People

  • Jamshyd Godrej

    SKILLS AND EXPERTISE

    Mr. Jamshyd N. Godrej is chairman of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd, one of India's largest engineering and consumer products companies. He serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Aspen Institute India, Trustee and President Emeritus of World Wide Fund for Nature, India, Director of World Resources Institute, USA, and Director of ClimateWorks Foundation, USA.

  • Suresh Prabhu

    SKILLS AND EXPERTISE

    A former Union Power minister, Mr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu entered public life with his election to the 11th Lok Sabha in 1996 and has been a Member of Parliament since then. He has left an indelible mark in the functioning of the Ministries headed by him through his initiatives, long-term vision, positive approach and transparency.

  • Nitin Desai

    SKILLS AND EXPERTISE

    Mr. Nitin Desai has had a long and distinguished career in the government of India and the United Nations. He worked at senior levels in the Planning Commission establishing and managing the system for the cost-benefit analysis of public investment projects. He is a Member-Secretary of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.

  • Naina Lal Kidwai

    SKILLS AND EXPERTISE

    Since 2002, Ms. Naina Lal Kidwai has worked for The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) India. In 2006, she became the first woman in India to lead a foreign investment bank when she was named CEO and Country Head of HSBC Group Companies in India.

  • Meher Pudumjee

    SKILLS AND EXPERTISE

    Ms. Meher Pudumjee took over as Chairperson of Thermax Limited on October 5, 2004, after the retirement of her mother Ms Anu Aga. She managed Thermax's subsidiary company in the UK before joining the Board of Directors in 1996. She worked closely with the company's treasury and working capital management functions. In January 2001, Ms. Pudumjee became a non-executive director and was appointed Vice Chairperson in 2002.

  • Krishan Dhawan

    SKILLS AND EXPERTISE

    Mr Krishan Dhawan brings extensive experience from the corporate sector. Most recently he was Managing Director of Oracle India. This followed an extended career at Bank of America in the US, India and East Asia. He left as Managing Director of the Corporate Banking Group in Los Angeles. Mr Dhawan is the founding trustee of IIMPACT, an organisation focused on literacy amongst rural girls in India. He has a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and is also a certified Executive Coach.

  • Harish Hande

    SKILLS AND EXPERTISE Dr. Harish Hande is a social entrepreneur who founded SELCO India, a solar electric light company. Over the years SELCO has lit up over 120,000 households to emerge as India's leading solar technology firm. It provides customized solar lighting solutions to rural households. It runs the rural solar service financing programme in association with rural development banks, to help their customers pay for sustainable energy services. Dr. Hande has received many awards including the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy- 2005 . SELCO also won the Ashden Outstanding Achievement Award for 2007.

  • Ramesh Kymal

    SKILLS AND EXPERTISE Mr. Ramesh Kymal is the Chairman & Managing Director of Gamesa Wind Turbines (P) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Gamesa Group, Spain which is a leading supplier of wind power technology in the world and a driving force behind the development of wind power technologies. Mr Kymal is a Mechanical Engineer with specialization in Operations Research, Statistical Quality Control and has pursued higher studies at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. He has served for over 25 years in various capacities across blue chip companies in both India and Europe. He is the Chairman of Renewable Energy Council of CII - Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre and is actively involved with wind power associations, promoting the sector by encouraging business and investment opportunities.

  • Rajiv Lall

    SKILLS AND EXPERTISE Dr. Rajiv Lall is currently the Executive Chairman of IDFC. With over two decades of experience with leading global investment banks, multi-lateral agencies and in academia, he chairs the Infrastructure Council of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), is India's representative to the G20 Workgroup on Infrastructure and a member of the City of London's Advisory Council on India. He is also member of the Planning Commission's Steering Committee on Urban Development Management,the Prime Minister's Committees on Infrastructure Finance and Transport Sector Development and several other government committees. A Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University and a faculty member of the Florida Atlantic University Department of Economics, Dr. Lall has a number of publications and articles to his credit.

  • Chinmaya Acharya | Chief of Programmes

    Chinmaya Kumar Acharya provides strategic leadership and guidance to Shakti across all programme operations. Chinmaya brings to this position over 16 years of experience in programme management, policy dialogue, technical assistance, capacity building, stakeholder engagement and partnership development. Prior to joining Shakti in August 2010, Chinmaya served as a Project Management Specialist with the USAID where he championed several key projects in energy access, clean energy and energy efficiency. Chinmaya has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Xavier Institute of Management in Bhubaneswar.

