Akshay is currently working as Senior Smart Grid Specialist at India Smart Grid Forum, a public-private partnership initiative of the Ministry of Power. He is working closely with working groups under ISGF namely “Policy and Regulation”, “Consumption & Load Control” and “Smart Utilities Group” for which he has worked on various projects.
As a part of ISGF, he has worked closely with Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) on preparing the knowledge paper on “Smart Grids in India”; worked closely with Accenture for releasing knowledge paper on “Recommendations for Updating India Smart Grid Roadmap 2016”.
Few key assignments undertaken by him includes: modelling exercise under taken by NITI Aayog (IESS 2047); Implementation plan for electrification of public transportation in Kolkata and Bangalore; Smart Grid Foundation Course for Regulators
He is also a member of ‘Renewable Energy Grid Integration’ (ETD 46) & ‘Electrotechnology in Mobility’ (ETD 51) Committees of Bureau of Indian Standards, and part of CBIP committee preparing manual on best practices in distribution.
He has worked on projects related to Net Metering, Smart Microgrids, Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, Renewable Integration etc.
Akshay earned an MBA in Power Management from National Power Training Institute (NPTI), and has a B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Lingaya’s Institute of Management and Technology.
Ankush Malhar is a Senior Research Officer at ISGF. He has done masters in Power system & Electric Drives from Thapar University, where he developed a Simulink based model for 240 kv distribution system having dynamic load to bring Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) & Power factor as per standards.
He was a research scholar at CPRI. Where he was working 5 kW microgrid to improve transient stability. He also got an opportunity to work with Micro Grid Task Force team of CPRI. Apart from research activities he was involved in the DNP3 and IEC61850 Testing.
He also has 2.5 yrs of experience in smart grid project of Telengana, Hyderabad, where he was involved since DPR preparation to validating PoC smart meters.
Bindeshwary Rai joined ISGF as Manager – Projects & IT. She is taking care of projects implementation and monitoring at ISGF. She is also responsible for the India Smart Grid Knowledge Portal (www.indiasmartgrid.org). She works with President, ISGF for all the official discussions and meetings. She is also working for Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) as Executive Associate to the Chairman, GSGF.
Bindeshwary worked with Office of Adviser to the Prime Minister in the capacity of a Senior Research Officer for a period of 5 years. At the Office of adviser to PM she has driven various initiatives for the National Innovation Council, NInC, which includes, Tod FodJod Education Initiative, State Innovation Councils, India Innovation Portal. Among the many projects handled at the NInC, she has also lead the team responsible for the development and promotion of official websites and portals and lead the e-office implementation project as part of Public Information Infrastructure Mandate. She was also responsible for organisation of various national and international events as part of the NInC Collaboration with Stakeholders at various levels. These included State Level workshops for various State Innovation Councils constituted by State Governments and Global Innovation Roundtable.
Prior to joining office of Adviser to Prime Minister, she was associated with the National Knowledge Commission where she was responsible for developing various government portals and public outreach activities.
She had also worked for Planning Commission (PC) and automated and managed PC - Right to Information management system.
In terms of academic qualifications, she holds degree in Masters in Business Administration and Master of Computer Application.
Poonam Chadha is working with ISGF as Manager Operations and HR. She also oversees Finance, all statutory compliance requirements of ISGF, a registered Society e.g., ISGF membership, foreign exchange transactions, bank reconciliation, Accounts payable and Receivables and taking care of the entire gamut of HR responsibilities. She also assists the President of ISGF in the day to day office administration and the administrative affairs of the Board of Governors of ISGF e.g., arranging meetings, drafting Board agendas, and minutes of meetings, actioning follow ups wherever required and appropriate record maintenance etc..
She is an able office administrator, has worked for more than 20 years with senior and top managements in corporate affairs management with one of the top Indian Conglomerates and as an Executive Assistant to the CEO/Chairman of an international investment bank. Having such high level exposure has made her well versed in executive support functions and is also the focal point of office management functions of HR, Financial Management, Government relationships / liaisoning, international relationship management, foreign collaborations to name a few.
She holds post-graduate qualifications and additional management qualifications in Personnel Management.
Reena, General Manager of India Smart Grid Forum, brings over 16 years of experience in the Energy Sector. Currently, she is in-charge of complete activities of ISGF including research, advisory services, business development, training and capacity building programs, customer outreach activities, members relations and finances of ISGF. Some of the key initiatives lead by Reena are exploring opportunities for research projects under grant from donors, conducting various Smart Grid related studies; and use of Social Media by utilities for effective customer engagements.
Reena is also the founder-editor of the Smart Grid Bulletin published by ISGF since January 2014 which has online circulation of over 50,000 senior professionals in 100+ countries. As an outreach specialist, she has been involved in development of the Customer Outreach programs for the utilities implementing the Smart Grid projects in India. The outreach program helps the utilities to educate the project benefits to the customers well in advance of the start of project implementation. Reena is also responsible for designing and delivering training and capacity building programs on various domains of Smart Grids for Policy Makers, Regulators and Utility Officials. Reena also manages the India Smart Grid Knowledge Portal (www.indiasmartgrid.org), one of the most popular portals on smart grids.
