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.

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.

Rajeev Singh

Chief Technology Officer

Rajeev has extensive experience building large-scale, complex software systems. Prior to AutoGrid, Rajeev was at iMANY Inc., a leader in the enterprise contract management software space, conceptual...

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Rajeev Singh

Chief Technology Officer

Rajeev has extensive experience building large-scale, complex software systems. Prior to AutoGrid, Rajeev was at iMANY Inc., a leader in the enterprise contract management software space, conceptualizing and building iMANY’s “next-gen” application platform in a Skunkworks-like environment (starting literally in a garage off Woodside Road in Redwood City, California). Over the years, Rajeev helped set up iMANY’s Silicon Valley presence, which resulted in the eventual relocation of iMANY’s global R&D headquarters to Silicon Valley. Companies like GE Aviation, Honeywell, TIBCO, Kodak, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Genentech now run iMANY’s enterprise applications on the “next-gen” platform. Rajeev also introduced iMANY to cloud computing, “Big Data” processing using Hadoop, Ruby-on-Rails and conceptualized and led the company’s SaaS architecture. Prior to iMANY, Rajeev built decision-support and price- and revenue-optimization enterprise systems at Decision Focus (renamed Talus and later acquired by Manugistics). The systems Rajeev built were used by such companies as Ford Motor Co., Continental and Northwest airlines. One of these — a marketing incentive optimization system — was chronicled in Forbes and Business Week magazines. Rajeev has an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 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.

Vish Ganti

VP & General Manager, India

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 & General Manager, India

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.

Rahul Kar

VP of Industry Solutions

Rahul 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, mana...

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Rahul Kar

VP of Industry Solutions

Rahul 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. His background has also given him a deep understanding of public policy and renewable generation. 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.

Nancy Covey

VP of Marketing

Nancy has nearly 20 years of marketing experience in the energy sector, and has worked up and down the energy value chain, including global metals, coal, LNG and oil mar...

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Nancy Covey

VP of Marketing

Nancy has nearly 20 years of marketing experience in the energy sector, and has worked up and down the energy value chain, including global metals, coal, LNG and oil markets as well as downstream power price benchmarking, renewables research, financial risk analytics and consulting. She joins AutoGrid from IHS Markit, where she most recently served as Executive Director and Global Head of Upstream Marketing, focused on software, analytics data and research for the E&P space. Earlier in her career Nancy worked at S&P Global Platts and Financial Times Energy, and was responsible for marketing research services for demand side management, distributed generation, smart grid and T&D to firms developing small business, residential and commercial partnership strategies and programs. Nancy holds degrees in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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.

Om Moolchandani

Chief Security Officer

Om was most recently Sr. Director for Cyber Security for General Electric’s industrial internet of things (IoT) platform, Predix. At Predix he built Edge, IoT and ICS cyber security organizations ...

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Om Moolchandani

Chief Security Officer

Om was most recently Sr. Director for Cyber Security for General Electric’s industrial internet of things (IoT) platform, Predix. At Predix he built Edge, IoT and ICS cyber security organizations that drove Cyber Security and “Secure by Design” product development initiatives for GE’s IoT products focused in Critical Infrastructure, Industrial Automation, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Grid and Energy IoT space. Prior to joining GE, Om was head of cyber security for Cipher Cloud where he led Secure Software Development Practices and Architected the world’s first Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB ) product. Prior to Cipher Cloud, Om spent several years in Australia providing security consulting for large Financial and Industrial companies with focus in Enterprise Security, ITGRC, Secure Software Development and Cyber Security Automation. Om holds a Masters and a Bachelors in Computer Applications from University of Technology, MP, India, a specialization in Business Strategy from Harvard, and a specialization in IoT Business from MIT-Sloan. Om also holds several specializations in Cyber Security and is a lifetime member of ISACA.

Grant Allen

Grant Allen is a General Partner of SE Ventures, a $565M venture capital fund backed by Schneider Electric.  His focus is on emerging technologies and their role in the digital transformation of in...

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Grant Allen

Grant Allen is a General Partner of SE Ventures, a $565M venture capital fund backed by Schneider Electric.  His focus is on emerging technologies and their role in the digital transformation of industries, the built environment and the increasingly distributed electrical ecosystem.  Current investment interests include mobility, proptech, energy tech, AI, and industrial technologies where Schneider can be a value add partner and revenue catalyst.

