The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership – Harvey S.Firestone
Ms. Komali Yenneti
With a background in Architecture (Hyderabad industries gold medal) and Environmental planning (Vastushilpa foundation gold medal), Komali Yenneti brings a bifocal lens perspective to the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable development, urban planning and green buildings as a vanguard researcher skilled in socio-politics, policy analysis and international project management, as well as advocacy representative. She has had research experience working in the UK, European Union, Japan and India. Komali has extensively published, presented at various international conferences and also received numerous awards, research grants and scholarships. A few of them if not limited recognitions include the Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) foundation ‘Environmental award’ in 2009 from Chief Minister, Journal of Environmental Research & Development (JERAD) ‘Young Environmentalist award’ 2011, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany ‘Green Talent 2012’ and finalist of ‘Young Innovator of the Year 2013’ by Falling Walls foundation.
Komali was also a part of various international bodies including being a communication officer for Energy Geographies Work Group (EGWG), Royal Geographical Society, London and Testing the Experience of Students through Assessment (TESTA), a British Higher Education Academy National Teaching project. She also worked as a visiting researcher at various prominent institutions including Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan and German Development Institute (DIE), Germany. Komali is also at the forefront of advocacy in the field of climate change, by currently being as a policy co-ordinator of Commonwealth Youth Climate Network (CYCN) and with Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) in the past.
Komali is currently completing her PhD at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom on ‘Social justice and Solar energy implementation in India’ through the case of Gujarat solar policy. Based on governance, justice and political ecology theoretical concepts, the research investigates socio-political dimensions of solar energy. Before commencing her PhD she worked on energy efficiency and green buildings as a researcher at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India.
She is also currently exploring her current research interests in interpreting energy poverty through vulnerability perspective, social justice and energy, policy and political processes of low-carbon development and energy aspects in both developing and developed countries. “My work lies at the interface between climate and social issues as well as understanding factors necessary for technological implementation,” says Komali.
Mr. Gaurav Joshi
Gaurav has five years of very rich experience in the field of urban and regional development, infrastructure planning, transport management and public private partnerships (PPP) in urban infrastructure systems. He has worked with Shell India for about three years on transport development and project management. Prior to joining Shell, while working with international consulting firms, Gaurav also worked with various national and international projects including urban planning and infrastructure projects funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Ministry of Urban Development of Government of India. Gaurav has a background in Bachelors in Civil Engineering, Master of Technology in Infrastructure Planning and executive MBA in Infrastructure Management. His past research experience includes impact of aviation on climate change, GIS based modelling for Airport site selection and PPP projects – specifically on ADB funded water supply, roads, urban governance projects North-East region of India, Ahmedabad Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), etc.
Guarav’s current interest areas lies around energy resilience in cities, role of land-use in low carbon mobility, socio-spatial pattern in cities, urban governance and energy transformations. “To transform around the fate of urban landscape, there is a need for sustainable management of resources and planned growth of cities”, says Gaurav.