Additional Vice President and Head Renewable, DSM & EE and Energy Analytics 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
Adarsh Nagarajan manages a group that focuses research on Power Systems Design and Planning in Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with a focus on advanced power systems research relating to fast changing energy systems. Nagarajan is also a Principal Researcher with deep expertise in: emerging technologies research on distribution systems, especially those associated with energy storage and DERs.
His experience encompasses computer modeling of power systems; grid integration of distributed energy resources (DERs); modeling, control, and monitoring of energy storage systems; and the design, system integration, control and dynamics, protection, and seamless grid integration of low-inertia systems (microgrids). He has authored over thirty technical publications. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is active in standards creation.
Nagarajan received Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2014, from Arizona State University. Nagarajan extensively supports distribution utilities in reaching their goals with adoption to solar (PV), energy storage, and electric vehicle (EV).
Ajoy Rajani 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 Rajani built a successful enterprise in India and exited the same in 2004 and joined Reliance Energy as their CTO.
Graduate of Delhi’s prestigious SRCC, Amal Sinha is a Chartered and Cost Account with more than 25 years of rich experience under his belt. His deep understanding transcends manufacturing and service sectors with expertise in areas like Corporate Finance, Strategy Planning, Budgetary and Financial Control, Audits (of various kinds), Regulatory Affairs, Indian Accounting Standards and Power Distribution.
After working for Escorts Ltd for 15 years (and L&T Group before that), Amal joined BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) in 2006 as the head of the company’s business process re engineering group, followed by its CFO overseeing areas of functional finance and accounts. Subsequently, he was elevated as Director Finance.
Since 2016, he has been working as the CEO of BRPL – a joint venture between Reliance Infrastructure Limited and the Delhi Government – and having revenues in excess of Rs 10,000 crore. He, supported by a workforce of around 10,000, is responsible for supplying reliable electricity to around over 25 lakh consumers in South and West Delhi.
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, Anant Venkateswaran 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.
Anish presently leads the IT team at BYPL. He has 29 years of diverse experience in the power generation and distribution sectors. He worked with BHEL for about six years in the design and development of steam and gas turbines. Subsequently, for about nine years, he was associated with companies involved in the development of software systems for operations optimization and diagnostics using artificial intelligence tools. For the past fifteen years, he has been working with BSES Yamuna Power Ltd. in the IT department in various capacities, taking care of the company’s IT projects including SAP, GIS, AMR and IT Infrastructure implementation. He is presently working as CIO and Head IT for BSES Yamuna Power Ltd.
Anish has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Apurva Chaturvedi is a clean energy professional currently working as Senior Clean Energy Specialist in the Clean Energy and Environment Office in USAID/India. She has over 12 years of experience in clean energy and power sector. She has the experience of designing and managing several clean energy programs at USAID. Her area of expertise is strategy formulation and program design & management. She is currently leading the smart grids, distribution reforms and energy efficiency portfolio of USAID’s clean energy program in India. Prior to USAID she worked for British Council, British High Commission, as Project Manager-Climate Change for four years. She has done her Masters in Microbiology with specialization in Environment microbiology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights.
Dr. Arun Kumar Verma serves as Joint Secretary (Hydro) at Ministry of Power, India. Dr. Verma is an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer of 1986 Gujarat Batch. He has over 29 years of administrative and management experience. He was associated with the Government of Gujarat in various capacities including Conservator of Forests, Social forestry circle, Ahmedabad, Commissioner of Tribal Development and the Managing Director, Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited. Before joining Ministry of Power, Government of India he was posted as Member Secretary of Gujarat Ecology Commission, Gandhinagar and Project Director of the World Bank Funded Integral Coastal Zone Management from July 29, 2011 to November 14, 2014. He has been a Government Nominee Director of Rural Electrification Corporation Limited since October 06, 2015 and Power Finance Corporation Limited since October 13, 2015. He has been a Nominee Director of PTC India Limited since August 10, 2017. He served as Government Nominee Director of NHPC Ltd. from December 17, 2014 to October 19, 2015.
