Venkat Garimella


    A prolific business leader with 25 years of experience in running and managing businesses across domains & customer segments, is currently working with Schneider Electric as “Vice President – S&A, EE, A2E & CSR International Operations

    Venkat has a proven track record in leading and turning around businesses to consistently drive revenue and profitable growth through General Management, Strategy, Sales, Marketing, Business development, etc. A versatile leader blending strategic & tactical thinking, dexterity to manage change and care for customers & employees alike.

    He has also played an instrumental role in launching ‘Innovation at the Edge’ Program in India wherein new ideas are incubated, piloted & scaled up. He is winner of several prestigious awards like CII-ITC Sustainability Award, Golden Peacock award for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Frost & Sullivan Best practices award for Emerging Energy Management Solutions Provider, etc.

    Venkat was also awarded as India’s most influential Sustainability leaders of India in 2018 by world CSR & Sustainability organization

    Venkat is passionate about Social impact initiatives like Skill development, Rural Electrification, Education, etc., currently the board member of Schneider Electric India Foundation (SEIF), committed towards social-economic inclusion of communities by providing universal access to electricity combining Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Skill Development.

    An Electrical Engineer with a Masters in Business Management specializing in Marketing. Having worked with start-ups, Venkat is very excited about the potential of the tech start-ups & spends his free time supporting & mentoring them. Venkat likes long distance running, music & leadership coaching.

      Rajan Rawal

      Vice Chairperson

      Rajan Rawal is a CRDF Professor at CEPT University and Senior Advisor of “Centre for Advanced Studies in Building Science and Energy” (CARBSE) at CEPT Research and Development Foundation (CRDF). He teaches energy-efficient built habitat, energy modelling, energy policy at the postgraduate level. His work emphasis is on ‘Energy Performance of Human Habitat’ and ‘Architectural and Building Science Edu-cation’. His current focus of the work is on Passive Design Strategies, Net Zero Energy Buildings and Com-munities, Personal Thermal Comfort Systems and Practices of Adaptive Thermal Comfort Models.

      Prof Rawal. is the first Indian architect to receive the status of ASHRAE Fellow. He is also IBPSA Fellow and ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer. Prof Rawal led Indo-US Joint Clean Energy R & D Centre – Building Energy Efficiency Sector, and presently leading one of the projects under Indo-UK project on Energy De-mand Reduction and Mission Innovation challenge on heating and cooling in buildings from India side. He serves on organizing the council of Global Cooling Prize an innovation competition that developed a cli-mate-friendly residential cooling solution that can provide cooling for all without warming the planet. He is an active member of the International Energy Agency’s various EBC Annexes and Chair Education at the International Building Performance Association (IBPSA). He represents India at Mission Innovation IC 7. Prof. Rawal has delivered a Keynote address at international conferences and has been recognised as a spirited speaker He has delivered more than 300 lecture presentations in 29 countries in the last few years.

      Prof Rajan Rawal has made remarkable contributions in the field of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), occupant thermal comfort and building energy efficiency. His contribution to the development of thermal comfort standards in India based on ASHRAE 55, design and construction of NZEB, development of thermal – optical properties database of building construction, hugely impacted educational pro-grams within university and at the national level, that is unparallel in India. He serves on various executive committees and technical committees at the national and international levels, such as the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Bureau of Energy Efficiency India (BEE), Global Building Performance Network (GBPN) and Alliance for Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE). He is part of the editorial board of three leading journals and has several research papers, book chapters, and projects to his credit.

        Sanjiv Bhatia


        Sanjiv is the president of the Governing Council of STENUM Asia and a founder Director of SUSTENT Consulting Private Limited. Both entities help enterprises embed sustainability in their strategy and operations with a special emphasis on resource efficiency and transitioning to circular business models and facilitating net zero GHG emissions. Prior to leading STENUM Asia and SUSTENT Consulting, Sanjiv has two decades of International business experience servicing a customer base of leading international brands, retailers and factories across the apparel, footwear and luggage value chains spanning several markets in Europe and Asia. He has held senior leadership roles with a British MNC including a global role based at London in marketing and strategy formulation for a US$ 600m business segment and a General Management role based at Hong Kong. Sanjiv holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a MBA from XLRI, is a Chevening Scholar and has completed the General Management Program from Harvard Business School.

          Jiji Joseph


          Commercial Director & Country Leader – India & South Asia Armstrong Fluid Technology

          Jiji Joseph is presently working with Armstrong Fluid Technology as the Commercial Director and Country Leader – India and South Asia. With over two decades of experience, Joseph’s expertise is in the fields of Fluid Flow, Heat Transfer, HVAC, Refrigeration, Fire & Security Systems, Vertical transportation, Controls & Energy optimisation, IOT and SaaS across the building and industrial sectors.

          Prior to joining Armstrong, Joseph worked with companies like United Technologies, Carrier Corporation, Ingersoll Rand and Blue Star Limited.

          Over the years, Joseph has demonstrated leadership skills by exponentially growing and turning around multiple businesses. He is passionate about applying technology to solve problems in innovative ways. Joseph holds an advanced Master’s in Global Enterprise Management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B) and a Bachelor’s of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Calicut.

