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Mr. Anil Srivastava has over three decades of working experience with Government in India. He has taken over as Adviser for Infrastructure Connectivity and Director General of Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office at NITI Aayog, after having done more than five years as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Prior to this, he has held various senior level positions of responsibility including that of Chairman & Managing Director, Pawan Hans Ltd. for three years. With the State Government he has held the positions of Secretary to the Government of various departments including Finance, Revenue, New & Renewable Energy, Commerce & Industries etc. He has also worked as Commissioner of Treasuries, Commissioner of Industries & Commerce, Managing Director of various PSU’s, District Magistrate and Municipal Administrator. He has also served on the Boards of Optel Telecommunications, Hotline Glass, Fujitsu Optel National Information Technologies, Air India, Airports Authority of India etc.
He has represented India and led Indian Delegations to (i) ICAO Air Services Negotiation Event, ICAN-2014 at Bali, Indonesia (ii) Diplomatic Conference held at ICAO, Montreal to finalize and adopt a Protocol to amend the Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board an Aircraft (Tokyo 1963) (iii)Air Show at Farnborough, La-Bourget, Moscow, Singapore etc. (iv) World Routes Conference at Chicago in 2014, Las Vegas in 2013 and in Abu Dhabi in 2012 (v) High Level Conference on Aviation Security (HLCAS) convened by ICAO, Montreal in September, 2012. He has been invited to express his thoughts on e-vehicles and mobility/transportation related issues in various national and international events and was a distinguished speaker at WRI, World Bank Group event on Transforming Transportation. He was part of the NITI Aayog delegation to 3rd NITI-DRC Dialogue on World Economic Prospects & China-India Economic Cooperation in December, 2017.
He is a Computer Engineer from IIT, Kanpur and a Management Graduate from IIM, Bangalore. He joined Maxwell School of Public Policy & Citizenship in Fall 2002, completed his Masters in Public Administration in 2003 along with a certificate in Information Technology Policy and Management and pursued PhD in Social Science. Anil is a Fellow of the Computer Society of India, his e-governance initiatives have won him awards. He has participated and presented papers in World Bank Conference onTransparency, Indian Science Conference and other conferences. He has participated in a three weeks Executive Education Program for Senior Managers in Government at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University U.S.A. in 2016. He is driving emobility initiatives of Government of India at NITI Aayog.
Akshima leads the India program of the Rocky Mountain Institute. She provides leadership to the Institute’s on-going work with the NITI Aayog, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Pune Municipal Corporation, which aims to transform mobility trajectory of Indian cities to a shared, connected and clean path. Prior to joining RMI, Akshima was working as a Senior Fellow and Associate Director at the Transport and Urban Governance Division, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi. At TERI, Akshima led policy research studies focusing on promotion of sustainable and low-carbon development of transport systems for the Govt. of India, state governments, multilateral and bilateral financing agencies and corporate organizations.
She has contributed to several important reports of the Government of India and UN. She was a contributing author of the ‘India Transport Report: Moving India to 2032’ prepared by the National Transport Development Policy Committee of the Government of India. She was also the coordinating author of the Working Group Report on Environmental Sustainability of Indian Cities constituted as part of preparation of the Twelfth Five Year Plan for India. She has also contributed to the Government of India’s Report submission to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and has published several policy briefs, newspaper and magazine articles, research papers and reports on policy issues related to promotion of sustainable transport. She also serves on several committees set up by the Govt. of India and international agencies.
In 2016, Akshima received the prestigious ‘Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency’ awarded by the World Resources Institute, USA. She was also selected for the Indian Leaders Program organized by the Spain India Council Foundation in 2016. She have spent five weeks (Aug-Sep, 2012) at Yale University, USA as a Visiting Fellow under the TERI-Yale collaboration on exchange of researchers. She also served as a Member of the International Scientific Committee (ISC) of CODATU 2017, a prestigious biannual international conference on urban mobility.
In the past, Akshima has also been associated with the TERI University as an Associate Faculty and has been taking guest lectures at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, Institute of Urban Transport (India) and International Center for Environment Audit and Sustainable Development (iCED), Jaipur.
• Chair, Energy Conclave 2010, IIT Kanpur
• Member, Core Team, Solar Energy Research Enclave, IIT Kanpur
• Guest Editor, International Journal of Energy Sector Management (special issue on India), Emerald
(i) Energy Policy, Elsevier.
(ii) Energy: The International Journal, Elsevier;
(iii) IEEE Transactions on Power Systems;
(iv) International Journal of Energy Sector Management
His areas interest -Energy Economics, Energy Pricing, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Climate Change Issues, Power Market Reform, Restructuring & Regulation, Project Financing, Cross-border Energy Cooperation.
An experienced industry professional with over two decades of international experience in business, financial, regulatory/policy, operations and technology aspects of the energy and utility sector, AnantVenkateswaran serves on several technical, standards, advisory and tutorial committees and is a teacher, presenter, panelist, moderator and speaker at international venues including Distributech, ISGW, IEEE and CIGRE. Working across the globe, he has managed major technology investments and advised clients from visioning to validation. A senior member of the team accountable for strategy, trusted advisory/ consultative, thought leadership and partnerships, Anant has worked both in the traditional aspects of the grid as well new and emerging areas of Big Data, IoT, Cloud Computing and Smart Energy. Anant has worked with several industrial, utility &Govt customers globally. Anant is based in Denver, Colorado and is currently with GE’s Grid Solutions business.
