Speaker's Profile

Reji Pillai
President, India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF)

Mr. Reji Pillai is an internationally renowned expert in the power sector with over three decades of experience in the power industry in diverse functions across the entire value chain and across continents. He is spearheading a mission to leverage technology to transform the electric grid in India and light every home at affordable cost through sustainable developmental models. He played the pivotal role in the formulation of the Smart Grid Vision & Roadmap for India adopted by the Government of India. He worked with various stakeholders to bring about consensus in finalising the smart grid roadmap.

Mr. Pillai is presently advocating for a "Right to Electricity Act" in India that will ensure electricity supply (8-12 hours) to all households in the country. He has been unanimously re-elected as President of India Smart Grid Forum, a Public–Private Partnership initiative of the Government of India for accelerated development of smart grid technologies in the Indian power sector. As an entrepreneur, he has built successful enterprises in India and overseas. Presently, he is the Founder and Managing Director of Magnetar Venture, an India focused Clean Tech fund to foster innovation in clean technologies with a vision to build globally successful enterprises out of India in the emerging Clean Tech revolution.

He is a recognised thought leader in smart grid technologies and is a popular key-note speaker at international symposiums and conferences on smart grids and Clean Tech. He has also contributed to several articles and books.