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Climate at Mittal Workshop, March 2023 New Delhi: Speakers


Rajan Anandan 

Rajan Anandan is Managing Director of Sequoia India. In this role, Anandan is responsible for scaling Sequoia Capital’s flagship Surge program, focused on early stage startups in India and Southeast Asia. Before joining Sequoia in 2019, Anandan served as the head of Google India and Southeast Asia for eight years. During that time, he built a multibillion-dollar business, playing a pivotal role in expanding the internet ecosystem and increasing consumer adoption of Google’s products in the region. He is a prolific angel investor and has backed over 80 startups so far. Anandan has also led Microsoft and Dell in India and was earlier a partner at McKinsey & Company in Chicago. 

Satchit Balsari 

Dr. Satchit Balsari is an assistant professor in Emergency Medicine, and in Global Health and Population at Harvard’s medical and public health schools. His lab studies health emergencies, working closely with humanitarian response agencies, civil society organisations, governments, international agencies, and with populations in distress, in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. His research has resulted in innovative applications of mobile, cloud-based technology in mass gatherings, disasters, and humanitarian crises globally. He is co-director of, and interdisciplinary research-response team at Harvard and Direct Relief. He directs the Climate and Human Health fellowship at Harvard, and is a co-investigator in the inaugural interdisciplinary research clusters sponsored by Harvard’s Salata Institute for Climate Change and Sustainability. Dr. Balsari has taught courses on disaster response, global health and social entrepreneurship at Cornell and Harvard. He is a recipient of the Asia Society A21 Young Leaders Award, and an Aspen Ideas Fellow. In 2017, he received the BC Roy Award, presented by the President of India. More: 

Sanjay Dasari 

Sanjay Dasari is the Co-Founder and EVP at WayCool Foods & Products Pvt. Sanjay has extensive experience in management and consulting, having worked with The Boston Consulting Group as a Management Consultant Intern. Sanjay also has experience in the healthcare industry, having co-founded  VijayGanga Speciality Care, a non-profit medical startup based out of Chennai that focuses on affordable nephrological healthcare services. Sanjay Dasari has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a degree in Finance and Strategic Management from Babson College. Sanjay has worked in finance and strategic management for many years and is currently a management consultant. 

Heena Dave 

Heenaben joined SEWA in the year 1994 as an organiser in Surendranagar district. She used to look after the child care centre and organise the women’s savings group in the district. Following the Earthquake in  2001, she looked after the Naya Ghar programme which looked after rehabilitation of the communities by building new houses for the communities in the villages. In 2005, Heenaben started working on watershed development work, preparing a micro plan under the “Livelihood Security Project for Earthquake affected Districts of Gujarat”. She also worked on providing alternative employment training to the poor families to help them start their own microenterprise. Additionally, she worked on the water campaign to ensure access to safe and pure drinking water through construction of rainwater harvesting tanks, well recharges, etc. 

Since 2008, Heenaben has been working as the overall district coordinator for Surendranagar district. She  looks after all the activities undertaken in the district, including policy advocacy with the government and ensuring that the District Association attains sustainability in its activities. She has strengthened the value chain of the salt workers and led the implementation of the solar water pumps programme. Under her leadership, 62,840 women have strengthened their work and income security through microfinance, bringing grassroots women to mainstream market and eliminating the role of middlemen. 

Heenaben is currently leading SEWA’s rural financial inclusion programme Lilavati with support from International Finance Corporation to provide access to financial services to 300,000 rural poor women. Since 2009, she has been the Executive Director of RUDI Multi Trading Company Limited. Heenaben also represents SEWA on the IUF committee of International Agriculture Labour. 

Vibha Dhawan 

Dr Vibha Dhawan has been associated with The Energy and Resources Institute since 1985. She also served as the Vice-Chancellor of TERI School of Advanced Studies from 2005-2007. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India. Dr Dhawan is actively involved in research as well as policy development, both at the national and international level. She is a task force member of a number of committees of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) etc. She is currently serving as Adjunct Professor, Consul General South Asia Partnership, Michigan State University. She has successfully completed a number of international assignment such as co-ordinator for the Asia Pacific Consortium on Agriculture Biotechnology (APCoAB); Advisor to Director General, The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT); and Deputy Director, Research Partnerships & Co-ordination with the Borlaug Institute for South Asia. She has served on the boards of prestigious organizations in India and overseas including Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Ambedkar University, Ayurvet Foundation and Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI). She has authored 6 books and over 50 publications. 

