Rushad Nanavatty leads several of RMI’s research and collaboration efforts and client engagements in disruptive innovation, with a focus on distributed electricity resources (DER) and renewables. This includes efforts to grow the market for battery energy storage (both in front of and behind the meter), and projects with the Energy Web Foundation to develop promising applications for blockchain technology in the energy sector; including automated demand response, utility billing, renewable energy certification, and transactive energy. Rushad also works with RMI’s Business Renewables Center (BRC) to help cities and municipalities meet their renewable energy aspirations.
Prior to joining RMI, Rushad served as the founding COO of WeGen Energy, a DER start-up developing off-grid energy solutions and virtual power plants in the Philippines and Vietnam, utilizing a mix of distributed solar and battery energy storage.
Before Wegen, Rushad spent six years at McKinsey & Company as a member of the firm’s sustainability and resource productivity, infrastructure, and private equity practices. While at McKinsey he led projects for clients across Africa, Asia and the Americas; including market entry, growth, turn-around and sustainability strategies, operations transformations, reorganizations, and commercial due diligences.
M.A., International Relations and International Economics, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); B.A., Economics and Philosophy, University of Delhi, St. Stephens College