Aafsha Kansal

    Research Associate

    I have completed B.Arch; M.Sc – Sustainable Design and High-Performance Buildings from the University of Sydney, Australia, and have previously worked as a Sustainability Consultant in Australia. I have developed a well-rounded understanding of how to deliver and integrate sustainability across the lifecycle of a project in the residential, commercial, and institutional sectors. Prior to joining AEEE, I have worked with building energy rating systems namely BASIX, NaTHERS, LEED, Green Star, JV3, and NABERS. I approach my work through a lens of creativity and innovation. In my free time, I serve as an education support volunteer for the underprivileged and a mentor for aspirants pursuing higher education abroad.

      Akansha

      Akansha Ujala Dean is working as a Consultant under Building and Communities vertical in the Cold Chain Team. Currently she is working in the CLASP Project. Akansha is a Graduate in Bachelor of Science from University of Lucknow (2013-2016) and a Post-Graduate in Environment Management from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) 2017-2019 batch. As part of her post-graduation thesis, she has worked in Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), Delhi, and Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun on “Assessment of Biomass energy potential all over India.”

      She has worked as an Assistant Analyst, in Punjab Renewable Energy Systems Private Limited (PRESPL). She has also worked as a Business Development Associate and Counsellor in BYJU’s. Her career objective is to be distinctive asset that makes notable contributions in the field of environment conservation and management, which lead to better human welfare and living situations. In her spare time, she likes to play guitar and listen music.

        Akash Goenka

        Team Lead

        Akash is a clean energy transition professional with a keen understanding of India’s energy efficiency policies and their interplay with climate change. Akash’s domain expertise is in climate-friendly cooling, developing national cooling action plans, and building sector energy data, alongside growing experience in sustainable airports and aviation. In his 5 years of work experience, he has staked AEEE’s stronghold as a climate-friendly cooling expert in the global arena, established South-South cooperation between India and other SE Asian countries on climate-friendly cooling, and instituted new programmes at AEEE around primary energy data and sustainable aviation. Akash is a mechanical engineer, with a master’s degree in sustainable energy from Imperial College London.

          Akhil Singhal

          Team Lead

          Akhil has more than six years of working experience as a technology and energy specialist to provide strategic advice and consultancy for policy development and implementation related to energy efficiency. He has a Master’s in Sustainability Science, Policy, and Society from Maastricht University, Netherlands and Bachelor in Instrumentation Engineering from Indraprastha University, New Delhi. He has worked on projects for bilateral and multilateral organizations, including projects from the GIZ, The World Bank, ADB, UNEP, UNDP and several other private stakeholders on cross-sectoral themes contributing to urban transformation in the Netherlands, Thailand, and India. At AEEE, he is currently leading the verticle on Advanced Technologies that focuses on Enhancing and Enabling access to Low Carbon Advanced Technologies. His mission is to enable and enhance access to sustainable and advanced technologies that impact the lives of a billion people.

            Alisha Abraham

            Research Associate

            Alisha is an economist by discipline with a keen interest in energy and sustainability. She is a Research Associate at AEEE and has worked in the area of energy use, energy transition, and decarbonisation in Indian airports and the aviation sector. She is adept at in-depth secondary research, data transformation, and econometrics methods. Her prior experience with the IIIT Hyderabad was about automation in the Indian IT sector and involvement of the informal skilling sector in the progress of Artificial Intelligence in the sector. She completed her master’s degree in economics from the University of Hyderabad. In her spare time, she loves to explore new places and food.

              Anasuya Basu

              Manager- Content

              Anasuya is a seasoned journalist and a communications specialist with over 20 years of work under her belt in diverse fields-journalism, corporate communications, foreign missions and international organisations-WWF,IFRC and the UNCCD. She has a large body of published articles on a wide range of issues and has written for The Hindustan Times, Daily O, The Hindu, The Statesman, The Quint, The Wire, Governance Now, Huffington Post and the BBC. Anasuya has a master’s degree in History from Dibrugarh University and a B.Ed.

