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Ajay Kaul heads the States & Local Govt. India business for Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd. He is an accomplished leader with more than two decades of multifaceted experience in the IT Industry. He played a pivotal role in technology adaption across Public Sector, Education & Healthcare domain and provided strategic guidance to help customers achieve Scalable, Agile, Secure & highly Optimized solutions. With his Vision and thought leadership, he has incubated many businesses in large enterprises for policy implementation, operational excellence and Industry partnerships. Prior to AISPL, Ajay was associated with Dell Technologies as Director and GM (Govt. business) and spent around 15 years, executing various leadership roles with success & has been instrumental in enabling Digital transformation roadmap for customers.
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.
Mark McGranaghan is Vice President of Innovation at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). This involves coordinating across the EPRI research sectors in areas of Technology Innovation as well as developing and implementing strategy for international coordination around all areas of innovation. Important areas of focus include EPRI’s public Thought Leadership presence, government research coordination and new technology demonstrations and challenges. He has authored more than 70 technical papers and articles on topics ranging from power quality to insulation coordination of extra high- voltage (EHV) systems.
His is an IEEE Fellow and in 2014 received the Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award for his expertise and dedication to power engineering standards development. He is a co- author of the book, Electrical Power Systems Quality, now in its third edition, the premier textbook on power quality and compatibility since its initial release in 1996. He is a member of the executive committee of the CIGRE U.S. National Committee and Vice Chairman of the CIRED U.S. National Committee. Mark has been with EPRI since 2003. He led EPRI research in the smart grid area and coordinated closely with government smart grid demonstrations and other efforts around the world. Prior to joining EPRI, McGranaghan was Vice President at Electrotek Concepts (1988-2003) and a Manager at McGraw-Edison/Cooper Power in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (1978-1988). Mark has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
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.
Dr. Rahul Tongia is a Senior Fellow with CSEP in New Delhi, where his work focuses on technology and policy, especially for sustainable development. He leads the Energy, Natural Resources, and Sustainability group at CSEP, and is also active in broader issues of technology. Tongia’s work spans the entire gamut of energy and electricity, with focuses on supply options including renewable energy (covering finance, grid integration, etc.); smart grids, which use innovative information and communications technology to improve management of the electric utility grid; issues of access and quality; and broader issues of reforms and regulations, including electricity pricing. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and was the founding Technical Advisor for the Government of India’s Smart Grid Task Force.
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, member’s 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.
Vikas Kashyap is Founder and Director of Lead ventures Limited, which is an independent consultancy on Technology & Business Transformation for companies in the utilities and Smart Cities space.
Vikas has extensive domain experience with Utilities, Energy management and Smarts (Homes / Grids /metering / lighting / IOT) across many geographies spanning over 32 years. Vikas has been associated with some specific AMI / SMART meters / Smart city / Prepayment projects like Tata power Mumbai, Mysore (Karnataka), Meerut (UP), UGVCL, Beijing China, Accra Ghana, UK Smart meter roll out for electricity & Gas, UK Smart Heat & Electricity metering. Previously Vikas has held the positions of VP at Cyan Connode UK. Cyan Connode is active in the field of Last mile mesh radio technology and service platform for Smart Metering / Grid, Lighting and IOT. Before that Vikas was Director of Sales - C&I, at Secure Meters UK. He is responsible for all its functions and the strategic growth of the Secure Meters group in Commercial & Industrial space in UK and the field of Energy conservation, pump efficiency monitoring, consultancy & solutions and Smart Homes – worldwide. Vikas joined Secure Group in the year 1995 and has held various positions in sales & marketing, product management, Project management, services business related to Metering, Revenue management & Energy efficiency projects. He started his career in 1987 and has earlier worked for English Electric and Siemens Ltd. Vikas is a Graduate in Electrical Engineering and has Masters’ Degree in Business Economics and Export marketing.
Ajoy Rajani has been a technology disrupter in the IoT and Smart Grid space for the past 18 years – he pioneered Automatic Meter Reading and Smart Meters in India and enjoys introducing disruptive products into established markets. He has been helping companies and planners use IOT technologies to help solve today’s biggest challenges in energy management, public safety, intelligent traffic and transportation to name a few. Given his intimate and long involvement in the industry he plays a significant role in helping companies invest and explore partnerships & markets in India & abroad.
Some of his notable achievements are: He devised the unique architecture for CDMA telemetry for which he was awarded the Global 3G industry award. This paved the way for IOT using CDMA. His individual efforts at Reliance Communications led to the reduction in the cost of handsets and other devices by over 100% of the then established prices. He provided leadership for all technology initiatives as Group Head, Digital Initiatives & Automation for Adani Electricity Mumbai. He formulated the digital roadmap for the group’s energy vertical and the adoption of technologies for an intelligent organisation, including adoption of Smart Grids, Electric Vehicles, and Artificial Intelligence. At Reliance ADAG, Ajoy Rajani was the Group Head of Technology & Innovation, he also lead the Smart Grid & IoT initiatives with oversight over major initiatives including Smart meters, Auto Demand Response, Consumer Engagement, Wireless Network for Smart City Applications etc. He delivered new focus on innovation across Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Block Chain, Virtual and Mixed Reality. Presently, he is on the board of several entities in India and abroad including the India Smart Grid Forum (New Delhi, India), advisor to the board of Smart Energy Water (Irvine, California) and was formerly on the board of CDMA Development Group. (San Diego, California).
