Founder and CEO

Manik is associated with the Initiatives for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) at Johns Hopkins University as an Associate Expert. He is the founder and CEO of G.R.I.D. (Grassroots and Rural Innovative Development) Pvt. Ltd. providing low cost distributed energy and water solutions to rural areas.

He was awarded by prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship in the United States in 2016, REX fellowship in 2015 and was recognized as the WWF (UK) Global Green Game Changer in 2013. He co-authored ‘Global Status report on Renewable 2015 – REN 21, Paris (Energy Access)’ and has been associated with United Nations, International Finance Corporation, World Bank, Ministries of Power and Renewable Energy in India, Asian Development Bank, Alliance for Rural Electrification and ISEA as a Consultant, Speaker and Trainer. He also started and executed ‘Eradication of Darkness’ campaign with Ministry of Power India and International Finance Corporation.

He has created various pilots across the country in different models and his recent state-of-the-art pilot of Solar Micro grids based RO-UV filtration system can provide the cheapest clean drinking water at the cost of 0.04 USD for 20 liters.

A twice decorated military veteran from the Indian Army, he is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Pune and MDI, Gurgaon (India).

Siddhartha Kashyap
Director- Business Development

Siddhartha is an award winning investigative journalist, and has around 17 years of experience in the communications industry. In all these years, he has worked as a journalist and as a public affairs specialist, primarily on public health issues and the not-for-profit sector. He has experience working within national and state politics, the government, think tanks, public interest groups in the field of corporate public policy, familiarity with policy environments that surround them, and an understanding of how to work with key stakeholders and influencer groups to promote evidence based decision-making. His role involves strategic planning – contributing to the development of long-term plans, while creating and executing short term plans to achieve goals in coordination with program and advocacy.

Anurag Jadli
Manager- Social Impact

Anurag is a communication professional with seven years of experience in the field of journalism and communications. His maiden experience as a Correspondent with Midday, a national tabloid had inspired his enthusiasm for the field of journalism and communications. While associated with the mainstream newspaper, he acquired in depth understanding of the education, crime, entertainment and transport sectors in India. He further developed his skill sets by working as a Senior Correspondent at a national daily covering news from the Intelligence Bureau (India) in the national security and crime sectors. After working in the media sector for over four years, he worked in a social development sectors in the field of communications. He has significant prior experience in handling various marketing campaigns such as social media campaign, corporate events, digital marketing campaign, public relation campaigns and have been involved in the process of ideation, budgeting and execution of these campaigns.

Dhriti Pande
Manager- Innovative Solutions

Dhriti is an expert in designing, analysing and implementing various innovative solar projects in micro-grids for rural areas. She has been associated with the premier Solar Energy Institution of the country - the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). She earned accolades during her tenure at Indosolar - a solar cell manufacturing company, Greater Noida, for her project initiatives. Besides the deep understanding of solar energy inputs in urban areas, she has done extensive feasibility projects in solar energy in areas of Badi-Sid, Distt. Bikaner, Rajasthan. She also has rich field-experience in energy development & utilisation at DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation), as per their evolving requirements. Dhriti holds an M. Tech degree in Renewable Energy Engineering & Management with distinction, from the TERI University -- a top-ranked Institution of India in the field of Renewable Energies. In addition to the academic and professional acumen, Dhriti has to her credit publications in the field of Renewable Energy. Her Paper on "Effect of Partial Shading on Characteristics of PV Panel using Simscape" was appreciably recognized and published in the International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications.

Varun K. Duggal
Advisory Innovation

Varun is an Electrical Engineering student, pursuing his degree at Georgia Institute of Technology. As an engineer aspiring to positively impact the field of rural electrification Varun has been involved with designing and implementing various solar home systems and microgrids for remote areas. He is currently heading the design team for the IEEE PES Haiti Microgrid project, and is involved with the design of a novel solar home system at the Center for Distributed energy at Georgia Institute of Technology. He also has previous experience with industrial energy efficiency research at the Bosch Energy Research Network, and solar EPC work at Sterling and Wilson. He has also held the position of Electrical team lead for the Georgia Tech Solar Home team, and is a member of the HKN Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society.

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