AutoGrid Leadership Team

Board Of Directors

Amit Narayan

Chief Executive Officer

Amit is the Founder and CEO of AutoGrid, Inc. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Director of Smart Grid Research in Modeling & Simulation at Stanford University, where he led an interdisciplinary pro...

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Amit Narayan

Chief Executive Officer

Amit is the Founder and CEO of AutoGrid, Inc. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Director of Smart Grid Research in Modeling & Simulation at Stanford University, where he led an interdisciplinary project related to modeling, optimization and control of the electricity grid and associated electricity markets. Prior to founding AutoGrid, Amit was the Vice President of Products at the publicly traded company Magma Design Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), where he led the product development and product management teams responsible for Magma’s flagship product in the design implementation area.

Over one third of all semiconductor chips used in consumer electronic devices — such as smart phones, blue-ray players and video games — were designed using products developed by Amit’s team at Magma. Prior to joining Magma, Amit founded Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. (BDA), a venture-backed company in analog and radio-frequency semiconductor design software and served as its founding CEO and later Vice President of Engineering, responsible for all research and product development activities, as well as customer engagements. Under Amit’s leadership, BDA saw its products adopted by over 100 semiconductor companies in the world (including 20 out of the top 25). For his work at BDA, Amit received the EDN’s “Innovation for the Year” award in 2006. Amit received his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur and Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley. He has published over 25 papers about design automation, holds seven U.S. patents and is an active advisor to several startup companies in the Bay Area.

Rahul Kar

SVP and General Manager

Rahul is responsible for revenue growth, product development, solutions design and delivery of the New Energy business unit at AutoGrid. He has over 15 years of experience developing and successfull...

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Rahul Kar

SVP and General Manager

Rahul is responsible for revenue growth, product development, solutions design and delivery of the New Energy business unit at AutoGrid. He has over 15 years of experience developing and successfully delivering innovative energy solutions for industries, utilities and the government. He has worked in a variety of engineering, management and policy design roles; designing turbo-machinery for reduced process energy consumption, managing large technology strategy projects for the U.S. Department of Energy and developing machine learning and optimization products with practical business applications for various energy companies. His areas of expertise include business model innovation, data science and analytics, demand side modeling, determining climate impacts of energy systems, markets for electric energy and operating reserves, and system dynamic modeling. Prior to joining AutoGrid, Rahul worked at Navigant Consulting in Boston and at Praxair’s Cryogenic R&D Center in New York. Rahul graduated from MIT and Texas A&M University.

Rajeev Singh

Chief Technology Officer

Rajeev is responsible for conceptualizing, developing, scaling and securing AutoGrid’s AI-driven cloud-native SaaS platform and applications. Rajeev brings extensive experience building large-scal...

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Rajeev Singh

Chief Technology Officer

Rajeev is responsible for conceptualizing, developing, scaling and securing AutoGrid’s AI-driven cloud-native SaaS platform and applications. Rajeev brings extensive experience building large-scale, complex enterprise-grade software systems.

Prior to AutoGrid, as Principal Architect and later Director of Technology at iMANY (now Model N), Rajeev built their “next-gen” enterprise contract management platform, starting literally in a garage. Prior to iMANY, as System Architect, Rajeev built decision-support and price- and revenue-optimization enterprise systems at Decision Focus Inc. (renamed Talus and later acquired by Manugistics). The systems Rajeev has built have been used by such companies as Ford Motor Co., Continental and Northwest airlines, GE Aviation, Honeywell, TIBCO, Kodak, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Genentech. One of these — a marketing incentive optimization system for Ford Motor Co. — was chronicled in Forbes and Businessweek.

Rajeev has an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and a B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.

Matthew Lee

VP of Finance

Matthew Lee joins AutoGrid as VP of Finance. Matthew has extensive experience leading at the intersection of strategy, finance, and operations. Most recently he served as Head of Planning & Busi...

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Matthew Lee

VP of Finance

Matthew Lee joins AutoGrid as VP of Finance. Matthew has extensive experience leading at the intersection of strategy, finance, and operations. Most recently he served as Head of Planning & Business Intelligence supporting the global advertising business at Google. Prior to Google, Matthew was an investor in both public and private markets, including with Altamont Capital Partners in Palo Alto where he worked in transactions across healthcare and financial services. He began his career as a consultant with Bain & Company in New York.

Matthew holds a AB in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from HBS.

Quique Schwarz

Chief Data Scientist

Quique is responsible for developing forecasting, optimization, and customer segmentation capabilities in the AutoGrid platform. He brings more than 20 years experience designing and delivering deci...

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Quique Schwarz

Chief Data Scientist

Quique is responsible for developing forecasting, optimization, and customer segmentation capabilities in the AutoGrid platform. He brings more than 20 years experience designing and delivering decision support solutions in a variety of verticals, including digital advertising, air cargo, long-haul trucking, ride sharing, and retail pricing/promotions. He has pioneered the application of revenue management and demand-side optimization in a number of these industries. Prior to AutoGrid, Quique developed forecasting and optimization capabilities at Uber and Brand.net, a leading ad network specializing in brand advertising. Before that he consulted for Polar Air Cargo and Schneider National, where he delivered novel demand-side forecasting and price optimization capabilities. He previously worked for a leading boutique solutions firm specializing in revenue management, Decision Focus (renamed Talus and later acquired by Manugistics), where he designed the analytics behind the first successful revenue management system in the air cargo industry for Continental Airlines, as well as a promotions optimization system for Ford Motor Company. Quique has an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Operations Research and Statistics, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Vish Ganti

VP of Product

Vish serves as Vice President and General Manager for AutoGrid India and is responsible for growing AutoGrid’s business in the region, leveraging the artificial intelligence (AI)- driven AutoGrid ...