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 an internationally renowned expert with nearly four 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 provide clean and reliable electricity to every citizen 24x7 at affordable cost. He is actively advocating for the “Right to Electricity Act” that will ensure lifeline supply of electricity to all citizens in India. Reji has played pivotal role in several ground breaking initiatives related to renewable energy, electric grid modernization, electric mobility, energy storage and digitalization in India during the past two decades. His current areas of research and work include: Grid Integrated Vehicles, District Cooling, Electric Cooking, Smart Grids as Anchor Infrastructure for Smart Cities, Grid Interactive Buildings and Campuses; Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Blockchain Applications for Utilities; Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Systems and the Future of Transportation; 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, now renamed as Global Smart Energy Federation (GSEF), a global umbrella organization of smart grid/energy associations and utilities from 16 countries and the European Union; and headquartered in Washington DC, USA. 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 clean energy, smart grid technologies, smart cities and electric mobility, Reji is a popular key-note speaker at international symposiums and conferences on these domains. He has also contributed to several articles, books, research reports and white papers on variety of topics.
Manu Maudgal leads SSEF’s Clean Power Programme. His key expertise is in activating clean energy transitions through Public-Private partnerships, having conceptualized high impact national initiatives on Lighting, Smart meters, and Electric vehicles.He brings a strong background in carbon markets.Prior to SSEF, he worked as Programme Advisor with GIZ, working closely with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency / Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.
Based in Perth, Western Australia, Vinod leads Power Ledger’s global Business Deve lopment and Sales teams. Vinod is leveraging his many years working within the energy sector with Perth Energy, Future Effect and Regen Power to connect with client stakeholders and formulate global partnerships and alliances across power and business domains, as well as across various third party providers in Australia and overseas markets to support the delivery of Power Ledger’s blockchain offerings for energy trading, renewable energy certificates trading and renewable asset financing. Vinod has over 25 years of experience in operations, developing strategic partnerships, new markets and providing leadership in senior sales and business development roles within the renewable energy and other engineering industries. He has a successful track record of building and defending market share, expanding product lines, developing renewable portfolio and developing and executing long term strategies to achieve challenging sales targets and influencing key stakeholders at board and senior management levels. Most recently, Vinod was General Manager Sales at Perth Energy (2007 – 2016) with responsibility for all gas and electricity sales. In this role, Vinod successfully grew the energy sales portfolio from $20 million annual turnover to more than $300 million. Previous roles include managing engineering, technical sales and business development for General Electric Company’s joint venture with Wipro in India. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia. He also participated at the Executive Leadership Program at University of California, Berkley, USA
Sumit has been a solution evangelist for Smart Grid, Renewable Energy and Power Management in past. He brings in over 20 years of industry experience spanning over Domain of Energy & Utility, currently provide direction to Assetplus consulting as Founder and CEO, a start-up, focusing on strategic decision-making support to Utilities. Within Power , Renewable Sector, Oil & Gas, Water, Infra Sumit has created offering addressing the core areas like Energy Forensic analysis controlling power revenue assurance and theft, Load forecasting & Power procurement solution, Demand Response for distribution utilities and Energy Sales on ABT regime , landing cost analysis for bilateral contracts , UI analysis , maintenance mgmt, operation mgmt on fuel cost mgmt, auxiliary mgmt , controlling coal GCV and SHR for the generation utilities and Energy Analysis for Renewables. Sumit has been associated with AT Kearney, PricewaterhouseCoopers in the past.
Ashutosh is an Oxford University researcher turned Entrepreneur with specialisation in Computer Vision with AI and Robotics engineering. He has actively been into Electrical Transmission and Distribution sector and Renewable Energies (Solar and Wind) to understand and solve challenging industrial problems as part of Vidrona Team. He worked in the past on Robotics and Computer Vision research with drone/UAV implementation on Oxford University’s EPSRC project on multi-UAVs along with their industrial partners and consortium members such BAE systems, Sellafields Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, Network Rail and Schlumberger. His PhD is in Robotics and Computer Vision for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). He has several international journal and conference papers in the areas of Computer Vision, Machine Learning and AI with Robotics. He closely collaborates with several leading industrial and academic research labs. He has varied work and research experience with the industry, research labs and universities.
