Jury 2017

Dr. Arun K Tripathi

Adviser, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy & Director General, National Institute of Solar Energy

Dr. Arun K Tripathi, Adviser in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is an M.Tech from IIT Kharagpur and Ph.D. from IIT Delhi in the field of biomass energy. He has also done his MBA in Environment Management.

Dr Tripathi has over three decades experience in planning, development and implementation of various renewable energy programmes particularly in biogas development, biomass gasification, solar rooftops, waste to energy, village energy security, solar cities, green buildings and information and public awareness in the country. He has widely travelled across India particularly to rural areas and also visited several countries including USA, UK, China, France, Thailand, Japan, Germany, Singapore, Philippines and Switzerland on various renewable energy assignments.

He has 11 research papers published in International journals and 36 technical papers published in reputed journals in India. He has also authored three books and co-authored a book on ‘Reaching the sun with rooftop solar.” He is the editor of Akshay Urja, a popular and exclusive magazine on renewable energy since January, 2005. He has deep interest in Indian classical music and plays guitar, keyboard, mouthorgan, harmonium etc.

Mr. Ajit Gupta

Former Adviser in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)
Government of India

Mr. Gupta retired as Adviser in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, in September, 2008. In his association of nearly four decades with the renewable energy sector, he has played a key role in the development and deployment of renewables in the country. He started the Power Group in the Ministry and led technological and commercial development in grid power generation in the areas of wind power, small hydro power, biomass power, bagasse co-generation and solar power generation. He pioneered and led the Wind Power Programme of the country for over two decades.

He also started the Remote Village Electrification Group and the Urban, Industrial and Commercial Applications Group. He steered the development of national programmes on biofuels, green buildings, Solar Cities and Green Campuses. In the domain of policy, regulatory and legislative aspects, Mr. Gupta developed Guidelines for renewable power policies as a result of which policies for grid connectivity and feed-in tariff were introduced by the States.

He contributed in finalization of provisions pertaining to renewable energy in Electricity Act 2003, National Electricity Policy and Tariff Policy and interacted with the Central and State Electricity Regulatory Commissions regarding tariff guidelines, RPOs and RECs. While at the Ministry, Mr. Gupta concurrently served as the Director of the Solar Energy Centre (renamed NISE) and as Founder Executive Director of the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (renamed NIWE) during different periods.

He developed and led several international co-operation programmes including an MNRE/UNDP Solar Energy Project during 2008-11. Since 2011, Mr. Gupta has been mentoring and consulting in renewable energy with international consulting groups. He obtained the degrees of Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1971 and Master of Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok in 1973.

Mr. Kuljit Singh Popli


K.S. Popli is the CMD in Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA).

He has experience of more than 29 years in power sector. As Director (Technical), he is responsible for project appraisal, financing, policy formulation, planning and monitoring of renewable energy and energy efficiency and conservation projects.

Prior to joining IREDA, he worked with Power Finance Corporation for 14 years for both state sector and IPP Projects for Hydro, Thermal, Transmission and Distribution Sectors.

He has served NHPC for 11 years and was associated with Design, Engineering and Implementation of Hydro Electric Projects.

K.S. Popli is an Electrical Engineer from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi. He also holds Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management and a Degree in Law.

Mr Anurag Mishra

Senior Clean Energy Specialist, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Mr. Anurag Mishra is Senior Clean Energy Specialist with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) India Mission. USAID India is leading on the US-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Deployment (PACE-D), bilateral program. He has extensive experience in the field of Climate Change, Energy and Sustainable Development. Previously he managed Government of UK’s Low Carbon High Growth Programme working with the British High Commission–DFID joint unit in India. He also managed GIZ’s ComSolar Program under Indo-German Energy Program. He has worked with various international organizations, consulting firms and government agencies. Mr. Mishra holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning from School of Planning, CEPT, Ahmedabad.

Projects Anurag is particularly proud of having been part include the management of the Strategic Program Fund with the UK Government to drive action on climate as well as the USAID and ICLEI campaign, ‘Cities for Climate Protection,” to work with local governments in implementing climate change adaptation and mitigation in 18 Indian cities. He also made a significant contribution to the design of Solar Cities, the Indian programme to scale up renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across select cities.