Additional Vice President and Head Renewable, DSM & EE and Energy Analytics, BRPL , India Head Power Scheduling (System Operator for the Utility), BSES Rajdhani Power Limited, A Power Distribution Licensee & a JV company of Reliance Infrastructure and Govt. of Delhi, India
Abhishek has about two decades of experience in Power and Information Technology sectors in India. He started his career with Infosys Technologies Limited, an IT company based in India, where he worked on development of enterprise applications for a major US utility and a technology MNC He is currently leading a team in the areas of Energy Efficiency & Demand Side Management, renewable Integration and Rooftop Solar, grid level Energy Storage solutions, EV charging infrastructure, Power scheduling & demand forecasting and Energy Analytics at BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), New Delhi. BRPL serves over 2.5 Million consumers over an area of 750 sq. Km in Southern and Western parts of national capital Territory of Delhi, India. BRPL is agile to India’s climate change goals and has made concerted efforts to align its operation with nation’s goals through several green initiatives e.g. transition of its power portfolio with ~20% of renewable share in capacity terms, DSM & EE initiatives, promotion of grid connected DERs, other non-wired alternatives like grid level battery storage etc.
Launched community Rooftop Solar initiative (BRPL Solar City Initiative – focussed on residential sector) launched in Jan ’18. Over 900 RTS net-metered connection as on date (~ 30 MWp). Second phase launched recently in Delhi.
Behavioural Energy Efficiency Program covering over 2 Lakh residential consumers in progress in partnership with Oracle Utilities
Launched Student Awareness program (Energy Wise Energy Rise) focussed on Climate change, Pollution and its mitigation, RE integration and energy conservation, covering about 0.1 Million students of Delhi Govt. Schools in partnership with TERI
Undertaking several Energy conservation and efficiency programs for consumers including Efficient cooling and lighting solutions, solar powered energy efficient pumps (grid connected), non-wired alternatives for meeting peak demand e.g. grid level battery storage in license area and faster roll out of EV charging infrastructure for public fleet as well as private owners of EV.
Managing Day ahead and Intra-Day (real time) power scheduling for the license area while following cost-effective multi-source power procurement strategy.BRPL met ~3100 MW peak demand in 2018.
Effective Statistical Demand Forecast model development for accurate prediction of day ahead demand thereby ensuring prudent procurement strategies.
In his earlier assignments, Abhishek has worked on Detailed Project Reports covering power project economics & financing/techno-commercial aspects, Power potential study, tariff analysis and financial closure of Hydro renewable projects in Indian Himalayan states of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Areas of expertise
Power Demand forecasting and power management (system operation functions) Capacity Building & implementation of Rooftop Solar, DSM and Energy efficiency interventions for a Utility Consumer Outreach and management. Education
Abhishek is a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from NIT Bhopal and PGDGM from XLRI Jamshedpur
Ajoy is a renowned expert in the M2M space – he pioneered M2M and AMR in India, prior to that he was involved with one of the largest AMR deployments in combined Americas at Epsa.
He has been at the forefront of innovation in Communication technologies particularly Powerline and Wireless Communications. He has several papers to his credit and was the key-note speaker and guest of honour at the Vienna PLC gathering in 2007 for having completed one of the world’s largest Broadband over Powerline deployments. The wireless AMR architecture developed by him was awarded the 3G global industry award in 2009.
He was instrumental in Reliance garnering the largest share of the low-cost telephony market in India. As a past entrepreneur Ajoy built a successful enterprise in India and exited the same in 2004 and joined Reliance Energy as their CTO.
Energy Utility Professional with 24 years of experience - Working with BESCOM as Head - ICT. - Working with BESCOM as Head - Technology Innovation Centre. - Extensive experience in managing technical, contract and business personnel with strong program and project management skills.
His Academic Qualifications are Bachelor of Engineering Electrical & Electronics V Rank in the University - Master of Science Information Technology 2006 Distinction - Mater of Business Administration - Master of Technology-Energy Systems and Management 2013 II Rank Silver Medal. - Enrolled for the PhD at VTU.
His current Job responsibilities are - Redesign of the Distribution Transformer Centre - Consumer Analytics for BESCOM Customers - Automated Demand Response with Renewable Integration - Implementation of an IP Policy for BESCOM - Advisory role on implementation of capacitor banks, new lines, new stations, power procurement etc - Plan, procure, deploy and implement IT projects - Manage strategic Sourcing of IS services - Focus on improvements on Governance and value in the projects - Communicating Management Aims and Directions for technology directives linked to business aims, quality commitments, security and internal control policies and practices. - Provide leadership, teambuilding and guidance in the company’s enterprise technology effort. - Assist the top management in being the innovative leader in the distribution sector.
Ashok Sethi's experience spans 43 years of working in power sector with significant knowledge in project execution, operations, commercial, regulatory, advocacy and policy making. Along with serving as an Executive Director on Tata Power Board, he is also the chairman of its subsidiary companies like Maithon Power Ltd, CGPL (Thermal Generation), WREL (Renewables), Industrial Energy Ltd (Thermal Generation) and TPTCL (Trading).
