Chhatre, Ashwini
Department of Geography, University of Illinois Prof. Ashwini Chhatre is an Associate Professor of Geography & Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His research interests broadly center on the interactions between democratization, economic development, and environmental governance. He has more than 10 years of experience in working with local communities and social movements on democratic governance of natural resources in India. Prof. Chhatre holds a BA (Honors) in Economics from the University of Delhi and Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University where he specialized in the fields of Comparative Politics and Environmental Politics. His research focuses on the long-term political dynamics of land reforms and their impact on economic and ecological outcomes at multiple scales. Another area of his research touches on the impact of environmental decentralization on individual attitudes towards the environment.
Dutt, Varun
Indian Institute of Technology – Mandi Prof. Varun Dutt works as an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Electrical Engineering and School of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Mandi. He received his Ph.D. degree in engineering and public policy from the Carnegie Mellon University in 2011. Prior to joining IIT, Mandi, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Dynamic Decision Making Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University. His research is at the intersection of computer science, economics, and decision making, with a special focus on how computational and experimental modelscould be used for taking decisions on managerial, environmental, and socio-economic issues. Prof. Dutt serves as the Knowledge Editor of the Financial Chronicle, a financial daily, published from India. He is also the lead author for Chapter 2 on “Integrated Risk and Uncertainty Assessment of Climate Change Response Policies” in Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 5th Assessment Report (AR5).
Garg, Kanv
Clean Energy Analyst, World Bank(South Asia region)  Kanv Garg is a Clean Energy Analyst in the South Asia Sustainable Development Energy (SASDE) group at the World Bank. He has several years of experience in the Energy sector and in conducting strategy formulation, financial analysis, value chain and market evaluation projects for both corporate clients and the Indian Government. From 2010 to 2012, he was a consultant with the Planning Commission where he was the member of the National Expert Group which worked on a 'Low Carbon Strategy for Inclusive Growth' under the Chairmanship of Dr. Kirit Parikh. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Manufacturing) from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology and a MBA from the Indian School of Business (2010).
Jain, Anil K
Adviser (Energy), Planning Commission, Government of India Anil Jain is a member of the IAS.  He has over two and a half decades of administrative experience at the field and policy formulation levels, and has held senior positions in the State and Federal Governments, in the Ministries of Agriculture, Mining, Industries, Revenue, and Petroleum & Natural Gas.  Between 2003 and 2008, as Director and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, he was closely involved with policy formulation and implementation on the upstream and downstream development of the gas sector in India, including on exploration, the award of acreages, and the pricing and distribution of natural gas.  He has also authored a book on policy issues governing the Indian natural gas sector which was published by OUP, Oxford in 2012.  As Adviser (Energy) in the Planning Commission for the last two years, he is handling the oil and gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, as well as international cooperation.  Mr Jain presently co-chairs the energy related working group of the G20. He holds a BA (Honours) in Economics, an MBA, and a Diploma from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.
Kapoor, Tarun
Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Mr. Tarun Kapoor is an IAS officer (Himachal Pradesh Cadre, 1987 Batch) and is currently the Joint Secretary (Solar) at Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. At MNRE, Mr. Kapoor leads the implementation of National Solar Mission and other initiatives such as policies and programmes for the promotion of Solar, Win, Small Hydro, Biomass etc. Prior to his work at the MNRE, Mr. Kapoor was the MD at the Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd. and has held other senior administrative posts in Himachal Pradesh. He has more than 4 years of experience as the Director in a large government runs hydro-power organization which generated more than 1500 MW of energy. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and a MBA degree.
Lal, Deepak
Distinguished Fellow, Bharti Institute of Public Policy Deepak Lal is the James S. Coleman Professor Emeritus of International Development Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, professor emeritus of political economy at University College London, and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He was a member of the Indian Foreign Service (1963-66) and has served as a consultant to the Indian Planning Commission, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, various UN agencies, South Korea, and Sri Lanka. From 1984 to 1987 he was research administrator at the World Bank. Prof. Lal is also a prolific author and has written several best-selling books such as The Poverty of Development Economics; The Hindu Equilibrium; Against Dirigisme; The Political Economy of Poverty, Equity and Growth etc.
