Craig O’Connor is the Director of Business Development – Renewable Energy where he works closely with renewable energy exporters, and international customers, to support financing for projects.
In 2009, he created the Bank’s Renewable Energy Business Development Initiative that resulted in growing the Bank’s portfolio of renewable energy projects by over $2 billion.
Craig began his career at the Bank in January 1993, as Loan Officer for the Middle East and North Africa.
In addition to his position at the Bank, Craig has served as an Adjunct Professor of International Business, and International Project Finance at Georgetown University since 1997.
Dwipen graduated in 1990 as a Mechanical Engineer and completed his Post Graduate Programme on Renewable Energy (PPRE) from Oldenburg University, Germany. He has earned more than 23 years of experience in Renewable Energy sector. Dwipen has been working on the engineering design, development, implementation, Feasibility and Techno Economic due diligence of large grid connected PV power projects, off grid PV and Hybrid system design and optimization, Rural Electrification, Energy Policy and Regulatory Framework, Planning for developing solar cities and solar campus.
Dwipen is a Master Trainer for GSES training programs conducted in India and abroad. He has authored and co-authored books and training manuals on solar PV system design Installation, maintenance and inspection; more then 60 technical and professional reports; several publications and papers in the technical magazines and journals.
Prior to cofounding Ecoppia™, Mr. Eran Meller most recently held the position of the CFO of Telmap, a mobile navigation company acquired by Intel (NASDAQ: INTC). Before working at Telmap, Eran was the CFO of X-Tip, a dental anesthetic device company that was sold to DentSply International (NASDAQ: XRAY), the CFO & COO of MTI Precision Products, a technology dental product development leader that was sold in a leveraged buyout and the Cofounder, COO and CFO of ResQline, a developer of emergency escape systems. Eran was also the CFO of Info-X, an Internet and compliance of medical necessity solutions company that was acquired by 3M (NYSE: MMM).
Previously, Eran worked with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private arm of the World Bank Group. In this role, Eran was in charge of IFC’s financial projects in Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi and Zambia – a portfolio of over $100 million. In the most challenging countries and sectors, Eran managed over a dozen projects that not only were profitable but also had a significant social impact.
Eran holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a Master in Economic Policy Management from Columbia School of International Affairs, and a B.A in Economics and Management from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Eran completed all three degrees with distinction and was among the top 5% of his class. Eran serves as a mentor at the Technion’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Pravan leads Venture Capital Investments in South & South-East Asia for the
International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. IFC's venture
capital investments in India include Azure Power, Applied Solar Technologies, EyeQ,
MyUniverse and NephroPlus. Prior to joining IFC, Pravan was a Principal with ORIX
Venture Finance in New York and was responsible for structured investments in venturebacked
companies. Pravan has also worked with Metropolitan Venture Partners, a
transatlantic venture capital fund in New York, and Global Bridge Ventures, an emerging
markets focused venture capital fund in San Francisco. Earlier in his career, Pravan was
an investment banker at BMO Nesbitt Burns and a credit analyst at the Tokai Bank in
Chicago. Pravan holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Eng. Mauro Moroni obtained a PhD in Energetics and he is founder and CEO of Moroni & Partners, a company specialized in integrated energy consultancy operating at national and international level. M&P offers Engineering, Technical Advisory and Asset Management services and in 10 years of activity it acquired more than 1.7 GW of experience.
Mr. Moroni is a proactive member of the following technical committees, which are in charge of the issuing of specific standards and regulations:
TC 82 - Solar photovoltaic energy systems
TC 88 - Wind turbines
TC 120 - Electrical Energy Storage Systems
TC 313 - Smart grids
TC 315 - Energy Efficiency
M&P is composed of more than 50 professionals working on renewable energy sources and high energy efficiency systems and able to satisfy the needs of banks, investors, industrial customers, public authorities and EPC contractors.