Mr. Sethi started his career in 1975 at Tata Power’s Trombay Thermal Power Plant in Mumbai and over the next four decades he gained rich experience and has held leadership positions across all functions.
Mr. Sethi is a B. Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and has subsequently trained at Ashridge., UK in advance management.
Ashish Khanna is the President of the Renewables business for Tata Power Group, as well as the MD & CEO of Tata Power Solar.
Ashish joined Tata Power in 2007, holding a series of leadership positions and is on the Board of many Tata Power companies. Ashish has over 30 years of cumulative experience, including multinational companies like EIL and Bechtel, with focus on project management and contracts in both India and abroad.
His accomplishments includes enhancing Tata Power Solar’s revenues 4 times in last 4 years and commissioning several challenging and industry landmark projects.
Ashish is a mechanical engineer from Delhi College of Engineering, and holds a Masters Degree in Management& Systems from IIT Delhi.
A power sector veteran of four decades, Arup Ghosh has been with Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited since November 2005. As Senior Advisor, Arup advises the CEO on several strategic initiatives and oversees the IT, Business Development, HR and Administration functions. He continues to be on the Board of the Company as a Non-Executive Director.
Till superannuation in November 2015, Mr. Ghosh was designated as CTO and Executive Director. He has also worked with Central Electricity Board (Mauritius), CESC (earlier known as Calcutta Electric Supply Company), National Insulated Cable Co. of India and Crompton Greaves.
Mr. Ghosh is an alumnus of the IIT Kharagpur. He has received formal training in General Management from various organizations, as well as training in Regulatory Matters from the Institute of Public-Private Partnerships Inc. Washington D.C.
Mr. Arvind Singh (IAS) has been appointed as Principal Secretary, Energy. His previous assignment was as as Managing Director of Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Ltd. MSETCL) and Private Secretary to the Union Agriculture Minister at New Delhi.Mr. Arvind Singh, joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1988 in Maharashtra Cadre, after studying economics at St. Stephen’s College and the Delhi School of Economics. His first assignment was as Assistant Collector at Aurangabad in Maharashtra from 1990-1992. Later, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Aurangabad Zila Parishad from 1992-94 and as Chief Executive Officer of Nagpur Zilla Parishad from 1994-96. At Nagpur, he also served as Member Secretary of the Vidharbha Statutory Development Board from 1996-97. During 1997-98, he worked in the office of the Chief Secretary, Maharashtra at Mumbai before moving to Kolhapur as District Collector (1998- 001).Moving to the centre, he joined as Dy. Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India, New Delhi. He worked as Private Secretary to the Union Minister of Shipping from Dec.2001- May 2003. Mr. Singh also served as Director (Pharmaceuticals Industry) in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Govt. of India during 2003-04. He has worked as Private Secretary to the Minister of Consumer affairs, Food and Public Distribution from 2004-05 and to the Minister of Agriculture from 2005-09. Mr. Arvind Singh has taken over the charge as Managing Director of Mahatrashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Ltd. on 21.08.09.
Ashwin Gambhir is a Senior Research Associate at Prayas Energy Group and has been working on renewable energy policy and regulatory issues and on Indian climate policy, especially with regard to energy emissions. He also has a keen interest in rural energy, energy economics, energy externalities, depletion of fossil energy reserves and the social and environmental sustainability of energy systems and their interaction with society. Before joining Prayas, he was working on the economics and policy instruments of renewable energy systems and on quantifying subsidies of conventional power generation in India. He recently lived on a farm near Pune and experimented with natural farming in line with his larger interest in ecology and sustainability.
Bernard Lassus is a graduated Engineer of “Ecole Centrale de Lille”. He started his career within
EDF group in the late 70's, in the Nuclear Engineering Field, in charge of Building,
commissionning and operating nuclear power plants - EDF operates 58 Nuclear Power plant
units in France Mainland.
He became in 1997 Director of the Vitry Thermal Power Plant.
In 2004, he was appointed Director in charge of the mass market opening project - since July
2007, the French electricity market is fully deregulated.
From 2007 to 2010, he was appointed Enedis (then called ‘ERDF’) Deputy General Manager,
head of Human Resources and Communication. Then, in 2010, he joined EDF France as EDF VP
in charge of Human Resources.
Since 2014, Bernard Lassus is, within Enedis, Director of the Linky TM Smart Metering Program, an AMM (Advanced Meter Management) program consisting in deploying 35 million smart meters by 2021 – more than 3 million are already installed to date. He is also President of the G3-PLC Alliance - a non profit association under French law, with more than 70 members from North America, Europe and Asia, established in 2011 in order to support, promote and implement G3-PLC in any smart grid application.
Dr. Rahul is a Fellow (Non-resident) at Brookings India and the Brookings Institution. Dr. Tongia was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University for many years, and recently became an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon. Active in the domain of smart grids, he helped found the Smart Grid Task Force, Govt. of India, as well as the India Smart Grid Forum, a multi-stakeholder body chaired by the Ministry of Power, and is the Advisor to both bodies. Previously, he was also a founding member of the Technology Advisory Board of SmartConnect, Southern California Edison’s $1.2B smart metering / smart grid project. He was also a co-founder and Program Director / Principal Research Scientist at the Center for Study of Science, Technology, and Policy (CSTEP), a Bangalore-based not-for-profit think tank.