Navroz K. Dubash 

Navroz K Dubash is a Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, a New Delhi based think-tank and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS. He has been actively engaged in global and national debates on climate change, air quality, energy and water as a researcher, policy advisor and activist for over 25 years. Navroz is a Coordinating Lead Author for the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and serves on the steering committee for the UNEP Emissions Gap Report. He has advised Indian government policymaking on climate change, energy, and air and water policy over the last decade, including coordinating a team to anchor India’s Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy. He helped establish the global Climate Action Network as its first international coordinator from 1990 to 1992. 

He has written widely on climate change, energy and the environment, most recently, editing India in a Warming World: Integrating Climate Change and Development with Oxford University Press. In 2015 he was conferred the T N Khoshoo Memorial Award for his work on Indian climate change policy and the international discourse on global climate governance, and in 2018 his co-authored paper on interpreting model scenarios was awarded the Emerging Nations Award by Environmental Research Letters. 

Kunal Gupta 

Kunal Gupta is co-founder and CEO at EMotorad. Entrepreneurship has always been in Kunal’ s genes. As a ten year-old, Kunal started his first business selling greeting cards, and there has been no looking back ever since. Kunal’s journey with startups started during his post-graduation when he co-founded a rental mobility company MyRide with his current co-founder Aditya Oza. MyRide was later acquired by ONN Bikes, and Kunal led the helm as COO, co-founder, and leading PAN India operations. After his successful exit from ONN Bikes, he co-founded EMotorad, where he leads all things “business”.  

At 22 years of age, Kunal already knew that he wanted to solve the commute problem of the country. My ride and ONN bikes made him realize that the future of commute will run on electric motors, not conventional ICE engines. He figured out that cleantech is the future, and that’s how EMotorad ebikes were launched. He has a strong vision of how his entrepreneurial abilities will influence India and the globe. He wants to make EMotorad a household name in the EV sector. He also wants to work on EV education in India and enlighten the younger generations about EVs and a greener future.  

Harish Hande 

Harish Hande (Founder and CEO, SELCO Foundation) is recognized as a pioneer of rural energy services across the globe. Today, over 95,000 solar systems have been installed by SELCO with over 400,000 people directly benefiting and tens of thousands more indirectly benefiting. Harish has received many national and international awards, including the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2018) and the  

Asia’s prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award (2011) for “his pragmatic efforts to put solar power technology in the hands of the poor, through his social enterprise SELCO India”. Harish Hande is an engineering graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He earned his doctorate in energy engineering at the University of Massachusetts, specialising in solar energy. Hande originally started his PhD thesis in heat transfer, but changed his academic focus after visiting the Dominican Republic and observing areas with poverty worse than India using solar energy. Upon returning to Massachusetts, he abandoned his heat transfer thesis and started anew on solar electrification in rural areas, conducting much of his research in India, Sri Lanka and the Dominican Republic. 

Akshay Jaitly 

Akshay Jaitly co-founded Trilegal, one of India’s leading law firms, in 2000. He was rated as one of India’s top energy and infrastructure lawyers for over a decade and continues to be on Trilegal’s board. Akshay is currently also on the board of KKR-backed Virescent Infrastructure. After over 25 years as a corporate lawyer, Akshay has moved into policy and strategic advisory work on India’s energy transition, and the role of rule of law in India’s growing economy. This led him to co-found TrustBridge, a non-profit which works on these issues. Akshay holds a bachelor’s degree in history from St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University, and a degree in law from the University of Oxford. 

