadership. Between 2012 - 2016, he spearheaded SMA India's South Region. Consistently achieved exceptional and measurable results in identifying new markets, setting up new business territories, building & leading teams in a dynamic environment. In the year 2015, he along with Mr. Vikram Shetty founded Inspire Clean Energy (ICE) - a pure play, technical asset, operations & maintenance management company for the solar PV plants. In the last 7+ years, ICE has grown and regarded as technical experts in managing solar PV assets. Many of its process are now de-facto standard operating procedures in the industry. Late 2018, he co-founded Reparar Works (RW), India's first Solar PV repairs, refurbishment and recycling company focussing on sustainable ways to handle post warranty life of PV components. Today, ICE & RW together as Life Cycle Management Companies have made positive impact on close to 2 GWp of Solar PV Asset. Regarded as go to person in Solar PV tech community, he has a strong sense of socioenvironmental responsibilities and works towards protecting it. This lead to formation of 'The ReLIFE Programme' which helped in providing livelihoods to people displaced by COVID. The programme helped close to 100 people restart there life, who were the sole bread winner for their family.

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B. Lakshminarayanan, Ayana Renewable Power Pvt Ltd

Deputy General Manager

India

An alumnus of IIT Madras and Anna University, Mr. Lakshminarayanan is the DGM at Ayana Renewable Power. Prior to his current role, he worked in Faber Capital, PR Fonroche and L&T.

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Dr. Martin Lux, KfW Development Bank

Designated Head of Energy

Germany

Dr. Martin Lux is heading the energy team of KFW Development Bank India office since August 2020. He has been working for KfW since 2010. Before coming to India, he was a sector economist for climate finance and climate mainstreaming since 2016. He has more than 25 years of experience in climate mitigation and adaptation, energy, governance, practical forestry, and environmental and natural resources management. Apart from Germany he has lived and worked in Costa Rica, Venezuela, Indonesia, Guatemala, Bolivia, Ghana and India. He studied forestry (M.Sc.) with specialization in ecology and silviculture and business administration (MBA) with specialization in development economics and wrote his PhD thesis on natural resource management and sustainable regional development in Venezuela.

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Gesche Maass, Solar Promotion International GmbH

Conference Manager

Germany

Gesche Maass is Conference Manager at Solar Promotion International GmbH. She organizes besides the Intersolar Middle East Conference worldwide Intersolar Conferences such as the Intersolar North America Conference, Intersolar China Conference or the equivalent in India and Mexico. Besides, she is involved in the organization or various online events as for example the Green Hydrogen Conference or onsite events on Off Grid, Green Hydrogen or Renewable Energy in Germany. Formally, she served as Marketing Assistant at ISCAR Germany GmbH an Israeli firm for precision tools running PR campaigns, exhibition appearances and market research. She hold a diploma in International Cultural and Business Studies from the University of Passau and is fluent in German, English, Russian and French. With basic knowledge in Hebrew and Spanish.

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Yashwant Mahadevan, EOS Energy Enerprises

Vice President (APAC and Middle East Region)

India

Yashwanth Mahadevan is a seasoned renewable energy industry management professional, with rich experience in driving sales and business development activities for global conglomerates. His background in renewable energy made him responsible for handling extensive commercial, financial and technical activities at the world´s largest wind turbine manufacturer, engaging large multi-disciplinary teams and managing complex sales, and high-tech product development. In his tenure, he had built and established high profitable accounts with excellent levels of retention & loyalty. Yashwanth began his career at NEG Micon A/s and has previously served as Director - Key Accounts in Vestas Asia Pacific, where he drove the India business from 16mUSD to 400mUSD. Yashwanth is a strong advocate of the role of clean energy in changing the world. In this regard, he also advises various advanced Technology startups in the renewable energy value chain. Yashwanth earned an MBA from Great Lakes Institute of Management, and Electrical Engineering Degree from Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering in India. He has also completed a certification in Indian Electricity Laws.