                Anu Raswant

                HR & Governance

                Anu Raswant has been working as Executive Secretary to the top management for the past 18+ years offering unparalleled personal, administrative & operations support to senior level executives and high profile individuals & corporate. She has a rich experience in managing the smooth operations for the top management.

                She has graduated in B.Com from Delhi University and has also attained PG Diploma in HR from MIT University, Pune.

                In her previous engagements she has worked with development sector organisations and corporate organisations. Her last engagement was with Select CITYWALK Mall, wherein she provided the secretarial assistance to the Chairman of Select Group.

                Bhairav Sharma

                Dy Manager- Membership & Training

                At AEEE, I have been involved in the administrative framework from the last 13+ years including Industry Membership collaboration in the Energy Efficiency sector, Training/Events program, and Outreach activities. I am a nodal point for supporting the planning and managing the execution of various Workshops and Training & Capacity Building programs of AEEE in the Energy Efficiency domain, including AEEE’s Annual Conclave, Flagship Events, and Members Networking Meet. in addition to managing the AEEE master database in various domains of Energy Efficiency across the globe. I also providing cross-functional support internally to other divisions at AEEE as well as to external Members and Stakeholders in organizing and managing various Webinars, Workshops, Roundtable and Outreach Events through various digital platforms.

                Coordinating with Measurement & Verification (M&V) professionals to organizing M&V Fundamentals and International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP®) Training and Certification for measurement and verification (M&V) professionals in India and South Asia from last 13 years. Past CMVP Local board member in India. Bhairav holds an Economics degree from IGNOU.

                 

                  Bhaskar Natarajan

                  Director Programme

                  Dr. Bhaskar Natarajan has over twenty-five years of experience in areas related to clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development. Bhaskar has managed large programs, working with donor agencies to scope out program goals, and working with multiple stakeholders to deliver results. Bhaskar has worked on projects, supported by World Bank, USAID, ADB, UNDP, CIDA, and DFID among others, and has been a part of several official government and industry committees of energy and environment.

                  Bhaskar has worked with the agencies of the Ministry of Power and Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate change on national level programs for energy efficiency and sustainability. Bhaskar has also extensive experience working with NGOs at the grass roots level, implementing projects to deliver project benefits to the local population. Bhaskar has also worked with the private sector in planning and implementing projects relating to carbon finance with several power utilities in the country. While working with government agencies, Bhaskar was a member of several official committees set up to review plans, projects, regulations. Prior to joining AEEE, Bhaskar has worked with the USAID PACE-D project and the Institute of Sustainable Communities.

                  Bhaskar has written extensively in national and international publications and is the co-author of ‘Renewable Energy, A Policy Analysis for India’, Tata McGraw Hill, Delhi, 2000. Bhaskar was the Contributing Lead Author for the chapters on Technology Transfer, as a part of the Special Report on Methodological and Technological Issues in Technology Transfer, for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

                    Brijesh Pandey

                    Senior Research Associate

                    Dr. Brijesh Pandey has recently joined AEEE as a senior research associate, where his main focus of work would be energy efficiency in buildings. He has pursued his master’s and Ph.D. from IIT Bombay. Before joining AEEE, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the same institution where his work focused on applying ceiling fans to mitigate airborne pathogens.

                    His work/research interests include model-based predictive control, AI for buildings, thermal storage in buildings, building energy simulation, thermal comfort, and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

                    He was also awarded the prestigious BHAVAN fellowship supported by the Dept. of Science and Technology, Gov. of India, and Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) to carry out his internship at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL).

                    Dr. Pandey is keenly interested in interdisciplinary pedagogy and research and believes in removing the silos of the subject barrier for holistic knowledge.
                    He loves to spend his leisure time reading ancient history.

