Richard created Mlinda’s vision and approves strategy. His ambition for a scalable and replicable business able to influence production and consumption defines Mlinda’s approach to rural electrification. His strengths in business advisory and finance guide Mlinda’s strategy. Richard is also active in asset management and sustainable investments.
Liesl created Mlinda’s vision and approves strategy. She is the driving force behind Mlinda’s ambition to promote environmental stewardship. Passionate about preserving the environment, Liesl’s commitment to change behaviours and promote sustainability defines Mlinda’s direction and actions. Liesl is also active in sustainable financial investments.
Wayne coordinates strategy, operations, and budgetary matters. He has a background in strategic planning and performance management in a wide range of sectors including legal, insurance & health care, mining, oil & gas, and non-profits. He ensures that Mlinda serves the needs of all the community and delivers sustainable social and economic development.
Kate oversees all finance and administration for Mlinda. She is a Chartered Accountant and qualified teacher with over 25 years of accountancy experience in both the private and voluntary sector.
Aniruddha plans and strategizes the Human Resource matters in Mlinda. He is an avid HR person with 16 years of experience in HR, Training, Compliances and Industrial Relations.He has an HR & IR background in IT & ITeS, Poultry & Dairy and Manufacturing sector.
Tarun has overall operational responsibility for MPL, working closely with the MCT leadership team to align the provision of renewable energy to support sustainable economic development. Tarun is an experienced business leader, with over 17 years experience of driving business expansion opportunities, managing and sustaining client relationships, and efficiently managing cross-functional business operations.
Avinash provides leadership to Mlinda Charitable Trust’s India country program and oversees the development of sustainable economic development strategy and strategic plan implementation with the support from the board. He is deeply interested in sustainable agriculture and the use of technology to promote clean energy, nutrition, enhance agricultural productivity and the quality of life of rural communities.
Shelly is a development professional with 26 years of social development and management experience with local and global agencies. Experienced in conceptualizing and developing strategic plans, inclusive social policy, initiating sustainable livelihoods, ensuring inclusive market development, working with Government and village communities.
Sadanand Mishra is Company Secretary of MPL and has oversight of all compliance and governance matters across MPL and MCT. He is a commerce Graduate with additional degrees of LL.B. He is an Associate member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ACS). He has more than Six years of experience in Corporate Secretarial Matters, Due Diligence, FEMA compliance, corporate advisory, client relationship and liaising with various regulatory authorities.
Mlinda has a growing team of committed professionals based in Gumla, near the villages we work in. Engineers live in the villages for a limited length of time.
They install the grids, provide repair and maintenance functions, as well as connect new households to the grid. Most are qualified engineers others have diverse backgrounds. They come from different areas in Eastern India and show incredible dedication to the project and the people through their hard work. Some have also chosen to live in Gumla with their young families. They engage deeply with local communities to grow farm- based productive loads in villages. This leads to increase in local incomes and growth in village GDP. A lot of local trust and goodwill is generated in this process
MPL and MCT’s registered office is in Kolkata. MPL’s General Manager is based there together with finance, HR, governance, compliance, procurement and administrative support for the whole India team.
Mlinda Foundation CIO was registered in England and Wales in August 2015. Its trustees are Sally Chandler, Richard Azarnia, Liesl Eisenbeiss, Giles Davies and Mahesh Chhibber.
Mlinda Sustainable Environment Private Limited (MPL) was registered in Kolkata India in July 2014. MPL is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mlinda Foundation CIO. Its directors are Mr. Natarajan Ranganathan and Mr. Damodar Vaidya. MPL is responsible for implementation, infrastructure, operations and maintenance. It works in close collaboration with the independent charitable trust Mlinda Charitable Trust which is responsible for community mobilisation, capacity building, and economic development, environmental and social impact.
Mlinda Foundation CIO and MPL work with the independent Mlinda Charitable Trust, which carries out activities related to research and development, community engagement and support to community businesses in relation to the rural electrification activities.