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Programme team

Programme team

Powering Livelihoods, a CEEW-Villgro initiative, aims to boost India’s rural economy by scaling up the penetration of clean energy, powered appliances for livelihoods. Over three years, the initiative will support at least five enterprises to undertake large-scale commercial deployment of their solutions and use the generated evidence to catalyse the sector.

Programme team

Abhishek Jain

Abhishek built and leads The Council’s practice on Energy Access, where, along with his team, he focuses on provision of modern forms of energy for all, especially the deprived. He leads CEEW’s flagship research effort, ACCESS survey. He holds an MPhil in Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Roorkee.

Abhishek Jain

Council on Energy, Environment and Water

Senior Programme Lead - Energy Access

Sasmita Patnaik

At The Council, Sasmita works on access to energy for cooking and livelihoods, with a focus on gender and social inclusion. Sasmita holds an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a postgraduate diploma in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB).

Sasmita Patnaik

Council on Energy, Environment and Water

Programme Lead - Energy Access

Ananth Aravamudan

Ananth’s career spans over two decades in technology development, product R&D and more recently, deployments of technology-driven social impact programs. He was responsible for the creation of SELCO Foundation which looked into the use of renewable energy and sustainable technologies. Ananth has an Engineering degree from Bangalore University and was a fellow with Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Ananth Aravamudan

Villgro

Senior Advisor & Practice Lead – Energy

Gowtham Sundara Raju

Gowtham has worked with the founding team of Teach For India, Bengaluru as Alumni Impact and Fundraising Associate. He was also a Teach For India Fellow at an Affordable Private School in Hyderabad and has also been with Infosys as a Systems Engineer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore.

Gowtham Sundara Raju

Villgro

Consultant- Renewable Energy Practice

Shaily Jha

Shaily works on access to clean cooking energy and livelihoods with a focus on gender and social inclusion. Her research interests lie in understanding how deeply rooted social structures like caste, class, gender, tribe, religion and location play a critical role in determining access to energy. Shaily holds a postgraduate degree in Disaster Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and an undergraduate degree in Geography from Miranda House, University of Delhi.

Shaily Jha

Council on Energy, Environment and Water

Research Analyst - Energy Access

Shankha Lahiri

Shankha's includes project management and operations of renewable energy projects. He has been deeply involved in business development and market linkage for micro-enterprises operating in rural India. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from W.B.U.T and a Masters degree in Energy Management from I.I.S.W.B.M, Calcutta University.

Shankha Lahiri

Villgro

Analyst – Renewable Energy

Wase Khalid

An economist-turned-development professional, Wase’s work at The Council focuses on energy access and rural livelihoods. He is engaged in programmes supporting commercialisation of clean energy innovations for livelihoods. Wase holds a Masters in Social Work with specialisation in Livelihood and Social Entrepreneurship from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia,Delhi.

Wase Khalid

Council on Energy, Environment and Water

Research Analyst - Energy Access

Shruti Jindal

Shruti’s work at The Council involves access to energy for rural livelihoods. She is passionate about creating sustainable livelihoods. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Management from the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow and B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.

Shruti Jindal

Council on Energy, Environment and Water

Programme Associate - Energy Access

Jenaan Lilani

 

Jenaan is a development professional with over a decade's experience in strengthening small to medium-sized NGOs, CSR advisory, and women's health. At Villgro, she looks after operations and leads the organisation's Diversity & Inclusion efforts. She holds an M.A. in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK.  

 

Jenaan Lilani

Villgro

Senior Manager – Investee Success & Strategic Development

 Anubha Sharma 

 Anubha supports social entrepreneurs at Villgro in building gender-inclusive business strategies across their value chains. She is a development professional with prior experience of promoting entrepreneurship in rural areas at Kudumbashree – National Resource Organisation. She also serves as a board member of Vitamin Angels, India. She holds a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and is an alumnus of Initiatives of change (IofC), Switzerland. 

Anubha Sharma 

Villgro

Senior Analyst - Gender Inclusion

Pratim Raha

Pratim has almost six years of experience in the development sector in the energy access space. His key areas of interest include the intersection of innovation, energy & entrepreneurship.  Prior to this, at SELCO Foundation, he was involved in R&D of decentralised renewable energy-based technology and business models. Pratim is an Engineer by training. He holds a Masters degree in Public Systems Management with Energy specialisation from Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management (IISWBM), Kolkata.

Pratim Raha

Villgro

Senior Analyst - Energy Practice