Harish Hande

Dr. Harish Hande

Founder and Managing Director, SELCO

Harish co-founded SELCO-India with Neville Williams in 1995, a social enterprise, to eradicate poverty by promoting sustainable technologies in rural India. With its headquarters in Bangalore , SELCO has 25 branches in Karnataka and Gujarat. Today SELCO INDIA has installed solar lighting systems in over 120,000 households in the rural areas of these states. Hande has won the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy 2005 and the Tech Museum Award 2005. Hande has also received the world’s leading green energy award from Prince Charles in 2005. In 2007 SELCO INDIA won the Outstanding Achievement Award from Ashden Awards, which was presented by former Vice-President of the US and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore. Hande was named the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. He was also the featured attendee and speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative 2007. In 2008, Hande was chosen by Business Today as one of the 21 young leaders for India’s 21st century. In mid 2008, India Today named him one of the 50 pioneers of change in India. He was awarded with Asia’s prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2011, sometimes referred to as Asia’s Nobel Prize, for “his pragmatic efforts to put solar power technology in the hands of the poor, through his social enterprise SELCO India”. Dr. Hande earned his Doctorate in energy engineering (solar specialty) at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell). He has an undergraduate degree in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.