Mr. S. Venkatesam (Sam)
Chairman and Managing Director
Sam completed his M. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and is a Graduate Manager of the Managers School, Motorola. He is an Ex- Wing Commander of Indian Air Force (IAF) and during his stint in IAF has credit worthy achievements in the field of Avionics where he managed a Rs.600 Crore Avionics project from concept to completion. He joined Motorola after leaving IAF and rose to the level of Managing Director of their Systems and Software division. While at Motorola he implemented the Malcolm Baldridge Criteria for performance excellence in many countries. His last job was as the Director of Motorola's Global Systems Group. Sam holds a world record in the field of unguided air to ground weaponary and has the distinction of being a pioneer in the implementation of CMM Level 5 in Motorola. He conceived the idea of producing cheap green power and worked for three years to establish a trial plantation outside Bangalore between 2002 and 2005. He established Vana Vidyut Pvt Ltd in January 2012 along with other promoters. Sam lives with his wife in Bangalore.
Mr. Satheesh Gundappa
Satheesh is an Economics Graduate from Bangalore University. He started his career at CMIE, a company which is into micro and macro-economic analysis. Later, as a successful builder of large housing colonies, he completed more than 100 civil projects in Bangalore. Satheesh, from 2005 to 2009 worked to acquire the lands and develop the first Energy Plantation in Sivagangai Tamil Nadu. While doing so, he set up the Corporate Practices of the company and created most of the Standard Operating Procedures that are followed in EPPI today. He heads the Business Development activities in VVPL along with developing leaders at all levels of the company. He established VVPL in 2012 along with the other promoters. Satheesh lives with his wife and two daughters in Bangalore. A musician by hobby, he is very passionate about driving and has driven across most of India.
Mr. Murali Anur
Murali is a Mechanical Engineer from Dharwad University with two decades of experience in the IT domain. He was a successful Marketing Executive before he joined Hewlett Packard. At HP he was promoted to the level of Senior Manager specializing in handling projects across domains world over. Murali is a CISCO certified Network professional, Foundry network certified network engineer, Nokia certified firewall administrator and Quintum Certified. He has implemented many automation initiatives in VVPL and enabled the company to become a personality independent organisation. He is responsible for the power station installations and daily operations in VVPL. Murali lives with his wife, daughter and son in Bangalore. A cartoonist/pencil sketch artist by hobby, he loves travelling and has travelled across India.
Director and Board Member
Noshir Colah has over 25 years of wide-ranging international experience in top management across sectors. He has been an integral part of three start-up companies. His domain knowledge includes renewable energy and green technology, construction, mechanical engineering and the services sector. His fields of experience covers various aspects of management, including concept and product development, intellectual property rights, licensing and joint ventures, finance, legal, operations, sales and marketing. However, his passion is organisation building through the development and implementation of corporate systems. In the past two decades, he has held four "C-Level" positions and has served on the Board of Directors of several companies in India and abroad. Noshir has earned his M.B.A with a dual major in Finance and Computer Systems in Business from Ohio University and is an alumnus of Mumbai's St. Mary's School (ISC), Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, Government Law College.
Director and Board Member
Pradeep has been associated with Aavishkaar since its inception in early 2002 and has over 15 years of operational and investment experience in sectors such as agriculture, agro processing, renewable energy, healthcare services and delivery, micro-finance and financial services. Pradeep leads the investment process at Aavishkaar and provides leadership to the investment team during due diligence and post investment mentoring process. Currently, Pradeep represents Aavishkaar's interest on the boards of four companies namely Belstar, Vaatsalya, Grameen Koota and Servals Automation. Pradeep holds a MBA with specialisation in finance and is a Bachelor in Applied Sciences (Engg.).
Prabhat Kumar Singh
General Manager Plantation
Pk Singh is a Post graduate and gold medallist in the forestry sector from ICFRI, Dehradun. He has more than 17 years of experience in various corporate organizations in the field of waste land reclamation through afforestation program by the application of science and technology. He played a key role in the Indo Canadian Environmental Facility project executed in India for waste land reclamation by the utilization of industrial waste like flyash and domestic sludge. He was awarded the "Indira Gandhi Vriksha Mitra Award" by the Government of India for his efficiency and outstanding performance in the field of eco - restoration and afforestation.
Senior Manager Business Development
Jayanth is a mechanical Engineer from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore. After two years of working in concept selling in Kennametal India Ltd, he took a break for a year to travel through the north eastern parts of India in the lower Himalayas. There, he worked with troubled youth, prisoner rehabilitation and on alcohol and drug de-addiction programs. He moved back to Bangalore and took over the business development in Energy Plantation Projects India Ltd and VVPL. With Satheesh, he has setup the business development function in VVPL. He is responsible for all the expansion activities of the organization and sits on an ambitious target of taking the organization to 100 MW of biomass power in India, in the next five years.
Chief Financial Officer
Vijayakumar is a CA with over 2 decades of experience. He was recently the Director Finance & Support Services of the Indian subsidiary of an UK company, Allied Worldwide. He has expertise in the finance process transition to India from UK & USA. He also worked in 2 other similar successful start-up subsidiaries from Singapore and USA/Japan companies viz., Future Techno Designs & Kyocera Wireless, respectively. He was instrumental in setting up a 200 seater off-shore development centre for an US Client on a BOT model. He also got an early solid foundation in finance & accounts with L&T, in its Electronics unit at Mysore and later at its Earth moving Equipment's division at Bangalore. In the current assignment Vijay introduced some innovative Financial & Management tracking system.