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Kapil Maheshwari, Reliance Industries Limited

President

India

Driving Solar, Electric Vehicle/storage, Charging Infra Business and growth Strategy . Responsible for creating the business from scratch and P&L. Sector expert in Solar PV and Storage. A visionary leader, Sales and Business Development,technical and project management professional with 15+ years of experience in Solar PV , Storage technologies and Power Electronics. Designed and Implemented MW scale PV Power plants in US,Europe and India. Worked on Solar from modeling/simulation to cell/module turnkey line design and implementation to grid connected systems to bankability package and next level growth for Modules, Inverter and IPP's. Developed and Executed Strategies for Profitable and Sustainable growth. All this professional experience is supplemented with a Masters degree from IIT, Bombay in EE ( Power Systems and Power Electronics) and Executive MBA from IIM, Bangalore in General Management. PMP certified Project Management Professional. Experience doing business in USA, India, Germany and SEA and Middle East

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Sanchit Makhija, Kearney

Principal

India

Sanchit is a Principal with the Energy and Process Industries practice at Kearney. Sanchit has consulted some of the leading energy and power companies in India and Globally on the topics of energy transition, hydrogen business strategy and go-to-market strategy for new energies. He keenly follows energy trends and is a recognized expert in driving large-scale transformations in energy sector.

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Jaideep Malaviya, Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy

Managing Director

India

Jaideep N. Malaviya is a professional in solar energy since 1996 and is the Managing Director of Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy operating under Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy. He is also the Founder and Secretary of Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI), world's only solar thermal association of manufacturers. He has over 25 years of experience in solar energy industry as a Consultant, Researcher and Trainer and presented over 100 papers in Indian and International Conferences. Recently he was recognized by the International Solar Energy Society amongst the 250 global pioneers in research and industrial development of solar energy. His designs and develops projects in Solar Rooftop and Solar Thermal Systems by undertaking load analysis and optimising. He is also a faculty in several Engineering Colleges on the said subject. Under his leadership the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy operated the National Solar Energy Helpline for 9 years that addressed to over 10,00,000 phone calls. He was the Project Head in India for 'Solar Payback' executed on behalf of German Solar Association. He is also undertaking a research study on drawing Roadmap for Solar energy waste recycling and coordinating with Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change.

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Aditya Malpani, AMP Energy

Senior Director and Western Region Head

India

Mr. Malpani leads the Western Region C&I business and electricity trading for Amp Energy India. Prior to his current role, he worked with CleanMax, Manikaran Solar and Sun Edison, among others. He is a graduate engineer and holds an MBA from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad.

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Durgesh Maru, Net Zero Pro

Co-Founder

India

Durgesh Maru is the Co-Founder & Director at Net Zero Pro and SunInfra Energies. Net Zero Pro is a software platform that helps corporates and investors measure, report & act on their Carbon footprint & ESG performance. Durgesh has also been recognized among India's 40 under 40 Climate leaders. He firmly believes that technology can solve climate change and is on a mission to help organizations with technology to factor climate & ESG into every investment and action. The Carbon accounting & ESG management modules of Net Zero Pro are helping Industries get more clarity on their Carbon emissions and make a just transition towards a low carbon future.

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Malay Mitra, L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd.

Senior Deputy General Manager, Strategy - Hydrogen Technology and Manufacturing

India

Presently working as Lead - Electrolyser Technology & Manufacturing Strategy Malay is having total 26 years of working experience across sectors of energy with functional responsibilities in project management, design and engineering, business development. He is with L&T Vadodara for last 18 years and having earlier worked with Development Consultants group in Kolkata. He is well versed with energy industry, both Renewables and fossil fuel based power generation market in India, South East Asia and Middle East. Malay was associated with L&T's EPC business for gas-based power plants and headed the Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG) unit. He was involved in 15 HRSG projects executed by L&T in India and abroad, and brought success from markets in Thailand, Oman and other Asian countries during his tenure as Head of HRSG Unit. He is deeply involved into strategic initiative of L&T's Green Hydrogen business portfolio for last 2 years and committed to professionally contributed in energy transition drive for the country and the world as a whole.

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Vineet Mittal, Navitas Green Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (Navitas Solar)

Managing Director

India

Mr. Vineet Mittal is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary and a Cost Accountant by qualification and has been All India Rank Holder at Company Secretary and Cost Accountancy examinations. He has completed his MBA from S.P. Jain Mumbai in Family Business Management. His strength lies in finance, networking, team building & new business development. He has different business experiences in the fields of Polyester-Film, Construction Materials, Textiles and Renewable Energy sector.

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Madhavan Nampoothiri, RESolve Energy Consultants

Founder and Director

India

Madhavan Nampoothiri is the founder and Director of RESolve Energy Consultants. He has a decade's experience in the Energy industry (Oil & Gas and Renewables) in Strategic Consulting, Marketing, Sales and Operations. Madhavan is well versed in international business, having lived and worked in India, China, USA and Switzerland. Madhavan is acknowledged as an expert on the Indian Solar sector and his views are sought by international and national media. He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences on renewable energy both in India and abroad. Madhavan regularly writes for global and Indian industry magazines. Some of the clients Madhavan has advised include World Bank and Vedanta Resources.

