People at SELCO

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

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

Energy Access, Clean Energy & Sustainability Senior Executive, immediately prior to joining the United Nations Foundation, Richenda Van Leeuwen worked as Senior Advisor to Good Energies. She focused in particular on the nexus between renewable energy investments and poverty alleviation. As a Senior Advisor to the Argidius Foundation, a COFRA foundation, she was responsible for overseeing the strategic re-structuring of the foundation and its portfolio of projects in international development and sustainable employment creation in West Africa, Central America and Eastern Europe. As Executive Director of the Trickle Up Program in New York from 2001-2005, she oversaw the strategic turnaround and restructuring of this 25-year old international micro enterprise development organization. Richenda Van Leeuwen oversaw programs in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa, the Americas and the U.S., including a highly acclaimed pre-microfinance initiative in Timbuktu, Mali.

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Christine Eibs Singer

Strategic Advisor for Energy Access Partnerships, is responsible for the vision and strategy behind E+Co's mission to create modern energy enterprises that alleviate poverty and protect the planet. She has over 20 years of experience in successfully implementing public-private partnerships and regularly shares knowledge and best practices with other thought leaders in this space. In 2007, she received the Woman of Inspiration Award from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Christine has presented at the 2008 Skoll World Forum, Washington International Renewable Energy Conference, the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative University, and the PRI Makers Conference. She serves on the steering committee and is a founding member of the Aspen Institute's “Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs” (ANDE).

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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.