Dr. Amit Kumar Pandey is the President and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Science Officer (CSO) at Hanson Robotics, the creator of world’s most advanced human-like expressive humanoid robot, Sophia. Earlier he has served as the Head Principal Scientist (Chief Scientist) at SoftBank Robotics Europe (formerly Aldebaran Robotics), Paris, France, the creator of world’s first mass produced humanoid robot Pepper, also serving as the scientific coordinator (R&D) of the collaborative projects of the company. In the past for 6 years he also worked as researcher in Robotics and AI at LAAS-CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), Toulouse, France. His research interest includes Socially Intelligent Robots and Societal Impact of robotics & AI technologies, Human Robot Interaction, Robot’s Cognitive Architecture & Learning. On these aspects, he has been actively contributing as principal investigator, researcher, and industrial scientific coordinator in more than 13 large scale national, international and European Union (EU) projects, as well as involved in their design and proposal, has published 60+ scientific research papers, and delivered 100+ invited talks/keynotes/lecture in international venues.
Shri Raj Pratap Singh took charge as Chairman of UPERC on 2nd
July 2018. Shri Raj Pratap Singh Joined Indian Administrative
Service (IAS) in Aug. 1983 (Uttar Pradesh cadre). Sh. Singh has
dealt with policy formulation, budgeting, implementation,
monitoring & coordination, personnel management and service
delivery aspects of Public Administration at the state govt. (21
years) & central govt. (6 years) levels in India. In addition, Sh.
Singh has worked as Sr. Advisor for 3 years in a multilateral
development institution (World Bank) at the Board level at
Washington DC. At the highest levels of decision making, Sh.
Singh has been responsible for converting governments/
institution’s mandate into viable Policies/ Programs & Projects with effective delivery mechanism. He has been Chief / Dy. Chief in government departments, autonomous bodies, Public Sector Undertakings for developmental, regulatory and resource mobilization functions. In these assignments, Sh. Singh has effectively brought transparency & good governance in decision-making and execution, prudent financial management and anti-corruption measures. Sh. Raj Pratap Singh represented Indian Chair in International Development Agency (IDA)- 14 & IDA-15 replenishment meetings. He has visited around 31 countries as member of Indian Prime Minister’s official / Indian delegation including USA, UK, Russia, Japan, France, Germany, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Maldives, Denmark, Syria, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Switzerland, Nigeria, Laos, Macau etc. Sh. Raj Pratap Singh in his illustrious career has held various important posts, some of the salient ones are – Agriculture Production Commissioner & Additional Chief Secretary Govt of Uttar
Pradesh Dates (Apr 2017 – July 2018), Member – Board Of Revenue (Feb 2016 – Mar 2017), Principal Secretary – Government of Uttar Pradesh (Nov 2007 – Feb 2016), Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Government of Uttar Pradesh (Feb 2010 – Mar 2012), Sr. Advisor – The World Bank (Nov 2004 – Nov 2007), Private Secretary to Prime Minister of India (Nov 1999 – Oct 2004), Secretary – UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (Mar 1998 – Nov 1999), District Magistrate & Collector – Lucknow Government of Uttar Pradesh (Jun 1997 – Apr 1998). He superannuated as Agriculture Production Commissioner, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh.
Rabindra Nath Sen, former chairman, at West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC), is a power industry expert and has worked with some of the sector’s biggest PSUs including the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and NTPC Limited. In the past, Sen has held the position of chairman, DECMCL (a joint venture of a coal mining company); CEO, NTPC-SAIL; managing director (MD), NTPC-Alstom; and executive director (operation services), NTPC, among others. Some of the key assignments he undertook during these stints were the implementation of e-payment for coal freight for the railways at the Badarpur Thermal Power Station and transforming it from a loss-making to a high-performance profit-making unit, which was ultimately taken over by NTPC (during his tenure as general manager); execution of renovation and modernisation works at the Tanda thermal project ahead of schedule (when he was MD of NTPC-Alstom); and turnaround of NTPC-SAIL’s new Bhilai unit to a high-performance profit-making plant.
Rajesh K Mediratta is the Managing Director & CEO of IGX with effect from November 2, 2021. He has rich experience of 33 yrs wherein 14 years he was associated with IEX and played key role developing power markets in the country. Many first to his credit as key resource : setting up and developing 1st power exchange, 1st gas exchange in the country and implementing Energy Settlement Systems for the region and state in Western Region and state of Gujarat, resp. He has been instrumental in establishing the IGX from the stage of developing the idea of Gas Exchange, facilitating reforms for active and vibrant gas markets. He has been playing an important role in shaping up reforms in the gas sector. Previously, he worked with Central Electricity Authority and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. His key interests are gas/LNG markets, power markets, energy transition and sustainability markets. He holds a B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering and is also a Masters in Business Administration.
Shri Tarun Kapoor is Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service with over 33 years experience at the State and National levels. Before taking over as Secretary, MoPNG, Shri Kapoor was posted as Vice Chairman, DDA. He has worked as Additional Chief Secretary in Government of Himachal Pradesh looking after various departments from time to time like Power, Environment & Forests, Food and Civil Supplies, Excise, PWD etc. He has also worked as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy looking after National Solar Mission for five years. He also worked in Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd, a CPSE in the area of hydro power.
