2016-10-22
Team
Dr. Rahul Walawalkar CEM, CDSM, CSDP

Rahul leads the Emerging Technologies & Markets practice for Customized Energy Solutions with focus on energy storage, renewables, demand response and smart grid technologies as well as international markets. He is an internationally acclaimed expert in areas covering energy management, electricity markets, emerging technologies and new product development. Rahul has been involved in evaluating economics of emerging technologies in deregulated electricity markets since 2004. His research and consulting activities have covered complete range of demand response and energy storage technologies.

He has authored over 100 technical papers / presentations including reports on demand response and energy storage. Rahul currently serves on the Board of Directors of Electricity Storage Association and is involved in providing inputs for the demand response and energy storage policy to FERC & various state agencies. He is also Executive Chairman for India Energy Storage Alliance and is part of Executive Council for Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy in India. He has also served as expert on evaluation panels for US Department of Energy's various smart grid projects and is involved in creation of industry standards as part of IEEE and NIST working groups.

Rahul holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds Masters in Energy Management from New York Institute of Technology and undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Walchand College of Engineering. He is recipient of numerous awards including Computer Society of India's Young IT Professional Award, Demonstration of Energy Efficiency Developments scholarship from American Public Power Association and is also recognized as one of the Legends in Energy by Association of Energy Engineers, USA.

Debi Prasad Dash

Debi is serving as the Manager for India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) to promote energy storage technologies and applications in India. He is responsible for India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) operation and activities like IESA Memberships, external partnershipships, Emerging Technology News (ETN) Magazine, Energy Storage India (ESI) events and other IESA services.

Debi joined Customized Energy solutions in April 2013. He is involved in financial analysis and quantitative modelling for power and electricity sector in US and Indian market. He worked in various consulting projects on energy storage and renewable energy integration. He contributes to research team for preparing Industry Reports in different Energy technology / applications.

Previously, Debi has a small stint at ONGC and worked on project valuation and project appraisals. He has also 2 and half years of prior experience in consulting at Oracle Financial Services for Asia-Pacific Region. Debi holds an MBA degree in Finance from SCMHRD (Symbiosis International University), and Post-graduation diploma in Renewable Energy from TERI University. He completed his bachelor of Technology from KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India.

Netra Walawalkar

Netra joined Customized June 2006 and currently works in Pune, India. She is involved in market analysis projects for clients active in deregulated markets. Netra is leading Customized’s participation in the IEX for Energy trading and REC trading. She works with potential clients on understanding, developing open access process and enabling greater participation in the IEX from industrial & commercial customers as well as renewable & conventional generators. She is involved in developing bidding stategy for energy market participants to maximize their profit.

Netra holds MBA degree from Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA and Engineering degree from Mumbai University.

Aradhana Gahlaut

Aradhana joined CES in July 2016 and looks over in-house communications and marketing for IESA and CES while supporting the consulting team in research projects from time to time. Her areas of expertise include analysing renewable energy technologies and developing effective communication models.

Aradhana has previously worked as an Intern at Council on Energy, Environment and Water(CEEW) and DHI(India) in New Delhi; and also at the Centre for Ecological Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She was a Research Scholar at the Center for Advanced Studies and Research in Automotive Engineering, DTU and worked on projects involving Carbon Dioxide Capture and Biodiesel Production. Her leadership and communication skills developed during her time as an Editor for her university newsletter and as the Digital Marketing Officer at an e-commerce startup.

She holds a bachelors degree in Environmental Engineering from Delhi Technological University.


Rajarshi Sen

Mr Rajarshi Sen is working as a Technical Advisor at Customized Energy Solutions since 2015 in the domain of technology, projects and investment. He has 30 years of experience in the Indian renewable and energy storage market, focusing on the small wind, wind solar – hybrid and lead acid battery segment.

Before joining CES, Rajarshi Sen was the Founder Director & CEO of Luminous Renewable Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd. during 2007-2015. He was involved in design, development and manufacturing of small wind turbines and wind – solar hybrids for global market. He has experience of developing over 500 projects across south east Asia. Also he has supplied systems to over 50 countries including markets in North America and Europe.

He was also involved in setting up battery business including manufacturing and marketing at Luminous Power technologies during 2005-07.

He had had prior experience with EXIDE Industries Ltd. for more than 20 years in the Industrial Batteries & Renewable Energy Division. At EXIDE, he handled industrial battery design, application engineering, production planning, marketing & distribution channels. He served as Chief Business Manager for Industrial solutions during 1996-2005.

Rajarshi Sen holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Calcutta.

Dr. Satish B Agnihotri

Dr. Satish B. Agnihotri is a career bureaucrat. He recently retired as Secretary (Coordination & Public Grievances), Cabinet Secretariat. Prior to this he was Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. He has been a member of the Dhirendra Singh Committee and is Co-Chair of the Raman Puri Committee set up by MoD.

He also held other important assignments such as Director General (Acquisition) in the Ministry of Defence of the Government of India, Additional Secretary cum Financial Adviser in the Ministry of Agriculture and Director General of Shipping in Mumbai. He has worked as Secretary, Women and Child Development in Odisha and has also worked with UNICEF, Kolkata as Consultant on Child Nutrition and Health.

Ravi Seethapathy

After a 35+ year career in Electric Utilities and Power Systems area, He is now an Advisor to the Utility/Industry, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto in its Energy Systems Group and sit on the Boards of Smart Grid Canada, Toronto Atmospheric Fund & Biosirus Inc. His current international technical activities include (1) CIGRE Convenor WGC6.28-Remote Islanded Grids; (2) IEA PVPS Taskforce 14 - Large Scale Solar Integration; (3) IEC TC 120 - Energy Storage; (4) IEC SEG4-LVDC; (5) Chair, India Smart Grid Forum WG 9 - Renewables & Micro-grids and (6) IEEE Smart Village.

Retired in 2014 after 31 year career in Hydro One, a leading Utility in Canada where he managed leading portfolios in R&D, Innovation, Smart Grid Projects, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy Integration, Asset Management, Corporate Operations/Technical Audit, M&A (500M$), Field Operations, and Relaying and Control.

He has received numerous honours and citations including Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), Fellow Canadian Academy of Engineering (2012), Hydro One President's Award (2008), Honour Roll of the Shastri Institute (2008), Honorary Fellow, Centennial College (2005), Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (1996) to name a few.

His education includes a B. Tech (Hons) in Electrical Power from IIT, Kharagpur, India; an M. Eng. in Electrical Power from the University of Toronto; and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University.