Our team

General Body Members

Bithi Agrawal

Bithi Agrawal

General Body Member

Part of the General Body since 2018, Bithi had worked previously with TIDE for four years. Since then she has worked in the area of GIS, mobile applications, E-learning and currently has co-founded The Foundation School with her husband, Ravi Venkatesam.
Besides activity based learning and inductive learning she has deep interest in social and environmental issues.

Dinesh Kagathi

Dinesh Kagathi

General Body Member

Part of the General Body since 1994, Mr. Kagathi is a Renewable Energy professional with over 28 years’ experience covering all aspects of project life cycle with focus being on Solar, Biomass and Small Hydro verticals.
In his words: “It was a privilege to be a part of the founding team at TIDE and create an organization which would be a platform for a lot of innovative work”.

Gopi Venkataraman

Gopi Venkataraman

General Body Member

Joined the General Body in Sep 2018, Gopi is an independent consultant for nonprofits and handles communication and outreach for TIDE since January 2018.
In her words, “TIDE works in the space of women’s livelihoods, energy and water conservation, all issues that I feel very strongly about. This made them a natural fit”.
A quote that inspires her: “Carpe Diem- Seize the Day”

Hari Natarajan

Hari Natarajan

Council of Management & General Body Member

Part of the Council of Management & General Body since 2011, Mr. Natarajan is an independent Energy Consultant with over 15 years of experience in the energy sector, especially the clean energy and energy access space in India.
In his words, “I have known and been associated closely with Svati and TIDE since the time TIDE won the Ashden Award. The issue of clean cooking that TIDE is attempting to solve is very close to my heart. I was therefore honoured to be invited to be a member of the COM and contribute in whatever small way possible to the efforts of TIDE in clean cooking, women livelihoods & entrepreneurship”.
A quote that inspires him: “I am. You are. Everyone and everything thing is. Appreciate all that is good and beautiful in everyone (including self) and everything!”

Dr. Hoysala N Chanakya

Dr. Hoysala N Chanakya

General Body Member

Part of the General Body since 1994, Dr. Chanakya is the chief research scientist at Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He has been a pioneer in the development of biogas technology for effective waste treatment and management. He has been carrying out Research and Development on decentralized energy technologies and energy system integration into rural life since 1980. His innovative approach in sensitizing the public to the approach of waste management has won accolades from one and all over the years.

A N Jayachandra

A N Jayachandra

Secretary, Council of Management & General Body

Part of the Council of Management & General Body since 2010, Mr. A N Jayachandra is Advisor, Special Projects and Initiatives in the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru. He has wide experience in administration of diversified Govt. supported organizations specially those involved in scientific research and NGOs. He has earlier served in the administration wings of Karnataka Agro Industries Corporation, Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology, Employees State Insurance Corporation and India Foundation for the Arts.
In his words, “I am interested in dissemination of technologies for the benefit of rural areas covering solar water heaters, solar photo voltaic, improved stoves for various applications, wood gasifiers, rain water harvesting etc. Therefore, it is great to be associated with TIDE”.

N V Krishna

N V Krishna

Council of Management & General Body Member

Part of the Council of Management & General Body since 2007, Mr. Krishna is the director of Comitas AG Pvt. Ltd., a Swiss software services company. He is an independent consultant with over 40 years of experience, related to software development, networking, wireless technologies, IT based solutions, project management, Quality management.
In his words, “I have a long-standing interest in the application of science and technology to solving real life problems of energy, environment and sustainability.
A quote that inspires him: “The world provides enough for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed”. Mahatma Gandhi

Dr. Rajagopalan S

Dr. Rajagopalan S

Founder

Founded the organisation in 1993. Dr. Rajagopalan is a professor at International Institute of information Technology, Bangalore.
In his words, “When we launched TIDE fourteen years ago, we firmly believed that creative ideas emanating from Indian Research Institutions have the potential to spread and improve livelihoods in a sustainable way. We believed conversion of excellent ideas, concepts and prototypes emerging from exalted institutions in to replicable, deliverable and sustainable devices, methods and tools were the most important link in the innovation chain. Once this development was achieved the technology would spread using the genius of the small entrepreneur”.

