Founder and CEO

Manik M Jolly was heading Rural Electrification business for Sun Edison for South and SE Asia region and then joined World Bank as consultant for Energy access in South Asia region Selected as 10 leading Global Green Game changers by WWF, He has been instrumental in launching Eradication of Darkness campaign in India. He has extensive experience in Micro Grids and energy access through various models. Manik founded G.R.I.D. India to create a base for innovative solution for energy access in developing countries. An alumni of MDI, Gurgaon and NDA, Pune Manik has almost 13 years of military service.

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.

Prachi Jayawant Moghe
Manager- Impact Solutions

Prachi has an extensive experience in the field of research in development planning. She has worked in the fields like urban healthcare and rural livelihood generation. She has served as a project coordinator and research assistant at Tata Centre for Technology & Design, IIT Bombay and Centre for Urban Science & Engineering, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra. She specializes in the fields of needs assessment, social impact assessments and feasibility studies. She holds an M.Phil degree in Planning & Development from department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Bombay and has published various articles on different subjects ranging from Green Economy to History of Philosophy. She is passionate about sustainability management and inter-disciplinary work especially in development sector.

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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