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Awadhesh Jha

Awadhesh Jha is the Vice President – Charge & Drive and Sustainability, Fortum India. Fortum, a clean energy company has embarked upon a journey in India to transform mobility in India by providing Energy as a Service (EaaS) to Electrical Vehicles. Starting with a pilot of 4 AC Type-2 Charging Points in October 2017, presently it is operating 42 DC Fast Public Charging Points in Hyderabad and Mumbai Sub-Urban areas. While these DC charging point serve to 4-wheelers passenger cars, it has also launched a pilot project of Battery Swapping for 3 –wheelers. He has been working with Fortum since July 2014. Prior to Fortum he worked with Ministry of Water Resources for 15 years followed by six years in Hindustan Power Projects Private Ltd where Awadhesh was instrumental in securing concession of hydro projects and its development. Awadhesh has over 28 years of experience in the energy industry spanning across Government and Private sector. He brings with him first-hand experience in Policy formulation, Strategic Planning, General Management, Business Development, Project Development in PPP mode, Land Acquisition, Environment & Forest Clearances and its compliances, Contract Documentation & Management, Techno- Commercial Negotiation, Asset Management of Solar Projects, establishing and running new business in Power Sector by assuming leadership position in Private and Government sector. Awadhesh is responsible for Sustainability also in Fortum India. He has been instrumental in developing EHS management system and procedures in Hindustan Power projects and for Fortum India as well. Sustainability Due Diligence and Supplier’s assessment to sustainability/EHS standards has been one of his strength area. He is a Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (CSAP). A Civil Engineering Graduate, Awadhesh also holds a Master’s in Business Administration for Working Managers from IIM- Lucknow. Awadhesh is quite active on LinkedIn and shares his thought across various topic ranging from electric mobility to hydro to sustainability. In his leisure he likes to indulge in reading, watching Bollywood movie, cricket matches etc. During his college days he was an avid orator and quiz participants.

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