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Mux Narasimhan, GridChill Technologies (S) PTE LTD

Managing Director and CEO

India

Mukundan 'Mux' Narasimhan has been in Leadership Roles in Marketing and Sales, Engineering & Product Management for over 19 years in Renewables, green hydrogen, batteries, photovoltaic's, roll-to-roll thin-film processing, semiconductor wafer scale and flat panel glass processing. He has proven success in startup and established companies bringing structure and customer focus into organizations, building strong teams, and linking new technology and manufacturability. Before starting up PlaySolar he was at Tata Power Solar Systems as GM of Product Management and Exports. Prior to Tata Power Solar he has held leadership roles at MEMC Sun Edison a Solar PV developer, SoloPower, a thin-film CIGS flexible PV module manufacturer, Southwall Technologies a roll to roll solar control energy conservations products company, Symmorphix, a thin film deposition company and Applied Materials a multi-billion dollar semiconductor equipment company. He has innovated and delivered robust renewable energy solutions into multiple markets and is consistently driven to a make a difference to communities.   Mukundan has a MBA from Santa Clara University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University and a BTech from IIT, Madras

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Vinay Kumar Pabba, Vibrant Energy

COO

India

P. Vinay Kumar, COO of Vibrant Energy, backed by the Macquarie Group, is a Renewable Energy industry veteran with a track record of having built and managed ~ 3000 MW of Solar and Wind Assets. o As a Former CEO & MD of Brookfield Asset Management - India Renewables he was instrumental in launching Brookfield in the Renewables sector in India. He has also been an Independent Director on the Board of KKR-backed Virescent India which is one of India's first white-label RE InVITs. o Prior to Brookfield, he worked as COO of Greenko Group leading the Project Development Group. He built 3 GW of solar and wind plants including the world's largest solar plant (817 MW DC) in Kurnool (India) while at Greenko. Also part of the core team that dilgienced multiple acquisitions - including that of SunEdison's assets in India. o During prior stints with EPC companies in Transmission and Distribution, he executed largeformat transmission and distribution projects in India/Africa. Has experience across the Power Value chain (Generation, Transmission and Distribution). o Began his career with the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) where he spearheaded transformational IT initiatives for Indian Customs, like the Risk Management Systems (RMS) which won him the PM's award for excellence in Public Administration. He is also a recipient of the Finance Minister's Medal for best Officer and was also awarded the Samman Patra recognition. o Adjudged Solar Person of the year 2017 - by EQMag, among Solar heroes of 2018, and more recently among 100 most powerful solar leaders in 2021. He is a recognized industry thought leader, influencer in the clean energy industry in India. o Has a Bachelor's degree in Engg. from IIT Madras, PGDBM from XLRI Jamshedpur, and is a CFA.

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Sudhir Pathak, Hero Future Energies

Head-Central Design & Engg (CDE&QA)

India

1. 1994 Pass-out from IIT BHU with 27+ years of extensive Design & Engg experience in Power Sector of all forms from Thermal, Hydro, Solar,Wind., Hybrid,etc 2. He has worked with various organizations namely Tata motors, NTPC, Lanco, Welspun (Now Avaada), ACME and Hero Future Energies. 3. He is an evacuation design expert with first ever 765KV Substation design in Private sector on his name. 4. Several articles, Papers including a patent are to his name. Successfully bidded more than 6GW of RE till date. 5. At HFE, he's leading the Central Design and Engg for solar Ground/rooftop + Wind + Quality Assurance + Green Hydrogen & New technology Initiatives. 6. HFE, with operating portfolio of more than 1.6GW of Solar and wind, with Headquarter in London and Corp. offices in Delhi and Singapore, aspires to be 5GW in 5 years at 5 different Geographies through deployment of innovative and leading technologies.

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Ramjan Pathan, Lightning Drones

Founder

India

Ramjan Pathan is an aeronautical engineer and completed his post-graduation from Coventry University, UK. He is Founder, CEO of Lightning Drones India and working in the field of Drones since 2011 with various innovative solutions. Lightning Drones working in UAV inspections and mapping under his guidance across the country for gov. and non-gov clients, we are already exploring the global market. We have completed more than 4.5 GWp of solar module thermography, 1500 km transmission line patrolling, more than 175000 acres of land mapping and many more till now.

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Sasmit Phalak, Firetech Equipment & Systems Pvt Ltd.