                      Dharini Sridharan

                      Research Associate

                      Dharini Sridharan is an Architect by graduation, registered with the Council of Architecture and further pursued her Master of Technology in Building Energy Performance at CEPT University, Gujarat. She has worked with CEPT University as Academic Associate for M.Tech BEP and has a strong foundation in Building Physics. In addition to her experience as an Architect, she has hands-on experience in working on 25+ projects as a team lead pursuing green building rating systems like LEED, IGBC and GRIHA. She is a LEED Green Associate and IGBC AP. Her passion is to contribute to a healthy built environment for future generations and provide a quality living experience to people using the built environment as a tool. Her broader interests lie in making better buildings, and policy-level implementation of energy-efficiency at a large scale.

                        Gerry George

                        Team Lead

                        Gerry George is a young energy professional with subject matter expertise to seamlessly work on AEEE priorities with reasonable autonomy. He currently works as a senior research associate in AEEE focusing on high-impact and emerging areas like space cooling in buildings, appliance efficiency and energy efficient (EE) cold-chain in India. His work areas include facilitating data-driven and evidence-based energy efficiency policies, leveraging industry leadership to scale up the deployment of EE technologies and impacting energy security, advancing cost-effective EE practices and technologies for climate protection and better quality of life. He has completed his MTech in Energy Systems from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun and has prior industry experience where he worked in design and drafting of heat exchangers. He has contributed significantly for AEEE’s stewardship and facilitation of the landmark India Cooling Action Plan.

                          Hardeep Kushal

                          Manager – Finance & Admin

                          Hardeep is hard-core finance and management professional with a compliance acumen and brings in immense 21 + yrs. of experience. His diverse background includes Finance, CSR grant management, Legal & Statutory Compliance, Accounts & Taxation, Operational Management, investment planning, the conceptualization of policy framework & internal/ external controls, including audits/fraud & risk management. Hardeep also has the strategic experience, which includes vital aspects of human resource management.

                          He holds a management degree of MBA-Finance with diverse exposure of working in both commercial and development sectors. He has held prominent leadership positions as lead finance & Compliance in his previous organizations.

                          He has a collaborative leadership approach and possesses strong communication & people management skills. He is an able leader, a keen analyst, and an effective team player.

                          Hardeep plays a vital role in formulating and implementing annual action plans, preparing annual budgets, with flexibility and willingness to work in other operation areas, strategic planning for improving the system with available resources, and contributing to the organization’s overall growth and development.

                            Ishita Sachdeva

                            Senior Research Associate

                            Ms. Ishita Sachdeva is a post graduate in Environmental Economics and presently a Ph.D Candidate at University of Delhi. Ishita has a vast research experience on the subjects of Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Agriculture, Buildings, Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency and Health. Her doctoral thesis is broadly focused on the evaluation of India’s ongoing policies on Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency and Clean Cooking. During her professional journey, she has worked at length with policy think tanks, governmental and academic institutions.
                            Ishita aspires to work in areas relevant to the implementation and evaluation of Energy Efficiency as a catalyst solution across sectors that corroborates the achievement of India’s commitments under Paris Agreement.

                              Jayanta Chaudhuri

                              Director- Marketing, Alliances and Partnerships

                              Jayanta Chaudhuri is a sales and marketing professional with over twenty five years’ experience in business development, key account management, and alliances. At AEEE, he heads the marketing, membership, training, alliances & partnership functions.

                              In his previous roles, Jayanta led high performance teams and businesses for Moser Baer, Onmobile Global (as Account Director for Vodafone India, developing and driving their growth of value-added services across the data, voice and messaging platforms), Nokia and Microsoft (for both, he headed their device-led enterprise mobility solutions business in West India, services and alliances with Indian telcos). Before joining AEEE, he worked with The Times Group, where he was the National Business Head for consumer durables and telecom verticals, responsible for integrated media solutions across traditional and new age media.
                              Having handled strategic portfolios across diverse products and services, and geographies, Jayanta is a keen enterprise-relationship enabler. A serious runner who draws life’s lessons from running, he believes in team spirit, team work and in building self-sustained communities.

