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Leading the Way

Episode 10 with Ms. Mahua Acharya, CEO & MD, CESL and Ms. Sulajja F. Motwani, CEO Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions Limited
18 January 2023

It is often said that women make great leaders. They bring an inclusive approach to business and organisations and are credited with promoting a sense of camaraderie among teams. India’s EV industry has seen a boom in the past decade and women leaders are taking the wheels and steering India’s growth in the electric mobility sector. From being shop-floor workers, engineers, designers, to CEOs, women are at the forefront of India's green transportation drive.

In this episode, we have with us Ms. Mahua Acharya, who is the Managing Director and CEO of the Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) a venture of the EESL Group of the Ministry of Power, New and Renewable Energy. Ms. Mahua has worked for nearly two decades in green finance, renewable energy, and carbon markets, across multiple geographies including Europe, USA, South Asia, and East Asia. Prior to joining CESL, she was the Assistant Director-General of a 29-country intergovernmental agency, the Global Green Growth Institute in Seoul. Mahua has also worked with C-Quest Capital LLC, the World Bank, ArcelorMittal, and Emergent Ventures India. She is also the co-founder and faculty of an executive education program at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and also serves on the boards of multiple international entities, including Three Wheels United, USA and Emergent Carbon Fund, USA.

Also, joining us for this episode is Ms. Sulajja Firodia Motwani, Founder & CEO of Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions Limited as well as the Vice-Chairperson of Kinetic Engineering Ltd. Prior to joining Kinetic, worked at BARRA International, an investment analytics company in California. She has received numerous awards for her achievements and has also been a spokesperson at many industry forums and associations. She is an Industry nominee on National Board for Electrical Mobility of India from the Ministry of Heavy Industries, and heads the Electric Three-Wheeler mobility of Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV). She has previously been a member of the governing Body of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India, and National Executive Committee of CII. Currently, she is the Chairperson of FICCI Young Leaders forum and a member of their National Steering Committee. Sulajja is also Plan International’s Brand Ambassador for “Save the Girl Child” initiative.

This episode is hosted by Mr. Randheer Singh, Director, E-Mobility at NITI Aayog.


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