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Vish Iyer

Founder and Director at Minnitz Pte. Ltd.

Mumbai, India

Vish, the only young Asian to be voted as one of the Rising Stars at S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards (2018), is a senior management professional with 15 years of experience building C level relationships, driving scaled growth towards US$800 Million of cumulative revenue, while consistently exceeding targets.

Presently, Vish is advising developers in the renewable energy (solar, wind, energy storage, green hydrogen) focused on South Asia and other OECD countries, besides also building and advising startups in the clean energy, mobility, and education space.

Previously, Vish, as one of the 50 top performers within the Shapoorji Pallonji (SP) Group, played a key role in establishing Sterling and Wilson Solar (NSE: SWSOLAR) as the turnkey solar EPC services market leader in India, besides seeding new ventures with the group, such as the Hybrid & Energy Storage turnkey EPC business, and the Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure business (with EnelX Italy and ChargePoint USA as prospective partners).

As a passionate speaker on issues of climate change, Vish has been featured in Bloomberg TV, Infrastructure Investor, The Hindu Business line and more for his opinions and thoughts on clean energy and infrastructure.

Vish is excited about opportunities that drive growth, specifically in the world of technology, infrastructure, climate change and sustainability, and loves to discuss interesting ideas for collaboration at vishal.iyer@gmail.com or +91-8591215843.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Mumbai, India
Speaking Topics: renewable energy, career mentoring, disruptive innovation

Vish Iyer Points
Academic 5
Author 3
Influencer 14
Speaker 11
Entrepreneur 95
Total 128

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Consulting
Theatre: Asia
Media Experience: 13
Last Media Interview: 01/30/2019

Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy
Climate Change 95.66
CRM
Culture
Customer Experience
Design Thinking
Digital Disruption 31.53
Emerging Technology
Entrepreneurship 31.75
Future of Work
Innovation 30.22
Leadership 30.37
Management
Marketing
Mergers and Acquisitions
Project Management
Public Relations
Renewable Energy 81.89
Sales
Startups 33.85
Supply Chain
Sustainability

Industry Experience

Engineering & Construction
Financial Services & Banking
Manufacturing
Oil & Gas
Utilities

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Publications

1 Academic Award
INFOCOM Future Leadership Award 2009-10
BusinessWorld India
January 05, 2010
INFOCOM Future Leadership Awards (IFLA) - under the aegis of the main event, INFOCOM - is an endeavour to identify, groom and provide impetus to the growth of young and future entrepreneurs. It was launched in 2006 as a paper writing competition for management students across the globe and since 2016 has been re-positioned as an “Original Business Ideas competition”.

Today IFLA has transformed into one of the most prestigious Start-Up Competitions in the country.

In 2010, Vish's strategy paper on "Innovation in a downturn" focussing on how innovative companies took shape over the decades during a downturn, aptly delivered right after the 2009 global financial crisis, was rated among the top 3 globally by a jury comprising of distinguished IT industry professionals, Deloitte Consulting, and BusinessWorld Magazine.

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Tags: Innovation

3 Article/Blogs
What should worry utility industry executives most in 2020s and how to be unfazed if you are one?
Linkedin
January 15, 2020
The utility company of the 2020s is a consumer centric, tech savvy, highly personal, brand-led platform for a variety of energy-oriented services to be provided to a set of consumers, with possibly many extraneous arms. If you are a large utility company today and wish to make it through to the 2030s unscathed, the only way you can do so is if you aim aggressively to create 3-5 new unicorns in the next 7-8 years using the F-A-S-T framework while building your future strategy. Read my take on what is next in the energy industry over this decade and more,

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Tags: Climate Change, Digital Disruption, Renewable Energy

The state of Public EV charging infrastructure in India
Linkedin
January 04, 2020
My take on the state of EV charging infrastructure in India from the perspective of an on-ground operator and leader of new energy ventures

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Tags: Climate Change, Renewable Energy

Battery Energy Storage: The next frontier for renewable energy investors
Linkedin
December 02, 2018
Renewable energy, primarily led by the stupendous growth of solar PV with cost drops of almost 80% over the last decade alone, has given fossil fuel based generation a run for its money. As it continued defining new benchmarks in clean energy power purchase costs, renewable energy has silently found an ally in a electrochemical energy storage technology that mankind has now known for centuries (batteries) which might aid wider clean energy penetration on the grid in years to come. Enter 2018: Battery energy storage as a sector has come alive thanks to a steep decline in costs (BNEF puts it at 79% cost drop since 2010), allowing a wide range of budding entrepreneurs, funds, investment platforms, utilities and governments to try and figure out how they can get a piece of action in what appears to be a new frontier for the energy industry.

In this article, I share some thoughts on three key areas of concern for investors, basis my observations as a speaker at the recently held Infrastructure Investor Hong Kong Summit Renewable Energy Forum, which clearly showed there was sufficient interest within the larger group of infra investors to take formidable positions within the growing battery energy storage (BESS) space.

