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.
Rebecca coordinates strategy, operations and budgetary matters. With a background in humanitarian and development programmes with the UN and NGOs, Rebecca coordinates programme planning and ensures that Mlinda’s rural electrification is there to serve the needs of all the community and leads to sustainable social and economic development. She holds degrees from Harvard, LSE/SOAS and Sussex.
Florian oversees finance and administration, ensuring financially viability. Florian has a background in asset management including roles in investments, operations and sales, combined with a keen interest in environmental sustainability. Florian holds a degree from the MBA Institute and is a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA).
Vijay leads the India team. He heads and coordinates overall operations including engineering design, sourcing and business planning. Former Colonel the Army Corps of Engineers, Vijay is passionate about energy access and improving opportunities for the rural disadvantaged. He holds an MBA from ISB and has a background in large-scale energy projects.
Sudeshna oversees partnerships, field operations, capacity building, mini-grid utilisation, community engagement and impact assessment. Trained in participatory planning and with a commitment to inclusive growth, Sudeshna’s skills in community engagement cement Mlinda’s strong connections with mini-grid users. Sudeshna has a First Class degree in Sociology from the prestigious Kolkata University.
A qualified accountant, Suchismita heads Mlinda India’s finance and administration, including budgets and financial reporting, accounts management and human resources in India. She combines financial expertise with a strong and cheerful commitment to the organisation’s financial and human well-being.
An electrical engineer by training, Tania joined Mlinda to install mini-grids. Thanks to her community skills Tania now leads Mlinda’s support to businesses, advising villagers on making use of the new energy available. Tania’s resourcefulness and tenacity ensures targets are met and creative solutions are found to technical and social challenges.
An electrical engineer with experience in execution of power infrastructure projects, Avishek combines expertise in design engineering and project management. As the team leader of our Jharkhand team, Avishek is presently juggling with scaling rapidly and training his ever increasing team of young enthusiastic engineers.
Mlinda has a growing team of committed professionals based in Gumla, near the villages we work in. This field team will grow to 40 people by 2020. 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
Mlinda Foundation CIO was registered in England and Wales in August 2015. Its trustees are Rebecca Symington, Mahesh Chhibber and Sally Chandler.
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 Rebecca Symington (Chairperson), Vijay Bhaskar (Managing Director) and Sudeshna Mukherjee (Director Operations). 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. Vijay Baskar and Sudeshna Mukherjee are the Country Director and Deputy Country Director of Mlinda Charitable Trust.