Arun Jaura 

Dr. Arun Jaura as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) works with his teams at the Center of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur, India and the Tech Center Germany (TCG) near Munich, to provide sustainable mobility solutions and services to over 100 million customers across the world. Dr. Jaura has over 30 years of global experience across three continents and four countries, in diverse sectors – off-road and on-road mobility, power, new-age transportation & technologies, artificial intelligence, new business development and GCCs. His focus on circular economies, sustainability, nurturing talent and harnessing innovation platforms is exemplary. 

Prior to joining Hero MotoCorp, he has held leadership roles in companies such as Michelin, Traktion, SAE International, Eaton, Mahindra and Mahindra and Ford Motor Company, DRDO, Sang Sun (India)  amongst others. He has held management positions in the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the European Advisory Committee for Sustainable Development based in Brussels. He was also a Board of Director in SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers) in the US. He was a member of the National Board of Electric Mobility in India & an influencer in many of the XEV policies today. He is an active member in various industry-government strategic committees, plenary talks’ invitee, and PPP committees. 

Dr. Jaura is a 2004 recipient of the prestigious Henry Ford Technical Achievement Award from Michigan. He is also a coveted SAE Technical Fellow. Dr. Jaura is a co-inventor of five international patents filed in the US. He has dozens of refereed technical papers and media articles, globally. He is an amateur car rallyst, avid trekker and a yoga practitioner. He has a PhD in Smart Robotic Manufacturing using Artificial Intelligence from Concordia University in Montreal. He obtained his Masters in Technology from IITM in Chennai. 

Tarun Kapoor 

Tarun Kapoor is a seasoned Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, with a career spanning over 34 years. He was handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to serve as his advisor, a position he assumed in 2022. Kapoor had retired as the Petroleum Secretary in November 2021 after serving in various positions in the energy sector, including managing director of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam, director of personnel in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and vice-chairman of Delhi Development Authority. His posting in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy between 2011 and 2016, and later vice-chairman at Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in 2018-21, added to his knowledge of working on ‘green energy’, National Solar Mission (a policy he drafted) and infrastructure sector. 

During the pandemic, when Kapoor was secretary, MoPNG, he was instrumental in the implementation of Prime Minister Modi’s flagship scheme for free LPG cylinders for the poor. Besides working in the power sector in Himachal Pradesh, he also worked in the forest and environment sector, food and civil supplies, excise and taxation, rural development and even Panchayati Raj. As an additional chief secretary (forest and environment), he looked into climate change issues, monkey menace in Shimla, and state’s farm intensive areas.  

Tarun Khanna 

Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School and the first director of Harvard’s university-wide Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute. For almost three decades, he has studied entrepreneurship as a means to social and economic development in emerging markets. At HBS since 1993, after obtaining degrees from Princeton and Harvard, he has taught courses on strategy, international business and economic development to undergraduate and graduate students and senior executives. A summary of his conceptual work on emerging markets appeared in his 2010 co-authored book, Winning in Emerging Markets. Comparative work on entrepreneurship in China and India appeared in two books based on his personal experiences: Billions in 2008 and a sequel in 2018, Trust. Recently, he co-edited two collections of essays, one a set of transcripts of original video interviews of iconic entrepreneurial leaders across emerging markets, Leadership to Last, the other most recently, Making Meritocracy, an inter-disciplinary exploration of the roots of meritocracy in China and India, with lessons for entrepreneurship and for much studied societal attributes like dynamism and inequality.

Pulkit Khurana 

Pulkit Khurana is the Co-Founder of Battery Smart. Prior to this role, he has worked with companies like Shuttl, Pods, Opera Solutions & others. He holds an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. 

Ajay Mathur 

Dr. Ajay Mathur is the Director General of the International Solar Alliance. Prior to joining ISA, Dr. Mathur was Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). At TERI, he has spearheaded the move to accelerate action towards a low-carbon and cleaner economy through the promotion and adoption of renewable energy and green hydrogen in the Indian electricity sector, enhancing efficiency in buildings and industry, and promoting environmental quality through institutional and policy measures to enhance air quality across the country, adoption of resource efficiency and waste recycling measures, and biotechnology-based solutions, especially for agricultural and industrial environment improvement. 

