Kshitij is the Founder and CTO of Blue Sky Analytics, a Climate-Tech start-up using satellite data and AI to build environmental monitoring and climate-risk assessment products.
He is a college dropout with over eight years of product and software development experience. A self-taught Full Stack developer, he joined Hiver, an early-stage tech startup, as a core engineer after dropping out in the 3rd semester of his electronics & communication degree.
In 2018, working with his sister Abhilasha, Kshitij founded Blue Sky Analytics to help fight climate change with data. At Blue Sky, he leads a team of young developers and data scientists to analyze terabytes of data to deliver sophisticated environmental datasets; and build “SpaceTime”, a data visualization platform to support open source & collaboration for Climate Action.
Abhilasha is the Founder and CEO of Blue Sky Analytics, a Climate-Tech start-up using satellite data and AI to build environmental monitoring and climate-risk assessment products. She is a Fulbright scholar, Yale and IIT alum with over eight years of work experience in private equity, big data analytics, product development, and environmental policy.
She began her career as a Research Associate at J-PAL, working on air pollution regulation with the Ministry of Environment, India. After her Masters in Environmental Management from Yale, she went on to work on building flexible solar cells in Dublin, kickstarting solar products and asset financing startup at PEG Africa, and clean energy investing as an Associate at GoldenSet Capital.
Upon her return to India, Abhilasha founded Blue Sky Analytics in 2018 as she believes that “data has the capacity to change an entire ecosystem". She deems Blue Sky as a focal point for enabling global climate action with high-quality, accessible environmental data.
Chandru Badrinarayanan is the founder of New Age ESG & Climate Action Pvt Ltd., which provides strategic advice on ESG & Climate to new age firms. He is also Managing Partner at ECube Investment Advisors. Before this, he served in executive leadership positions at MSCI as the country head for India and senior director at Crisil (an S&P company).
At MSCI, he rapidly grew MSCI’s Index, ESG Ratings, and analytics business in India and at Crisil, he added new lines of business like risk solutions, corporate vendor & dealer evaluations, and assurances, solar gradings, fixed Income indexes, and valuations.
He is a special invitee to the technical working group on Regulations for Sustainable Finance, constituted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He is also a member of the global policy and the reference group of UNPRI.
He is an alum of INSEAD Business School and a CFA from ICFAI. He also has completed programs on climate change from the Asian Investor Group on Climate Change and on Fintech and Strategic Innovation from INSEAD Business School.
Winners of AI Innovation Prize supported by Patrick J McGovern Foundation & Schmidth Futures