                              Jayanta is a Physics graduate from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, and an MBA from FMS Delhi. Present CMVP Local board member in India. Outside of work, he is a prolific traveller and a blogger

                                Khushboo Gupta

                                Senior Research Associate

                                Dr. Khushboo Gupta is presently working as a Senior Research Associate at AEEE. Before AEEE, she was associated with the National Institute of Urban Affairs and worked on projects related to youth and inclusive cities. She has a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization from the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. Her doctoral studies focused on smart city implementation in developing nations. While pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Gupta has worked for the Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development, conducting research on topics such as technology adoption and suggesting strategies for place-making projects. She also has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

                                  Krishan Sharma

                                  Project Coordinator

                                  Krishan Sharma has joined AEEE as a project coordinator. He holds a master’s degree in interior design and has worked as a project manager for over 16 years with architectural, engineering & Interior designs firms across India. Krishan has strong knowledge of building construction’s materials and site engineering. He has experience in executing CSR construction projects pan India for many prestigious organizations like Hindustan Times, Union Bank of India and Oriental Bank of Commerce. He has executed the office Interior project for AEEE head office in New Delhi, which holds PLATINUM AWARD in (LEED) green building rating system certification by The U.S. Green Building Council.

                                  Currently he is working in the green building sector and conducts site visits to collect data for Building and Communities team for AEEE. His passion lies in the latest advancements in Green building technology. He is preparing simultaneously LEEDS examination also. Krishan strongly believe in making high performance buildings by new innovations in green building technology.

                                    Meghaa

                                    Research Associate

                                    Meghaa has joined as a Research Associate and will be working with the State & Local Actions and Energy Data Services teams.

                                    Meghaa has a background in economics having completed her master’s degree, focused in environmental and resource economics, from TERI School of Advanced Studies.
                                    Her experience includes working on research reports in the clean energy and mobility space, covering various aspects of the energy transition, renewable energy value chains, as well as applications of cleaner fuel sources.

                                    Throughout her academic and professional life, she has fostered an interdisciplinary approach in understanding complex development challenges and delving into exploring solutions through research.
                                    She aims to apply herself in working towards the facilitation of an energy-efficient economy.

                                    Her interests also include reading, solving puzzles, attempting to play musical instruments, and brewing coffee.

                                      Nikhil

                                      Project Associate

                                      Nikhil Sharma is working as Project Associate under Building and Communities vertical in the Advance technology team at AEEE. He holds a degree in Mechanical & Automation Engineering and has experience in designing passive cooling systems for buildings. In past, he has worked closely with the manufacturing and design team to develop new prototypes for the passive cooling systems and further performed CFD (Computational-Fluid-Dynamics) analysis on them to analyze different parameters in a computer-simulated environment. He has also worked closely in mapping the LCA (Life-Cycle-Analysis), carbon footprint and overall environmental impact of the passive cooling systems. Further, he has worked towards empowering the lives of the local terracotta artist in and around the NCR region by creating opportunities for them to integrate terracotta-based cooling products and making those a part of the building’s supply chain.

                                        Prashant Kannujia

                                        Senior Research Associate

                                        Prashant Kanaujia has joined as a Consultant (Full Time) for cold chain projects, primarily the Good Energy Foundation (GEF) Project, SHEETAL and NCAP.

                                        Prashant is a Graduate in Agricultural Sciences from B.H.U (2010-2014) and a Post-Graduate in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) 2014-16 batch. He has 6+ years of experience in agriculture-related projects, in both development and for-profit organizations. His major areas of expertise are in Procurement of agri-commodities, Strategic Sourcing, Vendor Development, Market Intelligence, Cost Optimization, Contract Farming, Inventory & Logistics. He has recently done a pilot project on EV logistics services to small and marginal farmers for transporting their produce to the nearby market. Prashant’s goal is to work diligently in reducing post-harvest food losses by offering appropriate cooling solutions to small and marginal farmers.

                                        In his free time, he prefers exploring about various start-ups working in the agriculture sector, playing chess, reading novels and spending time with family and friends.