He was co-chair of the global Energy Transitions Commission; and of the Clean Cooling Initiatives of the One Planet Summit. He earlier headed the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, and was responsible for its foundational programmes which mainstreamed energy efficiency through initiatives such as the Star Labeling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the Perform, Achieve & Trade programme for energy-intensive industries. He was a leading climate change negotiator, and was the Indian spokesperson at the Paris climate negotiations. He served as the interim Director of the Green Climate Fund during its foundational period. 


Richard Mahapatra 

Richard Mahapatra is Managing Editor at Down To Earth. He has been associated with the fortnightly since 1997 and has written extensively on rural affairs and development matters. 

Ritu Mathur 

Dr Ritu Mathur is a climate and energy policy expert with a Master’s in Business Economics (Delhi University) and a PhD in Energy Science (Kyoto University, Japan). She has 3 decades of working and teaching experience in the areas of Energy & Climate Policy, Sustainable Development and Integrated Assessments & Energy System Modelling. 

She is currently camped as a consultant at NITI Aayog (deputed from Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation) tasked with setting-up and leading a Modelling and Integrated Assessment Unit to strengthen integrated evidence-based decision making in the Energy-Climate domain. Prior to her current position, Dr Mathur was Senior Fellow and Director at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Adjunct Faculty at TERI-SAS. Her work contributed to national policy-making through inputs for formulation of India’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets and delineating Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth apart from influencing decision making through involvement as Expert in Working Groups across Ministries. Dr Mathur has also contributed to the IPCC as a Lead Author in the 5th & 6th Assessment Reports and the 6th Global Environment Outlook apart from publishing widely across peer reviewed journals and book chapters and speaking at several National and International Conferences. 

Mrutyunjay Mohapatra 

Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra is the Director General of Meteorology, India Meteorological Department and Permanent Representative of India with WMO & Member of Executive Council, WMO. With a Ph. D in Physics and 28 years of experience in meteorology, he has made significant contributions in improvement of early warning services of IMD. He brought laurels to the country from international agencies for effective cyclone warning. He is popularly known as “The Cyclone Man of India”. He is the author of more than 105 research papers in peer reviewed national/international journals. He edited 18 books and seven journals. He received awards/recognitions from different agencies including Honorary D.Sc. from FM University and Kalinga Institute of Technology, Fellow, Indian Meteorological Society, Certificate of Merit for Young Scientist by Ministry of Earth Sciences, 25th Biennial Mausam Award, and appreciations from press/electronic media & social organizations. He is (i) President, Indian Meteorological Society, (ii) Chairman, Regional Sub-project Management Team of Severe Weather Forecast Programme for South  Asia, and was Chairman of (iii) WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones for 2017-18, (iv) Task Team for finalization of Meteorological Payloads of INSAT-4 satellites to be launched in 2025, (v) Committee for revision of NDMA Guidelines for cyclone management, (vi) Technical Evaluation Committee for Consultancy on National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project. 

Reema Nanavaty 

Reema Nanavaty has been working with self-employed informal women workers since 1984 when she joined the Self-Employed Women’s Association, the largest union of informal sector workers. In 1999, she was elected as SEWA’s General Secretary. Her key focus has been to provide full employment & self-reliance to the 1.7 million members of SEWA, where she oversees 4813 self-help groups, 160 co-operatives and 15 economic federations across India and in 7 South Asian countries. She also heads the ICT cell of SEWA, developing custom-designed mobile apps for women farmers and establishing linkages with online e-retailing platform to provide a broad global market access to the members of SEWA. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council on Gender of the World Bank Group. She was also invited as a member of International Labor Organization’s High Level Global Commission on Future of Work. She was the only commissioner representing the informal sector workers, self-employed workers and the rural workers union in the entire commission. She has also been invited as a member of the UN High-level Dialogue`s Technical Working Group on Energy Action to Advance Other SDGs. In 2013, she received the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India for her distinguished contribution in the area of Social Services. 

