About AG-Grid Energy
Ag-Grid Energy has a vision to convert agricultural and organic waste into renewable energy, compost and support local area practices that lead us towards a sustainable environment. We intend to finance, build, own (jointly), operate the waste to energy conversion facilities in US.
Manage design, permitting and build of the anaerobic digester
Secure Food Supply
Rashi Akki, Founder and CEO
Prior to launching Ag-Grid Energy LLC, Dr. Akki worked for 20 years at the leading chemical company DuPont. Dr. Akki held progressively senior positions in central R&D, DuPont Titanium Technologies, Nonwovens and Industrial Biosciences. The last 3 years of experience at Industrial Biosciences introduced Dr. Akki to advanced biofuels and biogas.
Currently Dr. Akki is a member of American Biogas Council and PBEA (Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association). Dr. Akki received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University, M.S from University of Connecticut and Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Rahul Gupta, Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Gupta has over 16 years of experience working at both technology startups and large multinational companies with a focus on bringing new products to market.
Prior to joining Ag-Grid, Dr. Gupta was the head of business development and marketing for Cambrios Technologies, a Silicon Valley startup focused on bringing flexible and transparent solar cells, touch sensors and flexible displays to the market. Dr Gupta has also worked on optical telecommunications at Lucent technologies, OLED displays and lighting at OSRAM and a large scale inkjet printing for manufacturing ofLCD TV’s at AKT (Applied Materials).
Rahul received his BTech degree from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, MS from University of Texas at Austin and Ph. D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara (Advisor Nobel Laureate Prof Alan Heeger) and an MBA from the Hass School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.
Navin Maganti, Strategy Advisor
Navin Maganti brings experience in establishing and running organizations with a focus in renewable energy, technology and consulting services. He currently serves as Director of Kenergy Wind Power & Infrastructure (P) Limited and President of Confiance.
Mr. Maganti has over 15 years of progressive sales, technology & management experience in North America, Europe, and Asia. He holds a MBA from Temple University, as well as a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Pune University in India.
Tapan Mallik, Supply Chain & Operations
Dr. Mallik has extensive hands-on supply chain management, consulting and international experience in improving bottom line and operational performance. He has 18 years of experience with DuPont and 9 years at Arkieva, Inc.
His significant experience in supply chain would allow us to de-risk the food waste supply contracts for the term of investment. Dr. Mallik’s did his Ph.D. in Management Science and Information Systems from University of Texas at Austin.
Martin Odom, Technology Consultant
Dr. Odom has 29 years of industrial experience in DuPont’s Central Research Biochemical Science and Engineering Division. Dr. Odom’s experience includes development of new technologies for oil and gas production, biomass conversion to methane, liquid fuels, via both solar and dark fermentative processes.
The last 2 years at DuPont, Dr. Odom consulted on anaerobic digestion of cellulosic wastes from cellulosic bioethanol process. Dr. Odom holds PhD degree from University of Georgia Dept. of Biochemistry. Prior to joining Dupont in 1985 Dr. Odom did postdoctoral work in 1. study basic reactions in anaerobic digestion using grant from Gas Research Institute, and 2. biomass conversion to hydrogen at Solar Energy Research Institute.