harishCo Founder – Selco Solar

Harish Hande is an Indian social entrepreneur, who co-founded SELCO India in 1995, a social enterprise, to eradicate poverty by promoting sustainable technologies in rural India. SELCO is a social enterprise that provides sustainable energy services in India. He was born Karnataka and raised in Rourkela, Orissa. After completing his basic schooling in Orissa in Ispat English Medium School, he went to IIT Kharagpur for his undergraduate studies in Energy Engineering. Further, he went to the U.S. to do his Master’s and later PhD. in Energy Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Key attributes:

1. Harish Hande has won many prestigious awards for SELCO, from both USA and India, signifying the realm that his enterprise has created, showcasing the magic of his insightful idea and leadership qualities. He has been lauded for his success, which makes him one the most famous pioneers of the 21st century.

2. He has been awarded the Karnataka Rajyotsava Prashasti in 2011 by the Government of Karnataka. In 2013, the Trustees of University of Massachusetts awarded him the Doctorate of Humane Letters. In 2014, IIT Kharagpur conferred upon him the distinguished alumnus award. The most notable of them being the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2011 for “his pragmatic efforts to put solar power technology in the hands of the poor, through his social enterprise SELCO India”.