Mr. Pashupathy Gopalan has been with SunEdison since 2009 and is currently the President for SunEdison, Asia Pacific region. Prior to SunEdison, Pashu worked with Cypress Semiconductors as Global Vice President- Strategic Marketing and Business Development. At Cypress Semiconductor, he was responsible for functions covering global market strategy, new business creation, mergers and acquisitions, venture funding and platform marketing for its products. Before Cypress, he was the Vice President – Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Government Relations at Bloom Energy / Ion America, a leading fuel cell energy company based out of Silicon Valley.
Pashu has earned a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University, Masters of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Arizona State University and Bachelor of Technology in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU, India.
Geoff graduated from UNSW in 1981 as an electrical engineer and has since been involved in the renewable energy industry in Australia as a leading expert in this field. He operated his own design and installation company for several years. In 1993 he developed training for technicians with the Australian Solar Energy Industry, and has been involved in training and capacity building both in Australia and overseas ever since.
Geoff founded GSES in 1998 in partnership with Susan Neill, Stephen Garrett and Kim Atkinson. Geoff actively works in the business and is also a part-time lecturer at UNSW. Ongoing consulting projects of note include the establishment of Institute of Sustainable Power to develop competency standards for international renewable energy training programs and training and development in Ghana, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and other developing nations.
Mr. Sachin holds a Bachelors in Engineering (Mechanical) from NIT Durgapur and PGPM (Marketing) from Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai and has a total work experience of 11+ years out of which he’s got a more than 3+ years in the Solar domain. He has worked in some of the top notch firms like Jindal Stainless Ltd, Thermax Ltd, Larsen & Toubro Ltd and Reliance Power Ltd in the past.
Having worked with best business house in India, he has understood the quintessential aspects of Power Plant (Thermal & Solar). He has won the ICONs (Immense Contribution of Noteworthy Significance) Award in L&T for being a top performer of EPC power division.
He then forayed into solar domain with Reliance Power Ltd managing 40 MW Solar PV Plant (Thin Film Technology) that has an operating PLF of 20.6% (DC Capacity) for FY 2014, which was undoubtedly one of the best performing solar plant in India.
This plant has the first direct loan sanction by ADB to a private sector solar project in India.
Prior to joining Godrej & Boyce Mfg Company Ltd, he was in Business team of Reliance Power Limited working closely with Top Management of the company, formulating strategies for Solar PV Business of the Company (Operating as well as New opportunities). At L&T Power Limited, Vadodara he was part of team that has done order booking of more than INR 14000 Crs.
Achievement in Professional and Academic career:
He currently heads the aspiring Godrej Renewables team (part of Electricals & Electronics) of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Company Ltd. With members of the team aged below 30, he says,“I’m currently working with the best talent in the industry. A team always ready for action, brimming with ideas and ready to plan and execute the projects with precision and eye for detailing of minute things".
Sebastian Petretschek holds a degree in Technology Management from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He has been active in solar photovoltaic business since 2009 and is a specialist for PV power plants and PV module quality.
For utility-scale PV projects in Bulgaria, Middle East, UK, India, South Africa and China, he has mainly acted as lender’s technical advisor. Among other tasks, he has conducted numerous technical due diligence reviews - including yield as well as EPC and O&M contract assessments - and has performed construction and operation monitoring services."
Shiv Shukla holds a graduate degree in chemical engineer from IIT-BHU, Varanasi and postgraduate MBA degree from School of management, IIT-Bombay.
He started his career in a refinery in the operations and has wide experience of more than 28 years in various fields ranging from operations, design, project management, marketing and general management functions. He has earlier worked in refinery & fertilizer industries and now is working in renewable energy sector. Since last 10 years he is in the leadership role, currently working with Abengoa in India. He is holding top management positions in two of Abengoa companies in India, President of Abengoa Solar India and President & CEO of Abeinsa Business Development, Mumbai. Abengoa is a well-diversified company with interests in renewable energy such as solar power, bio-fuels, engineering construction, water desalination. Abengoa is world leader in Concentrated Thermal Solar Power technology with about 2 GW of solar CSP plants in operations in different paerts of world. Shiv Shukla is responsible for strategy, business development of Abengoa companies in India and neighboring (SAARC) countries for Power, Solar Energy, Water & Environment business.
