Pashupathy S. Gopalan
Pashu has over 22 years of leadership experience in energy & semiconductor industries with the last 15 years focused on starting up and growing several businesses. Pashu is a strong Entrepreneur and General Manager with experience in Strategy, Marketing, M&A, Investments, Finance, Policy, Engineering, Operations, Manufacturing, and R&D/ Innovation. Over the past seven years, Pashu had built SunEdison’s business in Asia, Africa and Australia from scratch constructing over 1100 MW of solar and wind plants and developing a pipeline of 5.3 GWs.
Pashu has been personally responsible for raising ~$2B of equity and debt successfully working with 30+ institutions including institutions like IFC, OPIC, Standard Bank, ICBC, Standard Chartered Bank, SMBC. Throughout his career, Pashu has been a promoter of financing and implementation of sustainable technologies. He was responsible for creating a $250M China New Energy Fund in collaboration with JIC Capital (part of CIC) in 2014 for co-development in China.
Under his leadership, SunEdison was named India’s Best Solar Power Producer by Deloitte & IPPAI (Independent Power Producers Association of India), and was recognized globally for the ground- breaking Gujarat Narmada Canal Top Solar project in 2012. Pashu has also been given the ‘Solar Person of the Year’ award at the Renewable World International Convention, Delhi in 2015 and has received the OPIC Impact Award for the work done in South Africa in 2014. Pashu returned ~$500M back to parent (net of all opex) between 2009-2016 and drove (also later supported) SunEdison’s listing of YieldCo called Terraform Global (GLBL) in July 2015 which raised $2.2B including a $810M Green Bond issuance.
Prior to SunEdison, Pashu worked with Bloom Energy/ Ion America, a leading fuel cell company as Vice President for Strategy, Marketing, Sales, and Government Relations. Pashu has also worked with Cypress Semiconductor for several years in different roles including Global Vice President – Strategic Marketing, M&A, Investments, Cypress Venture Fund and Corporate Development. Prior to this role, Pashu was Managing Director for several business units and spent several years in R&D, technology development and high volume manufacturing operations in Cypress.
Pashu is the cofounder of SPI Housing that focusses on affordable housing under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna Scheme.
Pashu holds an MBA from Stanford Business School, MS from Arizona State University, and B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology.