Energy landscape has currently probably some of the profound challenges (linked to even long-term survival of the humanity) and by the same token equally exciting opportunities.

Improving the Lives in Rural India by Technology-enabled Solutions


Provide affordable and appropriate Clean Energy to rural population as a part of Integrated Smart Village Program


Create an ecosystem of entrepreneurs in Pandharpur center using clean energy which will be scalable, and sustainable by creating a “Living Lab” model and demonstrating the model as a showcase for replicating to other parts of India to reach 20% of the population by 2025 as envisaged in WGF overall mission.



Indrajit Chatterjee

Indrajit is the Chair of the Energy Council and Global Co-convenor of WGF Chapters.

Indrajit has over 45 years of experience in strategy planning, manufacturing management, engineering projects, and design. Proven credentials in leading business units (FMCG/multinationals) in India. Indrajit Chatterjee is a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur (Batch of 1970). He has done many executive management programs which include a course on IoT from Massachusetts Institute of Technology- Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA, on Manufacturing from University of Warwick, UK, and many others from IIMs. A visionary all through, he got personally inspired by Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and started giving back to the country. He spends his time focussing on education and rural development areas. He has conceived an intelligent village concept.

Rahul Walwalkar

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar is the President & MD of Customized Energy Solutions (India) and leads Emerging Technologies domain for CES globally. CES under his leadership has emerged as a thought leader in the areas of energy storage, renewables, demand response, electric vehicles, and green hydrogen technologies.

A strong votary of accelerating scale-up of clean energy, energy storage and e-mobility, Rahul founded the India Energy Storage Alliance in 2012 and continues to serve as its President. He served as a board member for Energy Storage Association, USA during 2009-15, as the Chair for Global Energy Storage Alliance during 2018-20 and as a board member of NAATBATT since 2023.  Rahul has served on many committees for shaping regulations and policies around the globe for agencies such as US DOE, Federal Electricity Regulatory Commission, European Space Agency, IRENA, World Bank, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Power, NITI Aayog, Central Electricity Authority and Central Electricity Regulatory Commission. 

Rahul holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master’s degree in Energy Management from NYIT, and a B.E. from Walchand College of Engineering, India.

Raghuraman. C.

Raghu is a first-generation social entrepreneur and an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) -Roorkee ( 1982) and the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta ( 1984).

He launched E-Hands Energy ( in 2010  as an energy access social impact venture.

E-Hands Energy has an installed capacity of almost 3 MWp of decentralized clean energy systems using micro wind turbine & solar PV, with over 1000 installations across 800 Indian towns/villages across 21 States of India, including 32 microgrids.  The venture strives to deliver reliable clean energy at an affordable cost to First Time Electricity Users (FTUs), particularly in the remote, off-road, and off-network terrains of the Himalayas, in addition to solar powering educational institutions, healthcare facilities and financial institutions in rural India. E-Hands Energy pioneered the technology of decentralized small wind turbine – solar PV hybrid system way back in 2011 and has won several awards in India and abroad for these innovations around hybrid systems.

Council Members

Deployment Updates

▶ WGF is happy to announce and congratulate Dr Rashi’s appointment as a Council Member at United Nations: Council of Engineers for Energy Transition (CEET). Read more.. 


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