AVP, Marketing & Sales

India

Driven Marketing professional adept at Sales and Marketing strategies having illustrated 10 years of experience in related roles. Strategic and innovative with a passion for driving growth and creating brand awareness. Have been actively involved in marketing planning, market research, and identifying new business opportunities. Bringing extensive marketing experience and leadership skills to supervise the marketing and sales efforts in an amalgamation of analytical thinking and strong communication. Loves to train and learn from colleagues and implement new ideas following the business trends. Also, I like to explore new business opportunities and discuss new ideas. Hobbies include reading innovative content, exploring new territories, thinking, and observing.

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Debi Prasad Dash, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA)

Director

India

Debi Prasad Dash is currently working as the Director, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) at Customized Energy Solutions He has been involved in techno-commercial feasibility, financial modelling & analysis and consulting in emerging technology areas like energy storage, renewable integration, smart grid, electric vehicle infrastructure and microgrids. He is involved in policy recommendations for the energy storage roadmap for India, manufacturing policy for advanced energy storage technologies and development of ancillary markets in India. He is takes the lead in new strategic partnership and new initiatives of IESA. He is currently part of BIS Energy Storage Standards Committee (ETD-52). He speaks at various national and international energy storage & EV Conferences. Debi has over 8 years of industry experience and worked with over 100+ global clients in various capacities. Debi is a part of other industry associations like IEEE, IEEE-Smart Grid Working Community, PES, SESI, IGEF. Debi holds an MBA degree in Finance from Symbiosis International University and Post-graduation Diploma in Renewable Energy from TERI University. He was awarded with POSCO ASIA Fellowship by POSCO TJ Park Foundation and also an alumni of IGMTP Program by Government of Germany and Supported by DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

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Subrahmanyam Pulipaka, National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI)

Chief Executive Officer

India

Subrahmanyam Pulipaka is the youngest chief executive officer of National Solar Energy Federation of India, an umbrella organisation representing companies along Indias photovoltaic value chain. He is the recipient of BRICS Energy for Thought - Young Scientist award - 2018. Previously he was the co-founder and CEO of Soreva Energy, one of the 10 Energy startups representing India at RISE-2017, Hong Kong. Subrahmanyam is one of the 50 Indian young CEOs shortlisted for Global Entrepreneurship Summit- 2017, Hyderabad chaired by Hon. PM of India Narendra Modi and Ms. Ivanka Trump - advisor to the President of the United States of America. He has been involved in active research on the reliability of solar photovoltaics and was one of the youngest researchers to represent India at many international forums. Apart from this, he has also been actively involved in solar skill development and policy deliberation activities and addressed various intergovernmental sessions in India and abroad.

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Venkat Rajagopalan, FTC Solar

Director-Product Management

India

Venkat Rajagopalan currently handles Product Management for FTC Solar. He has more than 20 years of experience in the Solar and Semiconductor industries. Venkat brings Developer (SunEdison, Greenko), EPC (Siemens Gamesa), Inspection & Testing (PI Berlin) and Manufacturer (FTC) perspectives to PV Technology. He is also a Quality Expert, having conducted multiple GWs of PV Module Factory audits and Inspections of suppliers in India and China. With an Academic background in Chemical Engineering, Venkat holds dual Master's degrees in Microelectronics and in Management from the US. He is a Certified Product Manager (CPM).

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Prof. Zakir Rather, IIT Bombay

Associate Professor

India

Zakir is an electrical engineer by training, with PhD from Aalborg University, Denmark. He has been working in renewable energy (RE) and electric mobility sector for past 12 years, with around 4 years of RE industry experience in Europe. He, in close collaboration with the Danish National transmission system operator, Energinet.dk, has extensively worked on the Danish grid. He is currently working as Associate Professor with the Department of Energy Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, where the focus of his work continues to be on grid integration of renewables, grid integration of Electric Vehicles (EVs), power system operation under high penetration of renewable generation and EVs. He is an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, Editor of IETE Technical Review, Guest Editor of International Journal of Power and Energy Systems, a Senior Member of IEEE, IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEEE Smart Grid Community, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, and Danish Smart Grid Research Forum. He is also involved in various BIS committees on EV charging infrastructure. His areas of research interest include grid & system integration of wind and solar power, power system dynamics, EV charging infrastructure and EV grid integration, smart and micro grids, and WAMPACS. He is recipient of 'IREDA-NIWE Award for Best Research Work in Wind Energy'. He is a registered expert in Joint Research Centre (JRC) European commission. He is also recipient of Young Faculty Award IIT Bombay, and several best paper and Industry awards.