Mr Sanjeev Kumar Bhatia is working as Vice President (Business Development, Corporate Strategy & Gas Sourcing) with Indraprastha Gas Limited. Mr Bhatia is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer of year 1988. Along with his career of more than 30 years, he also added additional qualifications of MBA in Finance and P G Diploma in Materials Management. He is with Indraprastha Gas Limited for more than 17 years now. Prior to his current assignment in Corporate Strategy, he handled Contracts & Procurement and Stores functions in the organization. He started his career with J K Tyre Industries Ltd. where he worked as mechanical engineer for initial years before switching to commercial function in materials. Before joining IGL, he also worked with Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals Limited in their materials function.
An astute professional with over 25years of rich cross functional experience in city gas distribution business with various key competencies & skills. Pass out of B.Tech ( Mechanical) from Marathwada University Aurangabad . Currently designated as G.M. (Marketing,Strategy & Corporate affairs)-Maharashtra Natural gas LTD-Pune (Joint Venture of GAS AUTHORITY OF INDIA LTD & BHARAT PETROLEUM CORPORATION LTD). Responsible for overall Marketing functions of the organization including strategy function for all GAs . Earlier assignments include with Gujarat Gas Ltd & Mahanagar Gas Ltd Mumbai.
Tripta Thakur is Director General, National Power Training Institute (NPTI), apex body of Ministry of Power, Government of India. She was earlier Head and Professor, Electrical Engineering Department at the National Institute of Technology, MANIT-Bhopal, India. She is a graduate in Electrical Engineering with master’s degree in Power Electronics from IIT-Kanpur and has a PhD from IIT-Delhi. She has been recipient of several awards such as Commonwealth Research Scholar at University of Dundee (2005-2008), UK, Commonwealth Academic fellow at Durham University Business School (2014), UK, COFUND Senior researcher at Durham University Business School (2016), Visiting Faculty at Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok (2010), technical member for International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), SEG4 Group, ISGF (MoP) working group member etc. She has teaching and research experience of 28 years and has nearly 100 publications to her credit. She has also been a consultant for evolving a possible Common South Asian Electricity Markets. She has done various consultancies for Distribution companies in India.
Mr. Prabir Neogi is an engineering graduate from Jadavpur University and holds a diploma in finance and accounting management. He has attended the Senior Executive Programme on Strategy, Leadership and Transformation at the London Business School. Mr. Neogi has had a long experience in power and coal sectors with exposure to policy, reforms, regulation and organisational design, having worked with CESC Limited and as Chief Executive, Noida Power Company Limited. Subsequently, he has served as President, Integrated Coal Mining Limited, which undertakes captive coal mining for CESC’s generating plants. Currently as Chief Adviser – Corporate Affairs of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, he is assisting Group Companies in policy and regulatory matters impacting individual businesses. Mr. Neogi is acting as Mentor, FICCI Power Committee. His areas of interest include policy and regulation for developing fuel and power markets, power distribution reforms and decarbonisation initiatives.
Mandar Patil is Senior Solutions Architecture, Public Sector at Amazon Internet Services Private
Limited. He has worked in technology & delivery roles for customers like GE Healthcare, Apple,
IngramMicro, NPS Semiconductors. He has Bachelors of Engineering in Information Technology
from Mumbai University.
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Tulika has an engineering background with Masters from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
She comes with a deep experience of 25 years working in various roles in business and technical sides.
She was heading Product Management, Project Delivery and Presales in earlier roles. She has work
closely with customers across the globe especially in the Middle east, Africa and Southeast Asia regions.
She has worked with large tower infrastructure, telecom and utility companies as customers. She is currently a Cloud Advisor with the AWS India Public Sector Professional Services team with focus on
Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies.
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With over 21 years of work experience, Deepti is focussing on strategic initiatives for India Public
Sector. Current focus areas are smart infrastructure, digital agriculture and Startup Ramp
program. She has been with AWS since July 2018. Prior to this, Deepti has led smart cities
initiative at Microsoft and IBM Global Business Services.
In between her corporate jobs, Deepti has done a 3-years stint with Unique Identification
Authority of India (UIDAI), GoI, where she was part of the strategy team to roll out the Aadhaar
project. She was involved in conceptualizing and setting up strategy, processes and polices for
enrolments, authentication, data updates, eKYC etc. She program managed rollout of Aadhaar
online authentication services and liaised with ecosystem, designed and executed various Proof of
Concepts and pilots to evolve the same.
Sainath Bandhakavi is a Senior Solutions Architect – Utilities with Amazon Internet Services Private Limited. In this role, he works with public sector utilities and AWS partners to help build AWS cloud based industry solutions. Sainath comes with two decades of experience of working with customers in utilities and smart cities domain in various roles including Architect, Strategy Consultant, Process Consultant, Project Manager. His recent assignments were around smart metering, utilities billing and customer care, smart cities solutions, advanced analytics etc. Sainath has also worked earlier with IBM in their Global CoC for Energy, Environment & Utilities team supporting customers in India and abroad. Prior to working with IBM, he also worked with Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited in their IT team.
