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  • Shashi Buluswar

    Shashi Buluswar

    CEO View profile

    Shashi is the CEO of the Institute for Transformative Technologies and the founder of the LIGTT Institute at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He is the lead author of the recently released groundbreaking study to identify the “The 50 most critical scientific & technological breakthroughs required for sustainable global development”.

    Prior to creating ITT and LIGTT, Shashi was a Partner at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a mission-driven strategy consulting firm which serves a broad spectrum of clients in international development such as NGOs, corporations, foundations, governments, social entrepreneurs, and international agencies like the UN. At Dalberg, Shashi helped the UN Peacekeeping Department in restructuring its global operations, the Gates Foundation on several large-scale agricultural development programs in Africa and Asia, the US government’s efforts in post-conflict development in Afghanistan, several multinational corporations in their social responsibility agendas, and dozens of NGOs in fighting for human rights, health, education, and economic empowerment. Before joining Dalberg, he was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, and a Visiting Professor at Northwestern University.

    He teaches international development at the University of California at Berkeley, and his course has been recently launched as an “MOOC”.

    Beyond his professional interests, Shashi spent a decade competing on the Indian national rowing team,and recently made a critically acclaimed documentary film about the India-Pakistan conflict.

    Shashi holds an MS and PhD from the University of Massachusetts in Artificial Intelligence, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He pursued his undergraduate degree from Goshen College.

    Shashi was born and raised in India.

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  • Hasna Khan

    Hasna Khan

    Access to Electricity View profile

    Hasna is one of the world’s leading experts in solar electrification for low-income communities, and leads ITT’s work on the topic. Before joining ITT, she was the CEO of Prokaushali Sangsad Limited, a Bangladesh-based NGO that has been one of the country’s leading organizations in enabling access to electricity.

    Hasna has more than 25 years of professional engineering and teaching experience in the energy sector. Following a teaching career in University of Maryland, and research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, since 1996 she has contributed to many pioneering works for the renewable energy sector of Bangladesh. Her most notable work includes design and development of the Bangladesh national Solar Home System (SHS) micro-finance program for the World Bank including a market assessment and feasibility study, and micro-enterprise development for women in renewable energy technology applications. More recently, her work in building Bangladesh’s first solar mini-grid system has laid the foundation for a broad-based understanding of usage patterns, business model innovations, and the various challenges associated with rural mini-grids.

    A member of the renewable energy G8 task force, Hasna has worked with leading authorities in the energy space, helped analyze the international energy scenario, and contributed significantly to several development programs. Currently, she is helping develop an educational program for creating technically qualified workforce for the renewable energy sector. She has also served as the President of Energy Systems, a US based energy consulting firm.

    Hasna holds an MS and PhD in Nuclear Engineering from University of Washington, and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from BUET in Bangladesh.

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    Roger Sathre

    Chief Scientist View profile

    As Chief Scientist at ITT, Roger is responsible for ensuring the scientific rigor of the Institute’s pipeline of innovative technologies to reduce global poverty. He also leads research on strategic interventions in the fields of sanitation, agriculture and water security, to enable long-term well-being of human society. He is an author of the 50 Breakthroughs report that identifies critical scientific and technological advances needed for global development (50breakthroughs.org).

    Roger’s professional experience spans from scientific research in laboratory and field sites, to emergency humanitarian relief in refugee camps.

    He is a Guest Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, USA. Formerly a research scientist at LBNL, he led prospective life-cycle system analysis of the environmental, energy and economic implications of eventual large-scale deployment of emerging technologies.

    Roger is also Adjunct Professor at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden. As part of the Sustainable Built Environment research group, he compares alternate development pathways for energy systems, forest management and the built environment.

    He worked for over a decade managing refugee relief activities in African countries including Angola, Mozambique and Sudan, where he was responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of emergency humanitarian efforts.

    Roger’s educational background includes PhD in Environmental Science from Mid Sweden University, MSc in Forestry from University of Idaho, and BSc in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University.

    He has travelled widely, and currently lives in Berkeley with his family.

