Rahul Walawalkar, PhD, CEM, CDSM, CSDP

Executive Director, IESA & President & MD
Customized Energy Solutions Ltd.

Dr. Rahul Walawalkar leads the Emerging Technologies & Markets practice for Customized Energy Solutions. Customized Energy Solutions manages a portfolio of over 3000 MWs of resources including 1300 MWs of wind and various energy storage facilities in various markets in North America and India. 

Rahul currently serves on the Board of Directors of Energy Storage Association as Secretary. He is founder and Executive Director for India Energy Storage Alliance. In 2014, Rahul was elected as Vice Chair for the Global Energy Storage Alliance. Rahul holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and Masters in Energy Mangement from New York Institute of Technology. 

In 2012, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) nominated him as chairperson of working group on Integrating Renewable Energy Sources (RES), Micro-Grids and Energy Storage as part of Smart Grid Coordination Committee. In June 2013, he was also nominated as member of national taskforce for integration of Electricity from renewable Energy sources in the Grid during the 12th Plan by Central Electricity Authority & Ministry of Power. 

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