Aditya Khandehar, Graduate Director
Aditya Khandekar received a BE in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Biological Sciences from BITS, Pilani, Goa in 2013. As part of his degree requirements, he wrote his undergraduate thesis at the Federal Competence Centre for Energy and Mobility in Switzerland, developing a prototype of an airborne wind energy system for energy generation. He subsequently worked on a Government of India project focused on developing a road-map for thermal energy storage for India at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). He currently works at a non-profit public policy think tank based in Mumbai where he works on developing a comprehensive energy road-map for the city of Mumbai in collaboration with the city government.
Complementing his work in the sphere of research and development, he worked as a volunteer with the Lighting a Billion Lives program at TERI, where he was responsible for conducting impact assessment studies in over 50 villages in his native state of Maharashtra, India. He was also responsible for securing additional funding for the project through various corporate social responsibility initiatives.
He is interested in working at the intersection of technology, policy and governance of large urban cities during his graduate studies at UC Berkeley.
Colin Shaw, Chief Administrative Officer
Colin Shaw is Chief Administrative Officer of the Berkeley Rural Energy Group and a first year student in the UC Berkeley Master of Development Practice program. Colin received an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1999. After spending 15 years in private sector consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers, a large global professional services organization, Colin has turned his focus to a career in sustainable development. He has chosen to focus on the mitigation of climate and environmental risks with a particular interest in the deployment of renewable energy. Colin feels that investments in clean, reliable energy will not only work towards a necessary reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions, but also provide a conduit for technologically-based solutions to development problems such as the provision of clean water, sanitation, healthcare, lighting, heating, cooking, mechanical power, transportation, and telecommunications services.
Ingrid Brill, Talent Development Officer
Ingrid Brill is an experienced Project Manager who is passionate about turning ideas into action. She blends her previous career in business management consulting with her current focus in rural development and clean energy to design and manage projects with an emphasis on environmental sustainability and financial results. Ingrid has spent the past 3 years managing two rural solar power micro-finance projects in Tanzania funded by the European Union and Millennium Challenge Account Tanzania (MCA -T). She is an advanced Swahili speaker with a passion for adventure, nature, music and culture.