SolarMaxx CEO, Saurabh Bhandari to speak at the India conference, Harvard Business School, Boston, USA


The India Conference is one of the largest student-run conferences focusing on India in the USA. It is hosted at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School by the graduate students of Harvard University.

The conference brings together business leaders, entertainment professionals, government officials, philanthropists, and many other leaders to engage in a conversation about India’s path to global leadership.

Saurabh Bhandari, Founder CEO of SolarMaxx has been invited as a speaker at the India Conference 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts this February. Saurabh will be addressing a panel discussion on “India – Adapting to the changing energy landscape.”

The India Conference has a strong legacy of bringing together government officials, business leaders, academics, artists, athletes, philanthropists, and many other leaders to meaningfully discuss key issues, solutions, and opportunities in the context of India’s path to global leadership. Some of the influential speakers at the India Conference 2018 include Kamal Hassan, K T Rama Rao, Capt Amarinder Singh, Barkha Dutt, Suresh Prabhu, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Prabhu Chawla, Nidhi Razdan and many more…

In the panel discussion on “India – Adapting to the changing energy landscape” together with Saurabh will be Sumant Sinha, the Founder Chairman & CEO of ReNew Power and Prashant Jain joint Managing Director & CEO, JSW Energy Limited.

The Indian energy sector is witnessing transformation and disruption simultaneously. Accomplishing a comprehensive vision for the sector requires thorough planning, sector re-organization, creating enabling policies and regulations and every stakeholders’ needs to be prepared for such a transformation. The main challenge facing India’s energy sector is to increase and improve the delivery of energy services to various sections of the citizenry and the economy in an environmentally and socially acceptable manner.

New and improved technologies along with digitization will play a central role in meeting this challenge and from a long-term perspective, it will be in India’s benefit to strengthen the technological capabilities that can help it meet its energy and environmental goals.

Indian ER&D institutions and their activities are characterized by the dominance of the public sector in most areas, although some private firms also have sizable R&D efforts. The size (in absolute terms) and intensity (R&D normalized by sales) of ER&D efforts across the board are much smaller than in industrialized countries. There is also a remarkable imbalance between the pattern of energy supply/use and of ER&D spending: for example, biomass and coal, the mainstays of the Indian energy system, receive disproportionately little attention.

While the government has been preoccupied with reforming the energy sector, the historical lack of focus on ER&D (that partly results from the division of various aspects of energy amongst various ministries) has continued in recent years. The lack of policy attention to this issue also results in the absence of any strategic plan for technology development in relation to the challenges facing India’s energy sector. Given all this, a substantial and concerted effort will be required to appropriately reorient and strengthen India’s ER&D capabilities to meet the energy and environmental challenges facing the country.