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Rakesh Bakshi
Born(1958-06-04)4 June 1958
Died13 April 2020(2020-04-13) (aged 61)
NationalityIndian
Alma materNational Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra
OccupationChairman & Managing Director RRB Energy Limited
SpouseSeema Bakshi (Deceased Oct 2017)
ChildrenShweathambri Bakshi, Riteesh Mohan Bakshi & Raghav Mohan Bakshi

Popularly known internationally as the Green Maharaja, the London born owner of RRB Energy, Rakesh Bakshi (4 June 1958 - 13 April 2020) was an Indian climate change activist, professor and businessman credited as one of the pioneers in the field of renewable energy sources in India and is the founder of Solchrome Private Limited and RRB Energy Limited.[1] He last held the position of Chairman and Managing Director at RRBEL. In 1991, Rakesh Bakshi was awarded Padma Shri, India's 4th highest civilian award by the then President of India Shri. R. Venkataraman in recognition of his commendable contributions to the field of renewable energy sources.[2] He is the first Indian to be honoured with this award for working in the field of renewable energy.[3]

Early life

Rakesh Bakshi was born in London on 4 June 1958. At a very young age, he recognized the importance and significance of tapping available alternative energy sources in order to check global warming and climate change.[4] He completed his graduation from National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra[5] and holds post graduate qualifications in Computer Science and Foreign Trade. After completing his studies, he dedicated himself in realizing his passion by setting up companies to research, manufacture and implement renewable power plants. He also was a guest lecturer at IIT, Delhi for a short stint.

Career

Having been a name to reckon with in the field of alternative energy, Rakesh Bakshi is credited as the founder of the following companies that work in the field of researching and manufacturing renewable energy generation equipments, mainly in the area of wind power generation.[citation needed]

Rakesh Bakshi contributed as Eco-preneur – an entrepreneur in environment friendly technology and businesses. He ventured into the commercial application of products and services in the field of renewable energy. He was a forerunner in establishing Wind Power as a major source of power generation in India.
Rakesh Bakshi introduced to Indian energy sector some of the most advanced and best western technologies in the field of renewable energy and wind power energy from developed countries from Europe and Canada. However, it was not just about technology and know-how transfer from western world to India. Rakesh Bakshi's companies marketed and exported their renewable energy products and services to Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, Malaysia, Mauritius, Botswana, Korea, Australia, Cyprus, U.K. and Turkey

Awards and recognitions

Titles

Personal life

Rakesh Bakshi is married to Seema Bakshi Daughter of Brigadier Dr Kapil Mohan, (Chairman and Managing Director of Mohan Meakin limited ), comes from one of the most respected and highly illustrious families of India. She died on 11 October 2017 in Chennai. He has three Children Shweathambri Bakshi (daughter), Riteesh Mohan Bakshi (son) and Raghav Mohan Bakshi (son).

References

  1. ^ "On Rakesh Bakshi". Economic Times. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Profile". India Energy. doi:10.1109/PESW.2002.985012. S2CID 111032216.
  3. ^ Mallon, Karl (25 June 2012). Contributions summary. Book:Renewable Energy Policy and Politics: A handbook for decision-making. ISBN 9781136558603. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Early life brief". AIHIT data. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Alumni NIT Kurukshetra". Quora. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Awards lists". India Mart. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  7. ^ "UNFC Award". EE Foundation. Retrieved 22 October 2015.