Chandan Chowdhury is Associate Dean and a Practice Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems at the Indian School of Business (ISB). He is also the Executive Director leading the (1) Munjal Institute for Global Manufacturing and the (2) Punj-Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management at ISB. Professor Chandan did his MS in Mechanical Engineering and has doctorate from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (formerly known as the Technical University of Budapest). Professor Chandan has been the recipient of numerous awards and his special areas of interest are operations and manufacturing management, innovation and ‘Technology Enabled Business Transformation’ and smart and sustainable city. Prior to joining ISB, he served three top multinationals as Managing Director and Country Manager. He was CEO and Member Board of Directors at IFS-India (a 100% subsidiary of Industrial and Financial System, a Swedish Multinational, listed in Stockholm focussing on enterprise applications).
He was also the Country Manager at IBM-Software Group (Strategic Accounts). Prior to joining ISB, he served Dassault Systemes over 5 years, initially as a Managing Director-India and subsequently as Vice President-Global Affairs. Dassault Systemes is a European multinational operating from approximately 140 countries. He was also a Member, Board of Directors at Dassault Systemes-India. He has lead business transformation initiatives in many leading corporate both in government and private sectors. Professor Chandan has an excellent blend of academia and industry. During his last academic stint, he was a Professor, Dean (Academy), Chairman (Board of Research) and Member (Board of Governors) at NITIE (National Institute of Industrial Engineering, established as a joint initiative between United Nations and Government of India in 1963). He is passionate about leveraging technology to make the world a better place to live in.
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.
Working with Larsen & Toubro Limited, Power Transmission & Distribution IC as Segment Head, Utility power distribution BU, North & West. Has 26 years of vast experience in construction, project management of various electricals projects for substation, metro works, industrial electrification and rural and urban electrification projects. Has worked closely in most of electrification schemes of GoI, like RGGVY, DDUGJY, IPDS, and Saubhagaya jobs.
Dipak is currently Practice Director, Global Energy Infrastructure and Utilities at Ricardo. In his role as Practice Director, Dipak leads a team of 60 engineers and scientists in areas of advanced systems architecture (under the power planning and solutions offering), local energy systems, transport energy systems, and heating & cooling infrastructure. Dipak has been with Ricardo for over 20 years, during which he has served in key roles such as Head of Urban Mobility and Vehicle Product Group. He has the unique experiences of being extensively involved in the transport and vehicle engineering sector as well as in the energy infrastructure consulting space, which provides him with unique insights in the development and management of power grids and distribution systems in the current energy transitional environment. He has a Masters in Electro-mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester.
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.
Gaurav leads the Smart Grid & Engineering verticals at BYPL with focus on leveraging technology and innovation to achieve key utility objectives like AT&C loss reduction, reliability enhancement, operational efficiency improvement and customer satisfaction. He is involved in conceptualization, evaluation and implementation of solutions in the areas of Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Distribution Automation, Energy Storage and E-mobility to build sustainable business models.
Gaurav is an electrical engineer with over 16 years of diverse experience in power distribution. He joined BYPL in 2003 and has worked in multiple domains including Planning, Metering, Protection, Testing and Commissioning in the past.
Dr. G. Ganesh Das is a PhD in the area of Strategic Marketing & Consumer Behavior from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, MBA and LLB from University of Delhi besides having an executive qualification on Export Management from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. His professional experience spans over 28 years’ in the area of Strategy Planning, business development, customer relationship management, process improvement, consulting, technology, across multifarious sectors such as power, automobiles, and consulting including international assignments. He has done significant researches in the areas of consumer behavior and strategy with papers written on the subject in international Journals. He has also co-authored a book ‘Aesthetics in Marketing’ published by Sage Publications, Los Angeles, London, New Delhi and Singapore.