    A list of Roger’s publications can be found here.

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    Sanjay Khazanchi

    Access to Electricity View profile

    As Vice President at the Institute for Transformative Technologies, Sanjay brings in a decade of experience in the space of renewable energy and off-grid rural electrification. He has in-depth knowledge of renewable energy technologies, and has developed strong partnerships with various players in this space.

    Since the last few years, he has been providing consulting services to The Rockefeller Foundation’s ‘Smart Power’ rural electrification program in India. He coordinated and led this multi-partner program from its inception in 2009-10 till the program set up its Indian entity in 2015. Under his leadership, the program implemented a 30-village electrification project in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Under the same program, he recently concluded a scoping study for the Myanmar off-grid electrification market.

    Prior to The Rockefeller Foundation, Sanjay worked for more than two decades in the corporate sector, mainly in the energy, power products and automotive industries. He has been the Executive Vice President with ACME Energy (Micro Turbine Division), CEO of Imergy Power Systems (US-based flow-battery company), President and CEO of Birla Power (power products company), and Regional Director (South Asia & Middle East) for Corning Incorporated.

    Sanjay holds an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar. He is an avid golfer, likes to travel, and loves listening to music. He lives in Gurgaon, India.

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    Noha El-Ghobashy

    Strategic Advisor View profile

    Noha is responsible for ITT’s strategy to amplify the technology-for-development ecosystem by partnering with key stakeholders to develop and scale breakthrough technologies that address global poverty. As a strategic adviser on technology and social impact, her role also includes shaping the thought-leadership and innovation strategies for ITT’s overall portfolio.

    Prior to ITT, Noha served as founder and president of Engineering for Change, a global alliance of 15 organizations and 1 million+ individuals dedicated to promoting sustainable and accessible technology-based solutions for underserved communities worldwide. She also served as Executive Director of the ASME Foundation in New York City, focusing on K-16 STEM education, social innovation and sustainable design.

    Noha earned her BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Columbia University, and has two U.S. patents related to broadband equipment design. She served as Adjunct Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and is a member of the External Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Mechanical Engineering Department. In 2013, she received the American Association of Engineering Societies’ Kenneth Andrew Roe Award and, most recently, was named one of New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence.

    Noha was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in New York, where she’s currently based.

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    Karen Pak Oppenheimer

    Strategic Advisor View profile

    As a strategic advisor at the Institute for Transformative Technologies, Karen will focus on building ITT’s wide-ranging portfolio, and help implement its healthcare delivery model in developing regions.

    Karen has worked as a thought partner for global impact organizations, and has expertise in business development, and implementation of technology-enabled healthcare delivery services.

    She is an experienced healthcare entrepreneur, who spent nearly a decade at the World Health Partners, a global non-profit that uses technology and market-based approaches to bring healthcare within walkable distance in India and East Africa.

    Prior to joining WHP, she served in multiple roles at public as well as private sector organizations, including the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oracle Corporation, and the United Nations Population Fund in China.

    Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science in biotechnology from Northwestern University, and Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

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    Nupur Kapoor

    India Lead View profile

    Nupur leads strategy and focuses on identifying a pipeline of innovative technologies and developing feasible and scalable business models for commercialization in India and other geographies of focus.

    Prior to ITT, Nupur was a Project Manager at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a strategy consulting firm. During her time at Dalberg, Nupur engaged in over 50 projects with leading clients in the international development space. Her projects involved market assessment, long-term strategy development, and performance evaluation, across education, health, inclusive business, access to energy, gender and community development. In addition to this, Nupur has designed and led several management-level client workshops for a selection of early and medium stage social enterprises. Outside of projects, Nupur served as the lead for Business Development and Strategic Initiatives for Dalberg Asia in 2015.

    Nupur has also spent some time in the private sector with Glocal Healthcare, an emerging rural hospital chain in West Bengal, India. She represented Glocal Healthcare’s technology product portfolio with special focus on a medical diagnostic software solutions for doctors and health workers in rural settings.