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Sharib Razi, Amplus Solar

President of Ground-mount Engineering, Operations and Management

India

Sharib Razi is the Vice President of Ground-mount Engineering, Operations and Management at Amplus Solar. His 23+ years of experience in the design and delivery of conventional and renewable energy projects across the globe has immensely supported the growth of Amplus in his area of expertise. Sharib also has experience in project conceptualization, feasibility studies and O&M. Sharib holds a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Gulbarga University. In addition, he is a Certified Project Manager from International Project Management Association and holds a Strategic Management certificate from UCLA extension.

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Ian Rebello, Siemens Ltd.

Sales - Digital & Flexibilization

India

Ian Rebello has been working with Siemens for 27 Years and is currently leading the Sales for Flexible Operation in India. He has worked with Tata Power before joining Siemens. At Siemens he has worked in various roles viz. Sales, engineering, installation, commissioning & service management of Siemens Automation solutions for Power plants. He has worked with the International Bid & Execution teams for Combined cycle plants , at the Energy Headquarters at Germany. In his current profile, he leads the efforts for process optimization & flexibilization of thermal power plants at Siemens Energy.

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Vinay Rustagi, BRIDGE TO INDIA Energy Pvt. Ltd.

Managing Director

India

Vinay has been working as Managing Director at BRIDGE TO INDIA since August 2013. He advises companies, institutions and policy makers on a vast range of strategic, policy, financial and business development challenges in the Indian solar market. Vinay is passionate about developing successful, profitable and sustainable business models that solve India's energy problems without having an adverse impact on the environment. Prior to this, he worked at Standard Chartered Bank as Senior Director, Project Finance, South Asia and financed a number of wind and solar projects in India. Other previous job stints include working at National Australia Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation where he was responsible for debt financing of big-ticket infrastructure and energy projects. Vinay holds an MBA degree from London Business School and IIM Ahmedabad in addition to BE Mechanical from Delhi College of Engineering.

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Goutam Samanta, Juniper Green Energy

Head - PV Technology

India

- More than 36 years professional experience (including last 29 years in International Photo Voltaic (PV) industries - Solar PV Power Plant: Successfully installed more than 1500 MW module in ACME, Orange Renewable Power (Greenko Group) & Juniper Green Energy - Core competency in Wafer, Solar Cell & Module: - Technology, manufacturing, process, quality, product, reliability & R & D - PV manufacturing: Successfully installed more than 800 MW cell & module manufacturing facilities in India Websol, Central Electronics Ltd (A Govt. of India Enterprise under DSIR) & Moser Baer-MBPV (Founder member of MBPV-Employee No 2) - Audited more than 25 PV cell & module manufacturing facilities in India & China on behalf of Électricité de France (EDF) - Auditor of Électricité de France (EDF) in South-east Asia - Had in-depth training under guidance of Prof. Giuliano Martinelli, University of Ferara, Italy on crystal growth, ingot, wafer, cell & module manufacturing (at Helios Technology Srl, Padova, Italy) in 1994 - Inter-University Microelectronics Centre (IMEC), Belgium: Worked with Dr. Jozef Szlufci & implemented Screen Printed Diffusion Technology at Central Electronics Ltd (Govt of India & Govt of Belgium project) in 1998 - Sunpower Corporation, San Jose: Interacted with Prof Dr. Richard Swanson, CTO of Sunpower Corporation & also Dr. Charlie Gay, Board of Directors Sunpower Corporation, US for technical due-diligence on IBC (Inter-digitated Back Contact) Solar Cell Technology in 2004

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Kolan Saravanan, centrotherm photovoltaics India Pte. Ltd.

General Manager and Director

India

Kolan Saravanan is the head of centrotherm India. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the capital equipment industry. His expertise spans marketing, account management, and program management skills. He has extended the skill set to solar capital equipment market in India for the last 15 years and has been a strong proponent of local solar PV manufacturing. He is a chemical engineer with B.Tech from NIT, Trichi and M.S. from Iowa State University.

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Simmi Sareen, Unitus Capital

Director

India

Simmi is a chartered accountant and an MBA from London Business School with ~25 years of financial services experience. She is working on a series of interventions to champion financial inclusion and climate tech ecosystem in India. Simmi is a Director at Unitus Capital, where she leads the debt advisory practice and helps financial services firms, social enterprises and climate tech businesses get access to relevant, timely capital from a large network of domestic and international lenders. As co-founder of Climake, Simmi is building a growth platform for early stage climate tech startups to access markets and innovative financing options. Climake also publishes collaborative research on gaps and opportunities in climate finance.

