2019-02-15
Leadership Council

In order to facilitate the steady growth of the energy industry, IESA formed the Leadership Council (LC). Individual representatives from Leadership member companies constitute the Leadership Council which aims to lead different IESA working groups and drive IESA towards its vision. The council takes on a leadership role to create a platform for Indian and foreign companies to exchange and collaborate technology development, trade negotiations, and investments.

Presently, the council consists of five members representing five leading companies in this space. These leaders will work together on the overall policy and programme direction for IESA, developing the Indian Energy storage industry beyond individual company business.

Mr. Deepak Thakur- Chief Executive Officer, Hybrid and Energy Storage, Sterling and Wilson Private Limited Open or Close
Deepak Thakur leads the Hybrid & Energy Storage global business as the CEO for Sterling and Wilson, a multinational engaged in energy services, engineering, construction and manufacturing with over $1.5 billion USD in revenue and part of the $6Bn Shapoorji Pallonji Group.

With over 26 years of professional experience, Deepak’s expertise spans across various business functions including sales, marketing, corporate strategy, business planning across Infrastructure, Energy, Industrial Products and Electronics. He has been instrumental in incubating new businesses from strategy to building robust teams delivering sustainable growth. In his current role, he has established a leading player position in the renewables domain through collaborations of all energy business verticals and industry partnerships.

Deepak holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune and Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune.

Mr. Alan Greenshields- Chairman, Innolith Open or Close
Alan has been working in the rechargeable battery space for the last 15 years & was the co-founder of the company which originally developed the core inorganic electrolyte technology, serving as CEO from 2005 until 2011 & chairman until 2013. In 2015 he was asked to join Alevo as Chief Technology Officer, following Alevo’s acquisition of the IP portfolio in 2014. Following Innolith’s acquisition of ket assets from Alevo, he joined the new company as a Chairman. He has been deeply involved in several initiatives relating to renewable energy including the Think Tank on Energy Environment and Business initiated by Harvard Business School in 2010.
Mr. C. Robert Pedraza, Chief Strategy Officer, EnerBlu Open or Close

Robert Pedraza, EVP, Chief Strategy Officer has extensive experience in the introduction of advanced battery technologies and is responsible for EnerBlu’s overall strategy and India market expansion. Formerly, as Vice President & Executive Officer of Altairnano (NASDAQ) from 2005 to 2012, lead the Global Sales & Marketing Team which targeted the North & Central America, Europe, and China markets.  Mr. Pedraza launched the effort to build the industry’s first econometric modeling tools for multi-MW “flash charge” LTO-based battery solutions in a frequency regulation application. Previously, Mr. Pedraza was the Founder of Tigre Trading, an institutional equity trading boutique providing trade execution services to long/short strategy hedge funds and raised the initial L.P. capital for two investment partnerships: Intrinsic Value Micro-Cap Activist Strategy, Multi-Factor Mean Reversion Global Statistical Arbitrage Strategy. Earlier in his career, he held senior sales management positions with Fidelity Institutional Investment Services, Alliance Capital, and Prudential-Bache Securities. He is a graduate of Lehigh University, BS Business & Economics, and was the recipient of the Leonard P. Pool Memorial Prize.

Mr. Anant Nahata - Managing Director, Exicom Power Solutions Open or Close

Mr. Anant Nahata serves as the Managing Director of Exicom, a leading telecom infrastructure business in India. Mr. Nahata has investment banking experience with Credit Suisse, having worked in Singapore and New York. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Koovs plc since December 18, 2013. He served as a Director of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited until June 22, 2010. He served as a Director of Infotel Broadband Services Private Limited. He holds an Economics Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Mr. Hiren Shah, Delta Power Solutions Open or Close

Hiren Shah currently heads the Energy Storage Business at Delta Power Solutions. In his existing role, he is responsible for driving exponential growth through Product Innovations, Market Research and Create Application Vertical Pillars for Lithium Ion Batteries and leading the team to maximize Revenues. Mr. Shah is also responsible to build strong Local Engineering Team and Service Infrastructure to Create Sustainable Growth. He strongly believes that his Activity will help India to Overcome the Energy Deficiency and become a Progressive Nation and that would be the Biggest Contribution to Indian Society.