He was the part of the global team involved in conceptualizing, development and enablement of “Smart Grid Maturity Model” (SGMM) whose rights now rests with Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Carnegie Mellon University (USA). One of his key areas of interest is looking at how changing technologies derives from and improves quality of consumer life with papers published in the areas of energy management technologies and strategies in the demand side management of energy. He has presented papers and participated in panel discussions in more than 20 international conference in relation to electricity distribution, energy and Smart Grid.
He is been with Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) since 2005, and has held positions as Head of Consumer Accreditation Cell, Head of Strategy and Performance Management. Until recently he was heading Smart Grid Group and rolled out one of the country’s first Advanced Metering Infrastructure with Auto Demand Response Project and a comprehensive Smart Grid Technology Roadmap for TPDDL. He is presently Head of Strategy, Business Excellence & Collaborations including Digital & Business Intelligence Group.
Mr. Ganesh Srinivasan, Chief - Transmission & Distribution – Mumbai for Tata Power, has taken the responsibility of the Tata Power’s Transmission & Distribution Business in Mumbai since Oct 2016. The Distribution business caters close to 7 lakh consumers in Mumbai & the Transmission business is the backbone for bulk power transmission with 22 receiving stations and about 1200 ckt kms of EHV lines & cables.
Mr. Ganesh Srinivasan previously held the post of Head of Strategy & Corporate Planning in Tata Power. Prior to joining Tata Power, he worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc with experience in power utilities, cement, steel, automotive companies in the areas of strategy, operations transformation and organizational development. He also has experience of working in Product Development and Manufacturing during his stint at Cummins India Ltd. Ganesh is a BTech from IIT Madras, Masters from Purdue University and has done an MBA from Indian School of Business.
Jagabanta is a Senior Associate with RMI – India. He focuses on electricity and electromobility issues in the country. Jagabanta comes from a background of energy consultancy and development. Prior to RMI, he worked with the World Bank Group and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the energy and climate sectors in areas including carbon pricing, mining, power systems planning, and urban transportation.
Previously, he was with IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (IHS CERA) in its Singapore office as a research associate. At IHS CERA he worked extensively on nuclear, power, gas, and renewable projects in various geographies across Asia.
He has a B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and an M.A. in International Economics and International Development from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Jitendra Nalwaya is having professional experience more than 25 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 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
Sri KK Mishra is a career civil services officer of 2003 batch in IRTS. In his present assignment he has been a key architect in conceptualization, designing and implementation of major schemes of Ministry of Power viz Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna – Saubhagya (energy access, household connection and last mile connectivity), Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna – DDUGJY (strengthening and augmentation of sub-transmission and distribution network in rural area). Through these schemes India is targeting to achieve universal household electrification by March 2019. He had been a key in designing Integrated Power Development Scheme – IPDS (strengthening and augmentation of sub-transmission and distribution network in urban area) and National Smart Grid Mission – NSGM (Smart Grid initiatives in India) too. Government of India is investing more than Rs1.5 Lakh Crore through these schemes in the Power Distribution Sector across the country.
In his earlier assignments he has worked in Freight Operations, Terminal Management, Service Delivery, Public Relations under Ministry of Railways in Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, UP, Delhi and MP. He is recipient of Railway Minister’s National Award for Administration, the apex award of Ministry of Railways. He won first prize at Annual International Conference on Public Policy Hackathon at IIM Bangalore. His interests include Public Service Delivery, Infrastructure Development, Cross Functional Area of Infrastructure-Economic Development-Human Development & Gov 2.0. In 2015 Sri Mishra led a group of 51 to arduous Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. A veteran of many Marathons, now he is training from Triathlon: Swimming, Cycling & Running. Sri Mishra hold Masters Degrees in Business Administration, Economics and Public Policy from Pune University, Lucknow University and IIM Bangalore respectively. He has also attended programs at Syracuse University and University of California at Berkeley.
Marc Delandre is currently Director of the ENEDIS Metering Division, and General Secretary of the G3-PLC Alliance.
