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Power Profiles | September 2016

POWER 20:20

Bijal Ashokbhai Shah
IAS, Managing Director, Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited

Bijal Ashokbhai Shah, IAS, Managing Director, Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited, aged 49, holds a BE degree in Civil Engineering from LD College of Engineering, Ahmedabad and an additional degree in Law. Shah joined Gujarat Administrative Services (GAS) as a Probationer Deputy Collector in March 1993 and from October 1994-July 2014, served as Deputy Collector and Additional Collector on various positions. In February 2014, he was promoted to the Selection Scale Additional Collector. Acknowledging his exceptional commitment towards his services, on April 01, 2016, he was promoted to the Indian Administrative Services (IAS). On May 09, 2016, Shah was appointed as Managing Director at UGVCL. Following his appointment, the company won National Award for Excellence in Cost Management in the Category of Public - Service Sector (Large), by The Institute of Cost Accountants of India in May 2016.

Gurdeep Singh
Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC

Gurdeep Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC, aged 51 years, is a Mechanical Engineer. He has over 28 years of experience in power generation sector. He started his career with NTPC Limited and has worked at various levels both in Indian and multi-national companies namely Powergen, CLP, IDFC, CESC and AES. He has worked in different areas of power sector ranging from business development, projects and operations. Prior to joining NTPC, Singh was Managing Director, Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited.

Anil Sardana
CEO & Managing Director, Tata Power

Anil Sardana has been the CEO and Managing Director of Tata Power since February 1, 2011. Prior to August 2007, he worked in Tata Power for more than five years. He was Executive Director on the board of Tata Power in 2007, responsible for the strategy and business development functions and continued till July 2008. He was also the founding Managing Director of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, for nearly four and a half years, and is credited with having spearheaded its dramatic turnaround. He has more than 31 years of experience in the infrastructure space. Over the years, he has successfully managed turnaround and change management in several key organisations, and established independent and Joint-Venture companies from concept to benchmark performance standards. He is currently the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) National Committee on Power from 2012 onwards.

Pratik Agarwal
Chief Executive Officer, Sterlite Power

Pratik Agarwal is the Chief Executive Officer of Sterlite Power and a member of the company´s board of directors. He has held this position since June 2016; previously he was the Vice Chairman of Sterlite Grid, and also director of the Infrastructure business for Vedanta Resources Plc. He has over 10 years of experience in building core infrastructure assets in India. In his $3 billion portfolio, he owns a network of power transmission assets, bulk-ports, and last-mile fiber optic networks. He spends his time on strategy, leadership, policy-advocacy, and technology. Pratik believes that with the advent of renewables, generation is a no longer the biggest challenge facing the sector. The real challenge now lies in delivery. Sterlite Power has pioneered the use of latest technologies in the area of energy delivery, and is at the forefront of innovation. He is a graduate from The Wharton School, and has an MBA from London Business School.

Sumant Sinha
Chairman and CEO, ReNew Power

Sumant Sinha is the Founder Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power, which was founded with the purpose of establishing a robust and sustainable presence as an Independent Power Producer (IPP) across the solar and wind energy spaces. He is a passionate advocate for solutions to climate change through the intersection of business and public policy. Prior to ReNew Power, he held top management positions at some of India´s largest conglomerates. Currently, Sinha serves as the founder Chairman of the Indian Wind Energy Alliance (IWEA) and as Deputy Chairman for Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Chairman, CII Special Task Force on Solar Energy. He is on the Advisory Board of Columbia University´s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He was also recently recipient of the prestigious ´Renewable Energy Leader of the Year 2015´ award at the National Awards for Excellence in Renewable Energy in July 2015 and the ´Excellence Award- 2015 in Renewable Energy Sector´ by the Energy and Environment Foundation in August 2015.

Manoj Kumar Upadhyay
Founder, ACME Group

Manoj Kumar Upadhyay, Founder of ACME Group is an innovator, technologist and serial entrepreneur with several patents in his credit. He has invented many disruptive products and solutions which saw large scale commercial success in their domain - namely power interface unit (PIU), green shelter, PCM (which became generic name in telecom and clean energy). Upadhyay successfully established ACME Group as a leading energy solution provider in India and Africa. In last four years, he has focused on building new generation utility using solar energy and energy storage solution. Today ACME is the leading solar power developer in India and expanding rapidly for global footprint. Upadhyay is progressively establishing an organisation to excel with a vision of ´Building next generation utility´ and mission of ´Providing Sustainable Green Energy at Affordable Rate´.

