People at SELCO

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SELCO has over 500+ passionate and talented individuals lead by Chief Executive Officer- Mohan Bhaskar Hegde, General Manager- Jagdish Pai, Assistant General Managers- Guruprakash, Prasanna Hegde, Sudipta Ghosh.

SELCO is also guided by experienced energy access advisors- Mrs. Revathi, K.S Hegde and Mr. Dixit.

Our Board

The board of SELCO is lead by Harish Hande, Chairman, SELCO India.

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Harish Hande

Chairman, SELCO-India, which he co-founded with Neville Williams in 1995. Dr. Hande earned his Doctorate in energy engineering (solar specialty) at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell). He has an undergraduate degree in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. Dr. Hande serves on the boards of many organizations, both national and international.

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Richenda Van Leeuwen

Richenda is the Managing Director for Emerging Clean Economies at the Rocky Mountain Institute. She joined the Institute in May 2019 from the non-profit Global LPG Partnership where she had served as Chair, International Institutions since 2016, working with African governments and other partners on residential energy solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has also served for the last three years as a member of the World Bank's Energy Program's (ESMAP) Technical Advisory Group (TAG), providing strategic oversight of their $135 million energy portfolio.

From 2010-2016 she founded and led Energy Access at the United Nations Foundation including its engagement with the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. Richenda has more than 25 years of executive management experience and previously worked in private equity and as an impact investor on a range of emerging markets renewable energy solutions. She served as a founding board member of the Good Energies Foundation which supports a range of energy access solutions in East Africa, South Asia and, at that time, in Central America. She also served as CEO of international women's micro-entrepreneurship NGO, Trickle Up, for nearly five years.

Richenda is currently a board director of SELCO India and Energy 4 Impact and since 2010 has served as a founding U.S. Women's "Clean Energy Ambassador" within the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative.

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Christine Eibs Singer

Christine Eibs Singer is a champion of accelerated energy access to the unserved across Africa, Asia and Latin America, serving as Senior Advisor to Sustainable Energy for All. Christine is also a Technical Advisor to the Kenyan Ministry of Energy for the innovative Kenyan Off-Grid Solar Access Program (KOSAP) and a Senior Associate with Catalyst Off-Grid Advisors. She was on the founding team of Power for All and, in 1994, co-founded E+Co, a pioneer in energy enterprise development and blended capital investment. In addition to serving as a Director of SELCO India, Christine is on the Board of REEEP and the Advisory Committee of the Global Distributors Collective Advisory. Ms. Singer spent 10 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, concentrating on the development of public-private partnerships. Ms. Singer’s recognitions include the 2007 Woman of Inspiration Award from Fairleigh Dickinson University, the 2011 Keystone Leadership Award for the Environment and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from New Jersey City University. Ms. Singer is a Trustee of Park United Methodist Church, an Ambassador Emeritus of the C3E Women in Energy Initiative, an Ashden Award International Judge and an Independent Member of GOGLA.

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Thomas Pullenkav

Thomas Pullenkav has more than 24 years of experience in the domains of clean energy access, sustainable development and energy poverty. His expertise lies in the off-grid energy sector, with extensive ground level experience in deploying last mile energy solutions for the poor. Thomas is currently serving as the director of SELCO Solar Private Limited a social enterprise that provides energy solutions to under- served households and businesses and is a senior advisor at SELCO Foundation - the not-for- profit arm of the SELCO group of organisations. He also works as an independent consultant providing advisory support to organizations in the sustainable energy and low carbon development sectors.Thomas was one of the founding member of the team that started SELCO Solar Light Private Limited and he served the organisation in various capacities for more than 13 years. Prior to this, he worked with TATA BP Solar India Limited (now TATA Power Solar Systems Ltd.) and the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).Thomas is an alumnus of the prestigious Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). Thomas has been involved in the incubation of social enterprises in his capacity as Team Leader of the Villgro Innovation Foundation’s Energy Entrepreneurship Incubation Initiative and more recently as Advisor of the SELCO Incubation programme.

Our Investors

SELCO's three investors are all non-profits committed to impact first investment philosophies. Together, in partnership with SELCO, they have helped strengthen our social impact and financial sustainability in deploying last mile energy services for underserved populations in India and the world.

Our Partners

A cornerstone of SELCO’s success has been in its careful choice of partners who are aligned with our values of uplifting the lives of the poor as asset owners v/s merely consumers and long term sustainability. Collaboration is key to addressing development issues as we do not claim to have all the answers and leverage on our partners for their experience and resources. We are committed to engaging local partners who either have a good knowledge of ground realities and/or located close to the community themselves. Several of our partners include community organizations, government, CSR, financial institutions, investors, training organizations, outreach channels, content developers, technical developers and finally the poor themselves.