Mr. Bharat Bhargava

Director General - ONGC Energy Centre

Dr Bharat Bhargava has more than 44 years experience in policy, planning, management, research, product development, quality assurance and production in energy sector working on different aspects of clean energy technologies and more particularly on solar energy technologies in a research laboratory, industry and the Government.

Dr. Bhargava is currently, Director General, ONGC Energy Centre, working on various clean energy options, specially hydrogen energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, biotechnology for energy and uranium exploration and recovery by ISL etc.

Dr. Bhargava has worked at the National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi for his Ph.D. in Physics (thin films). In 1976 he joined Central Electronics Limited (CEL), to start indigenous development of solar cell and module technology in the country. He was also involved in development of a number of solar applications in the country, most notable being solar lantern.

Dr. Bhargava worked with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India from 1989 to 2011. He was responsible for policy and all technical aspects of solar technology development in India as well as setting up of PV Test Facility at Solar Energy Centre of the Ministry.

Dr. B. Bhargava is one of the main architects of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which has given the Indian solar programme much needed thrust. He is also a member of the Solar Energy Research Advisory Council set up by MNRE and member of several Expert Committees set up by various Ministries, State Governments and other organizations.

He holds several patents and is involved in technology transfer. He has written/presented papers in a number of international and national technical journals and conferences.

Mr. Pankaj Batra

Member (Planning), Central Electricity Authority

Shri Pankaj Batra did his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Diploma in Systems Management from NMIMS, Mumbai, Diploma in Financial Management from IGNOU, New Delhi and Diploma in Public Speaking from Nazareth Speakers Academy, Mumbai. He joined the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) in 1983 through the UPSC’s Combined Engineering Services Examination.

He has worked in the Grid Management in the CEA Headquarters, monitoring Regional Grids, analysis of grid disturbances and preparation of various technical reports. He was involved in the finalization of issues in the Indian Electricity Grid Code (IEGC), Availability Based Tariff (ABT), Open Access, Power Exchange, etc. He framed the regulations of CEA on Technical Standards for Connectivity to the Grid and regulations on Grid Standards. He has prepared Report on Peaking Power Plants and ensuring adequate reserves, Investigation of reasons of Stranded Generation Capacity in a scenario of shortages as well as Report on Integration of Renewables to the Grid.

He has worked as Chief (Engineering) in Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) formulating various Regulations, viz. Grant of Connectivity, Long-term Access and Medium-term Open Access, Measures to relieve congestion in real time operation, Grant of Regulatory Approval for Capital Investment to CTU for execution of Inter-State Transmission, the revised Indian Electricity Grid Code, Power Market Regulations, Regulation of Power Supply, Regulations on intervening transmission facilities, etc. He introduced various provisions of integration of renewables to the grid and smart grid in the IEGC.

He is presently working as Chief Engineer involved in Financial and Commercial Appraisal of power generation and transmission projects in the CEA, FDI in power, Financial Restructuring Plan of State Discoms, etc. and various policy issues. He was also Member Secretary of the National Reliability Council for Electricity.

He is the Chairperson of Working Group VI on “Policy and Regulation” in the India Smart Grid Forum. He is also Chairperson of the BIS Committee of LITD 10 – “Power System Control and Associated Communication”.

He has worked in the Western Regional Load Despatch Centre (WRLDC) as a System Operator, operation and maintenance of Power House, Switchyard and Dam in Chukha Hydro Power Corporation in Bhutan and operation and maintenance of transmission and distribution system of Bhutan and also election of the first 220 kV station in Bhutan at Thimphu.

Dr. Sameer Maithel

Founder Director, Greentech Knowledge Solutions

Dr. Sameer Maithel is the Founder Director at Greentech Knowledge Solutions. He has M.Tech & Ph.D. degrees in Energy Systems Engineering from IIT, Bombay. His main areas of expertise are energy planning, monitoring and analysis of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies, building energy efficiency, dissemination of clean energy technologies. He has around 23 years of experience in industry, research and consulting. Prior to starting Greentech, he has worked with ONGC and was the Director of Energy-Environment Technology Division at TERI from 2003 to 2006.

