Friday, September 18, 2009

Dr Harish Hande, MD & Founder, SELCO @ XLRI Jamshedpur

On August 11th '09, Dr Harish Hande, Founder and MD of SELCO India, was in XLRI and addressed the XLRI's "CEO Forum" and the class of "Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship".

These excerpts from his talk are an insight about how to design product and servies for the "Bottom of the Pyramid"

About Dr Harish Hande & SELCO India:

Dr Harish Hande isa graduate from IIT Kharagpur in Energy Engineering, andan MTech and PhD. in Energy Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, USA.

SELCO INDIA, a social venture to promote sustainable technologies in rural India. With its headquarters in Bangalore, SELCO has 25 branches in Karnataka and Gujarat. Today SELCO INDIA has installed solar lighting systems in over100,000 households in the rural areas of these states.

For his outstanding work on promoting sustainable energy for rural & under-served markets, Dr Hande was honoured with the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy 2005 and Tech Museum Award 2005. Harish has also received the world’s leading green energy award from Prince Charles in 2005. In 2007 SELCO INDIA won the Ashden Outstanding Achievement Award.He is also the winner of the Corporate Responsibility 2009 Award by Financial Times (London).

In 2008, Harish Hande was chosen by Business Today as one of the 21 young leaders for India’s 21st century. In mid 2008, India Today named him one of the 50 Pioneers of Change in India.