  • Vatsala Joseph | Chief Financial Officer

    Vatsala Joseph leads Shakti’s financial strategy and operations including grant and contract management. Prior to joining Shakti in July 2012, Vatsala has worked with Care, Oxfam and the All India Association for Christian Higher Education. With over 20 years of experience, Vatsala specialises in financial planning, fund management, budgeting, donor financial contract management, audits, taxation and general administration. She has extensive experience in administering large budgets funded by donors like USAID, European Union, UNICEF, UNDP and CIDA. Vatsala has completed her C.A. (Final Group I).

  • Surendra Singh | Head, Human Resources

    Surendra leads Shakti’s HR strategy for sourcing, engaging and retaining quality talent. With over 16 years experience in HR, Surendra specialises in organisation design, talent management, change management and streamlining HR systems. Prior to joining Shakti in July 2012, Surendra has worked with the British High Commission, ActionAid and the Population Foundation of India. Surendra holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Institute of Management Technology, and Diploma in Training and Development from the Indian Society for Training and Development.

  • Aditi Sinha | Senior Communications Associate

    Aditi Sinha guides Shakti’s communications activities. Prior to joining Shakti in April 2013, Aditi worked as a consultant with the Aga Khan Foundation in New Delhi, where she planned and implemented communication strategies for interventions in rural development, education and water and sanitation. Her areas of interest include strategic communications, media relations, social media, writing, design and production and special events. Aditi holds a degree in international studies from the University of Oregon, USA.

  • Deepak Gupta | Senior Programme Manager, Power

    Deepak Gupta provides strategic planning, leadership, and guidance to Shakti’s power programme. With over ten years of experience in the renewable energy and environment industry, Deepak has played strategic roles in the areas of technology, commercial aspects and financing. Prior to Joining Shakti in September 2010, Deepak worked with Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd. in the waste management and renewable energy division. Deepak holds an M. Tech degree from IIT Delhi and an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University.

  • Kunal Sharma | Senior Programme Manager, Climate Policy

    Kunal Sharma provides strategic planning, leadership, and guidance to Shakti’s Climate Policy programme. Kunal’s previous work experience includes Abt Associates in Cambridge Massachusetts where he managed several investigations in support of US EPA initiatives. Some of his key responsibilities included providing analytic support towards the formulation of effluent limitation guidelines for the metal products and machinery industry, reviewing trends in international capital flows from an environmental perspective, and research on pollution abatement technologies. Kunal graduated from Yale University, USA with dual Masters’ degrees in Environmental Studies and Economics.

  • Shashank Jain | Programme Manager, Industries

    Shashank Jain provides strategic planning, leadership, and guidance to Shakti’s Industrial Energy Efficiency programme. Shashank has over 20 years of experience in projects relating to energy efficiency, energy policy, climate change, and energy saving interventions. Before joining Shakti in September 2010, Shashank held key assignments including that of Advisor to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Managing Consultant with IT Power India. He has published several research papers in refereed journals, and co-authored and edited the Handbook of Energy Audit and Environment Management. Shashank has a Masters degree in Economics of Energy and Environment from ENI Corporate University in Milan.

  • Smita Chandiwala | Programme Manager, Buildings and Appliances

    Smita Chandiwala provides strategic planning, leadership, and guidance to Shakti’s Buildings and Appliances programmes. Prior to joining Shakti in February 2012, Smita co-led research and consultancy projects on reduction of carbon emissions from buildings and cities, and sustainable building performance, while based at the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development, UK. As an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, Smita taught postgraduate architecture courses on passive design, post occupancy evaluation and renewable energy for buildings. She holds a Master of Science (Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building) from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, UK.

  • Ravi Gadepalli | Program Manager (Transport)

    Ravi Gadepalli provides strategic planning, leadership, and guidance to Shakti’s Transport programme. Prior to joining Shakti, Ravi managed the Transportation Engineering Department at Innovative Transport Solutions (iTrans). Ravi brings six years of experience in urban transport policy and planning, travel demand modelling and public transport operations. In the past, Ravi has worked on urban transport policy issues across six states which include projects like first low-carbon mobility plan for India, access planning and intermodal integration for the Hyderabad metro, and BRT feasibility studies. Ravi holds a Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.

  • Natasha Bhan | Senior Programme Associate, Electric Utilities

    Natasha Bhan leads Shakti’s Electric Utility programme. She has extensive experience in power markets, energy efficiency and demand side management. Prior to joining Shakti, Natasha worked as a research assistant with ICF International and where she applied economic fundamentals in analysing and forecasting electricity markets. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Miranda House College, University of Delhi.

