The Evolving Energy Landscape: Technologies and Policies for a Sustainable Future

Researchers and experts from the EPFL Lausanne, WRI India and WRI China will shed light on the current market trends on energy storage in the Swiss, Chinese and Indian landscape.

Event Details


[Online] July 13, 2020, 16:30-18:30 (China) / 10:30-12:30 (Switzerland) / 14:00-16:00 (India)


Free, RSVP required.

swissnex China is co-organizing the webinar with swissnex India. A focus discussion group comprising researchers and experts from the EPFL Lausanne, WRI India and WRI China will shed light on the current market trends on energy storage in the Swiss, Indian and Chinese landscape. The objective is to see the direction the aforementioned countries are taking in terms of technology and policy and explore if possible synergies can be explored.

Join us for this webinar on July 13!



*Switzerland time

10:30 – 10:35

Opening & Introduction

By Ms. Yashaswini Kumar, swissnex India

10:35 – 10:40

Introductions of  speakers

By Mr. Cassius Castellino, swissnex India

10:40 – 12:00

Focus group discussion – Speakers present their research and area of expertise to the audience

By all speakers with 8-minute presentation/speaking slots

Moderated by Ms. Lijun Zhang, swissnex China & Mr. Cassius Castellino, swissnex India

12:00 – 12:15


12:15 – 12:30

Paths for forging CH-IN collaborations and closing comments

Ms. Lijun Zhang, swissnex China & Ms. Maitree Dasgupta, swissnex India




Dr. Yasmine Calisesi

Executive Director of the EPFL Energy Center CEN

Dr. Yasmine Calisesi is the Executive Director of the EPFL Energy Center CEN since June 2019. Her role is to catalyze energy research led by EPFL laboratories, notably in collaboration with industrial and institutional partners, and enhance EPFL’s impact and image as a world-leading research and education institution.



Prof. Md. K. Nazeeruddin


Dr. Nazeeruddin was awarded the title of Professor at EPFL in 2014. His current research at EPFL focuses on Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Perovskite Solar Cells, CO2 reduction, Hydrogen production, and Light-emitting diodes. He has published more than 625 peer-reviewed papers, ten book chapters, and he is inventor/co-inventor of over 50 patents. According to the Web of Science in 2016, Prof. Nazeeruddin is the 5th most cited chemist in the world and is one of the 19 scientists identified by Thomson Reuters as the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2015 (from all scientific domains).



Prof. Kumar Varoon Agrawal


Kumar Varoon Agrawal is GAZNAT Chair of Advanced Separations and a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC). At EPFL, Kumar’s group is developing novel synthetic routes for two-dimensional (2-d) nanoporous materials and their films with precise control of nanopore size and functionality.



Mr. Deepak Sriram Krishnan

Associate Director, Energy, WRI India

Mr. Krishnan is the Associate Director for WRI India’s Energy Program and leads work on Clean Energy Initiatives (Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency) for different consumer categories; Clean Energy Transitions and Water-Energy nexus. He is a certified Energy Risk Professional. He is an electrical engineering graduate and holds a Master’s degree in electric power systems.



Dr. Rahul Walawalkar

President & MD, Customised Energy Solutions (CES), India

Dr. Walawalkar is the President and MD of Customized Energy Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. and leads the Emerging Technologies practice for Customized Energy Solutions globally with focus on energy storage, renewables, demand response and smart grid technologies as well as international markets. He is also founder & President for India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA). He served as member of the Board of Directors of Energy Storage Association (ESA) in US during 2009-15 and was elected as Secretary in 2013. He was elected as Vice Chair for Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA) in 2014.



Dr. Bo Zhou

Associate Professor, Shanghai University of Electric Power (SUEP)

Bo Zhou, Associate Professor From New energy Power System and Intelligent Distribution Research Institute at SUEP. in 2013, he was supported by the excellent scholarship program of the Swiss government, and went to the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland as a Senior visiting scholar. His research is mainly engaged in Electricity market operation, Power trading Policy and mechanism, market transaction, risk assessment & prevention, economic operation of distribution network, renewable energy access & energy conservation and Emission Reduction Policy.



Ms. Min Yuan

WRI China

Min Yuan is a research associate of WRI China. She focuses on renewable energy policy research, energy consumption and GHG emission analysis at both national and sub national level. She has been deeply involved in the study on distributed renewable energy road map in Yangtze River Delta Region, research on corporate renewable energy procurement mechanism etc. Before joining WRI, Min Yuan had been working for Energy Research Institution of NDRC for nearly 4 years, mainly focused on energy and climate change related policy research.





Ms. Simin Yang

Project Coordinator Innovation & Entrepreneurship, swissnex China

Simin facilitates knowledge acquisition and business development efforts of Swiss startups into China market by offering market study,  IP consultancy support, linking with technology buyers, and specific industry workshops in the field of life science, food & nutrition, ICT, Clean-tech, and precision & intelligent instruments. Before swissnex, she is a Kickstart Accelerator 2016 (Switzerland) alumna with the 1st prize in the Fintech project.


Mr. Cassius Castellino

Project Co-ordinator | Electric Mobility sector specialist, swissnex India

As the Project Co-ordinator of the swissnex University Partnerships team, Cassius manages the academic programmes, programmes related to E-mobility and the Science 4 Society focus area. He has had previous experience with organisations like the World Resources Institute (WRI) India, World Bank Institute (WBI) and Gateway House.



Joint webinar with swissnex India, in collaboration with EPFL and IESA.