            Madhur Sehgal


            With 23 years of experience working with leading organisations in India like Emerson Climate Technologies, Voltas Ltd etc. prior to joining Danfoss in 2006, Madhur Sehgal holds a strong knowledge of the HVAC & R Industry.

            His expertise lay in Channel and OEM Sales. He has been instrumental in building Danfoss as a strong brand in segments like commercial air-conditioning, commercial refrigeration, railways and other public sector organizations.

            Sehgal is also an active member of Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Manufacturers’ Association (RAMA) and technical committees at BEE and BIS to support energy labeling programs and product standards.

            Sehgal holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from KAIMS Harihar and a master’s in & management studies from IIM Ahmedabad & KAIMS Harihar.

              Mahesh Patankar


              Mahesh has over 29 years of extensive experience in energy and environmental fields along with resource conservation projects spanning energy, water, transportation sectors and is the Founder and Managing Director at MP Ensystems Advisory Private Limited. He is an international energy policy expert with direct experience with The World Bank, USAID, USDoE, ADB, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Mahesh holds a PhD degree from IIT Bombay, Masters in Financial Management from Mumbai University and a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from Shivaji University. He is also a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP)

                Prabal Bose


                With over two decades of experience in management, Prabal Bose is presently working with Siemens Bangladesh as its Managing Director and Country CEO. He has been associated with the Siemens family for the last 14 years and has served at multiple roles. His expertise lies in areas of integrated building management systems, power generation, transmission, distribution, industry automation, and healthcare. Prior to working with Siemens, he has been associated with other renowned brands including Tata Honeywell and Eureka Forbes. He holds an MBA in marketing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.

                  Sanjeev Arora


                  Sanjeev has been associated with ABB for almost two decades and has held numerous management positions. He started his stint in the sales function and played a key role in driving growth for the motor business of ABB in India. He soon moved up to a management role to take up overall responsibility of the entire division. Currently, he is responsible for the Motion business area.

                  ABB’s Motion business is the largest supplier of drives and motors, globally and provides customers with a complete range of electrical motors, generators, drives and services, as well as mechanical power transmission products and integrated digital powertrain solutions.

                  Under his leadership, the business has expanded rapidly. He has contributed significantly to the expansion plans of motor manufacturing facilities. Arora also developed the local manufacturing units to become global feeder factories to meet the growing demands of export markets. Over these years, Arora has been a strong proponent of promoting energy efficiency and sustainable solutions for various industrial applications. His achievements in business have earned recognition at multiple industry awards for quality, innovation and contribution to the renewable energy space.
                  Arora was part of the IMD Business School (Leadership Development Programme) in 2013 and holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering.

                    Satish Kumar


                    Dr. Satish Kumar serves as the President and Executive Director of the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE). Apart from the super exciting journey of developing AEEE into a policy think tank and a credible industry platform through a combination of strategic planning and leadership, deep research and analysis and organisation building, I am most proud of my following contributions:

                    a) Development of the India Cooling Action Plan
                    b) Development of State Energy Efficiency Index
                    c) Leading Energy Management business at a Fortune 200 company
                    d) Launch and implement India’s Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC)
                    e) Coordinating with world’s leading M&V professionals to develop IPMVP
                    f) Advocating a data-driven energy efficiency policy culture
                    g) Planting the seeds for a robust building science stream evolving into the Solar Decathlon Initiative at the Indian universities.

                    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, the Chief of Party for a USAID-supported bilateral energy efficiency technical assistance program (ECO-III) between US and India Government and has been a Co-founder of Efficiency Valuation Organisation (developer or IMPVP) and the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy. He combines formal education (Ph.D. from CMU and B. Arch from IIT Roorkee), international recognition (member on the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel’s Energy Efficiency Task Force under the Montreal Protocol), executive leadership courses at AEEE and Schneider Electric (Harvard Business School and University of North Carolina) with industry certifications (LEED Fellow from USGBC, Certified Energy Manager and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional from Association of Energy Engineers) and an ASHRAE member to be a lifelong learner and doer.

                      Sudheer Perla


                      In his current role, Sudheer is responsible for leading Tabreed’s growth in India. Through developing private sector partnerships with appropriate government or public sector engagement, he is leading Tabreed’s effort to invest, own and operate cooling assets as a cooling utility to provide more sustainable long term services in meeting the country’s growing cooling demand.

                      Having commenced his stint with Tabreed in 2009 leading its corporate finance function, he played a key role in implementing the company’s USD1.7 billion balance sheet recapitalization plan in 2011. Prior to his appointment as the Country Manager for India, Sudheer worked in a variety of roles leading regional asset management and business development functions. During this period, he successfully established the business and sustainability case for real estate developers to adopt district cooling resulting in Tabreed investing 0 million, either acquiring or developing greenfield assets to provide long term cooling services.