Shiv holds a special interest in software development and has developed a number of software application packages for design & simulation, project cost estimation etc. One of his software packages is for design and simulation of sulphuric acid plant & equipment, which is widely used worldwide in sulphuric acid plants. He specializes in change management and can be said to be a turn-around specialist. He has to his credit a turnaround of Monsanto-DMCC in 2004 as CEO, which was due to his excellent leadership & technical capabilities.
He has presented papers, given talks in several national/international conferences such as CSP Today Summits, Renewable Energy conferences, Sulphur Conference, ACHEMA, IFA etc. These days he is focussed on developing solar power projects in the country to meet huge energy needs of our country and is working together with various regulatory bodies, research institutes, NGOs in this direction.
Susan has worked in the renewable energy industry for over 25 years. She completed Post Graduate studies in Applied Photovoltaics at UNSW in 1998. Susan ran a successful renewable energy business, Quirks Victory Light Co. Pty. Ltd. from 1986 until 2005, when the business was bought by Conergy Pty. Ltd. (subsidiary of Conergy AG) and Susan was employed as Conergy’s Technical Services Manager (power) for Australia from 2005 to 2008.
Susan joined GSES fulltime in March 2008 as the Director of Training and Engineering overseeing the quality, standards and operations of the business divisions of GSES.
Susan is guest lecturer at UNSW and a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre of Excellence for Solar Energy Systems at the Australian National University, Canberra ACT.
Tobias Engelmeier founded BRIDGE TO INDIA (www.bridgetoindia.com) in 2007, as a strategic environmental consulting company, based in New Delhi. Since then, his focus has been on developing strategic business models for international companies, investors and institutions looking to provide sustainability solutions in India and in countries in comparable development stages in South Asia, South East Asia and Africa. Tobias has had a very strong affinity for India for a long time and feels that this is a very interesting time to be in this country, where enormous challenges meet with talent, technology and capital. He is deeply concerned about the resource use of this rapidly growing economy and believes in finding India-specific models to cope with this. Tobias has written two books about politics and India and holds a PhD in Political Science from the South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Prior to this, he worked for a leading strategic management consultancy. During that time, he advised large European utilities on how to engage with the fast-rising market for renewable energies.
Mr. Prashant Maniar is Founder of Encito Advisors, a boutique strategic and financial advisory firm, based in Mumbai India. The firm specializes in Energy, Environment and Enabling Technologies sectors, providing clients’ advisory services for growth capital syndication via private equity (PE) or Venture Capital (VC), debt/project finance syndication, cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), International joint ventures (JV) and India Entry Strategies. Mr. Maniar has 20+ years experience in Energy, Environment and Technology industries’ during which he has consistently delivered successful results in operational and advisory roles. Previously, Mr. Maniar was Global Head of Energy & Environment at Alpheas Advisors, a boutique investment bank. Earlier Mr. Maniar, while based in California USA, held the position of Cross-border practice head at Cipher Capital. Prior to that, he was co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Stratosphere Solutions. He has been instrumental in signing up Fortune 50 companies as customers, closing M&A deals, raising capital and setting up global alliances.
Mr. Maniar holds a MBA, specializing in Entrepreneurship, from Santa Clara University (USA), a M.E. in Electrical Engineering from University of South Carolina (USA) and a B.E. in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University (India). Mr. Maniar, has presented at many marquee conferences, writes articles on a regular basis and has participated as a judge in many reputed competitions such as Venture Capitalist Investment Competition. He devotes considerable time mentoring entrepreneurs.
Mr. Maniar, a Charter Member & Chair of the TiE-Mumbai Clean Energy & Environment special interest group also served on the Board of Directors of 700 for Science, a global non-profit organization connecting investors and disruptive technologies in biotech and cleantech.