He started his career at EDF R&D in 1982, and notably contributed to the management of projects, in the field of energy conservation. He then joined the EDF Commercial Division and in 1998 he was appointed head of the Lyon area. From 2000 as Commerce Regional Director in Poitiers and then in Paris, he participated to the opening of the electricity and gas markets. In 2007, he became Director of a subsidiary dedicated to the development of renewable energy (photovoltaic, heat pumps). In 2010, he joined the Strategy and Project Division of ENEDIS where he had the responsibility of Smart Grids Services Projects.
In 2014, he was appointed Director of the Metering Division. He is a graduated Engineer from Supelec.
Markus Wypior has over 20 years of experience in project management, bilateral and multilateral development co-operation, policy advisory and strategic planning in telecommunications, energy, environment and climate change. He has a very good standing within the Indian stakeholder community and is often invited as a speaker or panelist.
At present he is responsible for the implementation of the Green Energy Corridor module within the Indo-German Energy Programme. He leads a multi-disciplinary team of experts in the field of large scale grid integration of renewable energy and provides advisory services to various stakeholders on forecasting, scheduling, balancing and ancillary services.
From 2012 – 2015 he established the support office of the Indo-German Energy Forum in India which is Germany’s political dialogue platform in the energy sector. The support office is jointly operated by GIZ, KfW and the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency.
From 2005 – 2012 he implemented numerous projects in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sector under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in India and other countries in Asia.
After joining GIZ in 2003 he was responsible for the thematic areas "Environmental Protection and Energy Management", "Management of Natural Resources and Poverty Reduction" and "Urban Development" at the China desk in GIZ’s headquarters.
Wypior graduated as an economist (Master’s degree equivalent) from Bonn University in 1997. Prior to joining GIZ he worked mainly in telecommunications and other infrastructure projects in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia.
Before entering University Wypior joined the German industrial conglomerate Mannesmann AG as a trainee and worked thereafter as procurement and sales officer in the field of energy and environmental technology.
M Shenbagam is the Chief Operating Officer at Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited. He is a hard-core Power Sector professional with more than 3 decades of experience in Thermal & Hydro Generation, Distribution & International Business Development. He has earlier headed the Retail Distribution in Mumbai where customer choice was given for the first time in India and built the Organisation from a customer base of 23000 to 650,000.
Shenbagam is an alumnus of National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra and Asian Institute of Management, Manila.
Mukesh Dadhich is having professional experience of more than 22 years mainly in Power Distribution Sector. He is an Electrical Engineer from ECK Kota with an added qualification of PGDBM (Energy Management) from MDI, Gurugram. Presently Mukesh is handling SCADA Systems Operations and Sustainability & Clean Technology vertical in a Power Distribution Utility (BYPL). Mukesh has also gained major experience in handling Power Distribution operations, SCADA Systems, Power Scheduling and load Forecasting, Power Management. He is also responsible for company's Sustainability and Clean technology initiatives.
Nihar Raj is Business Head - Asia for Power Consulting, Power Grids. ABB Power Grids is a global leader in power technologies and aspires to be the partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.
Nihar has nearly two decades of experience in the power sector, which has been spent in various roles in ABB. In his current capacity he has achieved many firsts like the first 765kV digitalization project in India and first time onsite measurements of step and touch potentials in live 400kV switchyards. He has been responsible for implementation of new successful busines models to match the evolving power landscape and was the leading contributor to establishing the state of art technology and experience center ABB PowerTEC
Prior to his current role, he led the design and engineering team in India for Power Grids. Here he had the opportunity to execute several challenging large AIS, GIS, Mixed Technology Solutions, HVDC, and FACTS large projects – from the large hydro substation projects with typical technical challanges to one of the earliest IEC 61850 substations and involvement into formation of reliable solutions for distribution networks.
Nihar began his career in 2001 and has worked with teams across globe. He is an active member of CIGRE, a senior member IEEE, member of Technical Committee for formation of National Technical Manual on Substations, GIS and Earthing by CBIP, among many others. Besides several published papers in areas of Renewable Integration, Substation technologies, Power Quality, Asset mangement; he has been a notable speaker in platforms like CIGRE India, CBIP, IEEE International Conference and developed strategic partnerships with organizations such as Central Board of Irrigation and Power to shape the future engineers of India.
