ISGF Team

  • Aashima Chaney | Manager | aashima[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Aashima Chaney as Manager, ISGF works for accelerating the development of Smart Water Distribution and Smart Gas Distribution under the Smart City Mandate of ISGF.

    She is the key resource for the initiatives of Smart Gas and Smart Water which includes capacity building program, stakeholder discussions and conferences and seminars on various topics. Aashima is also working as the Executive Associate to the Chairman, Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) which is a Global Organization. At GSGF she handles complete Communications and Administration.

    Before joining ISGF, Aashima worked with the Office of Adviser to the Prime Minister as a Research Assistant for a period of 5 years. She provided background Research to consultants and Adviser on specific projects as and when needed. She also did data collection and analysis for specific research projects and supported the implementation of various projects.

    She was also associated with the National Knowledge Commission where she was responsible for complete HR, Administration and Communications.

    In terms of academic qualifications, Aashima holds a degree in Arts and has an Executive Diploma from YWCA.

  • Balasubramanyam Karnam | Smart Energy Specialist | bala.k[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Balasubramanyam Karnam is a Smart Energy Specialist at ISGF. His specific interest lies at the convergence of multiple emerging technologies Energy Storage, Smart Grids, Electric Vehicles Blockchain and Cyber Security for power systems. He did Master of Technology in Power Electronics and Drives from VIT University. As part of Master’s thesis he worked on Design of Controller for PV Modules under partial shading conditions.

    Prior to joining ISGF, Balasubramanyam Karnam worked as an Assistant Professor in Annamacharya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Hyderabad. As part of the M. Tech, he did his internship with BHEL Bangalore. He was Awarded Momentum of Merit in Srinivasa Institute of Technology & Science, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, for being Topper in Electrical and Electronics Department in 2013.

  • Bindeshwary Rai | Senior Manager - Programs and Partnerships | b[dot]rai[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Bindeshwary Rai has over 15 years of experience in various domains including Innovations, Policies and Schemes, Information Technology, Education, Media and Public Outreach with stakeholders from Central and State Governments, International Think Tanks, Development Agencies, Non- Profit Organizations and Industry

    She is working with ISGF as Senior Manager - Programs and Partnerships. She is responsible for ISGF initiatives in Smart Grid and Smart Cities domain including research studies and projects, advisory services, training and capacity building programs, advocacy, partnerships and collaborations (national and international). She is also responsible for dissemination of news and updates from the globe in the energy domain through ISGF online platform, India Smart Grid Knowledge Portal (www.indiasmartgrid.org). She works with President, ISGF for all the official discussions and meetings.

    She also heads the technical secretariat at Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF –http://www.globalsmartgridfederation.org), a global stakeholder organization started with national smart grid organizations from fifteen countries and the European Union, committed to create smart and clean electrical systems around the world.

    Bindeshwary worked with Office of Adviser to the Prime Minister in the capacity of a Senior Research Officer for a period of 5 years. At the Office of adviser to PM she has driven various initiatives for the National Innovation Council, NInC, which includes, Tod FodJod Education Initiative, State Innovation Councils, India Innovation Portal. Among the many projects handled at the NInC, she has also lead the team responsible for the development and promotion of official websites and portals and lead the e-office implementation project as part of Public Information Infrastructure Mandate. She was also responsible for organisation of various national and international events as part of the NInC Collaboration with Stakeholders at various levels. These included State Level workshops for various State Innovation Councils constituted by State Governments and Global Innovation Roundtable.

    Prior to joining office of Adviser to Prime Minister, she was associated with the National Knowledge Commission where she was responsible for developing various government portals and public outreach activities.

    She had also worked for Planning Commission (PC) and automated and managed PC - Right to Information management system.

    In terms of academic qualifications, she holds degree in Masters in Business Administration and Master of Computer Application.

  • Gaurav Bhansali | Manager | Gaurav[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Gaurav is working as Manager – Technical Services, with India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF). Being a power sector professional and a clean & renewable energy enthusiast, he is proficient in research, design & execution of Grid Substations, Solar PV and Battery Energy Storage system. He has over 5 years of experience working in a Distribution Licensee and has a strong understanding of Power Distribution Business.

    Prior to joining ISGF, he was Manager - Electrical Engineering, at Gujarat International Finance Tec (GIFT) - City Company Limited, the first operational smart city of India, wherein he played instrumental role in setting up the power trade desk for carrying out activities pertaining to Open Access Power Procurement for GIFT Power Co. Ltd. He was responsible for the techno-commercial analysis and planning of projects involving innovative, next-generation tools and technologies in the area of smart grid, energy storage and solar PV systems, preparation of tender document and work orders, filing MYT petitions, RPO compliance reports, drafting research proposals and renewable energy guidelines etc. Gaurav has done his masters (M.Tech.) in Power Systems from the Malaviya National Institute of Technology wherein he worked on ‘Strategic Optimization of Microgrid’. His research work on microgrid optimization, fuel cells and solar PV systems, is published in reputed journals and conferences like Taylor & Francis, IEEE etc.