K Ravichandran

K Ravichandran

General Body Member

Part of the General Body since 2016, Mr. Ravichandran is an independent Consultant in Energy and Water. Ravi is also involved in a couple of TIDE initiatives. In his words, “I support strategy and data management for urban energy initiative Vidyut Rakshaka and common area aggregation initiatives at TIDE. I wanted to contribute to an ethically and objectively driven organisation”.
A quote that inspires him: “We are dependent on each other. Therefore, replenishing the soil, replenishing society and being part of one continuum – that’s the new story”. Satish Kumar

Sampath Kumar

Sampath Kumar

General Body Member

Part of the General Body since 1994, Mr. Sampath Kumar is a Director at TIDE Technocrats Pvt. Ltd., and Prakruti Renewable Power Private Ltd.

Dr. Shailaja Rao

Dr. Shailaja Rao

Council of Management & General Body Member

Part of the Council of Management & General Body since 2004, Dr. Rao served as Regional Director, Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Southern Regional Cell, Bangalore until 2018. Currently she is a freelance consultant.
In her words, “The work on women and energy as well as the commitment and dedication of the people at TIDE inspired me to join the Board”.
A quote that inspires her: My mother always said “Do not know is just an excuse. There is nothing impossible and nothing that cannot be learnt in this world. It just needs the right mind set, passion and the spirit”.

Sreenkanta Swamy

Sreenkanta Swamy

General Body Member

Part of the Council of Management & General Body since 2016, Mr. Swamy is a Fellow at Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology.

Sujatha Byravan

Sujatha Byravan

General Body Member

Part of the General Body since 2011, Ms. Byravan is a Senior Research Scientist, at Centre for Study of Science Technology and Policy, Bangalore. She uses her technical training and experience in environment and development, her interdisciplinary expertise along with her work experience to make a difference in the lives of people and the planet. For the last few years she has been concentrating on climate change, biotechnology policy and development.

Sumathy Krishnan

Sumathy Krishnan

Nominated Member, Council of Management & General Body Member

Part of the General Body since 2016, Ms. Krishnan is the Executive Director at TIDE. She is responsible for programme conceptualization & delivery, fund raising and strategy planning at the organisation.
In her words, “TIDE allows me to apply scientific thinking and out of the box ideas to address societal issues generally neglected or considered too trivial or complex”.
A quote that inspires her: “”The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems”.

Svati Bhogle

Svati Bhogle

Chairperson, Council of Management & General Body Member

Part of the Council of Management & General Body since 1997, Ms. Bhogle is CEO of TIDE. She is also the Managing Director of Sustaintech India Pvt. Ltd, Chairperson of Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN).
In her words, “I am part of the TIDE family for a very long time since I was working closely with the founders of TIDE in my previous job”.
A quote that inspires her: “Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”. Margaret Mead

Vinod Vyasulu

Vinod Vyasulu

General Body Member

Part of the General Body since 1997, Mr. Vyasulu is a professor and Vice Dean of Jindal School of Government and Policy. He earned a PhD from the School of Business Administration in the University of Florida. He has taught in the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and XLRI, Jamshedpur. He was Director of the Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad, and held the RBI Chair in the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. He also had a stint as Economic Adviser for Small Scale Industries in the National Small Industries Corporation, Delhi. He was Director of the Centre for Budget and Policy Studies in Bangalore.
In his words, “I fully support TIDE’s objectives therefore I remain associated with the organisation”.

Vishwanath S

Vishwanath S

General Body Member

Part of the General Body since 2003, Mr. Vishwanath is Director, Biome Solutions and Advisor at Biome Environmental Trust and Arghyam.
In his words, “I am associated with TIDE to understand the interesting work that they do and to bring my experience in assistance where possible”.
A quote that inspires him: “Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it”. Santayana