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Tags: Climate Change, Digital Disruption, Renewable Energy

2 Board Memberships
Board Member at Inergio Inc.
Inergio Inc.
June 17, 2021
Inergio is a cognitive analytics startup focussed on energy and utilities incubated by Nubridge Ventures Dubai

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Tags: Climate Change, Digital Disruption, Renewable Energy

Director and Member of Board at Nubridge Ventures FZCO
Nubridge Ventures FZCO
April 05, 2021
Member of Board and Director at Nubridge Ventures, a venture capital firm at Dubai led by Indian HNI, primarily investing into global new energy ventures

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Tags: Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Startups

1 Founder
Founder and Director at Minnitz Pte. Ltd.
Minnitz Pte. Ltd.
January 06, 2020

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Tags: Climate Change, Entrepreneurship, Renewable Energy

1 Industry Award
Rising Star Finalist 2018 at S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards
S&P Global Platts
December 07, 2018
Vishwanathan Iyer, Head of Business Development at Sterling and Wilson, was named a Global Energy Awards Rising Star finalist by S&P Global Platts. Energy companies and professionals from 37 countries were selected as finalists for the S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards 2018. Established in 1999, the Global Energy Awards highlight corporate and individual innovation, leadership and superior performance in 19 categories that span the entire energy complex.

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Tags: Climate Change

1 Industry Certification
Journey Giftwork Certified “People Manager”
Great Place to Work® Institute
May 06, 2019
“Journey Giftwork certified people manager” certification program by the renowned Great Place to Work Institute enables managers to assume responsibility for making a change, to create trust-based, high-performing teams.

The program includes a senior leadership orientation session, and customisation of the manager workshops based on client context. The managers undergo a structured 2-day Giftwork Training for Managers workshop, followed by 90 to 120 days of reinforcement initiatives with various touch points for the participants at regular intervals including review sessions to track action plans.

The intervention ends with measurement of impact based on feedback from teams of the managers who have undergone the program, followed by recognition and certification of successful managers.

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Tags: Climate Change, Leadership

1 Influencer Award
Chairman’s Recognition for SP Group SHIKHAR Action Learning Project (ALP) Powered by AON Hewitt
honor issuer Shapoorji Pallonji Group in association with AON Hewitt
May 10, 2017
Recipient of Certificate of Appreciation by Mr. Shapoor Mistry (Shapoorji Pallonji Group Chairman) under the SP SHIKHAR program for select senior management leaders within SP Group in April 2017, on the occasion of winning the SHIKHAR Best ALP (Action Learning Project) Award for a cross-vertical collaborative business project within the Shapoorji Pallonji Group

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Tags: Leadership

1 Keynote
Keynote speaker at Global Solar and Energy Storage Conference by EESA China
Eastern China Energy Storage Association EESA
June 12, 2018
Spoke on the various considerations around insurance and financing of battery energy storage projects as a keynote presenter at the Global Solar and Energy Storage Conference organised by EESA China

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Tags: Climate Change, Renewable Energy

4 Media Interviews
Reaching the Tipping Point: Why Investing in Solar+Storage Makes Economic Sense for Mines
Renewable Energy World, Energy and Mines
December 10, 2018
Vishwanathan Iyer, Head of Business Development, Hybrid and Energy Storage at Sterling and Wilson, shares his views with Melodie Michel of Energy and Mines about the evolving economics of renewables in mines, and makes the argument that the storage price curve has reached its most attractive point yet

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Tags: Climate Change, Renewable Energy

Africa’s ‘largest’ battery storage project: Sterling and Wilson’s take
Energy Storage News, Solarmedia
May 31, 2018
Close on heels of its recent announcement on forming a new global unit focused on the hybrid and energy storage market, Indian engineering and construction multinational Sterling and Wilson, a major solar EPC, has won a captive solar-diesel-storage microgrid project in Africa, comprising of what is believed to be the single largest battery in the region to date. The project, won against stiff European EPC competition, includes around 30MWh of batteries spread across three sites with a single battery installation of 17MWh. The sites, located at an educational institution in Western Africa, are scheduled to start operations early next year.

Energy-Storage.News caught up with Vish Iyer, global head of business development, strategy and marketing for the Hybrid and Energy Storage division at Sterling and Wilson, to find out more

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Tags: Climate Change, Renewable Energy

Sterling and Wilson on its turn to decentralised power and energy storage
Energy Storage News, Solarmedia
April 18, 2018
The global energy storage and hybrid power space has witnessed plenty of action over the past year, with remote power specialist companies acquiring energy storage technologies and lithium-ion batteries continuing on their downward price trajectory. This has made more electrochemical energy storage installations possible globally in the last year than ever before. The latest entrant into this space is Sterling and Wilson, an Indian multinational engaged in engineering, construction, manufacturing and energy services, which recently announced its foray into hybrid power plants and energy storage solutions.

Energy-Storage.News caught up with Vish Iyer, global head of business development, strategy and marketing for the Hybrid and Energy Storage division at Sterling and Wilson, to find out more.

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Tags: Climate Change, Renewable Energy

It’s time for floatovoltaics
The Hindu Businessline
January 20, 2018
Floating solar plants should be looked at seriously, writes M Ramesh

As Vish Iyer, who heads Solar Business Development at Sterling & Wilson, notes, there exists not much data to arrive at an estimate of large-scale floating solar plants. Yet the industry is not so worried about the costs — it seems convinced that scale effect and on-the-hoof innovation will take care of the additional costs of the floating systems. As a thumb rule, the avoided cost of land offsets the impact of floating systems; only installation, maintenance and transmission will cost more.

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Tags: Climate Change, Renewable Energy

1 Panel
HK Summit: ‘Energy storage is the next big opportunity’ | Infrastructure Investor
Infrastructure Investor
November 14, 2018

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Tags: Climate Change, Renewable Energy

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