Our Team and Partners
Founder and CEO
Shikha founded Vrinda Inc. in 2010 with nearly 13 years of experience in information technology industry, software development and GIS solutions. Shikha has designed and developed road network data integration solutions for a state department of transportation (DOT) in the United States. Her commitment, dedication and quality of service has led this to be more than a 5-year ongoing contract.
Prior to founding her own company, Shikha worked with Intergraph Corporation as a member of the Technology Architecture and Innovation (TA&I) group, where she was involved in designing the next generation Intergraph product line. She wrote and presented a paper titled "Insight into GML" at GML Days 2005 user conference at Vancouver in July 2005. Shikha is an Electrical Engineer with more than 15 years of experience in the utility, road transportation and technology sectors.
Senior Business Analyst
Jenna is a Business Analyst with Vrinda Inc. focused DER led business model transformation. Jenna brings exceptional understanding of energy policy and analytics. Jenna has over five years of experience within the renewable energy and efficiency sectors, including work with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency.
Jenna graduated from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities with a B.S in Environmental Science and Policy, a B.A. in Asian Languages and Literature, and a Sustainability Studies minor. She received a master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Financial Modeling Specialist
Ben is a Consultant with Vrinda Inc. focused on financial modeling & business model development. Ben brings deep expertise in renewable energy technologies, both in terms of their development and their deployment. Ben has over a decade of experience in renewable energy development and business development including working on engineering, financing and sales solutions for several large-scale commercial solar developers and founding a company focused on providing financing solutions for residential energy efficiency to small municipal utilities.
Ben holds an MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and a Bachelor of Sciences in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Co-Founder and COO
Navneet has more than 25 years of international energy and utility sector experience, and has worked with over 100 utilities in seven countries (North America, Latin America and Asia) across the entire value chain of the utility industry. Navneet has worked with the world’s largest management consulting and technology firms, and has experience engaging with policy makers, regulators, utilities, and multilateral funding agencies to develop the power sector in both developed and emerging markets.
Navneet has a passion for new business and market development and has strong subject matter expertise across the utility value chain, ranging from strategy, operations, renewable integration, smart grid/ smart city, analytics and utility performance improvement.
Navneet has held leadership positions with Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers in North America and Asia, where he was responsible for business development, business strategy and operations consulting. Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, Navneet held a number of positions in the industry ranging from grid automation design and implementation, to power plant and transmission and distribution network design and construction.
Navneet holds a master’s degree in renewable energy from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, as well as a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and business certificate from Columbia University, New York.
Business Development Manager
Cristina is a Business Development and Partnership Manager at Vrinda with 7+ years in energy industry. Cristina leads international and US business development efforts at Vrinda, building cross border partnerships and alliances. Cristina has extensive experience in analyzing technologies, developing business value propositions, identifying opportunities in US and international markets.
Cristina has strong project and program management experience and knowledge while working on several energy initiatives and projects in Latin America, Europe and North America. Cristina is fluent in English, Spanish, Russian and Romanian with a bachelor's Degree in International Economics and master's in International Business.
Prior to joining Vrinda, Cristina has built successful business collaborations accelerating the revenue growth and business expansion with technology companies and energy leaders while at GDS Group, and has consulted on and established successful business collaborations and investments all the way from leading private, public and national energy entities as PEMEX and ANH to inter-governmental organisations as IEF with The Oil & Gas Year.
Spirae is a leading provider of Distributed Energy Resources Management System (DERMS) platforms. Vrinda collaborates with Spirae on client-specific opportunities to bring cutting edge technologies to solve DER integration challenges.
Vrinda and Generate Capital coordinate on specific opportunities to leverage business model innovation to support clean-energy transformation in the utility industry.
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