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Debmalya Sen, KPMG

Manager

India

Debmalya is a energy sector professional with 11.5 years of experience in the operations, asset management and business development across coal, gas, renewables and energy storage. Before joining KPMG, he was working as a Senior Consultant in Customized Energy Solutions, where he was working over energy storage project and strategy consulting and prior to that he worked with CLP India for 9 years. Within CLP he has been in various roles staring with control room operations, regional asset manager of CLPs wind assets in Rajasthan and Gujarat, project manager for CLPs first solar project and thereafter worked as Manager - Innovation in CLPs Business Development BU. He holds a Bachelors degree in Instrumentation, Masters in Thermal power plant engineering from NPTI and a MBA from SP Jain School of Global Management in Finance concentration. He is also a selected mentor for 'Women in energy storage' program conducted by ESMAP in collaboration with World Bank.

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Avinash Sharma, ElectricPe

Co-Founder and CEO

India

Recognized as a FICCI Young Leader in 2019, Avinash is a curious entrepreneur with a passion for all things technology and electric mobility. With an MBA from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai, Avinash dived deep into the world of cleantech, and played a pivotal role in building the EV and Mobility ecosystem in India. He worked to build an ecosystem ensuring that commutes and deliveries were cost-efficient, sustainable, and connected. In May 2021, Avinash co-founded ElectricPe along with Raghav Rohila, with an aim to build India's most trusted EV charging platform. Together, the duo have been working to make the adoption of electric mobility more efficient by enabling easy access to charging across India. Avinash has a rich experience of over 11 years in tech-based startups, shared mobility, and EVs. He was the country head of multiple mobility businesses at OLA and previously worked with brands like HT Media, Asian Paints, and Godrej. As a business leader, Avinash firmly puts people first by creating a culture of trust and transparency within the organization.

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Vikram Shetty, Inspire Clean Energy

Management Team

India

Entrepreneur with a "Blue Ocean" mindset who focuses on long-term sustainability and empowers others to excel in their fields. Fervent supporter of teamwork as a business strategy. Having worked in the solar industry for 20+yrs, starting with consulting & advising the government and private sector on installation of solar PV systems. Was actively involved in EPC of small, medium, and large scale Solar PV projects since 2005. Played a significant part in creating the Solar PV sales and distribution network for the world's largest distribution company. In 2015, Founded India's First & Only professional company into Asset, Operations & Maintenance Management of Solar PV Projects with the deployment of cutting-edge technology (Machines, Softwares, Field Team & NOC centre) in conformity with latest ESG regulations. In 2019, Founded India's First specialised company into Management of "End-of-Life" Solar PV Projects & Equipments, namely: Spares/Parts management, Repairs, Refurbishment, Recycling + Project Revamp, Re-engineering, Re-Powering, Relocation, De-Commissioning, etc. Now setting out on a new journey (called 'जुग्नि'(Jugni) / FireFly in English) to provide extremely low cost or FREE SOLAR POWER (electricity) to socially & economically underprivileged / oppressed women across the globe. -

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Tanvir Singh, MoOving

Co-founder

India

Tanvir Singh is the Co-founder of MoOving, which is Building India's Smartest Battery Swapping Network. He is a serial entrepreneur a passionate environmentalist. With over 12 years of experience in the Clean-Tech Sector, Tanvir had founded his first startup Solar Cube in 2012 and was also part of the founding team at Amplus Solar till its successful acquisition by Petronas Group, Malaysia. He brings his expertise of building and scaling companies with disruptive business models to his second venture , MoOving, founded in 2020, which is currently having serving over 5000 electric vehicles through its Battery Swapping Network on its platform and is present in over 20 cities. With an engineering degree from Mumbai University, Tanvir has always followed the path of creating a meaningful and long-lasting impact on the world around him. Tanvir strongly believes in 'Happy Team makes for a Successful Company' and along with the entire MoOving team, he aspires MoOving to be the #HappiestEVCompany!