                                          Priyami Dutta

                                          Senior Research Associate

                                          I am an Energy Professional with 8 years of experience , both in the public and private sector in the power and utility domain. I started my career with Assam Power Distribution Company Limited that gave me a rich exposure to the entire value chain of the power sector.

                                          My key areas of skill set range across diverse verticals such as Regulatory matters, techno commercial aspects, renewables, energy management, tariff, power purchase and distribution network management. I served as the Energy Manager for APDCL and was instrumental in implementing various energy efficiency initiatives such as Demand side management, PAT scheme, energy auditing and electric mobility.

                                          My long term career vision is to work in energy efficiency solutions and to contribute to climate change mitigation.
                                          I completed my B.E in Electrical Engineering from Assam Engineering College in 2011. I am also a Bureau of Energy Efficiency Certified Energy Manager cum Auditor. I also hold a PG Diploma in management from IGNOU.

                                            Rakesh Goswami

                                            Director – Finance & Operations

                                            Rakesh Goswami is a pro-active and result oriented professional with more than 22 years of experience in a wide range of working areas. Being a Chartered Accountant, Rakesh’s extensive work in the development sector has honed him into an authority on financial compliances, NGO management, and CSR laws. With his knowledge of financial accounting, strategy, planning, budgeting, along with his expertise in taxation, internal auditing, statutory compliance, liaising administration – Rakesh leads by example.

                                            Rakesh is a problem-solver, who can handle any crisis confidently, with a cool head. His acumen for financial and legal matters, management of working capital, NGOs, human resources, and client relationship make him a multi-tasker. He possesses extensive experience in offering legal advice to corporates on various matters, including setting up offices of foreign companies and NGOs in India, drafting agreements and other business documents, foreign exchange-related activities, and obtaining government approvals.

                                            An able leader, a keen analyst, and an effective team player, Rakesh plays a vital role in the formulation and implementation of annual action plans, preparing annual budgets, and fixing fiscal targets. With his flexibility and willingness to work in other operation areas, Rakesh does not miss a chance to contribute to the organisation’s overall growth and development.

                                            Sangeeta Mathew

                                            Program Lead

                                            Sangeeta Mathew is a senior advisor at AEEE, leading projects in cold chain, energy data and state-level energy efficiency. She led the development and publication of the first three editions of the State Energy Efficiency Index for 2018, 2019, and 2020. The State Energy Efficiency Index, jointly developed with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), evaluates states on their energy efficiency efforts and achievements across all demand sectors. Sangeeta’s work in cold chain is aimed at demonstrating energy-efficient, clean energy powered cold chain solutions to reduce post-harvest food loss and improve cold storage for life-saving medicines in rural health centres. Her work includes the development of energy data frameworks and increasing visibility and awareness of end-use energy consumption.

                                            Before joining AEEE, Sangeeta worked in Information and Communications Technology for 20 years. She developed network products for data and voice networks, operational support systems and data analytics to improve network repair and customer support efficiency.

                                            Sangeeta holds a B.E. in Electronics and Communication from Manipal Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

                                              Sanjay Chaurasia

                                              Dy Manager – Graphics & DTP Designer

                                              Sanjay Chaurasia is senior graphics designer cum visual story teller at AEEE. He comes with more than 8 years of experience in the field of graphic designer. After his graduation in arts he completed his certification in Multimedia from Arena Multimedia to hone his designing skills. Sanjay’s work at AEEE is to standardise as well as optimise the company’s internal and external communication collaterals including company branding, brochure design, reports and digital media infographics. Prior to this, Sanjay has worked in some reputed publishing companies as a freelancer. Sanjay is a person who believes life is a learning process and is currently picking up website designing skills.

                                                Satish Kumar

                                                President and Executive Director

                                                Dr. Satish Kumar serves as the President and Executive Director of the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE). Prior to AEEE, he was the Energy Efficiency Ambassador and led the Energy Management business at the Schneider Electric India, a Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Chief of Party for a USAID-supported bilateral energy efficiency technical assistance program (ECO-III) project. He has a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon and a B. Arch from IIT Roorkee), was nominated for an executive leadership program at Harvard Business School and the University of North Carolina, is a member on the TEAP’s Energy Efficiency Task Force under the Montreal Protocol, is a LEED Fellow (USGBC), Certified Energy Manager and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (Association of Energy Engineers).