  • Parul Shribatham | Research Analyst | parul[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Parul is a Research Analyst at ISGF. Her current research interests are Advance metering Infrastructure (AMI), Communications in Smart Grid Technologies, Energy Storage and Electric Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence in Energy, Smart Metering, Micro grids and Smart grids.

    She has a Post-Graduation Diploma (PGDC) in Smart Grid Technologies from National Power Training Institute (NPTI), Faridabad and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. As part of the PGDC, she did her internships with Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), Gurgaon and Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), Pondicherry. She has also interned with BSES Rajdhani Power Limited, New Delhi. Parul has supported her colleagues in organizing and successfully managing various workshops and events for ISGF.

  • Reena Suri | Executive Director | reena[dot]suri[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Reena Suri, Executive Director with India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) since 2013, brings over 19 years of experience in the Energy Sector. She is responsible for the research projects, advisory services, business development, training and capacity building programs, customer outreach activities, members relations and finances of ISGF. Reena has contributed to the various advisory services, whitepapers and research reports of ISGF such as: Implementation Plan for Electrification of Public Transportation in Kolkata City; Smart Grid Handbook for Regulators and other Stakeholder; Blockchain for Electric Utilities; Energy Storage Roadmap for India; Smart Grid Roadmap for Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd; Development of Roadmap for Implementation of Smart Grid – Concepts, Practices and Technologies in SAARC Region; Study on Infrastructure and Enabling Environment for Road Electric Transport in SAARC Member States; and World Bank EV Project: EV Ecosystem Support for Kolkata.

    Reena is the founder-editor of the Smart Grid Bulletin published by ISGF since January 2014 which has online circulation of over 50,000 senior professionals in 100+ countries. As an outreach specialist, she has been involved in development of the Customer Outreach programs for the utilities implementing the Smart Grid projects in India. The outreach program helps the utilities to educate the project benefits to the customers well in advance of the start of project implementation. Reena is also responsible for designing and delivering training and capacity building programs on various domains of Smart Grids for Policy Makers, Regulators and Utility Officials. Reena is instrumental in making the India Smart Grid Knowledge Portal (www.indiasmartgrid.org), one of the most popular portals on smart grids globally.

    Reena has worked with ISGF Board to conceive, design, develop and the successful delivery of ISGF’s Annual Event, India Smart Utility Week (ISUW, www.isuw.in) since 2015. She is the principal show director of ISUW which in a short span has grown to be the signature event on Smart Grids and Smart Cities around the world.

    Prior to joining ISGF, Reena has worked with various International organisations such as Tetra Tech, Nexant Inc., PA Consulting and Academy for Educational Development (AED). She has worked on energy related projects funded by United States Agency for International Development such as Distribution Reform, Upgrades and Management (DRUM) Project, South Asia Regional Energy Initiative for Energy (SARI/E) and Small Grants Program. Under the DRUM Project, Reena worked with electricity distribution companies in India to help them upgrade their infrastructure to match international benchmarks. Reena has also helped in developing several modules on Smart Grid and been instrumental in conducting Train the Trainer workshops. She was involved in conducting a series of Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) workshops for utilities in India. These workshops enabled her to study the position of Indian utilities on SGMM landscape and their aspirations for future. Reena assisted BESCOM in design of their IT Strategy and Roadmap and Pilot Architecture Design for a Smart Grid Pilot.

  • Ronkini Shome | Senior Manager - Advisory Services and Trainings | ronkini[dot]shome[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Ronkini works as a Senior Manager Advisory Services and Trainings in India Smart Grid Forum for past 5 years. She brings in more than 12 years of overall experience with around 9 years’ experience in Energy/Power sector domain.Ronkini is passionate and empathetic about the magnitude of the critical issues faced in the country and likes to deep dive into understanding these problems and devoting herself to the cause of developmental sector; energy being of the prime sectors of concern. She is an experienced professional with demonstrated abilities in Advisory Services, end to end Training & Capacity Building programs, International Delegation Management, Customer Outreach Activities, stakeholder engagement and member relationship management, business development and liaison with various government bodies.

    Ronkini has successfully strategized and managed 05 Editions of India Smart Utility Week (2015-2019) an annual Conference cum Exhibition on Smart Grids and Smart Cities organized in New Delhi, India and 02 Editions of Distribution Utility Meet (2017 & 2018) a platform for Distribution utilities and think tanks from India and around the world to share their experiences in emerging technologies and best practices.

    She works as a training coordinator and facilitator in ISGF for year-round Training, Workshops & Capacity Building Programs for various stakeholders.In her career she has executed more than 100 training programs, conferences, seminars, summits, workshopsetc.

    She is M.sc in Environment & Ecology and PGDIM in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management

  • Shuvam Sarkar Roy | Smart Energy Specialist | shuvam[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Shuvam Sarkar Roy gives Strategic Consulting to ISGF in the Smart Utility space. Having over a year's experience in energy & utility sector in the fields of policy, regulatory, government advocacy and strategic planning, his main fields of knowledge include Blockchain, Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, Renewables and Smart Grid measures required to define, validate and advise on the technical, policy and regulatory problems encountered in by ensuring a smooth transition to a smarter future.

