Neelima is deputy director and senior fellow with the
Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at the Center
for Strategic and International Studies. In her role, she
works closely with the Indian states to bolster U.S.-India
relations on energy reforms. Formerly, she was CEO of EPAL,
Energy Efficiency Service Ltd’s (EESL) UK-based subsidiary.
EESL is a government of India entity and a leading player
in clean energy solutions. Neelima was responsible for the
overall strategic direction, business development, and
operational management of EESL’s operations in the United
Kingdom. She established EPAL's operations from the ground
up and led the first-ever acquisition of an overseas
company by India’s Ministry of Power. In 2019, India Inc.
included Neelima in its list of the 100 most influential
people in UK-India relations. In 2020, EPAL was ranked as
the fastest-growing Indian-owned company in the United
Kingdom by Grant Thornton. Neelima also led UJALA, one of
the largest zero-subsidy energy efficiency programs for
domestic consumers. She managed the rollout of the program
in 60 million households across India.
Neelima brings 17 years of experience working across India and internationally on energy efficiency, sustainable development, energy, and environment. She has served on the International Energy Agency’s EE Industry Advisory Board. In previous roles, Neelima has developed demand-side management programs for state utilities, led operational planning and strategy for one of the largest clean development management programs, and implemented smart grid initiatives at the likes of National Grid, Scottish and Southern Energy, Tata Power, Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation, and Torrent Power. Neelima holds a M.Sc. in software engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.