Meet Our Team

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Yashraj Khaitan

CEO & Founder

Yashraj started working on Gram Power when he was 19. Before that, he worked on organic solar cells in high school, build cube satellites in college and after completing his B.S. at UC-Berkeley decided to drop out of his post graduate program to start Gram Power and work on high impact technologies for the masses. He has a strong unrest for scale and fuels the team with the same hunger. He finds the title of CEO very boring and prefers to call himself the team’s mafia! When he’s not in office, he’ll most likely be found gorging on Indian street food..

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Jacob Dickinson

Co-Founder

Originally from San Diego, Jacob met Yashraj at a Solar Car club meeting at Berkeley, where he was Electrical Team Lead. Jacob is passionate about pushing the boundaries of technology and specializes in embedded system design, testing, and validation. He co-developed Gram Power’s core technology and is currently testing rockets at SpaceX..

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Mr. Kishore Khaitan

Chairman

Kishore is a successful entrepreneur with more than 30 years of industry experience. He has turned around multiple existing family owned business in addition to starting his own ventures.In the past, he’s been Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry – Rajasthan. He also serves as Regional Chairman of Indian Textile Accessories and Machinery Manufacturers Association and Chairman, Indian Green Buildings Council, Rajasthan Chapter. An expert in management strategy and government liaison, he is assisting Gram Power in its product development, market development and scaling strategy..

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Dr. Eric Brewer

Technical Advisor

Dr. Brewer focuses on all aspects of Internet-based systems, including technology, strategy, and government. His current focus is (high) technology for developing regions, with projects in India, Ghana, and Uganda among others, and including communications, health care, education, and e-government. In 1996, he co-founded Inktomi Corporation and helped lead it onto the NASDAQ 100 before it was bought by Yahoo! in March 2003. Working with President Clinton, Dr. Brewer helped to create USA.gov, the official portal of the Federal government. He was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering for leading the development of scalable servers (early cloud computing), and also received the ACM Infosys Foundation Award for 2009. The World Economic Forum named him a “Global Leader for Tomorrow”. He is currently Vice President of Infrastructure at Google and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California – Berkeley. He supported Gram Power since its inception and continues to play an active role in advising Gram Power in its next generation of technology development.

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Mr. Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen

Investor

Mikkel helped Gram Power launch in India through an angel investment. He is the CEO of Vestergaard Frandsen, a leading innovator, manufacturer and exporter of emergency response and disease-control textiles. Working in tandem with the world’s leading non-governmental organizations, UN organizations, government ministries and academia, Vestergaard Frandsen has grown from a small family owned business founded in 1957 to a global social enterprise with headquarters in Switzerland and 14 offices in 11 countries. Vestergaard Frandsen’s products include PermaNet® and LifeStraw®, which have been honored for their revolutionary design and have won numerous awards. Mikkel plays an active advisory role in helping Gram Power formulate it’s expansion strategies and is enabling the company expand its services to Africa.

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Professor Vivek Bhandari

Advisor

Vivek’s career straddles the worlds of academic research and consulting. After over fifteen years of researching on grassroots development and social change at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, he moved to India to serve as director of the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), India’s premier graduate program committed to rural enterprise and development. Through these roles, he has developed strong relationships with a variety of social enterprises, NGOs, and philanthropic trusts. He also works closely with the Indian government as a policy maker. Vivek is passionate about solving the problems facing India’s rural poor, and assists Gram Power by shaping its rural implementation strategies, especially its field operations..

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Richard Charles Blum

Investor

Richard C. Blum is no stranger to helping people. His vision for addressing global poverty is practical and engaged, and has been honed through decades of work as founder of the American Himalayan Foundation and the Global Poverty Center at the Brookings Institution.The Blum Center for Developing Economies began as a simple yet important idea in 2006: to create an opportunity for educating, inspiring, collaborating and innovating — in order to make a tangible difference in the lives of the poor..

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Dhar Rawal

Technical Advisor

Dhar is a veteran of large-scale software development, having spent the last 25 years working in domains like oil field drilling, internet browsers, and flight mission planning, in capacities ranging from architect to program manager to CTO. His current passion is working on high impact meaningful projects that make a difference in the world. He is the MathCounts and Robotics coach at his son’s school, and also teaches AP Physics at disadvantaged high schools under the National Math and Science Initiative. When not working, he can be found flying his Beechcraft B19, scuba diving, or travelling to remote places with his family.

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Naresh Patil

Engineering

One of Gram Power’s first employees, Naresh commissioned the companies first micro grids. He graduated from Rajasthan Technical University in May 2012 and loves listening to music, watching movies, and chilling out with friends. Naresh has a knack for experimenting with new technologies in his current work. Building things from the ground up keeps him excited out here..

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Sudeep Chandrasekaran

Engineering

Sudeep comes in with a year of industrial experience with technology companies and ended up at Gram Power because he wanted to build things from scratch. He loves cycling, reading, playing basketball, and is a movie buff. He graduated in 2013 from Amrita School of Engineering in Kerala. He likes the freedom that Gram Power provides him to take key design decisions in the company’s core products.

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Rishi Gupta

Engineering

A vivacious Amitian from Delhi who is always upto something mischievous. His immense excitement and passion for his work at Gram Power comes from his vision of breaking the socio-economic barriers and as hardware engineer always tries to make easy access of technology to the entire strata of the society.

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Ananth Rajaraman

Engineering

Ananth graduated from Arizona state University in 2013 with a Master’s in Electrical Engineering. Before joining Gram Power, he had two years of industry experience at Qualcomm in the US where he was testing mobile chips. He loves the freedom here to research different testing techniques and believes Gram Power is the future of the energy sector. He is a chess fanatic and a music lover.

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Sadanand Kadiyam

Projects

Sadanand graduated in 2015 with a master’s degree in management from Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon. He is driven by the passion of providing reliable energy access to the 7 billion people in the world without compromising the economies, communities and environment of future generations. He loves to read, travel and most of all dwell into the mysteries of Pink Floyd.