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Connecting foreign investors to the Indian Solar Market


  • Katherine Vinnicombe

    Katherine Vinnicombe

    Investment Analyst, Foresight

    Katherine Vinnicombe is evaluating the Indian Market from the perspective of institutional funds at Foresight. Foresight are an infrastructure and private equity investment manager with c. £1.8bn assets under management across UK, Southern Europe, USA and Australia. As one of the largest and most experienced solar asset aggregators, their funds include the £277m FSFL LSE listed fund, and accounts managed on behalf of institutions and family offices. Foresight also have an experienced technical asset management function, and individual projects managed range from £5 million to £50 million.

  • Ketan Mehta

    Ketan Mehta

    Director of Operations, Rays Power Infra

    Mr. Mehta is a B.Tech Engineer from IIT Rorkee, having an experience of 5 years of working in industry and commissioning of more than 100 MW grid tied Solar PV projects, with strong academic and research background in the solar field. He is an expert at DC side designing, module arrangement, solar technology evaluation with sound and thorough understanding of all technologies available. He also possesses strong commercial skills to win tenders, bids and has successfully strategized project planning and scheduling for many clients all across India.

  • Lior Handelsman

    Lior Handelsman

    VP Marketing and Product Strategy, Founder, SolarEdge

    Mr. Lior Handelsman co-founded SolarEdge in 2006 and currently serves as our Vice President, Marketing and Product Strategy where he is responsible for SolarEdge’s marketing activities, product management and business development. Prior to co-founding SolarEdge, Mr. Handelsman spent 11 years at the Electronics Research Department (‘‘ERD’’), one of Israel’s national labs, which is tasked with developing innovative and complex systems. At the ERD he held several positions including research and development power electronics engineer, head of the ERD’s power electronics group and manager of several large-scale development projects and he was a branch head in his last position at the ERD. Mr. Handelsman holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) and an MBA from the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology in Haifa.

  • Pablo Otin

    Pablo Otin

    Vice President - Emerging Markets, 8minutenergy

    Pablo Otin has developed over 2+ GW of renewable projects in Europe and the U.S., and pioneered development of solar PV projects in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Panama. He now heads 8minuteenergy's expansion in India and will bring

  • Philipp Matter

    Philipp Matter

    President Europe , GCL

    Philipp Matter joined the PV industry back in 2005. Before joining GCL, he has worked more than 6 years in different markets for JA SOLAR since 2009, Philipp Matter has helped JA SOLAR to build up the European team as well as to become a major player in Europe. Prior to joining JA SOLAR, he has worked in sales for ISOVOLTA AG (now ISOVOLTAIC AG), a leading supplier of solar module back-sheet films since 2005.

  • Priya Rawat

    Priya Rawat

    Assistant Vice President, Invest India

    Priya Rawat is Assistant Vice President at Invest India. She heads the Renewable Energy investor facilitation desk of Invest India. Prior to this, she has consulted on areas related to government policies and funding, impact assessment and technology commercialisation. She has been associated with organisations such as Ministry of Science & Technology, National Buildings Construction Corporation, National Highways Authority of India and National Dairy Development Board. She has also worked as a strategy consultant in Liverpool, UK. Priya obtained her Masters in Chemistry from University of Delhi; MBA Finance from GGSIPU, Delhi and CIMA from London, UK.

  • Rahul Agrawal

    Rahul Agrawal

    Investment Principal, Actis

    Rahul Agrawal has 11 years of experience in investing in the Indian infrastructure sector. He is currently an Investment Principal in the energy investment team at Actis Private Equity. At Actis, Rahul is part of the team managing Actis’ energy investments in India and has been involved in setting up renewable energy platforms in Africa and India. Prior to joining Actis, Rahul worked as a Senior Manager in the structured finance team at IL&FS Financial Services Ltd and before that as an Associate Vice President with ICICI Venture in the private equity team focusing on investments in infrastructure and allied sectors.

  • Ryan Levinson

    Ryan Levinson

    CEO, Sunfunder

    Ryan Levinson is the Founder and CEO of SunFunder, a solar energy finance business based in the United States and Tanzania with a mission to catalyze billions of dollars of financing for solar energy in emerging markets. Since launching in 2012, SunFunder has raised over $40m of debt and equity capital, has facilitated $8.5m of loans to 23 solar businesses, and has helped over half of a million people gain access to affordable solar power. Prior to SunFunder, Ryan was VP of Environmental Finance at Wells Fargo and led $500 million of investments in more than 150 solar projects.

  • Sean Kidney

    Sean Kidney

    CEO, Climate Bond Initiative

    Sean Kidney is the CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilise debt capital markets for climate solutions.

  • Virander Paul

    Virander Paul

    Deputy High Commissioner , Indian High Commission

    Virander Paul joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1991. Prior to his assignment as Deputy High Commissioner of India in London, he was Minister(Press) at the Indian Embassy in Washington D.C. Earlier, he has held diplomatic assignments in Indian Missions in Almaty, Vladivostok, Rome, St. Petersburg and Moscow. At the Ministry of External Affairs Headquarters, he has served in Europe East and Americas Divisions. He served as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office during 2007-2010. He holds a medical degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.


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