He works actively in interdisciplinary issues of technology and policy for sustainable development, with domain expertise in energy/power and also IT/telecom. In addition to Smart Grids, his present work focuses on renewables and renewable integration, shortfalls of electricity and mitigation measures, and electricity pricing.
His past work has focused on a number of energy domains including nuclear power, natural gas imports, electricity pricing, and political economy/reform issues. This extended to affiliated topics of design, innovation, and technology transfer, including Indo-US collaboration. He was also a pioneering scholar in the new domain of ICT (information and communications technology) for development, as well as the digital divide. His experience includes the ability to bridge technical and non-technical domains, working across levels from the big picture to design to project implementation, ranging from pilot projects to larger roll-outs. He has served on a number of Committees and projects on technology and development in the US and India, as well as for telecommunications in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Rahul Tongia’s books and book chapters include “Growing Complexity and Transformations of the Power Sector: India as an Example of Developing Regions Using Enterprise Architecture and Smart Grids.” Chapter in A Systemic Perspective to Managing Complexity with Enterprise Architecture (pp. 454 – 501). Pallab Saha (ed.), Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference (2013); “Web Enabled Metering and Controls for Demand Response” Chapter (with R. Walawalker and B. Colburn) in Web Based Enterprise Energy and Facility Management Systems, Barney Capehart (ed.), Fai
Deepak is the Associate Director for WRI India's Energy Program and leads work on the Green Power Market Development Group, India initiative. As part of his responsibility, he interacts with industrial and commercial users of energy, regulators, renewable energy developers and financiers and try to evolve solutions to encourage greater private investment in renewable energy. In addition, he also works on city level RE and EE solutions; and water-energy nexus. He is a certified Energy Risk Professional. He has worked on different issues in the Indian electricity sector and worked with different stakeholders – regulators; utilities; private sector companies across the value chain on projects in mining, generation, transmission, distribution and renewable energy
A result driven professional with around 28 years of rich experience in Profit Centre Operations, business development, Planning, Project Management, metering, procurement, Operations & Maintenance, Erection & Commissioning and Resource Management in the Power Sector.
In depth understanding of planning, development, operation & maintenance of overhead and underground urban electricity distribution network. Possess a clear understanding of the industry, technology trends with the distinction of instituting quality assurance practices to achieve business excellence at the lowest overall cost. Successfully roll out and managed input based franchisee in Uttar Pradesh right from conceptualization, resource deployment and operations Proficiency in designing strategies, procedures and methods; diagnosing breakdown problems; monitoring and controlling maintenance costs.Deftness in managing distribution projects related to DT Metering, AMR, Energy auditing, preparing DPR and consumer Indexing, SCADA, GIS, ABT, distribution infrastructure plans, streetlights etc.Proven skills in implementing Quality Management System as per ISO / IEC 17025 & ISO 9000 series.
An Electrical Engineer with proficiency in Business Management, having rich and diverse industry experience. He has started his career from GEC and moved onto Crompton Greaves and Schneider Electric, heading Business Operations in End-user, Utilities, Industry & Dealer domain.
In his last stint as CEO of Reliance Energy, he contributed in improving Operational Efficiency significantly, through Business Processes Reengineering & Automation while optimizing Cost, thus enhancing Bottom line and Customer Delight.
In his current capacity as MD Distribution of CESC he has ushered in a transformation journey to lift CESC to the next level & prepare it for facing any Competition by turning it into an Agile, Customer Centric & Cost-Effective Digital Utility.
In pursuit of his passion to transform Power Distribution business into a Digital Utility, he effectively deploys latest cutting-edge Technologies for radical change and is continually engaged in embracing disruptive Technological Innovations, for delivering a Real Time, Digital Experience, riding the new waves of Mobility, loT, Big Data Analytics & AI.
Dr Faruk Kazi received his Ph.D. degree from Systems & Control Engineering of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, in 2009. He is currently a Professor in Electrical Engineering Department & Dean of Research at VJTI, Mumbai, India.
His research interests include cyber-physical systems and critical infrastructure protection. He is working as Chair of WG-3 (Digital Architecture and Cyber Security) of India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), PPP initiative of Ministry of Power, Government of India. He is also working as Consultant for Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE) on Smart Grid Projects. He was a member of Maharashtra Smart Grid Coordination Committee (Maha-SGCC).
He was invited as a visiting research scholar at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL, Switzerland, Tufts University and MIT Energy Initiative, Boston, USA. He has delivered invited talks and presented his research work at SUPELEC, CNRS, Paris (France), Budapest (Hungary), Florence (Italy) and Japan. He has published more than 90 research papers in IEEE journals & conferences. He has received project funding from ISRO, BARC and DST for his various research projects.
He is currently working as Principal Investigator (PI) & Coordinator of Rs 5 Cr World Bank funded Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Complex & Nonlinear Dynamical Systems (CNDS). He is also working as Faculty Coordinator of DST funded Start-up Incubator at VJTI dedicated to energy security.
Gopal K. Saxena is currently working as Director of BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) & BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) at Delhi. BRPL, along with its Group Company BYPL, are joint ventures of Reliance ADA group of companies with Govt. of National Capital Territory of Delhi and distribute electricity to almost 3.7 million consumers in Delhi (roughly 67% of Delhi’s population).
