Speaker Profiles



Dr. Junaid Ahmad
India Country Director,
World Bank.
Dr. Junaid Ahmad is the Country Director for the World Bank in India. He joined the World Bank’s Delhi office on 1 September 2016. Mr. Ahmad, a Bangladeshi national, was formerly the Chief of Staff to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. He joined the World Bank in 1991 as a Young Professional and worked on infrastructure development in Africa and Eastern Europe. He has since held several management positions, leading the Bank’s program in diverse regions including Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in India and South Asia. Prior to joining the President’s office in January 2016, Mr. Junaid was the Senior Director for the Water Global Practice, a position he held since the creation of the Global Practices in July 2014. In this role, Mr. Ahmad has built a strong and collaborative Global Practice and has brought a strong track record of management and leadership in the area of service delivery and international partnerships, combining intellectual and analytical rigor with strategic operational focus. Mr. Ahmad has championed the Practice’s focus on water and the economy, and emphasized institutions and resilience in water management. He holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University, an MPA from Harvard University, and a BA in Economics from Brown University.
Dr. Ravi Segal,
Business Leader,
India, ASEAN, China,
Energy Consulting, India,
GE Power
As the Business Leader - Energy Consulting for GE Energy in India, ASEAN and China region, Dr. Segal focusses on the power system grid interconnection studies and also techno-economic evaluation of new power projects including thermal and renewables. Having performed various roles like that of a technical specialist, project manager, six sigma black-belt, sales and marketing functions, he is currently also engaged in techno-economic evaluation and policy recommendations for rural electrification solutions involving biomass, wind and currently working on energy storage devices for distributed generation programs. He holds a PhD in Power System Stabilizers from IIT Delhi and a B.Tech. and a M.Tech. from Punjab Engineering College.
Dr. Rajib Kumar Mishra,
Director (Marketing and Business Development),
PTC India Ltd.
Dr. Rajib K Mishra is the Director (Marketing and Business Development). Prior to this, he has worked as Executive Director PTC since October 2011 and was responsible for Operations, Business Development, Retail & Advisory Services. Dr. Mishra played a key role in starting of PTC retail business to meet power requirements of business entity. He has professional experience of 30 years with Powergrid, NTPC and PTC India. Before joining PTC, he was General Manager (CMG) with POWERGRID. Dr. Mishra is PhD (Business Admin.) from Aligarh Muslim University. He was accorded Visiting Scholar status by University of Texas, Austin in 2008 for his Post-doc research. He Graduated in Electrical Engineering from NIT, Durgapur and did his Post Graduation from NTNU, Norway under NORAD Fellowship.
Mr. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra,
Managing Director,
CLP India Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Rajiv Mishra joined the CLP Group in 2002 and has over 20 years of experience in the power industry, both in India and internationally, mostly involved in project financing, investment appraisal, finance and accounting and general management. Before assuming the role of Managing Director of CLP India, Rajiv has held a variety of senior positions in the Power Industry, such as, Deputy Managing Director/Chief Financial Officer of BLCP Power in Thailand, Finance Director of PowerGen India and Finance Director of LG Energy in Seoul, South Korea. Rajiv has successfully transformed CLP India from a single-asset and project management company to a fully-grown organization with presence across conventional and renewables sources of energy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (first class distinction) from BIT, Sindri and an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, and is an Advanced Management Program Graduate from the Harvard Business School, Boston.
Mr. H. C. Vinayaka,
General Manager (Technical & Sustainability),
ITC Hotels.
An Engineer from Mysore University with more than 29 years of experience in the areas of Technical Services, Projects, Product Development, Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) and Sustainability in Hospitality industry. Currently heading the Technical and Sustainability initiatives at ITC’s Hotel business – ITC Hotels. Under his guidance & efforts, ITC Hotels has pioneered many pathbreaking initiatives and achieved world class high performance results in the area of Luxury, Resource consumption (Renewable energy, Water, Energy and Waste management), Customer service, Safety, Sustainability & Innovation. H. C. Vinayaka has been recognised with many awards and accolades in the areas of Hospitality Technical Services, Projects, New Technology, EHS & Sustainability Vinayaka has been credited with the feast of embedding the Hotel Division’s Credo “Responsible Luxury” in almost all ITC Hotels. He took on the challenge of retrofitting all Luxury Hotels to LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum standards within a span of one year. A feat which resulted in ITC Hotels being recognised as “Greenest Luxury Hotel Chain in the world” a unique achievement in the global hospitality industry.