    Shuvam holds an MBA degree in Power Management from National Power Training Institute (NPTI), Faridabad, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from West Bengal University of Technology, West Bengal.

  • Sneha Singhania | Manager - Digital Communications and Marketing | sneha[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Sneha Singhania, Manager- Digital Communications and Marketing at India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), PPP initiative of Govt. of India since 2015. She holds 7+ years of work experience and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in International Business from Amity University, Noida. she is a Google Certified Digital Marketing Professional. She is also the Assistant Editor of Smart Grid Bulletin published by ISGF every month with circulation of over 50,000 senior professionals in 100+ countries.

    At India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) she is currently in-charge of managing overall Marketing Activities, Digital and Corporate Communications and Media Outreach. She also manages ISGF Social Media Communications, Press Release and Press Conferences, Media Partnerships and Engagement, Traditional and Non-Traditional Media Advertisements and Marketing Collaterals development.

    She plays a pivotal role in managing the marketing and promotion of ISGF’s annual flagship conference and exhibition India Smart Utility Week (Previously known as India Smart Grid Week) which is a signature event for smart grid and smart cities in the world, catering to 2000+ delegates from 50+ countries. She also manages outreach and content of India Smart Grid Knowledge Portal (www.indiasmartgrid.org), one of the most popular portals on smart grids globally and India Smart Utility Week website (www.isuw.in). She contributes in the ISGF Annual Report, Brochure and other marketing materials.

    She has contributed in ISGF Customer Centric Projects such as Smart Grid Consumer Education Program; Development of effective Social Media Tools for an Indian Utility for real-time communication with customers. She has also contributed in a session by ISGF on “Leveraging Social Media by Electric Utilities for Effective Customer Engagement” during 3 months Smart Grid Training program by ISGF. She has also conducted a 3 days training program for an Indian Utility on Social Media Management for Customer Engagement.

    Prior to joining ISGF, sneha has worked with a media agency and she has contributed in annual media planning and release of various clients from industries like government, FMCG, apparel, e-commerce and others. Working with an agency helped her in gaining understanding of customers mindset for different products and services from different industries. She also got deep understanding of various advertising platforms like television, newspaper, radio, cinema, on-ground activations and other non-traditional platforms along with understanding of new era digital and social media promotions.

  • Suddhasatta Kundu | Senior Manager (Technical Advisory) | s[dot]kundu[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Suddhasatta, an Electrical and Electronics Engineer and an MBA in Power Management, is currently working as Senior Manager (Technical Advisory) with India Smart Grid Forum. He has an experience of 8 years and 7 months in energy and utilities domain and has worked with various utilities and funding agencies like World Bank, ADB, NEDO, SAARC Energy Center, Shakti Foundation etc. in various countries across South and South East like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Laos, Indonesia etc. His key area of expertise involves Electric Vehicle, Smart Grid Roadmap, policy and regulations, tariff, PPP framework and risk assessment, energy security and cross border power trading.

    In ISGF he has provided advisory support to various power distribution and transport utilities and bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, on electric vehicle and charging station implementation, rural mobility, energy storage implementation strategy, demand response, smart grid roadmap for utilities etc. and co-authored various white papers and study reports on electric vehicle and smart grid. Prior to ISGF he was associated with PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd., and Indian Energy Exchange Ltd. where he was involved in designing of cross border power trading strategy, hydropower sector development, energy security assessment, policy formulation, power exchange operation etc.

  • Waqar Shaikh | Assistant Manager - Finance and Accounts | waqar[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Making accounting vouchers and entry in accounting software, Reconciliation of Bank and other account, Prepare outstanding repots and flow up payment from debtor, Timely disburse of vender payment according to their priority, Prepare TDS & GST Liability and paid on monthly basis, Prepare Balance Sheets, Profit & Loss A/c Cash Flow statement on yearly, and Quarterly basis according to the requirements, Prepare and Timely filing of TDS, GST & Income Tax return, Prepare Fund Position on daily basis, Prepare Monthly Salary and their compliance, Prepare Invoices, Prepare various financial reports, Liaison with Bank for day to day operation, Liaising with auditor for conduct statutory and internal audit of the company, FCRA compliance budgeting for various project

  • Yashika | Assistant Manager - Communications | yashika[at]indiasmartgrid[dot]org

    Yashika joined ISGF in Feb 2016 as an Executive – Business Services. She is responsible for supporting and handling the participation of Power Utilities in the various Workshops and Training Programs of ISGF including its annual International Conference and Exhibition on Smart Grids and Smart Cities - India Smart Grid Week. Yashika has seven years of experience in business development in the corporate sector and has now worked for more than one year in Power sector with ISGF. Yashika has supported her colleagues in organizing and successfully managing various workshops and events for ISGF. One of her prime responsibilities include managing the ISGF database of officials working in various domains of Smart Grid around the world.

    She is Bachelors in Arts from Delhi University.

Smart Grid Bulletin October 2019


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