Gopal Saxena was born in November 1950 and after his schooling from St. Columba’s High School, New Delhi, he graduated from IIT Kanpur in 1972. He has also completed an Advance Management Programme from Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) in collaboration with INTAN, Malaysia and Commonwealth Sectt., UK. He has over 4 decades of rich experience at apex positions in various companies of repute like ACC-Babcock, DCM Group, Essar Group, and Reliance ADA Group.
He has worked in diversified industry segments in core and infrastructure industries including power, engineering, electronics, telecommunications and has vast experience in managing large businesses / operations. He started his career with ACC Babcock, one of the largest manufacturers of power & industrial boilers and Cement machinery and worked with them for over 10 years. On deputation to Babcock & Wilcox Ltd. UK, he was involved in technology transfer for manufacture of boilers. In recent years, he has been closely involved with developments in the power industry (licensing, generation, financing, regulatory and distribution).
In his 7 years tenure in BSES, Mr. Saxena has held several key positions in both Companies.
August 2007 – Oct’ 2009 – Vice President / COO, BSES Yamuna Power Ltd.
October 2009 – Jan’, 2014 – CEO, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd.
Jan’ 2014 onward – Director, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd. / BSES Yamuna Power Ltd.
Mr. Saxena has been / is a Member of following Working Group/Board/Committee-
1. Independent Director, West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd.
2. Member, Advisory Group on distribution Reforms – Ministry of Power
3. Member, Core Group on Distribution Reform – CII
4. FICCI Power Committee(s)
5. CII National Committee on Power: 2015 – 16
6. Center for Smart Grid Collaborative Research and Development
7. Working Group-3 on “access of power to rural areas and reliability and power to urban area” of India Smart Grid Task Force
8.Working Group for the 12th Plan for Power
He is widely traveled and has been a member of various Indian and international Associations and Forums.
Jitendra Nalwaya is having professional experience more than 24 years in various organisation across India mainly in Power Sector. He is an Electrical & Electronics Engineer from Manipal with an added qualification of General Management (part time) from Indian institute of Management, Lucknow. Presently Jitendra is handling Sustainability and Clean Technology vertical in a Power Distribution Utility. Jitendra has also gained major experience in handling Power Distribution operations/ Transformation in Government/ Private Licensee/ Franchisee operations. He is having professional experience in the field of Commercial, O&M and Project Management in Oil & Gas, Power, Infrastructure sector and handling P&L of a large organisation having multi city operations. He has also handled organisation strategic issues/ planning of change management including organisation transformation
Jon has been with Oncor Electric Delivery for over 31 years. He started his career as a nuclear power plant engineer working on construction, startup, operations, and technical support. Following this, he wasan energy consultant, project manager, business planner, and asset manager. He then served a one year tour with an energy retailer as a Community Relations Manager before having the welcome opportunity to return to Oncor.Jon was the project manager during Oncor’s AMI deployment from 2008 to 2012. He is currently the Manager of the Advanced Metering System program for Oncor.
Jon is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas with a BS in electrical engineering from Texas A&M and an MBA from Tarleton State University. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife and two children.
David joined the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL in 2012. His work on high renewable energy power systems focuses on low-cost options for system balancing, such as coal flexibility, demand response, storage, and operating reserves. He has collaborated extensively with the Government of India to help them achieve an efficient, reliable power system through robust planning models, including technical leadership of India’s first renewable energy grid integration study (USAID Greening the Grid). Other work in India includes assisting states in planning their transmission and distribution systems. He has also worked on studies for North America, the Philippines, and Kazakhstan.
Prior to NREL David received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University where he performed research on electrical load forecasting and demand-side management. He has a B.A. from Kenyon College
Mr Kapil Sharma is Chief Oprerating Officer of Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited.He has total 24 years of experience . His areas of expertise are as follows:-
Regulatory & Commercial in Electricity Industry, Distribution System Planning, Design & Engineering, Power Sector Reforms & Restructuring, Distribution - Privatization, Franchisee, Commercial Due diligence of Generation, businesses, Power Market & Trading, Contracts Management (Transmission & Power sourcing).He has participated in Knowldege exchange programme with DISCOMs in US, Singapore, South Asia Pacific Countries, Energy conferences under USAID, World Bank
With a career spanning over 36 years, Minesh has handled various functions including engineering, planning, fuel procurement, project development & management, regulatory affairs, business development and strategy.
Having joined Tata Power in November 1982, he has held various leadership positions. At present Minesh heads the T&D Vertical at Tata Power which includes Mumbai, Delhi, Ajmer Distribution and Powerlinks Transmission. Prior to this he was Chief Business Development Officer responsible for business development activities in India and overseas. He has headed the business development in the ASEAN region and has also been the Chief Representative Officer of Tata Power in Indonesia. He is a Director on the Boards of several Tata Companies.
Minesh is a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Master in Technology from IIT Bombay.
Neeraj’s research at The Council revolves around solar and wind markets and the socio-economic benefits of renewables, including jobs and skilling in the sector. He is particularly interested in the policy, regulatory, and economic aspects of rooftop solar, and is currently leading a project to design new business models to accelerate the deployment of rooftop solar in the Delhi region.
Neeraj also works on energy storage technologies, electric vehicles and grid integration, and often cross-pollinates ideas and analysis with other teams on subjects like the assessment of the criticality of battery minerals in India.