Ms. Pooja Shukla,
Senior Manager- Technical,
Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI) Pvt. Ltd.,
India.
Ms. Pooja Shukla has over 10 years of experience in the field of sustainable built environment. Her areas of expertise include green building design and research; review and development of policies in the energy efficiency sector in India. Ms. Shukla works with GBCI India on technical development of rating systems. As part of her role, Pooja is currently managing the regional adaptation of the WELL Building Standard. She received her Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India and Master of Science in Renewable Energy and Architecture from The University of Nottingham in UK. Ms. Shukla is a LEED Accredited Professional, a WELL Faculty, an IGBC Accredited Professional and an Energy Manager (certified by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Government of India). Prior to GBCI, she has worked with The Energy and Resources Institute, Spectral Services Consultants and ICLEI South Asia.
Dr. Ajay Mathur,
Director General,
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
Dr. Ajay Mathur is Director General of TERI - The Energy & Resources Institute, and a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change. He was Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 till February 2016, and responsible for bringing energy efficiency into our homes, offices, and factories, through initiatives such as the star labelling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the Perform, Achieve and Trade programme for energy-intensive industries. Dr. Mathur was earlier with TERI from 1986 to 2000, and then headed the Climate Change Team of World Bank in Washington DC. He was President of Suzlon Energy Limited, also headed the interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund. He has been a key Indian climate-change negotiator and was also the Indian spokesperson at the 2015 climate negotiations at Paris. He is a global leader on technological approaches to address climate change; recently, he joined the global group of industrial, financial and think-tank leaders to co-chair an Energy Transitions Commission which will suggest ways for companies and countries to move towards climate-friendly energy futures.
Mr. Binish Desai,
Founder,
Eco-Eclectic Technologies, & & Chairman,
BDream Group.
Mr. Desai is an innovator and a social entrepreneur working on waste recycling and management. He holds a degree in Biotechnology and an honorary degree in Social Work. He started innovating at a very young age, 11 by carrying out home based experiments with chewing gum and paper. He has 19 inventions under the Eco-Eclectic Technologies banner in India and have received many national and international awards for his contributions. In 2015, he developed eco-economical toilet to support Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and founded BDEcordial Pvt. Ltd.Thereafter, in 2016 he founded Eco-Eclectic Technologies. The company deals with research, development and consultancy in recycling of waste management. Its research and development facilities provides new innovative technologies to clean up the environment. In addition, he was awarded with Rotary International Alumni Humanitarian of the year award for South Asia.
Mr. Kapil Mandawewala,
Founder & CEO,
Edible Routes
Mr. Kapil Mandawewala is the Founder and CEO of Edible Routes, an earth and people friendly business, that provides step-by- step guidance on how to efficiently design, plan, build and manage organic edible rooftop and balcony gardens and farms, and create products to nurture the earth. Kapil studied Management of Information Systems and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin (1999-2003). He then worked for Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco as a Senior Consultant for five years. In 2008, Kapil relocated to Gujarat to start organic farming at his 22-acre farmland. During the next five years, he established a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) system through which residents could buy local seasonal, and fresh produce directly from the farm. He then founded Edible Routes in 2010 with the aim to help people find ways to grow locally and eat seasonally within ecosystems that minimize environmental impact and ensure that existing natural systems are safeguarded and resources used most efficiently.
Mr. Sandeep Pandey
Co-Founder & CEO,
Mera Gao Power.
A micro-finance expert having worked at IFMR LEAD, Bhartiya Micro Credit and SKS Microfinance, with a MBA in Operations Management, and an IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Programme) Fellow from U.S. Department of state, Mr. Sandeep Pandey is responsible for the overall execution of Mera Gao Power’s business plan, ensuring the processes and manpower are in place to achieve targets. He is an expert in developing field level processes for organizations that demand control of their operating costs, particularly payment collection, in order to keep price to consumers low. He founded Mera Gao Power. Mera Gao Power builds, owns, and operates micro grids in the state of Uttar Pradesh serving off-grid villages with high quality, dependable lighting and mobile phone charging services. MGP’s unique model is able to provide service to a typical hamlet for less than $1,000, making its lowest cost design the first commercially viable micro grid targeted at the rural poor!

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