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Vish Ganti

VP of Product

Vish serves as Vice President and General Manager for AutoGrid India and is responsible for growing AutoGrid’s business in the region, leveraging the artificial intelligence (AI)- driven AutoGrid Flex™ platform. As a passionate advocate for open standards, Vish has nearly a decade of success working with utilities, ISOs and C&I sites to develop automated demand response (AutoDR), helping them to expand the adoption of OpenADR technology solutions in distributed resources.

As a technology pioneer and a subject matter expert in DER/IoT, Vish has a long track record of research, development and deployment across the spectrum of Smart Grid applications, including AutoDR, interoperability, home automation, and smart appliances. Vish has held senior roles at CPower (a subsidiary of Constellation), Johnson Controls and EnerNOC, as well as leading innovative research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

Vish holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering specialized in Energy Management from San Francisco State University. In December 2018, he completed activation of a MicroGrid at his house in Silicon Valley, with by DERs such as Smart-thermostat, Solar PV, Tesla Powerwall, EV with Smart Charging, including a personal weather station.

Yusuf Attarwala

VP, User Experience & Design

Yusuf is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 25 years of experience in software development and technical leadership. He was most recently Director of Web Engineering at Seagate Technologies where he...

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Yusuf Attarwala

VP, User Experience & Design

Yusuf is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 25 years of experience in software development and technical leadership. He was most recently Director of Web Engineering at Seagate Technologies where he led a team developing Cloud Solutions for consumers and Applications for self-encrypting hard-drives. Yusuf was Co-founder and Vice President of Web Technologies at Axiom Design which was acquired by Mentor Graphics. Yusuf has held management and Principal architect positions at several Silicon Valley startups, including Chegg (now a public company), Berkeley Design Automation ( now part of Siemens) and Lyveminds ( later acquired by Seagate ) focusing on computer graphics, UI/UX and Web technologies.

Yusuf holds two Masters degrees in Engineering from UCLA and from University of Iowa. He also holds a US Patent. For fun, he enjoys creating art in different media.

Amit Narayan

AutoGrid

Amit is the Founder and CEO of AutoGrid, Inc. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Director of Smart Grid Research in Modeling & Simulation at Stanford University, where he led an interdisciplinary pro...

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Amit Narayan

Chief Executive Officer

Amit is the Founder and CEO of AutoGrid, Inc. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Director of Smart Grid Research in Modeling & Simulation at Stanford University, where he led an interdisciplinary project related to modeling, optimization and control of the electricity grid and associated electricity markets. Prior to founding AutoGrid, Amit was the Vice President of Products at the publicly traded company Magma Design Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), where he led the product development and product management teams responsible for Magma’s flagship product in the design implementation area.

Over one third of all semiconductor chips used in consumer electronic devices — such as smart phones, blue-ray players and video games — were designed using products developed by Amit’s team at Magma. Prior to joining Magma, Amit founded Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. (BDA), a venture-backed company in analog and radio-frequency semiconductor design software and served as its founding CEO and later Vice President of Engineering, responsible for all research and product development activities, as well as customer engagements. Under Amit’s leadership, BDA saw its products adopted by over 100 semiconductor companies in the world (including 20 out of the top 25). For his work at BDA, Amit received the EDN’s “Innovation for the Year” award in 2006. Amit received his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur and Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley. He has published over 25 papers about design automation, holds seven U.S. patents and is an active advisor to several startup companies in the Bay Area.

Annette Clayton

Schneider Electric

As Chief Executive Officer for Schneider Electric North America, Annette is responsible for the region’s business strategy, developing and fostering new growth business models specifically in the ...

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Annette Clayton

Chief Executive Officer, Schneider Electric North America

As Chief Executive Officer for Schneider Electric North America, Annette is responsible for the region’s business strategy, developing and fostering new growth business models specifically in the areas of sustainability, decarbonization, and renewables. In her role, she is partnering with innovators, industry, and governments to further the mission toward an all-electric world. She is also a member of the company’s Executive Committee, chairs the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and is a board of director for the National Association of Manufacturers.

Nadège Petit

Schneider Electric

Nadège is the Chief Innovation Officer of Schneider Electric and a member of its Global Executive Committee. She is responsible for the external innovation activities of Schneider Electric includin...

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Nadège Petit

Chief Innovation Officer, Schneider Electric

Nadège is the Chief Innovation Officer of Schneider Electric and a member of its Global Executive Committee. She is responsible for the external innovation activities of Schneider Electric including the corporate venture arm SE Ventures, incubations, partnerships, joint ventures, and the eMobility business. Nadège started with Schneider Electric in 2004 and has had multiple operational and management roles in Europe, Russia, and Hong Kong including Corporate Strategy Senior Vice President, and was most recently EVP for the global Power Products division.

Luis D’Acosta

Schneider Electric

As the Executive Vice President of Schneider Electric’s Digital Energy Division, Luis oversees the accelerating advancement of electrical grid infrastructure, critical facilities, and the building...

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Luis D’Acosta

Executive Vice President of Digital Energy Global Business

As the Executive Vice President of Schneider Electric’s Digital Energy Division, Luis oversees the accelerating advancement of electrical grid infrastructure, critical facilities, and the buildings where we spend most of our lives. He also leads the digitalization of power distribution through EcoStruxure, an IoT-enabled architecture and platform that embraces advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity. He is responsible for addressing the needs of global design firms, building operators, and customers within the healthcare, commercial real estate, and hospitality industries by overseeing a team of solution architects.