An expert in corporate innovation and a venture investor for 12 years, Grant was most recently the global head of venture capital for Zurich-based ABB.  He was previously a VC at Core Capital Partners, a $400M fund focused on enterprise software; Microsoft in their Mobile & Embedded Devices division; and several start-ups including Jingle Networks (First Round Capital-backed search startup acq. for $63M). Grant is an active angel investor and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer selection committee. Grant holds degrees from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and The Wharton School.

Eric Dresselhuys

Eric Dresselhuys has been involved in the energy, utility and infrastructure industry for over 20 years. Eric currently serves as President of Smart Energy Water, the leading cloud platform for digi...

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Eric Dresselhuys

Eric Dresselhuys has been involved in the energy, utility and infrastructure industry for over 20 years. Eric currently serves as President of Smart Energy Water, the leading cloud platform for digital experience for the utility industry.  Additionally Eric serves as an advisor to Helium, Xage Security and Protxx.  Previously Eric was the Founder and EVP at Silver Spring Networks, the leader in smart grid networking and industrial IoT solutions where he was involved from inception to NYSE IPO. Eric is a regular speaker and industry thought leader and has participated in building numerous $1B+ enterprises globally.

Austin R. Bryan

Innovation, CLP Holdings Limited

Austin R. Bryan joined CLP Holdings in May 2016 as Senior Director – Innovation, leading the company’s innovation & ventures strategy in the face of challenges presented by digital disruption. ...

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Austin R. Bryan

Senior Director

Austin R. Bryan joined CLP Holdings in May 2016 as Senior Director – Innovation, leading the company’s innovation & ventures strategy in the face of challenges presented by digital disruption. He is also a Director of various subsidiary companies of the CLP Group. Austin has been a pioneer of new services and value creation in the digital media sector for the past 10 years and is a globally recognised leader in transforming business activities in the financial and telecommunications sectors.

Dan Ahn

Envision Ventures

Dan Ahn is the Managing Partner at Envision Ventures. He formed Envision Ventures to help entrepreneurs succeed in changing the world. His current areas of interest are software for IoT, Big Data, a...

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Dan Ahn

Dan Ahn is the Managing Partner at Envision Ventures. He formed Envision Ventures to help entrepreneurs succeed in changing the world. His current areas of interest are software for IoT, Big Data, and Security. Prior to Envision, he was a Managing Director at Voyager Capital, where he led the firm’s Silicon Valley investment activity, and investments in various SaaS, Big Data and Security companies. Prior to Voyager, Dan was a Managing Director at Woodside Fund, where invested in or was the founding VC in numerous successful companies, all in the IT space. Prior to Woodside, Dan was an entrepreneur, having co-founded and been the President of EndPoint Technologies, which was later successfully acquired by Applied Materials. Dan has an AB from Harvard College and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Konrad Augustin

E.ON

Konrad Augustin heads the US activities of the Scouting and Co-Investment (SCI) Group of E.ON. In over 12 years of Corporate Venture Capital Konrad led Investments into a number of international sta...

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Konrad Augustin

Konrad Augustin heads the US activities of the Scouting and Co-Investment (SCI) Group of E.ON. In over 12 years of Corporate Venture Capital Konrad led Investments into a number of international start-ups in Europe and the US, incl. AutoGrid, Aspen Aerogels, Enervee, Greensmith, Sight Machine, Thermondo, and Vinli. Before joining E.ON in 2013, Konrad worked at BASF Venture Capital and at strategic marketing and corporate audit of BASF Group, with projects in Australia, Japan, Singapore and various European countries. He studied Business Administration in Regensburg and Connecticut, USA, and holds a Diploma and an MBA.

Michael Donnelly

Energy Impact Partners

Michael Donnelly serves as a Partner and Chief Risk Officer at Energy Impact Partners (EIP). Prior to EIP, he had a 25-year career at General Electric focused on energy in various management functio...

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Michael Donnelly

Michael Donnelly serves as a Partner and Chief Risk Officer at Energy Impact Partners (EIP). Prior to EIP, he had a 25-year career at General Electric focused on energy in various management functions, most recently as Head of Business Development for GE Energy Management-Industrial Solutions. Michael holds a B.S. from the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.

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.