Dr. Tania Ray Bhattacharya
Founder CEO
Dr. Tania Ray Bhattacharya is the Founder CEO of The Celestial Earth- a research and consulting firm in the field of energy, environment, ecosystem and sustainable development based in India. Tania is specialized in the area of ecosystem and biodiversity policies and also has work experiences in the field of urban environment and sustainable development for more than fifteen years. Tania holds her PhD in Environment Management from Yokohama National University, Japan and MBA from Indian Institute of Advanced Management and Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Calcutta. She has research and consulting experiences with various international and multilateral organizations like The World Bank, European Commission, GIZ, United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies (Yokohama), Institute of Global Environment Strategy (Japan), Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asia (Jakarta) and so on. She is a member of Indian Society of Ecological Economics. Tania has number of international journal and book publications mainly in the field of ecosystem and biodiversity policies.
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Dr. Anindya Bhattacharya
Executive Director
Anindya has more than fifteen years of international experience in the area of energy and natural resource economics, policy, planning and financing. Anindya is specialized in energy systems modeling and macroeconomic impact assessment using different modelling tools like TIMES MARKAL, MESSAGE and CGE. His areas of research also include energy, water and land use nexus in the context of climate change and impacts on Human Development. Anindya has been involved with various regional institutes and organization including ASEAN, East Asia Summit (EAS), SAARC and GMS to conduct and assess various regional energy planning and policies and impact assessments including climate change and narrowing developmental gaps. He is also closely associated with the NITI Aayog, GoI in developing national and sub-national energy planning model (IESS 2047). He is also the pioneer of developing the State level natural resource pathway calculator implemented in Odisha.
Anindya obtained his PhD in Energy Economics and Science from Kyoto University, Japan, MS in Applied Economics (Major in Resource Economics) from West Virginia University, USA and an MBA in Public System Management from University of Calcutta, India. He is currently the Guest Research Scholar at International Institute for Advanced Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna and he was also Fellow at Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan. Anindya was also Working Group member of Energy Market Integration Task Force under East Asia Summit (EAS) for five years. Anindya has more than twenty international peer reviewed publication in energy and environmental economics and policy.
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Mr. Surya Sethi
Advisor, Energy
He has served as one of India’s important policymakers with responsibility for power, energy and climate change. He was Government of India’s Principal Adviser (Power and Energy) and Core Climate Negotiator based at Planning Commission (2001-2009). The Planning Commission is India’s primary economic and strategic policymaking development institution. Mr. Sethi served on the Prime Minister’s Energy Coordination Committee and wrote the Integrated Energy Policy of India (2006). He also assisted in the development of India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (2008), the key document that guides India’s current and future policies on climate change. He was a key contributor to the Indian Electricity Act (2003) and the resulting National Electricity, Tariff and Rural Electrification Policies. He represented India at the UNFCCC, IPCC and other climate forums. Before joining the Indian Government Mr. Sethi worked as Chief Investment Officer in the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group (1984-2001), He started his career in 1974 with the Tata Group. Mr. Sethi is an Electrical Engineer with post graduate degree in Finance and Business Policy.

Prof. Tetsuo Tezuka
Advisor, Energy
Tetsuo Tezuka is the Professor of Graduate School of Energy Science of Kyoto University. He has more than thirty years of research and teaching experience in the field of energy policy and economics in Japan and in the Asia Pacific region. His research interests include modeling, analysis and designing of energy supply and demand. He publishes regularly in various international and Japanese peer reviewed journals. He is also holding various important positions in Japan including Japan Society of Energy and Resources (Editorial Board member), Applied Energy (Editorial Board member); The Japan Institute of Energy (Chair of Working Group for Fusion of Disciplines in Energy Study); International Association for Energy Economics, The Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan;, Japan Society for Simulation Technology, Kyoto Energy-Environmental Research Association; and Symbio Community Forum (Board Member). Prof. Tezuka holds the Doctoral Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Tokyo.

Prof. Shunsuke Managi
Advisor, Environmental Economics
Shunsuke Managi is the Distinguished Professor of Technology and Policy and Director of Urban Institute of Kyushu University . He is an editor of Environmental Economic and Policy Studies and on the editorial board of Resource and Energy Economics, a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is the author of “Technology, Natural Resources and Economic Growth: Improving the Environment for a Greener Future”, published by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd in 2011. He is the author of 12 books and 100 academic journal papers. He has published in peer reviewed journals such as Global Environmental Change, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Land Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Resource and Energy Economics, The Energy Journal, International Journal of Production Economics, Omega, Energy Economics, Environment and Development Economics, Ecological Economics, Economic Modelling, Agricultural Economics, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Energy Policy, and Physica A. IDEAS/RePEc ranks him among the top 40 young economists in the world and top in Asia (10 years or less), as of March 2012. Web link : www.managi-lab.com/english.html

Prof. Hiranmay Saha
Advisor, Energy
Hiranmay Saha is the Chair Professor and Principal Investigator of the Centre of Excellence for Green Energy and Sensor Systems in Bengal Engineering and Science University. He has more than thirty years of teaching and research experience in the field of physics, electronics and telecommunication in India. Prof Saha has research interest in solar cells, photovoltaic systems , sensors and MEMS as well as in VLSI design. He has also contributed significantly in the design and development a number of Solar Photovoltaic Systems in India including the first 26 KW Power Plant in India at Orissa in 1988 and also developed and patented the concept of central charging system of solar lanterns . He has published more than 300 papers in International and National journals and conferences. He was awarded the first SESI PVSEC award in 1997 for his outstanding work in solar cells and systems. He is a fellow of West Bengal academy of Science and Technology, IETE, and SESI . He served as chairman of Solar Energy Society of India, Eastern regional chapter and also as Chairman of IETE Kolkata Chapter. He is also honorary chairman/ director of a number of small and medium scale industries. .He is currently DST- PAC member of Solar Energy Research initiative Program of DST, GOI.