He is working on the “Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP)”, which is a bilateral cooperation project between the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and represented by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The overall objective of the project is to reduce energy consumption in new commercial buildings and to disseminate best practices for the construction of low energy residential and public buildings.

Mr Tobias Winter

Director, Indo German Energy Forum (IGEF)

Mr. Tobias Winter was born in East Berlin, Germany and holds a degree in Business Administration (RWTH Aachen University). He has professional experience in renewable energies and energy efficiency projects and the corresponding legislation in Germany, India, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

For the past five years he has been the Director of the Competence Center in Renewable Energies for the German Chambers Network in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. In 2015 he came back to India, now leading the Support Office of the Indo-German Energy Forum.

Dr. Indradip Mitra

Senior Technical Advisor, Indo- German Energy Programme (IGEN), Green Energy Corridors

Dr. Indradip Mitra is presently working as a Senior Technical Advisor in the Indo- German Energy Programme of the German International Cooperation (GIZ GmbH) in India. He was the Team Leader of the Indo - German collaborative Project ‘SolMap’ which is funded by German Federal Ministry of Environment (BMUB). SolMap supported MNRE and NIWE’s Solar Radiation Resource Assessment (SRRA) initiative.

He is also closely associated with the ongoing Green Energy Corridors (GEC) project focussing on large scale integration of renewable energy into the Indian electricity grid. He has been working in the domain of renewable energy and energy efficiency since the last 20 years in India and Europe. He has served the position of a Research Scientist in The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus; a Visiting Scientist in the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind and Energy Systems (IWES), Kassel, Germany and a Research Associate in The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India.

He obtained his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from University of Kassel, Germany; his Masters in Renewable Energy from University of Oldenburg, Germany and his Post Graduate Diploma in Energy Management from Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), India. He has been associated with several European Union Framework Programme Research projects, American University collaborative projects and multilateral /bilateral projects.

He has extensively travelled throughout India, Europe and North America. Delivered lectures as guest faculty in the University of Oldenburg, Germany, TERI University, India and in IISWBM, India. He has over 30 publications in international journals and participated in conferences. He was a recipient of DAAD scholarship. He was awarded as the ‘Energy Engineer of the Year 2013’ by the Indian chapter of the Association of the Energy Engineers (AEE), USA. He is a member of Board of Studies of Amity School of Applied Sciences, Amity University since 2014. He has the professional membership of several international societies and associations.

Dr. Rajesh Katyal

Director General, National Institute of Wind Energy.

Dr Katyal is an M.Tech in Stress & Vibration, Machinery & Structures specializing in Wind Turbine Structures, Wind Solar Hybrid Systems and Small Wind Turbine Testing. His area of Interest lies in Wind Resource Assessment, Offshore wind power development, Grid integration, Health condition monitoring, Wind mapping, Wind forecasting, and Research related to wind turbine components & sub-systems.

Mr. Robert J. McCubbing

Counsellor (Commercial) and Senior Trade Commissioner High Commission of Canada to India.

Robert was appointed to his current position as Counsellor (Commercial) and Senior Trade Commissioner in September 2015. He manages Canada’s trade and investment program in North India and is the Deputy Commercial Program Manager with sight over all of India.

Robert joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 2000 and has served abroad in several roles. As Counsellor (ASEAN) in Jakarta, Indonesia from 2012-2015 he coordinated Canada’s institutional engagement with ASEAN and facilitated the establishment of Canada’s mission to ASEAN. He has extensive experience facilitating international trade as Consul and Trade Commissioner in Shanghai, China from 2008-2012, and as Second Secretary (Commercial) in Manila, Philippines from 2003-2006. Robert has also held positions in Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, in sub-Saharan Africa Trade Relations and Investment Trade Policy.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He is fluent in English, French, and Mandarin.