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 India Smart Grid Forum Portal. 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 Fod Jod 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.
Rahul Vikram provides strategic planning, leadership, and guidance to ISGF on Renewable Energy and New Businesses Models & Pilot Projects. His previous work experience includes 7 years+ techno-commercial project management, business development, regulatory & policy affairs and strategic business planning of over 1000+ MW’s of Wind Energy Projects and 100+ MW’s of Solar Power Projects in India.
Prior to ISGF he was associated with Gamesa Renewable Pvt Ltd., Om Sai REPL, ReGen Powertech Pvt Ltd and Godrej & Boyce. Rahul is member of BIS committee on LVDC Distribution Systems Sectional Committee on LVDC and Microgrids. He is also a member of Working Group of Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) on Microgrids. Some of his key responsibilities included providing analytic support towards the formulation of performance excellence in electricity renewal (PEER) rating system for Electricity Utilities in India with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), Smart Grid Roadmap for BESCOM, Microgrid projects, Smart Grid market assessment & business opportunities, reviewing trends in Power sector, and research on Smart Grid technologies i.e Energy Storage, DER, Etc.
Rahul holds a MBA degree in Power Management – from Ministry of Power, Govt. Of India Institute – National Power Training Institute and a Graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.E.) – From Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India institute SLIET Sangrur Punjab.
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.
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 in 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.
Sushant Chopra is associated with India Smart Grid Forum as Research Officer and supports various Smart Grid research projects at ISGF. He likes performing interdisciplinary work and has been actively involved in the preparation of Cyber Security Manual for Power Systems for India along with writing a white paper and editing of the ISGF video production on the topic Future of Transportation. Prior to joining ISGF, he was briefly engaged with the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Information Technology on the Government of India's e-waste awareness programme in the country. He is part of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Sectional committee, LITD 27 on Internet of Things and Related Technologies.
He completed his Bachelors in Technology in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2013 and Masters in Technology in Renewable Energy Technology from Delhi Technological University in the year 2015. His active research interests are Power Electronics in Renewable Energy Systems, Grid Integration of Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles and Power Quality in Modern Power Systems.
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.
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