Dr. Angan Sengupta
Health Economist
Angan Sengupta is currently working as an Assistant Professor in Department of Management, Amrita University, Bangalore Campus. He has done his PhD from Maastricht University, The Netherlands with the collaboration of Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. He holds post-graduation degree in Economics from Calcutta University and Master in Population Studies from International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai. He has gained research experience, especially in large scale implementation and Monitoring & Evaluation surveys, working with organizations like A.C. Nielsen ORG-MARG, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Institute of Health Management Research, Bangalore. Dr. Angan is a recipient of ICSSR doctoral fellowship as well as UGC NET-Junior Research Fellowship. He also earned a coveted fellowship from TIFAC, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India to conduct a research as a Young Summer Scientist in IIASA, Austria. His research interests include Health and Population Economics, Economics of Ecology and Natural Resources, Research Methodology, Demography, and Epidemiology.

Mr. Faraz Alam
Assistant Manager – Energy
Faraz is an M.Tech in Energy Systems from University of Petroleum And Energy Studies, Dehradun. He has worked in many energy efficiency projects like buildings, Textiles and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining The Celestial Earth, he was associated with Global Energy private Limited, New Delhi, under holistic energy management services department. He is presently working as an Energy Specialist with The Celestial Earth, responsible for executing the projects primarily in the area of energy data analysis, assessment of the data model outputs and subsequent policy development and analysis.
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Mr. Rahul Patidar
Energy Analyst and Project Coordinator
Rahul Patidar has done his Master’s in Energy Management from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal. He was involved with School of Energy and Environmental Studies, DAVV University for a Minor project on design of rooftop rainwater harvesting systems and later did his Major project internship with SMS Envocare Limited, Ghaziabad. He is presently working as an Energy Analyst with The Celestial Earth, responsible for executing the projects primarily in the area of energy data analysis, assessment of the data model outputs and subsequent policy development and analysis.
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Mr. Avishek Rauniyar
Energy Analyst
Avishek Rauniyar has done his Integrated M.Tech. in Energy Engineering from Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi. He has completed his major project from CSIR- Indian Institute of Chemical Technology where he has worked on Conducting Polymers for Supercapacitor application. He has worked as an Intern at ONGC Ltd., Dehradun. He has done several projects on Renewable energy Systems. He has joined The Celestial Earth as a Energy Analyst (Energy Systems Management) and responsible for research and surveys in different projects.
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Dr. Satabdi Dutta
Environmental Economist
Satabdi has done Ph.D in Economics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
Earlier she did M.Phil in Development Studies and M.Sc in Economics with specialisation in Econometrics and Environmental and Resource Economics. Prior to joining The Celestial Earth she worked as a project fellow at Global Change Programme, Jadavpur University. She has got research experience in the areas of natural resource management, community based water resource management, ecology- economy interactions in coastal landscape, assessment of disaster vulnerability and adaptive capacity. She has joined The Celestial Earth in the position of Environmental Economist and is responsible for research, surveys and data analysis in different projects.
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Ms. Sonali Nandi
Executive- HR and Admin
Sonali has done MBA in HR with Marketing from Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Orissa. She completed her Bachelors Degree of Arts from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Orissa. She did her Internship on Employee provident fund (EPF) and Human Resource Development (HRD) at Riaxe Systems Private Limited, DLF (Cyber City), Bhubaneswar. She has joined The Celestial Earth as an Executive HR & Admin. She is mainly responsible to maintain HR and administrative work and also providing the data Support in different projects.

Ms. Sonam Taneja
Research Assistant – Ecosystem and Biodiversity
Sonam holds a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from J.C. Bose University of Science and Technology, YMCA, Faridabad. She has completed her bachelor’s in Life Sciences from University of Delhi. She has also completed an online course on Ecosystem services: a method for sustainable development taught by University of Geneva. Prior to joining The Celestial Earth, she was associated with Iora Ecological Solutions Pvt. Ltd. as an intern. She was involved in assessing the tree cover changes in Shivalik Hills of Punjab, using earth observation technologies. She has also interned at NHPC Limited, Faridabad, where she assessed the impacts of hydroelectric projects on the local biodiversity and ecosystem of Beas River Basin, Himachal Pradesh, based on EIA studies. She has joined The Celestial Earth as a Research Assistant and is responsible for research and surveys in different projects.

Mr. Lokesh Paliwal
Expert-IT & Decision Support System
Lokesh is A dynamic professional with experience in Data and Business Analytics and has worked with prestigious companies like Cisco, Sapient in the past 9 years. From 2014 working as full time freelance BI consultant and has worked for clients across the globe. Excellent Tableau(Version 8.x,9.x and 10.x) skills in Visualisations, Consulting, Training and Designing Dashboards. Hands on expertise in development of automation tools and dashboard based on Tableau, Excel, VBA, MS Access, SQL Server, and Python for different domains include Supply Chain, Leasing, Business outsourcing.Have used different statistical flat forms like SAS, SQL, Excel, VBA, OBI(Oracle Business Intelligence), Tableau, and Python.Trained and coached several client teams and various individuals on Data Analytics tools and techniques as part of capability building programs.