                                                  Saumya Tiwari

                                                  Manager Communication and PR

                                                  Saumya is a Strategy & Communications professional with rich experience in handling public relations, government advocacy, strategy, corporate communication and corporate communication for government, corporate and multilateral organizations.

                                                  Prior to joining AEEE, Saumya was leading transformation initiatives for CyanConnode India from the Managing Directors secretariat handling Human Resource, Information and Technology and Project Management for ongoing projects. Saumya has also worked as communication and outreach manager part of the Strategic Coordination Cell with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and was directly managing the office of the Executive Vice Chairperson (EESL), Managing Director and Executive Directors. She was part of the core team that launched several low carbon growth programmes across multiple states in India and lead large scale events like INSPIRE. She was also deputed to Republic of Maldives to provide support in developing the states communication plan, project implementation and business development. She has worked extensively with leading PR agencies with clients such as Hindustan Uniliver, World Vison India, Monsanto and Government of Ontario amongst others. Saumya has also been recognized as 30 under 30 a list of promising professionals in the field by Godrej PR moments. Saumya also conducts sessions on corporate communication and public relations in MDI Gurgaon to share practical experience with young professionals.

                                                  Saumya hold a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from St. Xaviers Institute, Mumbai and a Bachelor(Hons) in Journalism along with an LL.B.

                                                  She likes reading, playing Badminton & Boxing. Saumya is based out of Delhi NCR and is an avid animal rights activist, and works closely with the cause.

                                                    Shatakshi Suman

                                                    Team Lead

                                                    Architect with 8+ years’ experience in the field of energy-efficient building design and sustainable construction. PGD in Environmental Law and Urban Management and a Diploma in Housing Law. Worked towards Energy efficiency building code development, policy framework and its implementation in India. Passive design strategies, daylighting, building energy simulation, and envelope design optimization is her area of expertise.

                                                      Shirish Bhardwaj

                                                      Research Associate

                                                      Shirish is a young professional working as a Consultant (Research Analyst) with AEEE’s Industrial Energy Efficiency division. He works in the field of Industrial Energy Efficiency and Energy Analysis and has worked with Thermax Limited for 1.3 years in a solar thermal power plant as a field engineer. Also, while working with TERI School of Advanced Studies, he has done a project on estimating the potential of CO2 reduction, at the national level, by application of reflective film on the glasses of a vehicle and another project on estimating the IPPU emissions from various industrials sectors. He holds a postgraduate degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management from the TERI School of advanced studies and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical engineering. His interest area includes industrial decarbonization through material efficiency and energy efficiency. Apart from this he is also good at sports and had played Cricket up to state level.

                                                        Simrat Kaur

                                                        Senior Research Associate

                                                        Simrat Kaur works as a Senior Research Associate at AEEE. She is an energy-efficiency professional with 2+ years of experience in producing data-driven and evidence-based research to support energy efficiency policy-making in areas such as behavioural energy efficiency, assessment of the impact of Indian Aviation on the environment, characterizing the energy use of hospitals in India, and facilitating greater collaboration and knowledge exchange among relevant stakeholders for the implementation of India Cooling Action Plan. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics and Climate Change from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

                                                          Srishti Sharma

                                                          Senior Research Associate

                                                          Srishti Sharma is a professional with 4+ years of experience, advocating for energy efficiency and sustainable development of the ecosystem. She is working as a Senior Research Associate at AEEE. Her work is focused on evidence-based policy research in energy-intensive, impact-driven and emerging areas such as appliance and building energy efficiency, Standards & Labelling, market & technology assessment, sustainable cold-chain in health and agriculture sectors, and energy access in rural weak-grid communities. She holds her post-graduate degree in M.Sc. Resource Management and Design Application with specialization in Environment Management and Sustainable Development from Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi. She is a Green Business Certification Inc. certified LEED® Green Associate™