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Preetesh Singh, NRI (Nomura Research Institute)

Specialist CASE and Alternate Powertrains

India

Mr. Preetesh Singh works as a Specialist CASE and Alternate Powertrains for Nomura Research Institute Consulting and Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. He has been working on strategy and operational consulting projects for global automotive OEMs, suppliers, R&D organizations, and governments. He specializes in CASE and Alternate Powertrains and has spent over a decade researching various topics related to electric vehicles for the Indian and global markets. He has worked on EV policy, EV Roadmap, engineering and R&D, Components, Battery value chain, Battery reuse, and Recycling. Preetesh is a well-known thought leader in the electric vehicle industry, having written over 20 reports and articles in collaboration with associations and leading media outlets. He has also spoken at various webinars and conferences about electric vehicles, including Assocham, PHD Chamber of Commerce, EV Reporter, EMobility+, Battery India, I-Tech Media, and others. Preetesh Singh holds a bachelor's in computer science. He also did MBA in Marketing and Research from Jaypee Business School

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Arnava Kishore Sinha, Greenko Group

Vice President

India

Mr. Arnava Sinha is Vice President of the Greenko Group heading the sales & commercial function of the New Energy Business. He joined Greenko in January 2022 and is responsible for commercial strategy, planning and development of the green hydrogen / green molecules business that the company is actively and ambitiously foraying into. Arnava has close to two decades of diverse experience in leadership positions spanning across India, the Middle East and the US in various functions including BD, Strategy, Operations, Planning and HR. Prior to joining Greenko, he served as the Sales & Commercial Manager for Schlumberger India and was responsible for designing and implementing the strategic vision toward business growth and sustainability. He holds an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS, Pilani.

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Abhijeet Sinha, Ease of Doing Business National Highways for EV (Adnl. Charge)

National Program Director

India

Abhijeet is a Technocrat, Policy Entrepreneur currently contributing with tech pilots in the Prime Ministerial initiative on Ease of Doing Business as National Program Director of EoDB Services. Previously associated with Vibrant Gujarat, Pilots of NPR-UIDAI, IMNCI (Asha-Anganwadi) before joining then CM Mr. Modi's Citizen for Governance (CAG) team in 2014 parliamentary polls. His expertise as an ex-corporate banker was recognized with success in large infra financing on PPP with Hybrid and Annuity Financing models; used in various EoDB emerging tech pilots. Holding additional charge of renowned National Highway for EV (Jaipur - Delhi - Agra) Pilot Project Director, where he has completed India's longest 210 km E-Highway TECH-Trial Run between Delhi - Agra in 2020. Early this year in 2022, he commissioned two of India's Largest EV charging stations with 100 + 112 chargers with a capacity to charge 1500 cars in 24 hours and recorded maximum 72% utilization with a minimal breakeven tenure of 36 months.

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Prof. Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Professor, IIT Bombay and Founder

India

Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki is currently Associate Professor in Department of Energy Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), India. He is an expert crystalline Si technology, Si-nanostructures (including quantum dots), thin film Si solar cells, PV concentrator systems and carbon nanotubes. He received his Ph.D. degree from the specialist silicon laboratory, IMEC (Inter-university Micro-electronics Center, Ketholik University, Leuven, Belgium). He won an EMRS (European Material Research Society) young scientist award in 2003 and IIT Bombay Young Investigator Award in 2009. He has also been awarded at several international conferences for research papers. He has authored several books in the area of renewable energy. He has worked on several sponsored projects by government as well as companies and given short term courses on solar PV technologies for companies like Applied Materials, Mahagenco, TataBP Solar and BEL. Dr. Solanki acted as principal consultant for TUV Sud for 125 MW PV power plant of Mahagenco, which is currently India's largest PV power plant. He has also provided consultancy on solar PV to several organizations. Dr. Solanki is member of green committee of IIT Bombay and initiated to a project to install 1 MW of solar PV plant at IIT Bombay. He is in the five member national committee on Special Incentive Package Scheme (SIPS) of DIT, Govt. of India for technical evaluation of solar PV projects. Dr. Solanki is member of Review Committee of Technology and Products for Solar Energy Utilization through Networking (TAPSUN), a project of CSIR labs where more than 150 scientist are involved. In order to ensure that solar light is reaching to each and every students a project names 1 Million Solar Urja Lamp (SOUL) has been initiated where Dr. Solanki is PI of project. Dr. Solanki has recently incubated a solar company names kWatt Solutions Pvt at IIT Bombay incubation center, Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The company focuses on economizing renewable to make it affordable. At social front as well Dr. Solanki has taken several initiatives. He is founder member and Chairman of Education Park and founder of the New Energy Foundation. During his doctoral study he has founded ROSE (Rose an Organization for Supporting Education).

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Shallu Thakur, Siemens Ltd.

Chief Manager - Sustainable Energy Systems

India

Ms. Shallu Thakur is Chief Manager for Sustainable Energy systems group responsible for South Asia Market. Currently driving new key growth areas within Siemens Energy related to Green Hydrogen economy, decarbonized energy systems. She holds a master's degree in CAD/CAM Engineering from Thapar University of Patiala, India. She gained her professional experiences in several positions across the globe in the power plant business.

