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 Chief Operating Officer of Blue Sky Analytics.
Chandru is an alum of INSEAD business school. He has over 35 years of experience across Sustainability, ESG, Climate Change, Investments, Risk Management, Credit Ratings & Banking.
His earlier stints were as Head of Client Coverage for India at global index and ESG research leader, MSCI, where he popularised ETFs and ESG ratings and as senior director at Crisil (a Standard & Poors company), where he was instrumental in creating and nurturing, various high-growth, high-margin businesses on the non-ratings side.
Chandru was also a member of the Global Policy and Reference Group of UNPRI – an international body with AUM of members aggregating to $140 trillion and a special invitee to the technical committee which drafted the sustainable finance regulations for India, constituted by the Ministry of Finance.
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.
Winners of AI Innovation Prize supported by Patrick J McGovern Foundation & Schmidth Futures