    Nupur holds a BA in Economics and Statistics from St. Xavier’s College, along with a completed honors program in applied statistics, Mumbai and an MSc in Economics from Warwick Business School, UK.

    In her personal time, Nupur enjoys yoga, all things organic, gastronomic adventures, cooking for family and friends and collecting art and artefacts through her world travels. She lives in Mumbai.

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    Sam Thenya

    Healthcare View profile

    Dr. Sam Thenya is the Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of The Nairobi Women’s Hospital (NWH), Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC) and The Nairobi Women’s Hospital College (NWH College). He also leads ITT’s Universal Clinics Project in Kenya and East Africa.

    The Nairobi Women’s Hospital is the largest private for profit hospital in East and Central Africa with a 273 bed capacity. GVRC is the charitable trust of NWH and offers free medical and psychosocial treatment to survivors of Gender Based Violence. NWH College delivers competent graduates for the Health Sector.

    Dr. Thenya holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBchB) and Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of Nairobi, Executive Master of Science in Organizational Development (EMOD) from United States of International University (USIU). Most recently he completed an Executive Programme on the Role of Public Policy in Private Sector Development at the Strathmore Business School.

    Dr. Thenya serves on ITT’s Board of Directors.

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    Ruth Njuguna

    Healthcare View profile

    Ruth is the founder and CEO of TopCare Clinics in Kenya, a small chain of private clinics dedicated to providing quality healthcare to low-income women and children. Ruth will lead clinical trials and operations for ITT’s Universal Clinics Project, in Kenya.

    Ruth started her career as a nurse in January 2000, and has deep first-hand experience in mother, newborn, and child health. Having seen the immense need for basic quality healthcare among low-income communities, she went on to set up TopCare Clinic in 2009. The clinic today serves approximately 15,000 people annually and is well known for affordable care and high quality.

    Ruth holds a diploma in community health nursing and midwifery, HIV – AIDS care, counseling, reproductive healthcare and various short courses related to health management. She is currently also pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce (Entrepreneurship option), with the aim to expand her healthcare business.

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  • Jason Asuncion

    Jason Asuncion

    Director of Operations View profile

    Jason comes to the Institute of Transformative Technologies with over 12 years experience in defining and leading internal operating processes across finance, HR, IT and procurement functions.

    Prior to ITT, Jason was a founding member of Dalberg Global Development Advisors, an international development strategy consultancy. He supported the growth of the firm from 4 to over 300 employees and from 2 to 14 office locations around the world.

    In his latest role, he held primary responsibility for quality control of global accounting and financial operations, for financial reports and analyses, and for global financial administration. He worked with the leadership team and with regional finance staff across all Dalberg offices around the world. Early in Dalberg’s growth, Jason was responsible for defining and executing internal processes for recruitment, benefits administration, payroll, expense reimbursement, procurement, IT support, and knowledge management. Before Dalberg, Jason worked for the United Nations Development Programme.

    Jason was born in the Philippines and now lives in San Francisco with his wife and one year old son, and their two dogs. He enjoys motorcycling, basketball and road trips along the California coast.

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    Sharad Tiwari

    Access to Electricity View profile

    Sharad is working with the Institute for Transformative Technologies’ rural electrification team in New Delhi to develop products and services. He has over fifteen years of experience in developing, consulting and managing projects in the development and corporate sectors. Since the last eight years he has focused on the application of renewable energy technologies for mini-grids and utility-scale solar facilities in the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

    Prior to ITT, he worked with Development Alternatives, Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), and Gamesa Renewables in the space of renewable energy projects, powering both mini-grids and main grids.

    Sharad has played a critical role in the design, execution, and management of Rockefeller Foundation’s thirty-village electrification projects–the Smart Power for Rural Development (SPRD), and the Smart Power for Environmentally Sound Economic Development (SPEED). He also played a pivotal role in the execution of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s project ‘Village Electrification through Sustainable use of Renewable Energy’ (VE-SuRE) in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. For the SPRD projects, he helped develop and test various models for rural electrification, load management, and revenue collection systems.

