Entrepreneur, Scientist and a startup mentor, Sarita is passionate about applying Science and Technology to design and develop new Technology Products towards achieving a sustainable Earth and a greener and cleaner Environment. Started her career as a Scientist, Nuclear Science, at BARC, Mumbai, switched to entrepreneurship
where she could combine her scientific training and aptitude with Computer Information Technology to provide solutions for environmental sustainability. Sarita comes with over 25 years of experience in corporate IT, Research & Development, and Entrepreneurship. She founded Green Cosmos Energy Solutions and co-founded Tensor Digital Solutions. With a lean and agile team, designed and developed the award winning real-time energy analytics software solution, “RealNatics” that provides big data energy analytics solutions to smart grids and smart cities. Green Cosmos was selected among Top 20 Global World-Changing Startups by 1776 Challenge Cup, 2015, Best Native HANA application at SAP TechEd Florida, 2014, HOT 100, Race to grace Startup India, 2015.
Currently Green Cosmos is working on creating sustainable and environment friendly products and solutions with the lofty goal of developing 8 billion ways of sustainable living. The methods, the software and the products are being designed and developed to prevent
or reduce air, soil and water pollution. Sarita has been featured among 15 smart grid experts who are transforming energy use around theworld. (http://controlyourbuilding.com/?/blog/entry/15-smart-grid-experts-who-are-transforming-energy-use-around-the-world) and featured in the book “A Tryst with Women
Entrepreneurs”. She has been conferred the WEF (Women Economic Forum) award of “Exceptional Women of Excellence 2017”.
Sr. Director; Foundational Technologies Practice Lead, IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) – Sri has been associated with the IEEE SA for the past 9 years as a Sr. Director, and the lead for the IEEE SA Foundational Technologies Practice. In this role, Sri is focused on developing key programs that address core issues of security, identity, trust and building end-to-end trustworthy devices and systems across emerging areas such as IoT, Smart Cities, Sensors and Blockchain. Sri also heads the standardization activities for IEEE SA for the Asia Pacific region. Sri leads the IEEE Blended Learning Program effort, driving the development of an eLearning platform, focused on bridging skills for students in current and emerging technologies as well as lateral skilling of industry professionals.
Akilur Rahman is Chief Technology Officer for Hitachi Energy India Limited, leading the technology giant’s core technologies and digitalization strategy and execution for its Power Grids BUsiness in the region. Hitachi Energy is a global leader in power technologies and aspires to be the partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.
With more than three decades of experience, Akilur is an accomplished figure, well-versed with the developments and trends in the power sector. He has held several leadership positions in ABB ranging from Head of Global Automation Product Development and Integration to Global Head of Cyber Security and Engineering in Process Automation and then Head of ABB Corporate Research Center, Bengaluru, where he instilled higher collaboration toward global research and development, engineering and services to develop technology and tools with faster time to market. Prior to his current role he was the Chief Technology Officer for ABB in India.
Akilur began his career in 1989 with ABB as Senior Engineer – System Engineering, Product Dev. and Application and worked his way up the ladder with his sharp acumen, knowledge of power technologies and project management skills. In 2019, he won the title of the 51st Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by the World Corporate Social Responsibility Congress.
An active technology thought leadership speaker at various professional body events including India Smart Grid Foundation, CII, IEEE, CIGRE and IEEMA, he has addressed several national and international forums on power and automation, technologies, digitalization and analytics. He has also been a secondee for World Economic Forum’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Center in India. He has presented and published several articles on the future of power and automation technologies.
Akilur has a master’s in technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and is certified in general management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. When he is not discussing or working on future power technologies, he likes to unwind with music and some family time.