Vimal Kejriwal
Managing Director & CEO, KEC International Limited

Vimal Kejriwal is the Managing Director, CEO and a Member of the Board of KEC International Limited. With around 33 years of rich and diversified corporate experience including around 14 years in KEC, Kejriwal has received numerous honours and accolades. He has significantly contributed in turning around KEC into a highly profitable company and has also been instrumental in successfully bolstering the company´s international exposure. Under his initiative and direction, KEC´s T&D business achieved a remarkable 14-fold increase in revenues and apart from entering 19 new countries, KEC also acquired SAE Towers headquartered in USA having factories in Brazil and Mexico. With this acquisition, KEC became the largest globally operating tower manufacturing company in the world. An outperformer, consistently for the past three years he has been lauded and recognised with the ´Outstanding Achiever Award´, one of the most prestigious RPG Group Annual Awards, for his outstanding performance and commitment towards KEC.

Anders Runevad
Group President & CEO, Vestas Wind Systems

Swedish national, Anders Runevad, is the Group President & Chief Executive Officer for Vestas Wind Systems A/S (2013-present). An MBA and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Lund (SE), the 56-year-old has held positions of importance as President Region West & Central Europe, Ericsson (UK) from 2010-2013; Executive Vice President, Sony Ericsson (UK) from 2006-2010; President, Ericsson Brazil (BR) from 2004-2006, etc. He is also a member of the General Council of the Confederation of Danish Industries (DK) and the Industrial Policy Committee of the Confederation of Danish Industries (DK).

Arundhati Bhattacharya
Chairperson, State Bank of India

Arundhati Bhattacharya made history after being appointed as the first woman Chairperson of the State Bank of India on October 07, 2013. In 2016, she was listed as the 25th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes - her first time on the list. In the same year, she was ranked among the FP Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine; and was also named the 4th most powerful women in Asia Pacific by Fortune. Bhattacharya joined SBI in September 1977. She is the first woman to lead an India-based Fortune 500 company and has held several positions during her 36-year career with the bank. This included positions like chief executive of the bank´s merchant banking arm- State Bank of India Capital Markets; chief general manager in charge of new projects. She has also served at the bank´s New York office. She has been involved in the launch of several new businesses such as SBI General Insurance, SBI Custodial Services and the SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund.

Atul Sobti
Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd

Atul Sobti has been the Chairman and Managing Director at Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), since January 01, 2016. A Director at Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. since December 1, 2013, Sobti has had a diverse and versatile professional experience of 33 years in all major segments of BHEL. As Director (Power), he was responsible for spearheading and strategising the power sector business of BHEL. Under his stewardship, BHEL´s power business has achieved major milestones including the highest ever power generation capacity addition/synchronisation, and the highest order booking in last five years´ period. In the business development and marketing arena, he has been instrumental in strategising and securing a series of orders from state and Central utilities. Sobti is also part-time Chairman on the board of Raichur Power Corporation Limited, a Joint Venture Company of BHEL and Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd.

Gautam Adani
Founder and Chairman, Adani Group

Gautam Adani is the founder and Chairman of Ahmedabad-based Adani Group, an integrated infrastructure company, which includes Adani Power Ltd and Adani Transmission Ltd. Adani pioneered the integrated port and logistics business model that is today of critical national importance for enabling the inbound and outbound supply chain by establishing a string of ports along the Indian coastline. He followed this up by pioneering an integrated power business model that is crucial for the energy security of India and spans all the way from mining to generation to transmission. He has also led the group´s rapid expansion into the renewable value chain, by making one of the largest national commitments to the solar eco-system within the country. Under his stewardship, the group finished the fiscal year 2014-15 as the largest private power producer in the country, as the largest ports and logistics business in the country and as the largest integrated coal management company in the country.

GBS Raju
Chairman and Managing Director, GMR Energy

GBS Raju, is the Chairman and Managing Director of GMR Energy. He joined the GMR group of companies in 1996. He was appointed on the Board for the period June 20, 1998 to October 17, 2007, and was reappointed on the Board on February 15, 2008. He began his career as the Managing Director of the company and has been responsible for setting up of the barge-mounted plant. Over the years, he has held various key positions for different companies and businesses of the GMR group of companies. He played a crucial role in shaping the overall strategy and positioning of the GMR group of companies and has been instrumental in developing and implementing various projects. He also successfully steered the group´s foray into the Highways business. He led the finance function for the GMR group of companies and steered the IPO of GMR Infrastructure Ltd in India in 2006. He Chairman (corporate and international business) until his appointment as Chairman of the Energy sector.

IS Jha
Chairman and Managing Director, PGCIL

IS Jha is Chairman and Managing Director of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) since November 2015. Prior to his present assignment, he successfully served as Director (Projects) of the company from September, 2009.