Biraj Patnaik 

Prior to joining NFI, Biraj was formerly the Principal Adviser to the Commissioners of the Indian Supreme Court in the Right to food case for close to a decade. He has been part of the right to food campaign in India since its inception. He co-founded the ‘Mitanin’ community health worker program that trained and deployed 70,000 health workers in Chhattisgarh.He is currently a Honorary Research Fellow at Coventry University. Biraj has post-graduate degree in management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), and was a Chevening Gurukul Senior Scholar at the London School of Economics and Social Sciences. 

Aditya Valiathan Pillai 

Aditya Valiathan Pillai is an associate fellow with the Initiative for Climate, Energy and Environment (ICEE) at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR).He studies the social and economic consequences of climate impacts in India and South Asia, and the policies and institutions that can help adapt to these changes. His current work focuses on strengthening policies to combat extreme heat. He also studies the forms and varieties of national climate institutions, with a specific focus on how India should restructure its institutions to achieve mitigation and adaptation objectives. 

He was previously a programme officer at The Asia Foundation, where he managed adaptation grants to 43 civil society organizations across five countries in South Asia’s three Himalayan transboundary river basins – the Indus, Ganga, and Brahmaputra – with a focus on institution-building. He also led the Foundation’s political economy research on transboundary river governance, regional electricity trade arrangements, and grain trade.  

Sanjay Prakash 

Sanjay Prakash, B. Arch., A.I.I.A., is an architect with a commitment to energy-conscious architecture, eco-friendly design, people’s participation in planning, music and production design. Over the years, he has integrated all his work with the practice of new urbanism and sustainability in his professional and personal life. He is Principal Consultant of his design firm, SHiFt: Studio for Habitat Futures Architects and Engineers Pvt. Ltd., founder of the Himalayan Institute for Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL) and was a partner of DAAT and Studio Plus, firms that predate his current firm. His name and work is mentioned in the twentieth edition of one of the main reference works in architectural history, A History of Architecture by Sir Bannister Fletcher. 

Sabina F. Rashid 

Dr Sabina F Rashid, Professor and Dean BRAC JPGSPH, is the director of the Centre of Excellence for Gender, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Dr Rashid is a member of several international and national organizations, and an international member of the WHO Secretariat – Health Systems and Policy Analysis, WHO in Geneva. Dr Rashid also acts as an Advisory Member for the annual Abortion Panels – IUSSP, Guttmacher Institute, New York; and as an Advisory Member of CREA (a human rights organization based in New Delhi). She is also a member of the National Working Group – Bangladesh Health Watch, a multi-stakeholder civil society advocacy and monitoring network dedicated to improving the health system in Bangladesh. Dr Rashid specializes in ethnographic and qualitative research. Her research interests are gender, sexual and reproductive health, sexuality and the well-being of adolescents, young women and men, use of social media and digital technology, urban poverty, governance, and health services in urban informal settlements. 

Asif Saleh 

Asif Saleh is the Executive Director of BRAC. He brings a multi-sectoral experience in senior leadership roles in private, public, and non-government arenas, with a proven track record of effectively managing development programming, operational and financial sustainability, and building effective partnerships. Prior to joining BRAC, he was a policy specialist for the Prime Minister’s Office’s Access to Information (A2i) programme. He spent 12 years in Goldman Sachs in different fin-tech roles and institutional client sales in New York and London, ending his term there as an Executive Director. He has also worked in Glaxo Wellcome, IBM and Nortel. He is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. Mr Saleh chairs BRAC IT Services Limited, co-chairs BRAC Net, and is on the Board of BRAC Bank, bKash and edotco Bangladesh Ltd. He was recognised for his work by Asia Society’s Asia 21 programme in 2008, the Bangladeshi American Foundation in 2007, and was selected as an Asia 21 Fellow in 2012. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013. Mr Saleh holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University. 