Nihar graduated in electrical engineering from MS University Vadodara, has yellow belt Six Sigma certification, and received the Power Engineering Service Award 2019 for excellent contribution in the field of Power Ssystem.
As a 2004-batch IAS officer of the Bihar cadre, Palka Sahni gained an in-depth experience in the power sector while serving as Managing Director of Transmission as well as Distribution companies of Bihar. She also handled flagship programmes of Government of India such as ‘Make in India’ and Ease of Doing Business and was a part of the team which saw India break into the Top 100 in World Banks’s Ease of Doing Business ranking. Ms Sahni has interests in Energy & Development economics
Presently, she is spearheading Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), a priority scheme of Government of India in the Urban Power Distribution Sector as Executive Director (IPDS), Power Finance Corporation.
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.
Alumnus of VNIT Nagpur and FMS Delhi, P R Kumar is currently the Chief Executive Officer of BSES Yamuna Power Ltd., a joint venture between Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. and the Government of Delhi, a company distributing power to over 17 lakh customers in East and Central Delhi. Kumar has rich experience of over three decades in the power sector, having worked in BSES Yamuna Power Ltd., BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd., Delhi Vidyut Board, UPSEB and NTPC. He has a unique experience of having worked in both power generation and power distribution. During his long inning, he acquired a broad spectrum of work experience in India and Africa in areas of Project planning & Management, Erection and Commissioning, Operation and Maintenance, Techno-Commercial Studies, Regulatory, Business Operations, Financial Analysis, Business Development, Consulting, Strategy, and General Management.
During his ongoing tenure as the CEO BSES Yamuna Power Ltd., Delhi since 2014, performance of the company improved on all parameters, be it technical and commercial loss of power, quality of power supply, customer satisfaction, employee engagement or financial performance. Under his leadership, the AT&C loss of the company reduced from 22% to 9% level, a laudable achievement. The company bagged over 50 prestigious National and International awards on diverse domains, which includes Golden Peacock Occupational Health & Safety Award 2019, First Prize by Ministry of Power on Energy Conservation (NECA) in ‘Discom' category, Excellence in Cost Management by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI), Asia Power Award and British Safety Council Award
Presentably, heading Market Operations as Director in the board of Power System Operation Corporation Ltd, India (POSOCO). A schedule-A company responsible for managing entire Indian Electricity Grid as an Independent System Operator (ISO). He is also Chief Information Security Officer of POSOCO.
A power system engineer having more than three decades of experience in nearly all aspects of power system like construction/maintenance of transmission lines, grid substation, HVDC systems commissioning and O&M.
Implemented India’s first integrated SCADA/EMS project and acquired expertise in areas like large SACDA system integration, up gradation with new technologies, applications of information technology in power system operation (larger grid operation) and cyber security of critical infrastructure i.e. SCADA and IT Systems of power sector.
Graduated in 1981 in electrical engineer from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal.
Introduced Synchrophasor Technology in India through pioneering efforts of implementing India’s first synchrophasors project in 2009. Experiences from this projected resulted implementation of many other projects and finally a large project with 1600 PMUs.
Authored Chapter on “Synchrophasors for improving the performance of power system” in the book published by "The institution of Engineering and technology", London, UK
Written and published and presented many papers and articles at national and international levels.
Delivered many talks on synchrophasor technology, SCADA system, IT in power system, cyber security in power system in various International as well as national conferences.
Chairman of CIGRE National Committee C5 (Power System Market) of India.
Certified ISO 27001 lead auditor and Implemented Information Security Management System (ISO 27001) as management representative along with other standards like ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001
Involved in introducing and designing of Power System Market in India.
Actively involved in activities of CIGRE National Committee D2 (……..) of India.
Senior member of IEEE, USA, member of CIGRE, France, life member of All India Management Association, life member of Institution of Engineers, India and life member of CBIP, India.