An Electrical Engineer from NIT, Jamshedpur, he is a well known power system professional having more than 35 years of rich and varied work experience. He began his professional career in 1981 as an Executive Trainee in NTPC. He has been associated with Powergrid since its inception in 1991 and has been part of departments such as Engineering, Distribution Management System (DMS), and Corporate Monitoring Group. He has worked as Executive Director of North Eastern Region, Engineering and Corporate Monitoring Group of the Company. While working at various projects and Corporate Office of NTPC and Powergrid, he was involved in conceptualisation, planning, design, engineering, monitoring and implementation of projects of National importance.

Apart from these, he has been a lead Member in Planning, Engineering and Execution of APDRP and RGGVY schemes. He is member of Governing Body of CPRI, Bangalore and Empowered Committee of Government of India for promoting competition in Power Transmission Sector. He is also associated with professional bodies such as Institution of Engineers - India, Power Engineering Society of IEEE - USA, and International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) - France. He has published/ presented numerous articles, technical papers in the field of power system in various international and National Journal/Conferences.

Sutirtha Bhattacharya
Chairman, CIL

Sutirtha Bhattacharya, an IAS officer of 1985 (Telangana cadre), formally assumed the charge as Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the coal mining monolith Coal India Limited on January 05, 2015. A Physics graduate from Presidency College, Kolkata, Bhattacharya has vast and varied experience in different sectors in governance. He had been Managing Director of Nizam Sugar Factories, Commissioner of Industries, Secretary in-charge of Irrigation Department, the biggest infrastructure department in Andhra Pradesh. As CMD, TRANSCO he had been chairman of AP Coordination Committee reviewing all AP DISCOMS. He had been Principal Secretary (Energy) and in that capacity Chairman, APGENCO. As Principal Secretary (Infrastructure & Investment) he had been associated with port, airport, natural gas and public private partnership projects implementation. Prior to this he was CMD of the Telangana based Singareni Collieries Company Limited since May 10, 2012.

Vijay R. Rupani
Chief Minister, Government of Gujarat

Vijay Rupani is an Indian politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is an incumbent Chief Minister of Gujarat, a western state in India, since August 07, 2016, and a member of the Gujarat LA representing Rajkot West. Rupani started his career as student activist associated with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). He joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and subsequently joined Jan Sangh in 1971 has been associated with BJP since its establishment. On February 19, 2016, Rupani became the state BJP president, replacing RC Faldu. Rupani was nominated by the BJP to contest his vacant seat. He won the bypoll on October 19, 2014 by a huge margin. He was inducted as minister in the first cabinet expansion by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel in November 2014 and held the ministry of transport, water supply, labor and employment. He was the BJP state president from February 2016 to August 2016.

Sanjiv Goenka
Chairman, CESC

Sanjiv Goenka is Chairman of CESC. In April 2001, he took over as the youngest-ever President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), was appointed Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) and currently serves on the board of the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata (IIM-Kolkata). Extremely optimistic about today´s India and enthused by basic data such as the emergence of a large and young working population with a median age of 24, the rising number of urban nuclear families, working women and emerging opportunities in the service sector, Goenka sees infrastructure creation and retail as sharing a symbiotic relationship, emerging as a major contributor to the GDP, the exchequer, and job creation in the future.

Kifayat Hussain Rizvi
IAS, Managing Director, JKSPDCL

Kifayat Hussain Rizvi is a 2002 batch IAS officer of Jammu & Kashmir Cadre. He has been posted as the Managing Director of J&K State Power Development Corporation on February 25, 2016.

Vikram Dileepan
Founder-CEO, SolarTown Energy

Vikram Dileepan, Founder and CEO of SolarTown, is instrumental in starting the business in early 2012. Vikram has been the vision behind SolarTown focusing his efforts as a solutions architect in the solar rooftop segment introducing unique financial models catering to individual customer needs. He leads an enthusiastic and enterprising team at SolarTown with his solid experience in executing and implementing diverse projects. He has worked in various engineering roles in the shipping and power industry. His international experience comes with being a Marine Engineer at Torm, one of the world´s leading carriers of refined oil products based out of Denmark. His leadership role at Zen Power Services being responsible for a turnaround operation of `40 million, served as a strong foundation for starting SolarTown. He is an engineering graduate from Birla Institute of Technology and Science and a certified marine engineer.

Mukesh Puri
IAS, Director, Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited

Mukesh Puri, IAS, is the Director of Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited from July 28, 2011 to July 2, 2012; as Director of Gujarat Industries Power Co. Ltd. from October 21, 2011 to July 5, 2012. He currently also serves as a Director of Gujarat Urban Development Company Limited.

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