ISGF Team

  • Akshay Srivastava | Research Associate | akshay.s[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Akshay Srivastava is a Research Associate at ISGF. He is working on “Energy Storage System Roadmap for Reliable & Low Carbon Grid in India” with research in domain of Distributed Energy System, Energy Storage System, and Smart Grid & Micro Grids along with load flow studies of network, Internet of Things.

    He hasworking experience of over 4 years in field of Power Utility sector. Prior to ISGF he was associated with Trident Techlabs Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi. During this tenure he was involved in Domestic as well as International Projects (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & China). His experience in the field varies from Manual & GPS surveys of electrical network, Load Flow Study, Short-circuit study, switching optimization, Distributed power generation (Solar energy & Wind energy), Harmonic study, Optimal capacitor placement, Protective device co-ordination with in depth knowledge of most advanced Power utility software CYME (CYMDIST) along with SKM Power tool. He was also involved in Energy Audits of Power Utilities and Discoms.

    He has done B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from KNIT Sultanpur (a state government engineering college of UP) &B.Sc (Mathematics). He is also a certified Embedded & Robotics Engineer awarded byHEWLETT PACKARD Training Centre.

  • Ankush Malhar | Senior Research Officer | ankush[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    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.

  • Balasubramanyam Karnam | Research Associate | bala.k[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Balasubramanyam Karnam is a Research Associate at ISGF.His current research interest in the area of Roof top Solar power management with DC-DC converters, Energy storage, Hybrid systems, Micro grids and Smart grids. He did Master of Technology in Power Electronics and Drives from VIT University.As part of Master’s thesis he worked on Design of Controller for PV Modules under partial shading conditions.

    Prior to joining ISGF, Balasubramanyam Karnam worked as an Assistant Professor in Annamacharya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Hyderabad. As part of the M.Tech, he did his internshipwith BHELBangalore. He was Awarded Momentum of Merit in Srinivasa Institute of Technology & Science, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, for being Topper in Electrical and Electronics Department in 2013.

  • Bindeshwary Rai | Manager - Projects & IT | b[dot]rai[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    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.

  • Gokul Ganesan | Research Associate | gokul[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Gokul Ganesan, Research Associate at India Smart Grid Forum is passionate in Energy conservation, Energy Management and developing a green environment technology by improving the alternative and sustainable energy systems. His current research interest is in the area of Renewable Energy Systems, Micro grid, Hybrid systems, Energy storage, Smart grids and Smart Cities. He did his Master's in Energy Engineering from PSG College of Technology, where he developed an Energy analytics model for Smart Grid integrated with Water management system supporting Energy and Resource Management System for Smart Cities to predict the energy and resource for the future and also he has done a Wind Resource Assessment for small wind turbines and developed a working model of small wind turbine operating at low wind speed. He also done several energy audits in various type of industries and has a hands on experience with power quality analyser, vibration analyser, ultrasound meter and various energy auditing instruments.

    Earlier he worked as an Application engineer in the field of industrial automation and successfully completed several projects with Siemens make PLC, SCADA and HMI Systems.

  • Harpreet Singh | Senior Business Analyst | harpreet.singh[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Harpreet Singh is working as Senior Business Analyst (BA)IT with over 12+ years of experience in Substation Automation, IED’s, Smart Metering, EMS, SCADA, AMI, AMR, R-APDRP, Smart Home Solutions UK, cloud based solutions. He is currently working on Energy Storage Device roadmap for India by accessing MV/LV stabilization optimization for 40GW RTP by 2020 and much larger by 2031 with ISGF where he is doing load flow analysis and impact on Grid by RTPV and EV (Electrical Vehicle).

    Prior to ISGF, He has worked with Ernst and Young LLP where he had served as Senior Consultant to UHBVN Panchkula for Project Management Unit (PMU) & IT. He was looking after all UHVBN Turnkey project monitoring 33 KV /11 KV, Bid Process Management, gap analysis and IT support as Technical Expert.

    He has also worked with Schneider Electric R&D department as BA IT for research in the field of Substation Automation, SCADA, IED’s, Cloud Based technology, where he was looking after software & hardware development. Before joining Schneider Electric, He worked with Secure Meters Ltd., R&D department as BA IT for development of R-APDRP, MDAS, EMS, Smart Home Solutions, Cloud Based EMS solutions. He was supporting R&D as well as Project implementation teams for R-APDRP projects and EMS solution implementation in India and abroad.He has also worked with Standard Electrical Ltd (flag ship of Havells India Limited) R&D department as Senior Engineer in R&D.

    Harpreet holds Master of Technology in Power Engineering from Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana and Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. During masters, his area of researchwasAutomatic optimized load shedding at distribution level in which he has developed two new Algorithm/ technique for automatic load shedding.

  • Poonam Chadha | Manager – Operations & HR | poonam[dot]chadha[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    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 Suri | General manager | reena[dot]suri[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    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 | Manager Communication & Business Development | ronkini[dot]shome[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    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.

  • Shobit Jain | Research Officer | shobhit[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    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 Tibrewal | Assistant Manager – Marketing and Communications | sneha[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Sneha is Assistant Manager – Marketing and Communications at India Smart Grid Forum(ISGF). She is also Assistant Editor of ISGF's monthly Smart grid newsletter. She holds an MBA degree in International Business and 5 plus years of experience with demonstrated history of working at various industries.

    At ISGF, she is responsible for the management and execution of marketing activities and corporate communication. She handles advertisement planning and buying;market research;media tie-ups, outreach& interaction; press release and press conference management; digital & social media management;marketing emails etc.She also contributes in ISGF Marketing collaterals such as Annual Report, Flyer, Brochure etc.

    At the time of annual flagship Conference and Exhibition of ISGF called as "India Smart Grid Week" which caters to more than 2000 people from the industry, she is responsible for management of Media Outreach and delegate registrations; building website, social media, and mobile appcontent; She is also responsible for the management of ISGF Innovations awards and other activities.

    She has also worked on few projects of ISGF like Smart Grid Consumer Education Program; Development of effective Social Media Tools for an Indian Utility. She has also contributed in a session by ISGF on "Leveraging Social Media by electric Utilities for Effective Customer Engagement".

  • Suddhasatta Kundu | Senior Smart Grid Specialist | s[dot]kundu[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    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 Shaikh | Accounts Officer | waqar[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    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 | Executive – Business Services | yashika[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    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.

Smart Grid Bulletin April 2018


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