Board Members

V. Subramanian, IAS (Retd), Secretary General, Indian Wind Energy Association

Shri. V. Subramanian retired from the Indian Administrative Service from the post of Secretary to the Government in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. He has a rich and varied experience in Finance, Aviation, Tourism, Power and Labour. Subramanian advices and mentors the Renewable Energy and Energy Access Programmes of Vasudha Foundation.

Smitha Kamath, Expert, Sustainable Development

A wildlife & environment enthusiast and a staunch believer in Sustainable development being critical for us to retain ecological balance for the health and equitable well being of our  and future generations from whom we have borrowed this ecosystem.

She has been on the senior management team of Global Environmental NGO managing organization development.

Studying Environmental law fuelled her passion for exploring structured solutions to integrate Ecological Intelligence with sustainability strategies. After 16 years post engineering career with IT industry driving business transformation initiatives she set up the ‘sustainability solutions’ practice to ICT (information communication & technology) to enable sustainability strategies to effectively minimise ecological footprint of customer organizations.

Smitha has been involved into two key areas:

ICT enabling corporate sustainability program through energy efficiency engineering solutions, Product Governance  and Compliance with Lifecycle management tools, business intelligence and predictive analytics to manage the sustainability goals.

E-governance projects / Public private partnerships – to enable sustainable development of region.

She is currently engaged in exploring sustainable development approach for the developing economies around equitable access to resources and accounting for ecosystem and biodiversity. She advices Vasudha Foundation on precisely these areas and also drives some of the Foundations work.

Nidhi Pundhir, Expert, Child Rights

Nidhi Pundhir brings over 15 years of experience and expertise in the area of “Child Rights”, ranging from strategic program development, program management and advocacy, research and networking. She has been associated with a wide range of Internationally renowned organisations that work on “Child Rights” amongst others such as Save the Children, UK, SOS Children’s Villages International Continental Office for Asia and is currently associated as International Program Advisor, Plan-International, UK.

Nidhi has a Masters in Hospital and Health Management from the Indian Institute for Health Management and Research, Jaipur and an M.Phil in Hospital and Health Systems Management from the Birla Institute for Technological Sciences, Pilani.

Her role as a Board Member of Vasudha Foundation is to advise us on developing programmes on Energy and Climate Change which is Children sensitive. She also plays a proactive role in helping us evolve overall Governance Structure for the young Foundation.

Sanjay Vashist, Director CANSA

Sanjay Vashist is currently the Director of Climate Action Network in South Asia (CANSA) and board co-chair of Climate Action Network International (CANI). Prior to this, he worked with TERI as Climate Change expert. He also worked as
International Coordinator for Climate Action Network International (CANI) in Bonn, Germany coordinating the activities of ENGOs network also acting as focal point for ENGOs constituency of observers under UNFCCC.
Academically he is a ‘Forester’ with Graduation and Post Graduation in Forestry from India. He completed his Master in Agro Forestry from Gujarat Agriculture University and Graduation in Forestry from Konkan Krishi Vidhyapeeth,

Raman Mehta, (Ex-officio – Programme Director)

Raman Mehta has worked on different facets of sustainable development, climate change and natural resources management during his career.  He currently focusses on issues relating to equity in the context of climate change, integration of climate change concerns into development strategies, plans and programmes in India, and how to overcome barriers in accelerating the deployment of renewable energy sources in the country.  In the past, he has worked in the Indian Institute of Public Administration, World Wide Fund for Nature – India, ActionAid – India and the British High Commission/Department for International Development.  He has been involved in several research efforts and has a long list of reports and publications to his credit.

R K Prabhavathy, Founder Trustee

Prabha has a masters degree in mathematics and is currently working as a banker.  She is associated with Vasudha Foundation as a Founding Trustee Member and also advises the organisation on financial and banking matters.

Srinivas Krishnaswamy, Founder Trustee and CEO

Srinivas Krishnaswamy, an economist by training, has over a decade of experience working on the issues of economic reforms, sustainable development and the environment.He set up Vasudha Foundation in January 2010, with an aim to promote environment -friendly, socially just and sustainable models of development by focusing on alternative technologies and lifestyle solutions. The foundation is currently working on a wide range of projects around renewable energy, energy efficiency and policy related campaigns, and lobbies both at the national and international level, while promoting green and alternative technologies at the grassroots level creating the crucial link between energy and poverty alleviationIn a short span of four years, Srinivas helped steer Vasudha Foundation in implementing a wide range of projects that include facilitating a few states in the preparation of their State Climate Action Plans, preparing a detailed institutional strengthening plan for the nodal agency implementing the State Climate Action Plan of Madhya Pradesh, which has been accepted by the Madhya Pradesh Government and is being implemented.

Srinivas also led the Vasudha team in the preparation of detailed energy plans for the districts of Moradabad, UP and Mandla, Madhya Pradesh. The district energy plans also include a detailed economic viability plan and also an implementation plan, that focuses on making these districts self sufficient in meeting their energy needs with the entire districts electricity supply coming from clean and renewable energy.


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