Member of governing council of GO15 (erstwhile VLPGO) a voluntary organisations of world’s large grid operators association having 19 organisational members.
Members of various working groups and task forces of IEEE, CIGRE etc.
Core team member of panel of experts on Smart Grid Initiatives in India. Member of CERT-Transmission – Cumputer Emergency Response Team in Transmission System.
Visiting faculty of many technical and management institutes for their programme on power systems monitoring systems, cyber security etc..
Played key role in setting up of Renewal Energy Certificate (REC) Registry of India and desiging its paperless online system of REC management.
Rahul Walawalkar leads the Emerging Technologies & Markets practice for Customized Energy Solutions. Customized Energy Solutions manages a portfolio of over 3000 MWs of resources including 1300 MWs of wind in various markets in US.
In 2012, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) nominated him as chairperson of working group on Integrating Renewable Energy Sources (RES), Micro-Grids and Energy Storage as part of Smart Grid Coordination Committee.
In June 2013, he was also nominated as member of national taskforce for integration of Electricity from renewable Energy sources in the Grid during the 12th Plan by Central Electricity Authority & Ministry of Power.
Rahul Walawalkar currently serves on the Board of Directors of Electricity Storage Association and is also Executive Director for India Energy Storage Alliance. Recently he has been appointed as Chairman of Global Energy Storage Alliance.
Rahul Tongia is a Fellow with Brookings India in New Delhi, where he leads the energy and sustainability group, and is the Founding Advisor of ISGF. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he joined the faculty in 1998, and was recently on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on Advanced Energy Technology.
A pioneer of Smart Grids in India and the US, in addition to helping establish ISGF, he also helped set up the Govt. of India’s Smart Grid Task Force (2010), where he was Technical Advisor. He was also a founding Technology Advisory Board member for Southern California Edison’s award winning $1.2B Smart Grid rollout (2005-2008). He works closely with policy-makers, utilities, and industry and has undertaken or led seminal research on a number of aspects of energy systems.
Dr. Tongia’s work spans the entire gamut of electricity and energy, with focuses on supply options including renewable energy, smart grids, and broader issues of reforms and regulations, including electricity pricing. His work is interdisciplinary, and he attempts to span the ecosystem of technology, policy, regulation, and innovation, bringing together big-picture issues with detailed design. He has broad technology-policy skills (covering techno-economic analysis, cost-benefit analysis, risk analysis, etc.), and he was the Vice-Chair of the UN ICT Task Force Working Group on Low-Cost Connectivity Access (2004-2006).
In addition to Chairing or Keynoting at numerous global events, as well as dozens of peer-reviewed publications in the domain, a few of his relevant books and book chapters include: Future of Coal in India (2019 anticipated); Blowing Hard or Shining Bright? Making Renewable Power Sustainable in India (2015), “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, Pallab Saha (ed.), IGI Business Science Reference (2013); and “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.) (2007).
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".
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.
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.
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, 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.
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. 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
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.
With an educational background of B Tech in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Computer Science from Jadavpur University at Kolkata, also studied on Business Analytics & Intelligence (AI & Machine Learning with Predictive Analytics) at Greatlakes.
Worked in 2 successful Utilities in India, CESC & TPDDL. Has working Experience of more than 23 Years across the Power Distribution Value Chain right from Power Procurement & Management, Network Operation Maintenance and Construction (Project Commissioning) and Customer Services i.e. Revenue, Complaint Management etc.
Worked in implementation on all the associated Information Technologies & Operational Technologies like SAP, AMR, SCADA-DMS-OMS, Substation & Distribution Automation, Smart grid Technologies (Smart Metering- AMI-MDM, Field Force Automation, Auto Demand Response etc.) and Data Analytics & Visualisation Technologies. Works also as Consultant for Other Utilities within India and abroad representing TPDDL.
