Advisory Committee

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Dr. K.R. Viswanathan

Chairman, Governing Body

Dr Viswanathan had earlier worked as Deputy Head (Climate Change and Development) at the Embassy of Switzerland in India. Before that, he had worked as the Senior Adviser of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Joint / Additional Commissioner at the Ministry of Agriculture Govt of India, and Principal Director of Defence Research and Development Organisation. He is a veterinarian by training with a Masters in Veterinary Sciences and MBA. Dr Viswanathan was awarded the VISHIST SEVA MEDAL by the President of India in 1985 for the service to Defence of the highest order.

Mr. Shantaram Jonnalagadda

Independent Expert

Shantaram is Country Head of Yoti, a digital identity app that provides a simple and secure way of proving identity - online and face to face. An individual has complete control over his/her identity and how much to share of it. He has over twenty years of leadership experience in taking software products and services global. Have been a consistent market creator, launching new technology products and services across geographies that include North America, Asia- Pacific, Middle-East, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Nurtured and built alliance networks in different roles. He successfully drove entrepreneurial ventures in commercial agriculture and design services. He has an MBA from North Western University – Kellogg Business School.

Dr. Srinivas Chokkakula

Executive Member, Governing Body

Dr Srinivas is in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Professorial Research Chair - Water Conflicts and Governance, at Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. His research and policy interests are primarily in the water sector, focusing on transboundary water conflict/cooperation and governance. Before his PhD and moving to academia, Srinivas has worked as a professional, engaging with wide-ranging topics: urban and regional planning, and local governance in India; disaster response and reconstruction; and indigenous knowledge systems for natural resource management. Srinivas has a PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an MA from the University of Miami, USA in political geography; an earlier Masters in Urban Environmental Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad; and a B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from Kakatiya University, Warangal.

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Dr. Peter Westman

Independent Expert

Dr Westman is an adjunct faculty at the Department of Interpreting and Translation, University of Bolognia, Italy. He earned his PhD from the University of Wolverhampton, UK 2017 and MSc from University College London, London. His PhD thesis was Digital Ethnographic Pedagogy: Method as Third Space. He worked as a volunteer at PnP in 2006 and as a Capital Development Officer for Mimoza Enterprise Finance Private Limited, Dehradun.

Mr. Ruedi Lüthi

Representative, Helvetas

Ruedi Lüthi has worked in development cooperation since 1995. Holding an engineering degree in International Agriculture, he has work experience from advisory, project management and senior management positions held in INGOs and the private sector in South- and Southeast Asia as well as in Africa. His core expertise is in the field of Sustainable Agriculture, Economic and Market Systems Development and Project Cycle Management. 

Currently, he is the Head of Sustainable & Inclusive Economies / Senior Advisor Rural Economy & Value Chains at Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation.

Mr. Ronnie Khanna

Independent Expert

Ronnie has over 15+ years of experience in Renewable Energy Consulting and Research with a focus on identifying and developing ways for faster and easier implementation of clean and renewable energy projects and applications. He has expertise across functional areas such as policy and regulation, market strategy, business model design and execution, value chain and supply chain analysis, program development and management, and capacity building and training. He has worked with a variety of clients ranging from the Government (MNRE, CERC, state governments), Multi-lateral Agencies (World Bank, Asian Development Bank and European Commission), Bilateral Agencies (U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), GiZ, etc), Public Sector (IREDA, SECI, UPPCL, REC), and Private Sector (PE Funds, equipment suppliers and industry associations). He is a Mechanical Engineer and Rural Management Graduate by training who ventured into the emerging world of clean energy development.