    Previously, he has been associated with Panasonic since last 17 Years at various Positions and Multiple Products Exposure like Compressor, Motor, Electronic Components, Semiconductors, Sensors, Factory Automation and Display Devices. Additionally, he is responsible for managing the overall INDD growth strategy for Panasonic and leading the sales team to meet or exceed sales targets. 

Mr. Shah holds an Industrial Electronics Degree with specialization in Power Electronics from Pune University. He has additionally done Internal and External Management Courses including Basic Japanese Language Course. He had been a Part of Panasonic Business Leadership Development Program, India Representative for South East Asia Automotive Business Development Committee, Panasonic Global Advisory Committee, and One South Asia Business Leadership Program.

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar - CES Open or Close
Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, President and MD, Customized Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. and President, IESA, leads the IESA leadership council. Rahul is leading the Emerging Technologies practice for Customized Energy Solutions globally with a focus on energy storage, renewables, demand response, and smart grid technologies. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Energy Storage Association (ESA) in the USA during 2009-15 and was elected as Secretary in 2013. He currently Chair's Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA) from November 2018. In May 2014, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) nominated him on the standing committee for energy storage and hybrids. The institution of Engineering (India), Pune Chapter awarded him the prestigious “DSK Energy Award” for contributions in the field of renewable energy in 2015.
Dr. Sudhakar Potukuchi - Eaton Open or Close

Dr. Sudhakar Potukuchi is VP-Technology at Eaton and head of Eaton India Engineering Center. Eaton India Engineering Center (EIEC) is the largest integrated, multidisciplinary research, development, and engineering center in Eaton. In his current role, Dr. Potukuchi is responsible for fostering a culture of innovation at EIEC and to lead the teams for Eaton’s global growth by providing engineering solutions using pertinent technologies, developing new technologies and products and supporting existing products. Prior to this, he was head of Aerospace and Hydraulics groups at EIEC and a founding member of India Innovation Center. Prior to joining Eaton, Dr. Potukuchi has held various positions at General Electric. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware, U.S. Dr. Potukuchi completed a post-graduate executive MBA in management from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad in 2012.

Mr. Kevin Bligh - Vionx Open or Close

Mr. Kevin Bligh joined as a member of the executive council, representing Vionx Energy Corporation – a leader in grid-scale batteries - of which he is the Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kevin is a seasoned Financial Executive experienced in meeting corporate goals while mitigating financial risks and ensuring long-term viability. Vionx Energy’s breakthrough Vanadium Flow battery brings together a 6-10 hour runtime with optimized storage capacity and long-term power output.

Madhusudhan Khemka - ReGen Open or Close

Madhusudhan Khemka, Chairperson and MD, represents Regen Powertech which is among the largest manufacturers of multi megawatt gearless WECs with permanent magnet technology in the Indian market. Mr. Khemka as over two decades of rich and in-depth experience in all aspects of Wind Energy Converters including their Manufacturing, Marketing, Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, General Management, etc. He has been instrumental in pioneering the market for wind energy in India. Mr. Khemka is also serving as an Executive Committee member of Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA).

Mr. Manish Kumar - AES Open or Close

Mr. Manish Kumar, MD, represents AES Energy Storage. AES started as one of the first independent power producers in the United States and is now a major supplier of power in 18 countries around the world. They have recently entered into an agreement with Panasonic to install a battery-based energy storage project of 10 MW at Jhajjar, Haryana. In 2017, AES and Mitsubishi Corp have partnered to supply a 10 MW Advancion energy storage bank to help integrate renewables such as solar into a grid network operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power-DDL) in New Delhi.

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar - CES Open or Close
Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, President and MD, Customized Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. and Executive Director, IESA, leads the IESA leadership council. Rahul is leading the Emerging Technologies practice for Customized Energy Solutions globally with a focus on energy storage, renewables, demand response, and smart grid technologies. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Energy Storage Association (ESA) in the USA during 2009-15 and was elected as Secretary in 2013. He currently Chair's Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA) from November 2018. In May 2014, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) nominated him on the standing committee for energy storage and hybrids. The institution of Engineering (India), Pune Chapter awarded him the prestigious “DSK Energy Award” for contributions in the field of renewable energy in 2015.