Reena has worked with ISGF Board to conceive, design, develop and the successful delivery of India Smart Grid Week (www.isgw.in) since 2015. She is the principal show director of ISGW which in a short span of three years has grown to be the signature event on Smart Grids and Smart Cities around the world. The 3rdedition of ISGW in March 2017 attracted over 2000 professionals from 50 countries and had revenue to the tune of US$ 0.55 million.
Prior to joining ISGF, Reena has worked with various International organisations such as Tetra Tech, Nexant Inc., PA Consulting and Academy for Educational Development (AED). She has worked on energy related projects funded by United States Agency for International Development such as Distribution Reform, Upgrades and Management (DRUM) Project, South Asia Regional Energy Initiative for Energy (SARIE) and Small Grants Program. Under the DRUM Project, Reena was involved in various Smart Grid initiatives. Reena has also helped in developing several modules for the trainers on Smart Grid and been instrumental in conducting training at the ‘Train the Trainers workshop on Smart Grids’. She was involved in conducting a series of ‘Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) workshops’ for utilities in India. These workshops enabled her to study the position of Indian utilities on SGMM landscape and their aspirations for future. Reena assisted the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (the largest distribution utility of Southern India) in design of their IT Strategy and Roadmap and pilot architecture design of Smart Grid Pilot.
Ronkini Shome serves as an Assistant Manager Communication at ISGF. In this role, she is responsible for handling and managing India Smart Grid Week, an International Conference and exhibition on Smart Grids and Smart Cities. Apart from this she also handles projects on consumer education and various workshops , training programmes at ISGF.
Ronkini has an overall 10 years of experience in the corporate sector with more than 6 years’ experience in Energy/Power sector domain. She has experience in business development, liaison with various government bodies and stakeholders,project execution and activities related to business services . She is M.sc in Environment & Ecology and PGDIM in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management.
Shobhit Jain has working experience as a Research Scholar in Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) Since May 2013 to July 2016. He worked in the project of IoT-smart metering and Smart grid Pilot project.
He is currently working with India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) as a Research Officer. He is currently working in the project “BESCOM Smart Grid Roadmap”, Bangalore. His current research interest in the Domain of Internet of Things, Smart Metering, Smart grid, Communication Protocol and the Standardization of the Protocols.
He has a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics and Communication from Sir Padampat Singhania University, Udaipur (Rajasthan) and doing M.Sc. (Engg) by research in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from VTU, Belegavi (Karnataka).
Sneha is a Communication Executive at ISGF. She is responsible for the management and execution of brand communication and marketing through Advertisement planning, Media Tie-ups & interaction, Press Release, Digital & Social Media management, Press Conference, Marketing Emails etc.
She has worked for few projects like Smart Grid Consumer Education Program; Development of effective Social Media Tools for an Indian Utility. She is also responsible for managing the India Smart Grid Week Media Outreach, website and other activities. She contributes to the ISGF Monthly Bulletin and Annual Report. She has also contributed in a session by ISGF on “Leveraging Social Media by electric Utilities for Effective Customer Engagement”. She is an MBA with past experience of working in a Media Agency.
Suddhasatta Kundu provides Strategic Consulting to ISGF in the Smart utility domain. He has work experience of over 6 years in energy & utility business in areas of cross border power trading, power market operation, policy & regulatory, and strategic business planning across various countries including India, Bangladesh, Nepal & Laos.
Prior to ISGF he was associated with PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd., and Indian Energy Exchange Ltd. where he was involved in designing cross border power strategy, assessment of energy security scenario of Bangladesh, policy & regulatory analysis and their impact on power sector etc.
Some of his key responsibilities included estimation of energy efficiency potential of IoT devices, Smart Grid market assessment & business opportunities, reviewing trends in Power sector, and research on smart utility i.e. AMI, energy storage etc.
Some of his key responsibilities in ISGF included Impact Analysis of IoT in Energy Efficiency in terms of power consumption and also involved in development of various articles on Smart Grid.
Suddhasatta holds a MBA degree in Power Management – from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies and a Graduate degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering (B.Tech) – From Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences.
Waqar has joined ISGF as an Accounts Officer. He works on Tally package, Preparing Vouchers and making entry in systematics manner on daily basis. Also supports ISGF for all vender payments and receipts, Prepare Invoices, Bank Reconciliation, Prepare TDS and Services Tax Liability and payments, Prepare fund position, Handling cash and cash expenses, Liaising with auditor for conducting audit, making various financial reports.
He has 15 Year Experience in the area of Account / Finance / Tax in the Service Industries. He is B. Com and MBA Finance.
Yashika joined ISGF in Feb 2016 as an Executive – Business Services. She is responsible for supporting and handling the participation of Power Utilities in the various Workshops and Training Programs of ISGF including its annual International Conference and Exhibition on Smart Grids and Smart Cities - India Smart Grid Week. Yashika has seven years of experience in business development in the corporate sector and has now worked for more than one year in Power sector with ISGF. Yashika has supported her colleagues in organizing and successfully managing various workshops and events for ISGF. One of her prime responsibilities include managing the ISGF database of officials working in various domains of Smart Grid around the world.
She is Bachelors in Arts from Delhi University.
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