Mehta, Anouj
Advisor PPP & Infrastructure, World Bank & Ministry of Finance, Government of India Anouj Mehta is the head of Finance and PPP Group (India) at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). His work at ADB focuses on project finance advisory and consultancy to infrastructure companies and projects in the South Asia region. Since 2008, he has headed the Joint Asian  Development  Bank  -  Government of India Initiative  for  enabling  Public  Private  Partnerships  across  the  country. A professional with over 14 years of work experience in countries like the UK, Singapore, Philippines, China and India etc., his work specialities include Mergers & Acquisitions,  Strategic Consulting,  Government  reforms,  Business Development, Audit and Accountancy and Energy & Utilities. Mr. Mehta holds a MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.
Nelson, David
Senior Director, Climate Policy Initiative. As Senior Director, David manages CPI’s global research program. Before joining CPI, David worked as an investor and strategic advisor to energy and utilities companies and their regulators in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia for more than 20 years. Most recently, David was senior vice president and global sector leader for Energy, Utilities, and Commodities at AllianceBernstein, where he managed research for the Bernstein Value portfolio and the commodity hedge fund. He also led the Global Energy research team and was the analyst covering global utilities (ex-North America). Prior to working at Bernstein, David was a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, and before that at Arthur D. Little. He started his consulting career at the economics consultancy Putnam, Hayes and Bartlett. Throughout his consulting career he focused on strategy, financing, and regulation for the energy and utilities industries. David has degrees in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Wharton.
Powell, Lydia
Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation Ms Powell has been with the Observer Research Foundation for over ten years working on policy issues in energy, water and climate change.  She edits the weekly ORF Energy News Monitor which is in its tenth year of publication and routinely contributes articles on energy policy, energy pricing and regulation, climate and equity.  Current projects being undertaken by her team include a mapping household energy access in India, the conflict between equity and efficiency in energy policy, petroleum & natural gas pricing in India and the development of a quantitative energy security index for India.  Ms Powell has also worked for Norsk Hydro and for Orkla, two of Norway’s largest conglomerates whose interests include energy.  Ms. Powell has three Post Graduate Degrees - two on Energy Management from Norway and one in Solid State Physics from, India.
Sapra, Rajnish
CFO, Acciona Energy. Rajnish is the CFO for Acciona Energy in India. Acciona is listed in Madrid and one of the largest and most respected developers in the renewable space. Rajnish was part of the core team to set up and start India operations in 2007 and heads the finance, administration and carbon matters. He has 20 years’ experience with more than 17 years in the private sector energy space. A CA by profession, he started with merchant banking before joining an EPC company executing a naphtha based power project and lead setting up a BPO. Involved with renewables as developer and in consulting roles since the last 14 years with waste-to-energy, wind and others and witnessed the sector’s evolution for over a decade. Experience areas: Project financing, development, regulation, environment, strategy and general management.
Shrimali ,Gireesh
Assistant Professor of Energy Economics and Business, Monterey Institute of International Studies; Fellow, Climate Policy Initiative Gireesh Shrimali is an Assistant Professor of Energy Economics and Business at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He recently worked as the Interim-Director of the CPI-ISB Energy and Environment Program, and as an Assistant Professor at the Indian School of Business (ISB). He holds a PhD from Stanford University, a MS from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a B. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. Gireesh’s research focus is on policy for renewable energy, innovation in the energy sector, and climate change economics in general. His previous work has included topics such as design of feed in tariffs; impact of policy on penetration of renewable sources in the US; and analysis of the solar mission, low carbon innovation system and business models for sustainable cook-stoves in India. He is currently leading projects evaluating the diffusion of renewable technologies – in particular, solar and wind – in both US and India
Singh, Anoop
Department of Industrial and Management Engineering Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur Dr. Anoop Singh is an Associate Professor IIT Kanpur. He holds a B.Tech. (Mech. Engg.), ME (Indl. Engg.) and PhD (IGIDR). His areas of interest include infrastructure regulation & policy, power sector regulation, energy/electricity pricing, renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy economics, climate change, project financing and cross-border energy cooperation. Dr. Singh has undertaken research/consultancy for ADB, World Bank, UNCTAD, UNU/IAS, AIT, University of Cambridge and Planning Commission. He was Member, WG on Power for 11th as well as 12th Five-Year Plan, and Member, Working Group on Bulk Energy Transport of the National Transport Development Policy Committee (NTDPC), Planning Commission. He is also Member, State Advisory Committee of Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission, Advisory Committee for Capacity Building of Distribution Personnel under R-APDRP, Ministry of Power.He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and Life Member of Indian Economic Association (IEA).