Richard Schomberg is IEC Ambassador for Smart Energy (www.IEC.ch).Recipient of the IEC 2011 Lord Kelvin award, he designed multimillion euros complex systems for critical operations. He has been Professor of System Engineering at Supelec (Paris), Chair of the Intelligrid Strategy Committee (Electric Power Research Institute – recipient of the Chauncey Starr Award 2005). He has been member of the Technology Advisory Board of Southern California Edison, emeritus member of the US DoE Gridwise Architecture Council. He had the responsibility of EDF R&D activities in North America (strategic partnerships with scientific/industrial players), sourcing and transferring innovations to EDF Group in Europe. He is currently in charge of strategy and Smart Energy Standardization activities coordination across EDF.
Mr. Jitendra Kumar Agarwal is the Joint Managing Director of
Genus Power Infrastructures Limited. He joined Genus in 2002 as
a whole time Director and in 2014 became JMD of the company.
He holds a MBA degree specialised in Marketing. As JMD, he
leads from the front, formulates business expansion strategies,
and takes key strategic decisions for company.
Mr. Agarwal has led Meter Industry as Chairman IEEMA Meter Division, he is also active member of international organizations like TIE, Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and India Future Makers (Part of Ink talks). He is the member of IEEMA National Executive Council and the Chairman of ELECRAMA 2023. He is very keen on increasing the Smart Meter base in India and has been part of various Policy level discussions with Hon'ble Minister of Power and other senior Government officials for successful rollout of Smart Meters in India. He has always taken up interest of Industry as a whole and pursued policy makers to create level playing field for domestic Meter Industry.
Anurag is Managing Director and lead for Accenture’s Utilities practice in India. He has over 17 years of experience in strategy development, digital transformation, sales and marketing and large-scale program management. Over the past few years, Anurag has focused on the power sector leading large scale, transformation programs in areas such as energy transition, renewables, operational and commercial performance enhancement, smart meters and technology enablement for some of the largest utilities in India. He has worked with leading companies and public sector enterprises across multiple countries including India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and Ethiopia.
Mr. Debasish Banerjee, is an Electrical Engineer with proficiency in Business Management, having rich and diverse industry experience. He has started his career from Areva and moved onto Crompton Greaves and Schneider Electric, heading Business Operations in Utilities, Industry & Dealer Domain. In the last stint as CEO of Reliance Energy, he contributed to improving Operational Efficiency through Business Processes Reengineering & Automation, thus improving bottom line and Customer Delight, while Optimizing Cost. In his current capacity as MD (Distribution) of CESC, he has ushered in a transformation journey to elevate CESC to newer heights of Excellence with Enhanced Operational Resilience for effective Business Continuity during and after any crisis, by transfiguring CESC into a more Agile, Customer Centric and Cost-Effective Digital Utility. In pursuit of his passion to deploy Technology for radical change, he is continually engaged in adoption of disruptive Technological Innovations, for delivering a better Customer Service Experience on Digital Platform, riding the new waves of Mobility, loT, Big Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence.
Dr Bhatiani is a senior energy and infrastructure expert with 24 years of experience in leadership, management, technical, and advisory positions across South Asia. Specializing in power sector reform and utility transformation, he has an extensive track record of managing large interdisciplinary teams spanning topics in electricity regulation, power trading, renewable energy, energy efficiency, business planning, macroeconomic analysis, investment analysis, and infrastructure financing.
Namrata has several years of experience across policy and regulatory affairs in the power sector, commercial and market related aspects of (a) Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, (b) Renewable Energy including solar, wind, small hydro and biomass technologies (c) Energy Efficiency and (d) Climate Change. Her areas of expertise include: Electricity Sector – Competition, Regulation and Reforms including Tariff Setting - South Asia and South East Asia; Renewable Energy based Electricity Generation – Policy and Regulatory Aspects including Tariffs,Quotas and Green Certificate Mechanisms: Europe, USA, and South East Asia Country Experience; CDM and Climate Policy – Kyoto Mechanisms, UNFCCC Methodologies, PDD Writing, Carbon Markets including knowledge on EU-ETS, Joint Implementation and other Climate change related regulatory and policy issues; Energy and Environment Management – Policy Analysis, Energy Efficiency Measures in SMIs, Low Carbon Technologies including waste to energy projects, Economic and Financial Analysis, ISO 14001 Practices, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability Reporting - GRI G4 Standards. Her skill-sets include Policy & Regulatory Advocacy, Drafting of Petitions and Appeals, Conceptualization and development of ideas and proposals, Strong Research Skills, Conceptualizing, designing and organizing training programs, workshops and policy discussion forums on energy policy and regulation, Strong Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Skill.