Neeraj holds an undergraduate degree in Energy Science and Engineering and an M. Tech in Energy Systems from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay.
M Shenbagam is a Power Sector veteran with more than 3 decades of experience in Thermal & Hydro Generation, Distribution & International Business Development.
Before joining TPDDL, he was heading the Power Business of Tata Power in Vietnam. Prior to that, he headed the Retail Distribution of Tata Power in Mumbai wherein he was instrumental in setting up the entire commercial & operation processes to meet the growing customer base and Capability building in its exponential growth journey. The Distribution Business went on to win four National Awards for Best Distribution Company from 2008 to 2013.
Mr. Shenbagam is an alumnus of National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra & Asian Institute of Management, Manila.
Shri Pankaj Batra did his B. Tech in Electrical Engineering, Diploma in Systems Management, Diploma in Financial Management and Diploma in Public Speaking.
He worked as Additional Chairman in the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), and ex-officio Additional Secretary to the Government of India and oversees various policy and planning functions, including Electric Power Survey Report on long term demand forecasting, National Electricity Plan on generation planning, coal and gas supply to power stations, renewable sources of energy, etc.
He has worked in the Western Regional Load Despatch Centre (WRLDC) as a System Operator. He was also responsible for operation and maintenance of Power House, Switchyard and Dam in Chukha Hydro Power Corporation in Bhutan and operation and later operation and maintenance of transmission and distribution system of Bhutan.
He has worked in the Grid Management in the CEA Headquarters. He framed the regulations of CEA on Technical Standards for Connectivity to the Grid and regulations on Grid Standards
Praveer Sinha is the CEO & Managing Director of The Tata Power Company Limited (TPC, Mumbai), India’s largest power Integrated company with a significant International presence. The Company has its presence in all the segments of power sector viz. Fuel & logistics, Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Trading. It is one of the largest renewable energy companies in India and has developed the country’s first 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology.
Mr. Sinha has nearly 34 years of experience in Generation and Distribution sector. He has been responsible for developing and setting up Greenfield and Brownfield Power plants in India and abroad. Apart from this, he has actively contributed in bringing about huge socio-economic development and empowerment programs for youth and children in these project sites. Prior to becoming the CEO & Managing Director of The Tata Power Company Limited, he has served as the CEO&MD of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), a Public Private Partnership (JV) of Tata Power and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi fromApril’2012 to April’2018.The company has a registered consumer base of 1.68 million and reaches out to 7 million consumers in North and North West part of Delhi through its services.
Paresh Bhatt has nearly 25 years of experience across the Power, Utility and Process industries. As Chief New Business Services, he is responsible for assimilating and deploying, on a commercial basis, various emerging technologies like smart grid, grid management, utility and distributed storage solutions, ESCO initiatives, EV charging infra solutions and its grid management technologies.
Working with Tata Power since 2008, he has handled multiple roles across Procurement, Contracts & Project Management. Prior to joining Tata Power, Paresh has worked for Reliance industries for 12 years in various capacities.
Paresh has done his BE in Mechanical from Sardar Patel College of Engineering in Mumbai.
Mr R R Mehta served as former CEO of, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. He has diverse functional and corporate management experience including in ship owning for international trade, Trading, Investments, Manufacturing and Steel production. Have dealt with cross border trade, tax and legal matters in international environment having dealt with USA, UK, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Phillipines etc. Have dealt with diverse profile of customers including large world renowned steel companies in USA, Europe, Korea, Phillipines, Mexico etc. and now managing the electricity distribution services to consumers in Mumbai as diverse as Commercial Establishments, Residential in organised developments as well as unorganised developments (slums). In recent times steered the organisation through a challenging, first time in India, task of grant(renewal) of Distribution license for 25 years against all challenges of the regulatory intent of extraordinary stretched test of provisions of Electricity Act 2003. Reliance Energy is one of the most forward looking organisation in the industry.
Specialties: Strongly believes in development of people through empowerment and encouraging the decision making initiatives thereby creating a development opportunity for individuals and also creating an environment of broad based succession potential in the organisation. Passionate for use of technology for smooth functioning of business including transparency and exceptions management.
Reena Suri, Executive Director with India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) since 2013, brings over 19 years of experience in the Energy Sector. She is responsible for the research projects, advisory services, business development, training and capacity building programs, customer outreach activities, members relations and finances of ISGF. Reena has contributed to the various advisory services, whitepapers and research reports of ISGF such as: Implementation Plan for Electrification of Public Transportation in Kolkata City; Smart Grid Handbook for Regulators and other Stakeholder; Blockchain for Electric Utilities; Energy Storage Roadmap for India; Smart Grid Roadmap for Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd; Development of Roadmap for Implementation of Smart Grid – Concepts, Practices and Technologies in SAARC Region; Study on Infrastructure and Enabling Environment for Road Electric Transport in SAARC Member States; and World Bank EV Project: EV Ecosystem Support for Kolkata.
Reena is the founder-editor of the Smart Grid Bulletin published by ISGF since January 2014 which has online circulation of over 50,000 senior professionals in 100+ countries. As an outreach specialist, she has been involved in development of the Customer Outreach programs for the utilities implementing the Smart Grid projects in India. The outreach program helps the utilities to educate the project benefits to the customers well in advance of the start of project implementation. Reena is also responsible for designing and delivering training and capacity building programs on various domains of Smart Grids for Policy Makers, Regulators and Utility Officials. Reena is instrumental in making the India Smart Grid Knowledge Portal (www.indiasmartgrid.org), one of the most popular portals on smart grids globally.
