About Us
The Smart Power Initiative of The Rockefeller Foundation aims to extend productive power to those without sufficient access to reliable and quality electricity
Our Vision
Drive economic progress by making reliable electricity accessible
Our Mission
Impact millions of lives by accelerating electricity access among the rural underserved communities
The Team
James Abraham
Founder and Director
James has over 25 years’ experience as a management leader in technology companies in the Americas and South East Asia. He started his career with Bell Canada, where he helped develop and launch Canada’s first frame relay service. James joined the Boston Consulting Group in 1994 and has worked in industries as diverse as paper, appliances, oil and gas, and automotive. In 2009, he quit as senior partner with BCG to found Sunborne Energy. In 2014, he launched SolarArise, which focuses on financing and managing solar power plants over their lifetime. James is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, the India leadership initiative of the Ananta-Aspen Institute, and a moderator of Aspen’s value-based leadership programmes. He has a B.S. degree from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from Wharton, and an MA from the Johns Hopkins University.
Ashvin Dayal
Associate Vice-President and MD, Asia
The Rockefeller Foundation
As associate vice-president and managing director, Asia, Ashvin manages The Rockefeller Foundation’s regional office based in Bangkok, Thailand. He oversees work across Asia, strengthening and complementing the foundation’s initiatives around the globe. Ashvin leads the foundation’s SPRD initiative aimed at scaling up decentralised renewable energy solutions for off-grid rural communities, as well as oversees global efforts in Asia on strengthening institutional capacities for achieving universal health coverage, advancing cross-border collaboration in disease surveillance, and promoting an enabling environment for the growth of impact investing and philanthropy. Before joining the foundation, Ashvin held various leadership roles over 15 years with the British aid organisation, Oxfam Great Britain. He most recently headed their South Asia operations from New Delhi, India, where he was responsible for developing and managing strategy and programmes focusing on disaster management, climate change resilience, private sector engagement and agricultural development, and promoting women’s economic leadership.
Jaideep Mukherji
Chief Executive Officer
Smart Power India
As the chief executive officer of SPI, Jaideep leads the India-based work of the SPRD programme.With over 30 years’ experience, Jaideep showcases a strong track record in the areas of innovation and expansion of new product categories in developing markets for consumer goods as well as social enterprise sectors. During his stint with d.light, a pioneer in bringing affordable and reliable solar lighting devices to developing nations, Jaideep was responsible for scaling up operations across India and other Asian markets. Previously, at McCain Foods, Jaideep headed the development of the frozen food market in India and executed their cold chain distribution, marketing and manufacturing strategies.