Senior Board Level Executive with more than 36 years of rich experience in
Indian Gas Major – GAIL (India) Limited, encompassing Oil & Gas and
Petrochemical Sectors covering diverse functions like Project Development,
Operations and Maintenance, Engineering Management, De-bottlenecking
Projects, Turnarounds, Cross Country Natural Gas Transportation,
Compressors & Gas Turbine Operations & City Gas Distribution.
Currently, as CEO, GAIL Gas Steering City Gas Distribution (CGD) Projects across 14 Geo-graphical Areas spread across the Country. Prior to it, as Managing Director of GAIL/ GAIL Gas JVCs, namely APGDC (Andhra Pradesh Gas Distribution Corporation), Godavari Gas Limited and Green Gas Limited has lead multi-disciplinary teams involved in implementation of City Gas Distribution in the state of Andhra Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh. He has lead the GAIL Project Development, E&P & Internal Audit Teams and also had been Chief Risk Officer for GAIL (India) Limited.
Dr. Killian McKenna is a senior researcher, electrical engineer and principal investigator at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL is the Department of Energy’s primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development, operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy. Dr. McKenna is an R&D 100 Award winning researcher (NREL’s Pre-Configuring Inverter Set-Points interconnection tool) and leads projects in the area of distributed energy resources, characterizing and testing energy storage (lithium-ion and flow batteries), modelling behind-the-meter flexible demand (e.g. NREL’s Object-Oriented Controllable High-Resolution Residential Energy Model) and distribution networks. Dr. McKenna leads a research portfolio with projects on the performance and integration of distributed energy resources (DER) to the grid, with an emphasis on behind-the-meter customer resources. At NREL Dr McKenna has worked with a range of partners including Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), National Grid (NG), Centrica Business Solutions, and Utilidata among others, and in India with Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company (TANGEDCO) and BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL). Dr. McKenna holds both a PhD and Bachelors (Hons.) Degree from University College Dublin, Ireland, in electrical engineering.
Mr. Amarjeet Singh is the C.E.O. of BSES Yamuna Power Ltd., an electricity distribution utility catering to the needs of the part of the National Capital. Prior to this role, he was the Chief Financial Officer (C.F.O) of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd. for over 06 years. Mr Amarjeet is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) with over 24 years of work experience spanning across diverse business like Export, Contracts, and Manufacturing & Power Utility. His area of expertise has been Cost Mitigation especially wrt the Power Purchase Cost which contributes to ~80% of any utility's balance sheet.
A Post Graduate in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, Shri P.K. Pujari joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the premier civil service of India in 1981 and was allotted Gujarat cadre. During his career, he handled assignments in various departments/ministries in Gujarat as well as Central Government, such as power, commercial taxes, finance and industries. He was Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Power for more than two years before his superannuation in 2017, after serving for 36 years. Some of the key assignments in the field of finance and industries were (i) financial resource forecast, expenditure planning, annual budget preparation, debt and guarantee management; (ii) transition from sales tax to value addition tax (VAT), administration of commercial taxes by simplifying processes and making it enabled; and (iii) Setting up and marketing industrial estates and special economic zones. He worked in the power sector for more than seven years, as Director and Secretary. As Director he was involved in developing policy framework for participation of private power utilities in generation and distribution. During his tenure as Secretary (2015-17), maximum generation capacity and inter-state transmission capacity was added in the country, resulting in one nation – one grid – one price. As Secretary, he initiated and concluded a number of far reaching initiatives and policy changes. These include electrification of all the remaining 18,452 villages (as on 1.4.2015), launching of “UDAY” for sustainable operational and financial turnaround of discoms, revised Tariff Policy 2016, new coal linkage policy for power plants, revised National Electricity Plan, XIX electricity power survey, revised- bid documents for UMPPs, revised power allocation formula for states from cg stations, formulation of new hydro-power policy, formulation of the new policy for universal households electrification by 2019, policy guidelines for integration of renewable energy into the grid, revised rules for captive generators, finalisation of the report for rationalisation of tariff structure and tariff categories. During his tenure, the guidelines for cross border trade of power with neighbouring countries got finalised. The cross border transmission lines also got augmented substantially. This facilitated increased trade of power with Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Power trade with Myanmar started for the first time. Talks started for sub-marine cable connection with Srilanka. He led the Indian side for the bilateral talks on power trade with these countries. He was closely associated with the signing of the International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement during COP22 in Marrakech. He led the Indian delegation for the 2nd BRICS Energy Ministerial Summit and also for the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Summit at Beijing. His interests include reading books, sports and listening to music. He has been appointed Chairman of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in February 2018.