Soumen Ghosh is a seasoned Power System executive backed by expertise in technical solutions and delivery for electric utilities’ Smart Grid initiatives including Business Rule Engine (BRE), Complex Event Processing (CEP), DMS, OMS, DERMS, VVO/CVR, Demand Response with years of Consulting Experience. Including Bridgewater Consulting Group, Ghosh has worked more than 20 years with following national and international companies in many leadership roles:
Currently, Ghosh is working as an ADMS adviser in Grid Modernization project of Southern California Edison at Los Angeles, California, USA.
A career spanning 27 years, Mr. Sushil Kumar Srivastava is presently heading the Human Resources, Industrial Relations and Learning and Development functions in Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited. He is also looking after the Administration, health, sports and welfare functions. He has been instrumental i n successfully taking TPDDL through the challenging phase of transformational changes by enhancing employee engagement, robust performance management system, talent management and seamless communication between the management and the grass root employees. Today HR is an important strategic business partner and TPDDL has been ranked 4 th amongst the ‘Best Places to Work For 2019 and amongst the top 75 ‘Best Workplaces for Women in India’ by the prestigious Great Place to Work Institute from over 500 reputed large industrial organizations across India. TPDDL has also been recipient of prestigious JRD – QV Award by TBexG and has also emerged ‘Winners’ of the prestigious BML Munjal Awards 2019 for driving Business Excellence through Learning & Development initiatives
Prior to joining TPDDL, Mr. Srivastava held experience of working in varied industries including mines & metals and chemicals & fertilizers
Mr. Srivastava is an alumnus of MBA Program of Lucknow University and Labour Laws & Social Welfare Program of Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), Kolkata. Mr. Srivastava has also been a certified Senior Business Leader in the Tata Business Excellence Model (TBEM). He has also been actively associated with National Instituted of Personnel Management (NIPM) for several years.
Shri Satpal Garg joined as Member, PNGRB on 27th July, 2017 after having over 36 years’ professional experience in domestic and international E&P Industry. He joined as a Finance & Accounts Officer in Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) – the premier flagship Oil & Gas Company of India in 1982 after working in an Accounting firm for over two years. His last assignment was as Director Finance, ONGC Videsh Limited from September, 2008 to August, 2016.
As Director (Finance) of ONGC Videsh, Garg has made significant contributions in streamlining and strengthening internal controls, accounting, budgetary control, towards acquisition & business development activities of the company and raising finance in the domestic & International market. Earlier in ONGC, he was associated in the acquisition process of an Indian Refinery (MRPL) by ONGC, its debt restructuring & revival and disinvestment process of equity in ONGC – the largest disinvestment so far done by the Government of India at that time. He also worked as Company Secretary in ONGC for about one year before moving as Director (Finance) of ONGC Videsh Limited in 2008.
Shri Garg is a Commerce Graduate from University of Delhi and a Fellow Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Fellow Company Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and Associate Member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.
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.
Mr. Vishal Kapoor holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from IRIMEE Jamalpur and also a Master of Public Administration from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He has previously worked with the Ministry of Railways, India.
He currently is a Director at Ministry of Power, coordinating power sector schemes of IPDS, NEF, smart grids for smart cities and piloting Distribution reforms.He is involved in the UDAY scheme for financial and operational turnaround of DISCOM. He also coordinates with PFC for day today and perspective planning at the ministerial level.
Venu Nuguri is the President of ABB’s Power Grids Division, responsible for South Asia, Middle East and Africa. Venu spearheads the Power Grids strategy for the region, leveraging synergies to create business value for customers with ABB’s leading technologies in power. He is a member of the Power Grids Global Management Team.
A veteran in the energy domain, Venu has over 30 years’ experience and has held several leadership roles at ABB, in diverse aspects of the business. Prior to his current role, he was a part of the country management team for India, where he served as President of Sales and Marketing, and then as head of the erstwhile Power Systems Division. Venu began his career in 1988 with English Electric (now GEC Alstom) in Chennai.
He is an active member of various professional bodies such as Confederation of Indian Industry and IEEMA (Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association). Venu is a graduate in electrical engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal and has attended various management courses at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad and International Institute of Management Development (IMD), Switzerland.