Ashish Khanna is the Executive Director & CEO of Tata Power Solar – the pioneering solar company in India, previously known as Tata BP Solar.
Ashish joined the Tata Group in 2007, holding a series of leadership positions in Tata Power most recently as Chief – Corporate Contract Organization.
He brings with him over 27 years of experience, having worked with multinational companies like EIL, Bechtel in leading functions before joining Tata Power. His accomplishments include leading, for Chorus Steel, one of the world’s biggest process gas fired power plant at Netherlands, and Head of Contracts and Procurement for Tata Power’s 4000 MW UMPP Mundra project.
Having been on the executive board of Tata Power Solar since 2013, he has significantly contributed to setting up and governing the organizations’ objectives and policies. He is also on the board of Tata Power group companies outside India (i.e. Netherlands and Indonesia) and few subsidiaries India.
Ashish is a mechanical engineer from Delhi College of Engineering, and holds a Masters Degree in Management & Systems from IIT Delhi.
Arul oversees the engineering, R&D and product development functions, driving Project sales and delivery functions at Tata Power Solar.
With the Tata Group since August 2010, Arul headed the solar business at Tata International, where he launched a profitable Module Mounting System business and commercialised innovative foundation and structure designs. Under his leadership, Tata International Solar business has executed over 100 MW installations in 2012-13 after which he moved to Tata Power Solar in 2013.
Arul brings with him valuable experience in product development, sales, marketing and product support with companies like Applied Materials. He was a part of the team that commissioned the first 5.7 m2 large substrate 40MW thin film plant.
Rahul steers business development at Tata Power Solar, responsible for building partnerships in multiple areas like sales, supply chain and project financing, among others.
Prior to joining Tata Power Solar, Rahul worked with Tata Industries, where he was responsible for assessing new business opportunities in the Cleantech industry. While at Tata Industries, he also worked on new business ventures such as the entry of Tata Industries in the Logistics, Defense Services and IT enabled education business. In addition, he serves on the Board of Flisom AG, a Swiss company developing flexible CIGS solar technology.
Rahul holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Information Technology from Indraprastha University, Delhi and an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. He has completed the Tata Group Executive Leadership Program conducted by the Ross Business School of University of Michigan.
Rama Krishna S is Executive Vice President at Tata Power Solar heading the consumer business. TPSSL spearheads the Tata Group's presence in Solar power sector across the world.
Rama Krishna is with the Tata group for over ten years and has a distinguished record in handling various profiles like Operations, Retail and Enterprise functions. He was the Chief Operating Officer of AP circle at Tata Teleservices Limited between 2007 and 2014 which has a revenue of about 1300 crores per anum. With his strategic bent of mind, deep understanding of consumer & channel dynamics, building high performance teams, he has built a healthy business taking all stakeholders together.
Prior to joining the TATA Group, he worked with Hutchinson Max Ltd (Now Vodafone), Xerox India and OMC Computers Ltd.
He has up skilled himself in strategy and other key business imperatives at well-known Institutes like ASCI, IIM (Ahmedabad), Ross Business School, Michigan & The Harvard Business School.
He is an avid reader, enjoys music & movies and an ardent fan of cricket.
Mr. Anish Rajgopal is Director of Chemtrols Solar, part of the Chemtrols group that has seven companies under its umbrella that undertake Manufacturing & System Integration in Process Instrumentation, Renewables (Solar & Bio-Mass) and also manufactures mechanical products which cater to a wide variety of industries ranging from oil & gas to cement to power to steel.
He is a founder member & director of the US Indian Importers Council (USIIC) and is member of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Ashish Agrawal heads the solar business at Hero Future Energies (HFE). He has been associated with the power sector for more than a decade. Ashish has been actively involved in developing the solar business at HFE. Prior to joining HFE, he handled a profile of equity deals, performance improvement assignments, regulatory, solar bidding and project finance at BHEL, Green Infra Ltd and PWC. In his current role he is accountable for the performance and growth of the solar business vertical at HFE. This has helped him to develop a deep understanding of the solar energy sector including project development and related technical, operational and regulatory issues. His networking skills and benign traits has contributed to a great extent in developing a strong business network for HFE in India as well as develop a rapport with the regulators and other government agencies. He has completed his MBA from IIM, Calcutta and his B.E. Mechanical from Maulana Azad NIT.