Mr. Banga presently heads the Transmission and Distribution Vertical at Tata Power which includes the Distribution services across Mumbai, Delhi, Ajmer, Power Trading Business and Transmission Business in Mumbai and Powerlinks Transmission. In a recent addition to Tata Power’s Kitty, Mr. Banga also oversees the recently acquired Distribution companies in Odisha – CESU, SOUTHCO, WESCO and NESCO. Prior to this, he led the Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL), a Public Private Partnership (JV) of TATA Power and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi as the Chief Executive Officer. 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 geographies around the world. Mr. Banga started his career with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) as an Engineer Trainee and was involved in the Operation & Commissioning of Super Thermal Power Projects (1989 to 1995). Prior to joining Tata Power (DDL), he has worked with Reliance Energy (earlier known as BSES Ltd) from 1996 to 2003, where he was associated with the entire spectrum of generation activities covering wide aspects of Operations, Maintenance, Planning, Design and Project Engineering. Mr. Banga is an alumnus of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra. He has his Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the esteemed Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi. Also, he has completed the Senior Executive Leadership Program from the most coveted Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) LITD10 core committee for defining standards for Power System Control and Communication. Mr. Banga is an avid reader and enjoys playing sports like Tennis and Cricket.
Pradyumna is a Research Fellow at the Florence School of Regulation. He is an energy policy and regulation expert. His current research interests are Capacity Mechanisms, Energy Transition in developing countries, EU TEN-E Regulation, Energy Storage, Stakeholder engagement in transmission infrastructure development, Developing an economic framework for a meshed offshore grids. Pradyumna Bhagwat received his PhD in November 2016 at the Delft University of Technology (jointly with KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid). He has a Bachelor in Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Mumbai (2009). Subsequently, he completed the European Joint Masters in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy (ME3) Program in 2011. Pradyumna gained industry experience at Alstom Power AB, Sweden and later at IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure & Services Ltd, India.
Mr. Kane is having 26 Years of experience in electrical Infrastructure & its Operations including adoption of modern technology such as Distributed Generation, Battery Energy storage system, Reactive power Management etc. He is an Alumni of Harvard Business School & Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) from Bureau of Energy Efficiency, India, He is a Gold Medallist in MBA- Energy Management and PhD in Strategy and Power management.
Shri R. Lakshmanan is Chief Executive Officer of REC Power Distribution Company Limited w.e.f 10.01.2020. He is an Indian Administrative Service Officer of 2004 batch from Bihar cadre. He has done B.Com from Annamalai University. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is also holding the position of Executive Director in REC Limited since February 2019 and is looking after financing of state owned power utilities, Stressed Asset Management, monitoring and coordinating of Government Programme like DDUGJY, Saubhagya, UDAY & PFA. Prior to joining REC Limited, he has served for 14 years in the Government of Bihar and held various important positions including Managing Director of Discom, Transco & Genco, District Magistrate of Darbhanga & Saharsa districts, ACEO, Rural Road Development Agency and Additional Chief Electoral Officer.
Mr. D V Shastry is an astute professional leader with 36+ years of multifarious experience in Natural Gas Industry, encompassing its Technical and Managerial aspects such as Project Management, Operations & Maintenance of Natural Gas Pipelines and Gas Processing Plants, Learning & Development, HR/HRD and Administration. He is among the founder members of GAIL (a Maharatna PSU). Apart from performing roles in Project Management and Operation & Maintenance of Pipelines and Natural Gas Processing plants, he was holding the position of Executive Director (Training, R&D and Start-Up) in GAIL (India) Ltd at the time of superannuation. He is also the former Director on the board of M/s GAIL Gas Ltd and former Director (Personnel), Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL) – a CPSE under Department of Atomic Energy. His academic qualifications include a graduate degree in Mechanical Engg.- VU with M.Tech. in Energy Systems Engg. – IIT Bombay, Diploma in Management – IGNOU and Advanced Certification in HRM [ACHRM] – AIMA. He had been supporting the Business Development of GAIL through capability building – especially in the new/upcoming areas and has been instrumental in conceptualization and implementation of various Knowledge Management initiatives – such as launch of ASME (USA) certification courses in pipeline/asset integrity management, organizing International Workshop on City Gas Distribution & CNG (CGD & CNG) for the participants from SAARC Countries and has been a part of organizing team of Asia Gas Partnership Summits (AGPS), held in the past. He also organized many similar events at GAIL Training Institute, in addition to structured training interventions to support business needs of various other organizations including IOCL, HPCL, MRPL(ONGC), GSPC, Torrent, ThinkGas and the Joint Venture Companies (JVCs) of GAIL, etc.
Sandeep combines his understanding of emerging technologies & digital platforms, experience in telecom and mobility space and his passion towards clean mobility to drive innovative solutions in the EV charging ecosystem. He’s an Electrical Engineer from our very own VJTI Mumbai – Class of 1993. He then went on to do an MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai University. He has completed programs on Digital Marketing from Univ of Illinios & Blockchain from INSEAD, Singapore. Starting with consumer durables for Carrier Aircon he spent a large part of his career in telecom for marquee organizations like Tata Teleservices, Reliance, and Idea Cellular (now Vodafone Idea) working across the spectrum with Product Management, Business operations, Business Strategy, Value Added Services, Digital platforms and similar. He has dabbled with entrepreneurship and start-up ideas in the EV and Consumer IOT domain for a while before joining TATA Power leading these very verticals. Off work, he writes about any topic close to his heart –Electric Mobility, Blockchain, AI, Customer Centricity and similar. His writings can be seen on ET Brand Equity, Hindu Business Line, Free Press Journal, Business Standard and such. He is an avid outdoors person and indulges in endurance running, cycling & Swimming. Over 2 dozen half marathons and a couple of triathlons under his belt, he wanted to do an Ironman 70.3 in 2020 which may now have to wait. In his free time, he cooks for his daughters.