Reena has worked with ISGF Board to conceive, design, develop and the successful delivery of ISGF’s Annual Event, India Smart Utility Week (ISUW, www.isuw.in) since 2015. She is the principal show director of ISUW which in a short span has grown to be the signature event on Smart Grids and Smart Cities around the world.
Prior to joining ISGF, Reena has worked with various International organisations such as Tetra Tech, Nexant Inc., PA Consulting and Academy for Educational Development (AED). She has worked on energy related projects funded by United States Agency for International Development such as Distribution Reform, Upgrades and Management (DRUM) Project, South Asia Regional Energy Initiative for Energy (SARI/E) and Small Grants Program. Under the DRUM Project, Reena worked with electricity distribution companies in India to help them upgrade their infrastructure to match international benchmarks. Reena has also helped in developing several modules on Smart Grid and been instrumental in conducting Train the Trainer workshops. She was involved in conducting a series of Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) workshops for utilities in India. These workshops enabled her to study the position of Indian utilities on SGMM landscape and their aspirations for future. Reena assisted BESCOM in design of their IT Strategy and Roadmap and Pilot Architecture Design for a Smart Grid Pilot.
Rahul has 15+ years of experience analysing and contributing to Technical, Financial and Management solutions across industries and geography. He is Co-Founder of pManifold, a Utility focused Research and Consulting company. The company is leader in emerging Market Development and Customer Experience Management, and help making life better for masses through driving reforms and services delivery improvements across utilities and businesses. He specialize in business strategy, financial modeling, customers social behavior understanding, policy advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. He contributes to power, water, waste, solar, smart, health, and education sectors.
He has dual Masters in Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Bachelors from VNIT, Nagpur. He earlier was R&D Head for BHTC, USA, and Investment Head for Rural Energy for ICICI supported IFMR Trust in India. He is Secretary of India Utility Knowledge and Network (IUKAN) and also Nagpur Smart City Council (NSCC). He has published papers and an avid reader, writer and learner.
Reji is the President of India Smart Grid Forum (www.indiasmartgrid.org) since its inception in 2011 and is also the Chairman of Global Smart Grid Federation since November 2016. He is an internationally renowned expert with over three decades of experience in the electricity sector in diverse functions covering the entire value chain and across continents. He is spearheading a mission to leverage technology to transform the electric grid in India and light every home at affordable cost through sustainable developmental models. Reji played the pivotal role in formulation of the Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap for India (August 2013) and the launch of a National Smart Grid Mission (March 2015) by Government of India, issue of Model Smart Grid Regulations (June 2015) by Forum of Regulators; and issue of National Standards for Smart Meters (IS: 16444 -2015 and IS 15959 Part 2), Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (IS: 17017-2018) by Bureau of Indian Standards; and Energy Storage Roadmap for India (2019). He is presently advocating for a “Right to Electricity Act” that will ensure lifeline supply of electricity to all citizens in the country. His current areas of research and work include: Energy Storage Systems, Integration of Distributed Renewable Energy Resources and Electric Vehicles on the Low Voltage Distribution Grid, Smart Grids as Anchor Infrastructure for Smart Cities, Development of Smart City Maturity Model and Electric Vehicle Maturity Model, Grid Interactive Buildings and Campuses, Blockchain for Utilities; Future of Transportation; Policies and Business Models for Electric Vehicle Rollouts and Charging Infrastructure; and Interconnection of Regional Grids in Asia - ASEAN, SAARC and GCC grids.
In November 2016 Reji was unanimously elected as Chairman of Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), a global umbrella organization of smart grid associations from 16 countries and the European Union. As an entrepreneur, Reji has built successful enterprises in India and overseas and exited them. He has studied Engineering, Finance, Management and Law; worked with NTPC and IBM and has been senior consultant with ADB, World Bank and USAID. A recognized thought leader in smart grid technologies, concepts of smart cities and electric vehicles, Reji is a popular key-note speaker at international symposiums and conferences on smart grids, smart cities and e-Mobility. He has also contributed to several articles, books, research reports and white papers on variety of topics.
After a 35+ year career in Canadian Electric Utilities and Power Systems area, Ravi Seethapathy is now an Advisor to the Utility/Industry. He sits on the Boards of Smart Grid Canada, India Smart Grid Forum, and Biosirus Inc. His current international technical activities include (1) Cigre Convener WGC6.28-Remote Islanded Grids; (2) IEA PVPS Taskforce 14 – Large Scale Solar Integration; (3) IEC TC 120 – Energy Storage; (4) IEC SEG4-LVDC; and (5) India Smart Grid Forum- Chair WG5 (Renewables and Microgrids).
He is an invited speaker in the international Smart Grid area having co-authored over 50 technical papers. He is also mentors/Chairs a small technology company Biosirus Inc. (engaged in Energy Efficiency, Pico/Nano/Microgrid and other select leading technologies globally). Retired in 2014 after 31 year career in a leading Utility in Canada where he managed leading portfolios in R&D, Innovation, Smart Grid Projects, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy Integration, and Asset Management. His Past Corporate Directorships include Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Ryerson University, TV Ontario, Scarborough Hospital, Nevaro Capital Corp, Engineers without Borders (Chair), Canadian Club of Toronto (President), Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (President).