  • Atul Mudaliar | Programme Associate - Energy Access

    Atul Mudaliar supports the management of Shakti’s Energy Access programme. Prior to joining Shakti in 2013, Atul worked with Thermax Ltd where he supported the development of project proposals for waste heat recovery boilers and fired heaters. His areas of interest include efficiency of energy systems, energy conservation, climate change mitigation and policy and regulations for rural electrification. Atul has a Master’s in Energy Science, Technology and Policy (Mechanical Engineering) from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Sriya Mohanti | Programme Associate, Climate Policy

    Sriya Mohanti supports the management of Shakt’s Climate Policy Programme. She joined Shakti in March 2011 after completing her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies under the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Programme (JEMES). For her Master's thesis, Sriya worked with the Ecological Sanitation Department of the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) GmbH, Eschborn, Germany to conduct an assessment of the potential of a new and innovative urban sanitation and wastewater management system for India.

  • Amit Pathak | Executive Assistant to CEO

    Amit Pathak manages the CEO’s office at Shakti. Amit comes to Shakti from the NV Group of companies, where he was Executive Assistant to the Chairman. With 15 years of experience, Amit has worked for both public, private and social sector organisations including PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative. Amit has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Indira Gandhi National Open University and a Bachelor's degree in Management and Secretarial Practice from the University of Delhi.

  • Parshant Sharma | Grants Coordinator

    Parshant Kumar Sharma coordinates grant management activities at Shakti. Parshant has over 18 years experience in the development sector with substantial knowledge in financial management and monitoring of grants funded by key government and international donors. Prior to joining Shakti in November 2012, Parshant managed grants and budgets at CARE India, where he was instrumental in establishing robust systems for accurate and timely reporting to donor agencies. He holds a Post graduate diploma in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from Symbiosis, Pune

  • Disha Agarwal | Programme Associate, Renewable Energy

    Disha has completed her Masters in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management from TERI University, New Delhi. She has worked on a project with Dr Sujata Gupta at the Asian Development Bank on financing renewable energy in developing countries. She has won the Acara Challenge 2011, organised by the University of Minnesota, for developing a sustainable business solution that addressed water security issues. She has undertaken techno-economic feasibility studies of wind and biomass projects. Her interest lies in research and analysis of renewable energy markets, policy and regulatory aspects of renewable energy, and renewable energy financing. She enjoys singing during her leisure time.

  • Prasun Pandey | Programme Assistant, Industry

    Prasun Pandey supports the management of Shakti s Industrial Efficiency Programme. Prasun's interests lie in public policy, regulatory and competition aspects of energy, and power and infrastructure sectors in India. Prasun completed his Master's in Infrastructure Policy and Management from TERI University, New Delhi. For his thesis, Prasun worked on a project funded by the Flemish Institute of Technological Research (VITO) and TERI on sustainable rural infrastructure in India.

  • Kunal Gupta | Programme Assistant, Buildings and Appliances

    Kunal Gupta supports the management of Shaki’s Buildings and Appliances Programme. Prior to joining Shakti in March 2013, Kunal worked as a Software Engineer at Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd. in Chennai. Kunal’s areas of interest include research in buildings and appliances efficiency and grant management. Kunal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technology (Mechanical), Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology. As a course project, Kunal designed a conceptual magnetic engine indigenously and presented a paper on the design at the National Conference on Emerging Trends and Advances in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy.

  • Vrinda Sarda | Programme Assistant, Electric Utilities

    Vrinda Sarda supports the management of Shakti’s Electric Utilities Programme. Vrinda completed her internship at Shakti in July 2013 following which she joined Shakti full-time. Prior to this, Vrinda interned with the Indian Oil Corporation where she conducted a study on the carbon footprint and water consumption of the building. Her areas of expertise include utility-related demand side management, distribution efficiency, and research and analysis of power and efficiency markets. Vrinda holds a Post Graduate degree in Climate Science and Policy from TERI University.

  • Shilpa Kharwal | Programme Assistant, Transport

    Shilpa Kharwal supports the management of Shakti’s Transport Programme. Prior to joining Shakti in August 2013, Shilpa was a trainee at Architects Atelier in Chandigarh and the Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department. Her areas of interest include urban planning, transport planning and disaster management. Shilpa has a Master’s in Planning with a specialization in Urban Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.