He is at present promoting the biogas generation, enrichment and utilisation in India. The main motto is to bring all the stakeholders together to grow the biogas segment in a sustainable way. Bio-fertilizer promotion is an intrinsic part of the whole scenario. With his vast research expertise, he has already engineered and developed several renewable energy models.
He holds a B. Tech degree from IIT and MS in environmental engineering from University of Stuttgart, Germany. Earlier he has worked as scientific co-worker in Germany along with several years of field experience with Shell Deutschland GmbH.
Dr. Chandan Chowdhury is the Managing Director at Dassault Systemes India Pvt. Ltd., a 100% subsidiary of Dassault Systemes (a 2.8 billion dollar company offering 12 industry solutions in 140 countries). In his earlier roles, Dr. Chowdhury has held a number of senior management positions in leading companies. Prior to joining Dassault Systemes, Dr. Chowdhury was Country Manager, Software Group, Strategic Accounts in IBM. He had also headed a Swedish multinational.
Dr. Chandan did his MS in Mechanical Engineering and has a double Doctorate, and comes from a unique background that is an excellent blend of corporate and academia. He was formerly the Dean (Academics), Chairman (Board of Research) and Member (Board of Governor) at the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) (a joint initiative of United Nations and Government of India).
Dr. Chowdhury has been the recipient of numerous awards, and his special areas of interest are innovation, 3D, eGovernance, democratization of innovation, virtual product development and virtual manufacturing, PLM (Product Life Cycle Management), the 3D experience universe, and ‘Technology Enabled Business Process Improvement”, criminal intelligence system, cyber-crime, leveraging offset, innovation in operations management, smart grid and smart city. He is also considered as the pioneer in ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), EAM (Enterprise Asset Management) and BPR (Business Process Reengineering) movement in India.
Alan Nagi Elyousfi - Mechanical Engineering Degree from Purdue University (USA) and Master’s in Technology Management from Saint Thomas University (USA), Current position - Business Development Manager for GTAT Polysilicon division covering Europe, Middle East and India. Over 14 years’ experience in global Business Development of technology and equipment in the Solar and Cryogenic space.
Inderpreet Wadhwa, founder and chief executive officer of Azure Power, is one of the most prominent thought leaders in the Indian solar industry. Inderpreet is driven by a passion for solar power development and the vision to create energy security in rural India through medium-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) generation.
A renewable energy enthusiast with more than 20 years of experience in technology and infrastructure businesses, Inderpreet founded Azure Power in 2007. Through his work, he strives to have a direct and positive social impact in terms of improving the quality of life in rural India. Today, Azure Power is a leading solar service provider in India, providing distributed solar power service to communities and governments, apart from commercial customers, thus enabling the country’s economic development and inclusive growth.
Prior to founding Azure Power India (AZI), Inderpreet served as a vice president of Loyalty Lab and as a senior director of Oracle Corporation. Additionally, Inderpreet has been a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
Inderpreet received his bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering in 1994 from Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab, India. He also graduated from Haas School of Business at University of California Berkeley in 2002.
Inderpreet, a keen reader, loves to travel and enjoys skiing.
Mr. Stefan Müller is the Co-founder, shareholder of Enerparc AG and since end of 2008 as a board member responsible for the operational business.
After his diploma theses in 1992 in Solar Energy he gained international experiences in difference roles and various countries. He worked nearly 10 years for BP Solar in Europe and Asia and was 5 years in the role of the MD of Conergy Asia Pacific based in Singapore. Before he started his entrepreneurial step he managed more than 200 people in 8 different countries in Asia and integrated all relevant renewable energy forms into the organization.
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