He has received numerous honours and citations including Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), Fellow Canadian Academy of Engineering (2012), Hydro One President’s Award (2008), Honour Roll of the Shastri Institute (2008), Honorary Fellow, Centennial College (2005), Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (1996) to name a few. His education includes a B. Tech (Hons) in Electrical Power from IIT, Kharagpur, India; an M. Eng. in Electrical Power from the University of Toronto; and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University. He together with my family has endowed an IEEE Award in “Rural Electrification Excellence”
Sanjoy Mukherjee is currently Vice President (Distribution- technical) in CESC Ltd. and has more than 25 years experience in the various aspects of Power Distribution and Power Projects. His experiences in Distribution include Testing & Commissioning of Substations, Generating Stations, Designing Protection Systems, Metering Systems, Analysis of Power Systems disturbance, Network Planning, Asset Creation etc. While in Projects Division, he was an active member of the team responsible for all aspects of concept to Commissioning of 2x300 MW TPP & 40 MW AFBC Project
Mr Sanjeev Seth, Chief Executive Officer, India Power Corporation Limited erstwhile DPSC Limited – a 99 plus years old organization is basically a Graduate Electrical Engineer with Management qualification. Besides being Chartered Engineer and alumnus of NIT, Jaipur and IIM, Ahmedabad, He has around twenty nine years of proven experience in diversified businesses with large Indian and Multinational organizationse.g IPCL, BSES-a Reliance Infra and Govt of NCT of Delhi JV, Cincinnati Milacron Inc:, Usha Telehoist Limited, &ECE Industries Limited.
Prior to joining IPCL in Aug’2016, He was heading Power distribution business at one of Delhi discom BSES – a joint venture of Reliance Infrastructure and Delhi Govt.
Shri. Sanjeev Kumar took over as Managing Director of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd.(MSEDCL) on 21st Dec 2015.
Shri. Sanjeev Kumar holds a degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from University of Roorkee (now known as IIT Roorkee) and M.Tech in Communication Engineering from IIT, Kanpur. He also holds a degree in Financial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institution of Management Studies, Mumbai University.
Shri. Sanjeev Kumar is an IAS officer of Maharashtra Cadre, 1993 batch. He possesses wide experience of working in the field of infrastructure and Finance in Government of Maharashtra and in Government of India. Prior to current assignment, he has worked in Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation as Joint Secretary & Mission director for Housing for All project.He was mission director for Prime Minister AawasYojna (PMAY) and he designed and launched PMAY in that capacity. He worked as Director in Ministry of Power, Incharge of Rajiv Gandhi GraminVidyutikaranYojna (RGGVY) & Restructured Accelerated Power Development & Reform Program (RAPDRP). Shri Sanjeev Kumar has earlier served in various Ministries and departments of the Government of Maharashtra viz. State Sales Tax Department, Water Supply & Sanitation Department and Industries Department. He has served as Joint CEO of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). He has also has been MD of Maharashtra Agro Industries Development Corporation. He also served as District Collector of Gondia and Jalgaon District in Maharashtra and Divisional Commissioner of Nagpur Division in Vidharbha Region of Maharashtra.
Mr. Sanjay Kumar Banga is the Chief Executive Officer of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL), a Public Private Partnership (JV) of TATA Power and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi. The company has a registered consumer base of 1.68 million and reaches out to 7 million consumers in North and North West part of Delhi through its services.
A power sector veteran with around three decades of experience in power generation and distribution business, Mr. Sanjay Kumar Banga brings with him an expertise in the power sector, covering areas of Operational Technologies, Project Management, Utility Business process Re-engineering and Regulatory Environment that are essential for strengthening of electrical utilities to meet reliability and AT&C loss reduction targets under regulatory regime. The learning he gathered through associations with leading public and private sector electrical utilities in India equips him very well to tackle the enormous challenges of the electricity distribution business in India and abroad. His deep knowledge of the subject makes him a regular speaker in seminars / workshops / panel discussions in India and abroad.
Mr. Sanjay Kumar Banga has been associated with Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited since July 2003 and was part of the initial group which transformed the ailing distribution company into a benchmark utility. Mr. Banga firmly believes that the difference between a successful company and its competitors, lies in its ability to execute plans effectively, and that a leader should be involved in execution as much as he associates himself in strategy planning
Mr. Vivek Goel is an 1992 batch Central Power Engineering Services (CPES) officer working presently as a Chief Engineer in Distribution Planning & Technology Development Division of Central Electricity Authority(CEA). He has more than 20 Years of experience in planning, designing & engineering of power distribution system, formulation & amendments of Regulations, development of efficient distribution system and development of Smart Grid etc.
He was actively associated in development of Functional Requirement of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) issued by CEA in 2016 and is also actively involved with National Smart Grid Mission(NSGM) for development of Smart Grid in the country etc. He was also associated with the preparation of 24x7 Power For All (PFA) Documents for all States and have also worked as the convener of the Committee constitute by MOP to study grid related issues in Andaman & Nicobar Islands keeping in view the new solar projects in the Islands.