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Pratyush Thakur, Blueleaf Energy

Investment Director & Country Head of India

India

Pratyush is an Investment Director & Country Head of India of Blueleaf Energy, joining from Macquarie Capital where he led renewables development activities in India. He leads Blueleaf Energy's business in India and Vietnam, involving project development and acquisitions. This includes supporting the growth of the Vibrant Energy platform in India and setting up partnerships in Vietnam. His career spans for more than 16 years, which includes experience in range of activities including M&A, project finance, business and project development, energy markets, engineering, and risk management. Previously, he was Managing Director of Statkraft Solar Solutions, the Indian solar arm of Norwegian renewable energy major Statkraft. He is a gold medalist from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; his education includes Bachelor of Engineering, MBA and CFA.

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A. Thirunarayanan, Enerparc Energy Pvt Ltd.

VP-QHSE & Asset Management

India

Thiru has more than 13 years of experience in the Solar sector in the entire gamut of Operations(Project Management, Engineering, QHSE & O&M). He has executed more than 300 MW of ground mount and rooftop projects, both in CAPEX and OPEX modes. Apart from Solar, Thiru also has worked for a decade in Manufacturing, EPC and in diversified Project Development Companies in the energy sectors like Thermal, Combined Gas and Wind. Prior to Enerparc, he worked in Mytrah Energy and GMR Group, among others. He is a alumnus of REC, Trichy.

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Shailesh Vaidya, Scorpius Trackers Pvt. Ltd.

CEO

India

A veteran entrepreneur, Mr. Vaidya co-founded Scorpius Trackers in 2012 which was one of the Indian pioneers in Solar Tracking systems and Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) based power generation Systems. Scorpius is also supplying India's largest Tracker+Bifacial project of 250 MW. He holds an MBA and B.E. degree in Computer Science.

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Aditya Vikram, Renon India Private Limited

Managing Director and CEO

India

Aditya Vikram is the Managing Director and CEO of Renon India Private Limited, a significant energy storage company in India. With more than 12 years of experience, Aditya wants to make a long-term difference in the energy storage business. Aditya is in charge of Renon India's operations, sales, financing, and day-to-day operations, and he is an expert in solar electrification. He engages directly with clients and customers, determining and meeting their needs. Aditya, a dedicated ecopreneur, first encountered solar energy innovation in 1997 when he visited Tilonia village, Rajasthan, which is regarded as rural India's first fully solar electrified village. This showed him how powerful and useful this amazing technology could be, and it fixed his mind on doing something disruptive in this industry. Hailing from Jharkhand, he aspires to provide a solution for a greener ecosystem. After completing his schooling from Mayo College, Ajmer, he earned a mechanical engineering degree from PES University in Bengaluru. He also went to the S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai to get an MBA in Family Managed Business to take his family's iron and steel production business forward. It was only after he relocated his base to Surat in 2015 that he started conducting extensive research on the solar industry to make a mark in the sector. Along the way, he met like-minded people and decided to join hands with them to take his idea forward. In 2019, he co-founded Renon India. Aditya is a firm believer in the market for lithium-ion batteries. He sees them as a feasible alternative to fossil fuels. And he believes Renon will be important in bringing about this fundamental change in business. Aditya seeks to develop a strong, sustainable energy system in India through Renon and strives to contribute significantly to this quest.

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David Wedepohl, German Solar Association (BSW)

Managing Director International Affairs

Germany

David Wedepohl, Managing Director International Affairs David Wedepohl is a radio journalist by training who studied and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. He holds a master's degree in Journalism and Public Affairs which he achieved as a Fulbright scholar. His professional experience included working for the German embassy in Washington, DC as a senior press and public diplomacy officer. He first came in touch with the solar industry while working for an American consulting company before taking up his job as director communications and markets at the German Solar Association, also serving as the organization's spokesperson. He now holds the position of managing director international affairs and is responsible for the association's international activities. Among those are projects in North, West and Southern Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia and the US.

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Dr. Florian Wessendorf, Solar Promotion International GmbH

Managing Director

Germany

Dr. Florian Wessendorf is the Managing Director of Intersolar and ees global conferences and exhibitions in North America, South America and India. He has deep expertise in the solar industry, and formerly served as Managing Director of Photovoltaic Equipment at VDMA, where he was responsible for strategic development, advocacy, exhibitions, and marketing.

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