    Sharad holds a Bachelor of Science in electronics and an MBA from the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Maharashtra. He enjoys travelling, especially exploring national parks and wildlife reserves. He likes listening to music, and watching sports. He is fluent in Hindi, English and Marathi.

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    Aarsh Pande

    Access to Electricity and Healthcare | Product Development View profile

    Aarsh comes to the Institute for Transformative Technologies with experience in building digital products and businesses. Before ITT, he ran a venture aimed at solving Delhi’s parking and street congestion woes via a mobile application. It involved working with the Delhi government and parking operators across the city.

    Before dabbling with his own start-up, Aarsh worked with operations, product and business teams at Housing.com. During his stint there, he led a team of analysts to launch the first home loans platform across all property portals in India, set up operations to enable property listings on web products, and launched a new revenue strategy for business partners.

    Aarsh holds a Bachelors Degree in Ocean Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. At IIT, he held leadership positions at the Entrepreneurship Cell, and was an avid debater in literary clubs.

    In his spare time, he enjoys water sports, dance and trekking.

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    Rahul Aluri

    Access to Healthcare | Product Development View profile

    Rahul works with the Product team for the Institute for Transformative Technologies. Before joining ITT, Rahul worked with Delhivery—the biggest Indian E-­Commerce logistics provider—managing its country operations across geographically distributed teams. He played a crucial role in revamping the supply chain, focusing on improvising last mile delivery and automation of sorting facilities, resulting in better Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with clients. He also designed and implemented products to enable fast and accurate movement of packages between facilities.

    Before Delhivery, Rahul worked with ITC Ltd in its Tobacco Division (ITD) and Printing & Packaging Division, where he was involved in projects related to energy modeling and optimizing machine efficiency. While at ITC he developed an energy-­‐efficient model for the tobacco unit.

    Rahul has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Kharagpur. At IIT, Rahul played an active role in bringing together a group of product enthusiasts to launch Prodex, a platform focused on product design and hardware modeling.

    He enjoys traveling, is an amateur photographer, and contributes actively to several photo-blogs.

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    Pranav Sridhar

    Sanitation View profile

    At the Institute for Transformative Technologies, Pranav supports product and business development for vermifiltration toilets in India.

    Before joining ITT, he was working on a project led by the University of California, Berkeley, that aimed to develop and implement hygiene curriculum in low-income schools in India. His responsibilities included leading field visits, collaborating with the Indian government’s flagship program of universalizing elementary education, and piloting interventions on sanitation in the south Indian city of Chennai. He has also worked on other education-focused projects at the Indian Institute of Technology (Chennai), the Duke University’s Talent Identification Program, Pratham NGO in Mumbai, and VidyaGyan initiative near New Delhi.

    Pranav holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications engineering from Shiv Nadar University in Uttar Pradesh. During his undergraduate years, he also spent a semester in Kunshan, China, where he took classes in areas ranging from evolutionary anthropology to global health. He also holds a master’s degree in management studies from the Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in North Carolina.

    In his free time, Pranav likes rowing, playing tennis, and drinking steaming cups of tea.

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    Sai Madhavi

    Access to Electricity | Product Development View profile

    As an Associate at the Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT), Madhavi is focusing on engineering and operations of advanced technologies in groundwater extraction for the product team. She is interested in researching and improvising effective groundwater management technologies, which can help solve the water security crisis in South Asia.

    Prior to joining ITT, Madhavi worked as senior engineer in Baker Hughes, an oil and gas services company, where she was responsible for managing and executing advanced technology services in onshore and offshore environments. At Bosch India, an engineering and technology solutions company, she worked on improving manufacturing of power tools through quality control techniques such as root cause analysis by six sigma methodology, and optimising machine delivery and efficiency.

    She has a dual degree (B. Tech and M. Tech) in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur (West Bengal state). At IIT, she was also part of various sports and adventure clubs, and represented the institute at the national level in lawn tennis.

    In her spare time, she enjoys board games and swimming. She prefers trekking over shopping, and dreams of backpacking through the world.