Vijay Kumar Saraswat 

Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat is a distinguished scientist with vast experience in defence research—in both basic and applied sciences—spanning several decades. He is a member at the NITI Aayog, and Chancellor at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He retired as Secretary, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), after decades of government service. He holds a PhD from Osmania University and an ME degree   from the Indian Institute of Science. Dr Saraswat has had an illustrious career and is credited with the  indigenous development of missiles such as Prithvi, Dhanush, Prahaar, and Agni-5; the two-tiered Ballistic Missile Defence system; the initial operational clearance of Light Combat Aircraft Tejas; and nuclear submarine INS Arihant. As the Homi Bhabha Chair Professor and Consultant to IOCL R&D, Dr Saraswat evolved a roadmap for the development of alternative energy systems such as clean coal technologies; high-efficiency concentrated solar power systems, and bioenergy- and hydrogen-based economy. He is currently the Chairman of Research Advisory Council, IOCL R&D. As Chairman of NTPC R&D Advisory Council, he prepared a similar alternative energy technology development plan focusing on clean coal technologies and advanced ultra-supercritical thermal powerplant to work on efficiencies better than 40% and highly reduced greenhouse emissions. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Padma Shri (1998) and Padma Bhushan (2013).  

Daniel Schrag 

Daniel Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He also co-directs the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dan’s interests include climate change, energy technology, and energy policy. He has studied climate change over the broadest range of Earth’s history, including how climate change and the chemical evolution of the atmosphere influenced the evolution of life in the past, and what steps might be taken to prepare for impacts of climate change in the future.  

He helped to develop the hypothesis that the Earth experienced a series of extreme glaciations, called “Snowball Earths” that may have stimulated a rise in atmospheric oxygen and the proliferation of multi cellular animals. He is also interested in how we can use climate events in the geologic past to understand our current climate challenges. Dan has worked on a range of issues in energy technology and policy including advanced technologies for low-carbon transportation fuel, carbon capture and storage, and risks and opportunities of shale gas. 

He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. He served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology (PCAST) from 2009 – 2017, contributing to many reports to the president including those on energy technology and national energy policy, agricultural preparedness, climate change, and STEM education. 

Shalabh Tandon 

Shalabh Tandon is the Regional Head of Operations and in charge of IFC’s Climate Business in South Asia. He has over 20 years of experience as an investment and development banking professional covering a range of industries including power, renewables, telecom and IT, oil & gas, healthcare, education, transport, water & utilities, agri-business and other infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. He has served on several strategic task forces within and outside World Bank Group, including Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and UNDP, aimed especially at increasing investments related to Climate Change spanning work across policy, regulatory, new financial instruments/ markets, technology and other catalysts for accelerating growth. Mr. Tandon has held several leadership and management positions in South Asia during his career at IFC. Prior to his current role, he was leading infrastructure investments in India. He managed IFC’s South Asia portfolio (about $1.7 billion) in infrastructure and oil & gas comprising over 70 clients including large equity funds. He has also spearheaded IFC’s investments in several landmark first of its kind transactions. During his leadership, IFC’s investments in the power & renewables sector has grown multifold in India including equity investments and mobilization from third parties. 

Prior to joining IFC, Mr. Tandon has worked with BNP Paribas, Arthur Andersen and ICRA-Moody’s. He holds a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT, Delhi; Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of California, Davis; and an MBA from Tulane University, USA. 

Mayank Tiwari  

Mayank Tiwari is the Founder and CEO of ReshaMandi, India’s first and largest farm to fashion natural fibres digital ecosystem. In his present capacity, Mayank is responsible for leading effective teams, streamlining operations and strategy across the organisation, with the objective of enhancing market share and driving sustainable growth.Mayank has 13 years of cross-domain experience across user experience, retail, e-commerce, and lean manufacturing to drive continuous business improvement and help exceed the revenue and profitability objectives. Utilising his experience and expertise, Mayank aims to help rural India by providing sustainable livelihood, financial inclusion, and making them rural super consumers via ReshaMandi. This is aligned with his vision to build India as the natural fibre powerhouse that would streamline the apparel and textile industry and empower stakeholders in the ecosystem. He is a gold medallist from the prestigious NIFT (Batch of 2007) with a specialisation in apparel technology. Beyond his corporate life, Mayank takes a keen interest in travelling, poetry, singing, and reading books in his leisure time. Mayank has featured in the Fortune India 40 under 40 list of 2022.