                                                          Sumit Kumar

                                                          Deputy Manager- Accounts

                                                          With over 9 years of experience in the field of accounting and finance, Sumit looks after accounting, taxation, and other commercial requirements at AEEE. Prior to joining AEEE in 2015, he worked with IRG Systems South Asia Pvt. Ltd. on USAID’s Energy Conservation Commercialisation Project (ECO-III), Disaster Management Support Project (DMSP), ECO Asia Clean Development and Climate Program and Private Finance Advisory Network (PFAN).

                                                            Swati Chhibber

                                                            Development Manager – Memberships and Fundraising

                                                            Swati has over nine years of progressive work experience in developing and implementing successful programmes in the area of international sustainable development. She has an extensive background of working closely with multiple stakeholders particularly in India, Switzerland and UK. She has a firm footing in handling strategic communication, partnerships, business development and knowledge sharing. Previously, she was leading Strategic Partnerships and Business Development for Practical Action. She has in the past worked with UN bodies such as UNITAR and UNESCO in Delhi and Geneva. She holds a Postgraduate degree in International Relations from Geneva School of Diplomacy; a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Jamia Millia Islamia University, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Jesus & Mary College, Delhi University.

                                                              Vikas Nimesh

                                                              Senior Research Associate

                                                              Vikas Nimesh has joined AEEE as Senior Research Associate in Power Utility and Electric Mobility verticals. His key expertise areas are Electric Vehicles Adoption Planning, Transportation Planning, Choice Modelling, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Lifecycle Assessment. He has completed his M.Tech in Infrastructure Design and Management from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and B.Tech in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering from Delhi Technological University. He is a Ph.D. Candidate (Thesis submitted) at IIT Kharagpur. His doctoral thesis broadly focuses on assessing the demand and implications of electric vehicles on energy and the environment. He has published his research findings on E-mobility in two reputed journals namely Energy Conversion and Management, and Energy. Along with the Ph.D., he was involved in multidisciplinary projects including emission assessment in the coalfield area, Optimal Planning of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (EVCI) network in an Urban Area, Remote Estimation of On-road Vehicular Emissions & Assessment of Commuter Exposure to Ground-level Air Quality. In his free time, he likes to play and watch cricket.

                                                              Sneha Sachar

                                                              Strategic Advisor

                                                              Sneha is an energy professional with significant experience in energy efficiency, utility DSM, and strategic energy management. She is passionate about developing market transformation strategies that influence how energy decisions are made at micro and macro levels. Prior to joining AEEE, Sneha spent 16 years working in the US, first as a Senior Consultant with a global engineering services firm, and then as a Lead Programme Manager of energy services with one of the largest utilities in North America. Her experience includes strategic planning, development of energy efficiency programmes, advancing integrated energy solutions including renewables, and developing energy roadmaps for public and private entities. Prior to working in the US, Sneha was a practicing architect in New Delhi.

                                                              Sneha has a B.Arch. from Institute of Environmental Design in India, an MBA from University of South Carolina, USA, and a professional certification in Sustainability and Energy Policy from University of California, Berkeley, USA.

                                                                Prasad Vaidya

                                                                Senior Advisor

                                                                Prasad Vaidya is the Director of Solar Decathlon India and a Senior Advisor at AEEE. He is a LEED Fellow with 25+ years of experience in energy policy, program development, and net-zero energy building projects in the USA, Korea, the Middle East, and India, on over 150 buildings. He has worked on the implementation of the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) and led the development of ECOnirman Whole Building Performance, an energy simulation compliance tool. His experience includes passive solar design at building and urban planning scales, and appropriate construction technologies. He is an Adjunct Professor at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and a former Professor and Area Chair for Building Energy Performance at CEPT University. He taught graduate-level courses at the University of Minnesota, and continuing education courses as ASHRAE and LEED faculty. He co-authored Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building, published by John Wiley and Sons.