Sudarshan, Anant
Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Science Program, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Anant Sudarshan is a Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He works at the intersection of energy policy, behavioural science, environmental economics, and engineering. He holds undergraduate and masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) and Stanford University respectively. He received his PhD in Management Science and Engineering, focusing on energy economics, from Stanford University in March 2011. His doctoral research explored the determinants of residential energy consumption and the role California efficiency policies had in reducing energy intensity in the state.  His present research includes an ambitious project to design and evaluate a pilot emissions trading program for Indian industry in partnership with India’s Ministry for Environment and Forests.  
Shah, Rakesh
Advisor, CERC Shri Rakesh Shah is currently working with Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) as an Advisor (Renewable).He is ME Electrical and MBA (Finance). He has substantial experience in power sector, management, finance, policy, regulation and renewable. Prior to that worked with Suzlon Energy as Dy. General Manager (Regulatory Affairs) for two years. Also Worked with Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) for seven years as Dy. Director and with the State transmission utility Gujarat Electricity Transmission Corporation (GETCO) for 13 years.
Sharma, KK
Advisor to UT Government, Chandigarh K K Sharma is the Advisor to the Union Territory, Chandigarh. He is a 1983-batch IAS officer of the AGMUT cadre. Shri. K K Sharma has spearheaded the adoption of the Solar City Master plan for Chandigarh. Under the Solar City Programme of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), a plan has been floated to convert Chandigarh into a model solar city. The solar city master plan for Chandigarh has been prepared by TERI with different energy saving and renewable energy options embedded in it, along with technological options that are feasible in the long run. These include energy conservation in the residential and commercial sectors, municipal services like water pumping and street lighting, solar water heating systems, and rooftop solar energy-based electricity generation
He was earlier the Principal Secretary, Public Works Department, Government of New Delhi. He has also served in various capacities in Arunachal Pradesh and also served for 2 years at the United Nations.
Shekhar, Shashi
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government Of India Mr. Shashi Shekhar, IAS is the Additional Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. He is an IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu Cadre, 1981 Batch. He served as District Collector of Pudukotttai and Nilgiri District in Tamil Nadu. He also served as Finance Commissioner to raise extra budgetary resources from the market. He was Director and later Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Power from 1998 to 2003, during which period he served as also Director General of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in charge. He was associated in preparing Energy Conservation Bill, 2001 which was enacted by the parliament in 2001. He served as a Director of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. He has presented papers on sustainable power development at various international conferences. He holds a Bachelors degree in Science (Geology).
Singh, Pradeep
Deputy Dean, ISB

Pradeep Singh is the CEO of the Mohali Campus and Deputy Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB). He has over 35 years of work experience in government, non-government and private sector organisations, and in academia. In his previous roles, Pradeep Singh served as the Vice Chairman & CEO of IDFC Projects Ltd. and was the founding CEO of IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation (IIDC). From 1978 to 1995, Pradeep Singh was a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and later also served as the Assistant Country Director at CARE India, an international NGO. He has been a visiting faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School and has been engaged in consulting for the World Bank and the ADB. Mr. Singh holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University. He also holds the MBA and M.Sc (Physics) degrees from Punjab and Punjabi University respectively.