Manoj Kumar Upadhyay, Founder of ACME Group is an innovator, technologist, and serial entrepreneur with several patents to his credit. He has more than two decades of experience in the telecom and energy sectors. Mr. Upadhyay is an inventor of many disruptive products and solutions in the telecom energy space, which have seen large-scale commercial success. They have contributed significantly to bring down the call rates by reducing the cost of energy infrastructure.
His dedication and innovation have benefited the nation by bringing down the solar electricity tariff to INR 2.44 per kWh, a historic low in India. Currently, ACME is the leading solar power developer and has built a solar portfolio of over 5 GWp. The Company currently operates over 1.5 GWp of capacity with another 10 GWp under different phases of construction.
Mr. Upadhyay is progressively establishing an organization to excel with a vision of “Building Next-Generation Utility” and a mission of “Providing Sustainable Green Energy at Affordable Rates.”
Currently, the company through its innovation culture is working on Renewable Electricity, Green Hydrogen, Green Ammonia, Sustainable Food, and Water, among others. Mr. Upadhyay also supports emerging start-ups to scale up their business.
Nikhil Dhingra has over 20 years of leadership experience in investment banking and infrastructure sector. In his earlier stint at ACME, he led Company’s growth from 300 MW to 5 GW+ capacity establishing ACME as leading renewable energy company in India. Prior to his current assignment at ACME, he served as CEO of Oriental Tollways, a leading national highways company in India and on board of directors of all operating companies of Oriental Infratrust, a leading infrastructure investment trust with assets of over $ 2 billion. He served as head- Infra and renewables for ICICI Securities Investment Banking. He holds an MBA in finance from IIM Bangalore and B.Tech, Electrical Engineering from NIT Kurukshetra.
Sandeep Kashyap is a seasoned and highly accomplished executive with over two and a half decades of experience in Business Development, Policy Advocacy, Project Execution and Corporate Affairs. With a fast-track management career marked by demonstrated ability to build peak-performing teams to achieve a cross-functional business objective, Sandeep is leading the ACME Group to the next phase of growth in solar and green hydrogen and ammonia businesses. He played a crucial role in closing recent global partnerships sealed by the Company. Sandeep is an MBA from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, and a Bachelor of Engineering from Shivaji University.
Gautam Saha is a dynamic civil engineering professional with over 28 years of rich knowledge and hands on, proven & demonstrated core experience in setting up new business vertical, due-diligence, feasibility studies, international business development, tendering & proposals, cost estimation & budgeting, cost & commercial management, contract management/administration, project management & control of metro rail, railways, viaducts, hydro power projects, mega industrial infrastructures, highways, commercial structures, tunnels, dams & underground structures in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Singapore, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Africa and UAE.
He is a high-performing leader & a motivator with great influencing skills, deep knowledge & robust understanding of highly complex and mega-scale Infrastructure development Industry. He possesses proven & demonstrated leadership skills & collaborative competencies for on-time delivery of complex projects within cost, quality & safety parameters.
Previously, Gautam has worked in companies including L&T, HCC, Tata Projects Ltd, Bauer GmBH, & Reliance Infrastructures Ltd.
Ashish Tiwari has over three decades of extensive experience in the renewable energy sector. He worked closely with the entire ecosystem of the Indian renewable energy sector from concept to commissioning to operation of RE assets and decommissioning of the first project after the successful completion of life cycle.
He believes in adopting innovative approaches to make everything possible within the budget and agreed timelines. He also witnessed first Indian RE company to list at AIM, London, first SPV to get non-recourse finance from SBI and a lot more.
Prior to ACME, he was working with Kosher Climate India Pvt. Ltd. In the past, He worked with major Indian and Overseas IPPs, OEMs, consultants like Vena Energy, Greenergy Renewables, India Energy Ltd., Essar Power, Vestas Wind, HCC, Windia Power/ Karma Energy, CECL etc. He holds an ME in Civil Engineering from BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan.
Ashwani with 30 years of marketing and business development experience in the energy sector, has worked across Asia and Europe in various functional and leadership roles. In his last role, Ashwani was heading the global LNG marketing business for ADNOC. He has previously worked as Country Head for Shell Energy India and played an active role in the development of gas and power markets leveraging his rich global and domestic experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.
Anil Chutani is responsible for promoting green hydrogen and green ammonia technology at ACME Group. He has over 26 years of professional experience in the technology domain in various sectors including telecom, renewables, energy storage, electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen storage, and electrolyzers, among others. He is an expert in engineering, product development, technical due diligence for M&As, and scaling up start-ups from R&D stage to commercial scale. He has Bachelor's Degree in Electronics and Communications.
Neeraj Gupta has over 15 years of experience in equity capital markets,
debt capital markets, mergers and acquisition and project finance. He has been with ACME for over 5 years now. He has successfully
raised approximately US$ 1.4 billion of equity from marquee investors,
US$ 1.7 billion of debt through domestic fund raise and has led
multiple M&A and equity raise transactions with marquee funds and
institutions like Macquarie, Blackstone, APG, Brookfield, Piramal, Actis,
Petronas, SCATEC, UNOPS, IFU. Prior to joining the Company, he
worked at Hindustan Power and Tech Mahindra in corporate finance
and strategy functions. He holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from
Indian Institute of Management, Indore and B.Tech from Indian
Institute of Technology Delhi.
Gursharan Jassal has over 15 years of experience in Procurement, Project Management, Business Development, Corporate Strategy & Strategic Advisory in ACME, Tata Consultancy Services, India Today group & Accelerator Group LLC. He holds a MSc in Finance & Management from Cranfield School of Management, England and Bachelor of Engineering from Panjab University.
Dr. Abhilash Raghavan is a Certified Sustainability Reporting Practitioner, Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner (CMIOSH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), LEED Green Associate, ISO Lead Auditor for Safety & Environment. He also holds a PhD specialized in Environmental Health and Sustainability. Over the course of last two decades, he had worked in a wide range of industries, gaining experience in EHS, ESG, Sustainability, and Environmental Management. These industries included Government and regulatory, pharmaceuticals, engineering, healthcare, industrial gas manufacturing, recycling, financial sector, and more.
Dr. Abhilash is ardently committed to protecting human life from injuries and accidents and assisting organizations in finding their path to success, while transitioning to sustainable business models. As an Environmental and Sustainability leader, he had driven initiatives in the areas of Sustainable Business Practices, ESG Due Diligence, Risk Assessment and Rating, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocols and Abatement, Climate Change, Net Zero, Carbon Neutral, and the Circular Economy.
In addition to his current role as Head of ESG at ACME Group, he is an active volunteer in promoting ESG, environmental, social & community development services and mentoring young and aspiring professionals. He is also serving as a Council member of IOSH, the largest professional OHS organization in the UK, which represents about 50K professionals globally. He firmly believes in conveying and using the knowledge gained via continual learning and professional upskilling, and his most recent degree is an MBA in Energy and Sustainability from a prestigious European university.