                                                                  Arohi Ninad Patil

                                                                  Consultant

                                                                  Arohi is working as a Consultant with the Power Utility an Electric Mobility team. She has graduated with a Master’s in Climate Change and Sustainability Studies from Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai and a Bachelor’s in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. She has worked as an EDF Climate Corps Fellow on the transportation project at Amazon India. She has also worked at IORA Ecological Solution Pvt. Ltd. on data collection for projects such as the revision of State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) and the development of GHG inventory for Maharashtra. Her research interests include renewable energy, electric mobility, innovation systems, climate change, and environmental and energy policy. In her free time, she likes to paint, make beaded jewellery and learn to cook.

                                                                      Alok Pandey

                                                                      Consultant

                                                                      Alok has done his Bachelors in Agriculture from Allahabad Agriculture Institute-Deemed University, Naini and MBA (Marketing) from Birla Institute of technology, Mesra Ranchi. He has 18 years of expertise in FPO business ecosystem development, Market linkages for agri input and output, Potato Contract Farming, Buying, Merchandising, Strategic Direct Farm Sourcing, Warehouse Operations Management. Previously he was associated with companies like ‘‘Metro Cash & Carry India’ Reliance Retail Ltd’ TechnoServe India’ FarmLink’ ‘Pick N Serve Foods Pvt Ltd’.

                                                                          Suyashi Srivastava

                                                                          Consultant

                                                                          Suyashi Srivastava is a part of the core team that organises Solar Decathlon India. She is working on industry and real estate partnerships along with several technical areas of the competition. Her professional experience includes working as a BIM Architect at SYSTRA MVA and an Energy Analyst at Ecoinch and Ecofirst Services Limited-A TATA Enterprise. She has an M.Tech Degree in Building Energy Performance from CEPT University and is trained to evaluate energy-efficiency measures through analysis and simulations. Her research paper titled ‘Tree Shading Factor as input for thermal model through hemispherical photography‘, was published at International Building Performance Simulation Association 2021 – BS2021 conference held at Belgium.

                                                                          An alumni of the U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon Design Challenge 2019, she has served as a Technical Resource Group member for Solar Decathlon India as an expert in water efficiency and net-zero-water design. A LEED Green Associate and an ASHRAE member, she has led both GRIHA & IGBC documentation and certification. Her intent to bridge the gap between the building design and its environmental surroundings drives her career goals.

                                                                              Gaurav Vakil

                                                                              Consultant, Buildings & Communities

                                                                              I have completed my M.Tech in Building Energy Performance from CEPT University and B.E in Civil Engineering from MIT Aurangabad. As part of my post-graduation thesis, I worked on “Achieving Net-Zero Energy in High Rise Office Buildings in India and its cost implications”. Prior to joining for masters, I worked in a multi-disciplinary setup, as a Site Engineer, and interior projects as a free-lancer to gain on-field experience. I also worked as a Business Head for the Marathwada region as a channel partner of BASF which deals in Construction Chemicals. I have participated and completed my LEED-Green Associate and IGBC-AP Certifications. 

                                                                                  Chandana Sasidharan

                                                                                  Principal Research Associate

                                                                                  Chandana is a consultant with over nine years of work experience who works on the sustainable transition of the Indian economy with a primary focus on the decarbonisation challenges in the transport and power sector. Her research area is on the role of Distributed Energy Resources in energy transition, focusing on the interlinkages of Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. In her current role, she is also handling research projects on smart electrification of demand in India, nudging EV adoption and vehicle to grid integration. She is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional, with expertise in energy modeling and simulation studies.

                                                                                  She is a Transport electrification Expert Consultant with many publications focused on the Indian EV market. She holds a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management from TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Government Engineering College, Thrissur. She is an active member of IEEE Power and Energy Society, Transportation Electrification, BlockChain, and Smart Grid Community. In her free time, she is active as a climate ambassador, women in energy champion, and mentor to cleantech start-ups.