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 Joint Secretary (Distribution, Official Language, Social Media) 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.
A 2009 batch IPS officer of the Bihar cadre, Mr. Saurav Kumar Shah is spearheading the 3 lakh crore Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS), Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) & the erstwhile Restructured Accelerated Power Distribution and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) which is being implemented by PFC as the nodal agency. These are Government of India's priority programs in the power distribution sector aimed at transformation of the sector. Prior to joining PFC, Mr. Shah headed the Nehru Yuva Kendra [NYK] and National Service Scheme [NSS] organizations under Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. He also provided support as Deputy Secretary in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare during COVID 19 Pandemic and was instrumental in setting up the war room for handling data & analyzing trends emerging out of the spread of the pathogen. Mr. Shah has also served as part of the personal staff of Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways and Coal. Prior to that he served in his parent cadre for more than 8 years in various capacities. His multiple stints in district policing helped him gain broad insights in the rural power sector and multifarious issues impinging upon virtually every developmental sector including the maintenance of law and order. He is an Economics graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi and has interests in Renewable energy and development studies.
Rajkumar S currently working as a Director (Distribution & IT) with KSEBL. He was Born and brought up in Kerala. He graduated (B.Tech) from College of Eng. Trivandrum and obtained M.Tech from the same institute. He has Experience of more than 31 years in the Kerala State Electricity Board Limited. He attended various trainings including 4 months training in GE Harris USA along with 10 engineers from different states.
Mr. Gautam Kumar is the Chief Technology Officer of IntelliSmart Infrastructure Private Limited. He has diversified cross functional experience of 28 years in Technology Solutioning, Consulting and Project Delivery for IoT and Smart Metering, Business Application from integration through to deployment. He successfully led the implementations of several global projects in the utility sector in Smart metering, RF & Cellular communication solutions, Head End system, MDM, CRMs, Energy Settlements & Contestability, Asset management & GIS across various platforms. Prior to Joining IntelliSmart, he was the Chief Operating Officer in CyanConnode where he led the operations & the engineering departments. He also worked with CyanConnode, Tech Mahindra, BSES Rajdhani, HCL Infosystems and Secure Meters.
Akshat Mishra has More than 14 years of experience in Utilities, Chemicals, Oil & Gas/Energy sector (Downstream). His roles include Business Process Improvement, Commercial Due-diligence, Developing Frameworks for strategic insights. Digital Project Delivery – understanding client issues, formulating solution strategy and managing implementation programs. He was responsible for developing business offerings and Solutioning, Supply Chain, Business Process Re-engineering, Cost Management, Team Work, Project Management and Operations Excellence.
Mr. K. V. S. Baba (DIN:07649025) is the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO), having diversified experience of about 33 years in Power sector. Prior to the present assignment, he was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of POSOCO. Earlier, he has experience of working in the areas of Power System Planning and Design of EHV Transmission system, Power System Analysis, Corporate Planning and Project Management in Distribution Systems in NTPC and POWERGRID, in addition to System Operation, Market operation aspects in POSOCO. An Electrical and Electronics Engineer, he has been actively associated with large scale integration of Renewable Energy, bringing in Frequency controls, introduction of Ancilliaries etc. He has been a qualified System Operator and also obtained Specialist level Certification in Regulatory Framework in Power Sector. He has been very active in collaborative efforts with State Load Dispatch Centres through Forum of Load Despatchers (FOLD) and knowledge dissimination across all the stakeholders. He has co-authored several technical papers on various topics in the electricity sector. He is the Chairman of Indian National Study Committee of CIGRE SC C2. He has been representing POSOCO in GO15 (formerly Very Large Power Grid Operators of the World). He was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of POSOCO in December, 2017.
Lonneke Driessen-Mutters is Director Standardization and Test Lab at ElaadNL. ElaadNL is the Knowledge and Innovation Centre in the field of (smart) charging infrastructure in the Netherlands and is owned by the Dutch grid operators. Within ElaadNL she is responsible for the EV Charging testing facilities, open standards development in secure EV charging and is in charge of activities regarding the Open Charge Alliance (OCPP) and EClearing.net (Roaming solutions and Public Key Infrastructure solutions). Mrs. Driessen has a longstanding career in the Utility Industry and has operated in key strategic developments, such as market liberalization, smart metering and smart grids before entering the EV charging domain three years ago. She has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology.
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