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    Sanchita Anilrao Bamnote

    Healthcare View profile

    Sanchita supports strategy for commercialization of high-impact technologies in sanitation and healthcare that could potentially transform lives in India. Prior to joining ITT, Sanchita worked for Johnson & Johnson, Western Union and NITCO India. She was part of diverse projects, ranging from supply chain, production, strategy to business analytics.

    Sanchita has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. She also worked as a manager and advisor to the institute’s Entrepreneurship Cell, one of India’s leading entrepreneurship promoting organizations, and spearheaded significant initiatives such as the PAN-India Entrepreneurship Awareness Drive and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. At IIT, she was also responsible for the recruitment of more than 1500 students, where she contributed to critical processes like onboarding recruiters, resolving on-ground logistical issues, and delivering company requirements.

    During her free time, she likes to read, and watch TV shows.

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    Muriel Claris Anchan

    Operations View profile

    Muriel provides administrative, operational and human resource support for the staff of the Institute for Transformative Technologies. Prior to her current job, she worked at NDTV as a Senior Administrative Officer for more than a decade. At NDTV, she managed administration, infrastructure and facilities, and procurement.

    Muriel holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (Human Resources), and an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from Welingkar’s Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai.

    In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching movies, and listening to music with a cup of strong coffee.

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    Madhvi Aggarwal

    Sanitation View profile

    Madhvi works with the strategy team at the Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT) in Mumbai, with a focus on implementing scaleable solutions in the sanitation space.

    Previously, Madhvi worked as Brand Specialist at Amazon.com in Seattle, where she managed vendor accounts, with end-to-end ownership over strategic, operational and marketing initiatives for the Canadian market.

    Before Amazon, Madhvi interned at Kiva.org, a microfinance non-profit based in San Francisco. She spearheaded an incentive program for external stakeholders catering to Kenya, and helped increase loan repayment rates by managing outreach and engagement initiatives for borrowers.

    Madhvi holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a minor in entrepreneurship and management from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. As a university student, she was on the board for organizations that offered mental healthcare support, and mentored city kids.

    During her free time, she likes to dabble in painting and create bucket lists. She also enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, camping and backpacking.

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    Tareesh Thomas

    Communications View profile

    As Communications Designs Officer at the Institute for Transformative Technologies in Mumbai, Tareesh develops all branding and outreach collaterals for ITT’s portfolio in Sanitation, Healthcare, and Electrification.

    Tareesh has previously worked as Art Director at Digital Driftwood, a marketing agency in Mumbai, where he conceptualized brand campaigns and developed strategies for print and digital media. He had a chance to work with a range of local and international brands including L’Oreal, ICICI Bank, Yahoo, Timesaverz etc.

    He also worked at various Mumbai-based design agencies, including Design of Information and Aurave Media, where he created digital brand campaigns. He is an experienced Freelance Illustrator and Designer, specializing in hand-drawn artworks.

    Tareesh holds a degree in Bachelors of Design in Multimedia from the Raffles Design Institute in Mumbai. In his free time, he enjoys sketching, reading a variety of books, travelling and watching cinema.

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    Wenceslaus Wasike

    Healthcare View profile

    Wasike will be working with the health team of the Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT) to support clinical trials and operations in Kenya, by identifying and setting up demonstration clinics as well as planning scale-up operations. He is currently involved in developing the logistics policy for ITT’s Universal Clinics project.

    Wasike joins ITT from Topcare Clinics, a group of private clinics supporting medium- and low-income regions, where he supported the procurement of consumables and devices for facilities in Kenya’s Kitengela and Subukia areas.

    He started his career at Kenya Defense Forces as a sailor, which involved carrying out general military duties, warship communications and maritime operations. He later moved on to support the US and NATO forces in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Senior Logistics Coordinator, where he supported supply chain operations.

    He is currently pursuing his final year in Bachelor of Science in Procurement and Logistics from Kenya College of Accountancy University. He lives in Nairobi, and enjoys driving and reading novels in his free time.

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