                      An Oxford University management graduate and a chartered accountant by profession, his previous roles include with PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and Infosys in India as well as in financial restructuring roles with a boutique investment bank- Chescor Capital in the UAE. During his sabbatical in 2016-17, Sudheer co-founded JetSetGo, now amongst India’s largest private aviation companies managing 17 private jets across the country. Through a non-executive board role, he continues help set the vision and guide JetSetGo’s strategy in navigating emerging Covid-19 trends, in developing an urban air mobility market in India and in moving towards carbon neutrality by 2025.

                      Sudheer is a member of Oxbridge Society, GRI Club, Singularity University Global Community, Friend of Auroville and is spiritually connected to Self-Realisation Fellowship. As part of Tabreed’s core business team, he is also actively involved with initiatives like UNEP & UNESCAP Integrated Urban Systems Partnership, Cool Coalition and Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy(AEEE).

                      Sudheer balances an active lifestyle of yoga and dance with his daily meditation regime. In his spare time, he enjoys reading metaphysics and quantum physics. With preference for immersive travel to more off-beat locations he now also increasingly volunteers at Auroville.

                        Upendra Bhatt


                        Upendra Bhatt leads cKinetics, a Sustainability Insight, Innovation and Capital Advisory Firm. He has over 25 years of industry and consulting experience and through the past decade, has led the development and launch of several resource sustainability /ESG oriented initiatives across 10+ countries. Upendra has been a Past Chair of the Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) as also the Sustainable Business Leadership Forum, an Industry practitioners group focused on resource sustainability and ESG issues. He is a member of several task forces constituted by Govt / Industry bodies. He is a frequent speaker at global industry events and adviser to several multi-lateral agencies.

                          Usha Subramaniam


                          Usha Subramaniam is a business and HR leader with over two and a half decades of experience in varied functions, with core competence in Human Resources. Subramaniam holds experience in collaborating with professionals from diverse countries as Denmark, US, Sweden, Poland, Russia, United Kingdom, China, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

                          Subramaniam joined Grundfos in 2013, and during her tenure there she has held several leadership positions. Currently, she is Country President at Grundfos Pumps India Pvt Ltd. During her time here, she has made significant contributions to the organization’s growth and success, while fostering a culture of employee empowerment and development.

                            Vishal Garg


                            Dr. Vishal Garg is Professor at Plaksha University. His current research interests are in the areas of smart energy homes, building energy simulation, and cool roofs. He holds a B.E. (Hons.) degree in Civil Engineering from MBM Engineering College, Jodhpur and a Ph.D. from the IIT Delhi. He was the founding president of the Indian chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). He is a fellow of IBPSA and recipient of the inaugural Arthur H. Rosenfeld Urban Cooling Achievement Award.

                              Ranganath N.K

                              Director, Cognizant Foundation; Independent Director

                              Mr. Ranganath N K was the Managing Director of Grundfos Pumps India Pvt. Ltd. from its inception in 1998.

                              A Mechanical Engineer, from the College of Engineering, Guindy with Management from XLRI Jamshedpur, he has 43 years of experience in Marketing, Sales, Design, Project Management, Finance, HR and General Management.

                              He is experienced in the manufacture of Boilers, Burners, Incinerators, Pollution Control and Energy Recovery equipment.  He has also been involved in setting up small captive power plants and high-tension transmission lines in the Middle East.

                              His focus in Grundfos has not only been on setting up the company and its production facilities, but also to build the brand and propagate the concept of life cycle costs, energy efficiency and water conservation.

                              He has been the past President of the Madras Management Association (MMA), past Chairman of the Tamilnadu Council of CII and past Chairman of AEEE (Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy)

                              He is currently a member of the CII National committee on water and the national committee on skills. He is on the advisory board of the CII Triveni water institute and an executive Council member of the  IGBC and Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

                              He is also on the Board of Indian Terrain Fashions Ltd., Celebrity Fashions, L&T Valves, AVK Valves, Smart Joules, Ganga STP Projects and the Cognizant foundation.

                                Anil Kumar

                                Chairperson, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, Advisor (Energy), Government of India

                                Dr. Anil Kumar Jain is a former member of the Indian Administrative Service of the Government of India. He superannuated from the office of Secretary in the Ministry of Coal. He has over three decades of administrative experience at the field and policy formulation levels, and has held senior positions in the Central and State Governments, in multiple Ministries including Environment, Planning Commission/NITI Aayog and Petroleum & Natural Gas, an area in which he specialises. He has authored two books on role of natural gas in India’s energy mix upto 2030, particularly in light of India’s announcements at Glasgow. Dr Jain frequently writes on energy related topics in various publications.  During 2012-17, as Head of the Energy Division of the NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), he led the team that drafted the National Energy Policy (2017-2040) and also developed the energy scenario modelling tool, IESS, 2047. Dr Jain has led Indian delegations to the Energy and Climate Working Group of G20 for 5 years (2012-17) under different Presidencies. During his tenure as Special Secretary, MoEFCC he commissioned the India Cooling Action Plan and Draft national Resource Efficiency Plan. He has done his MBA, and also acquired a Diploma in Foreign Trade. He completed his Doctorate on the topic of Natural Gas from TERI University in New Delhi (2020).