Mr. Abilash ET Nair
Head – Smart Cities
Al Naboodah Group
Abilash ET Nair in his current capacity heads the Smart City initiatives for Al Naboodah Group (ANGE) that includes the Smart Mobility & Smart Buildings initiatives. As part of Smart Mobility, he is in process to establish the Al Naboodah brand as the partner-of-choice for all Electric Vehicle needs (including charging solutions, etc) needs in UAE and the GCC. As part of the Smart Buildings, he is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art automation and Solar technologies to optimize the energy needs, increase energy efficiency and utilization with nature-centric technology. He is a prominent believer of workingwith-nature & do-more-with-existing concepts of energy usage. In his current role, he is also keen to promoting the coherent values and capabilities of ANGE towards a sustainable future for future generations.
In his previous roles he has been the head of business development & marketing for ABB’s Electrification Products division’s Power & Electric Vehicle Charging BU in Pan-India. He handled the BD & Marketing activities for three PGs – Solar Inverters (including Microgrids), Electric Vehicle Charging and Power Protection (UPS & Power Conditioning) as LBU Business Development Manager responsible for strategy, product & value proposition to ABB’s well-known technology prowess. The Solar Inverter business at ABB (had the highest Indian market share) in the industry benefited with in-house developed Microgrid technology as a building block for the Smart Grid. It is still the golden feather to his crown being a co-developer for the microgrid concept.
He is a Business Development Manager, Electrical Engineer & Project Manager with extensive experience into smart grid technologies & microgrids. In his career spanning almost a decade, Abilash has worked in promoting very good technologies while handling challenging, instrumental and continentlevel roles for companies like Al Naboodah, ABB and L&T.
He joined ANGE in October 2019 and has experience in Country-level Marketing, Business Development, Business Strategy, Project Management, Program Management, Supply Chain & Planning and execution for Solar and renewable energy projects. He has been the Business Development & Account Manager (North America) for Larsen & Toubro and helped setup the channels for L&T in USA and was instrumental in creating the renewable expertise as the Microgrid & Smart Grid in-charge in US and Canada.
He was the project coordinator for the eastern USA team for the first Smart Grid project by the New York Smart Grid Consortium at the age of 21 and has helped develop the current concept for the global Smart Grid phenomenon under the leadership of Dr. Massoud Amin “The Father of the Smart Grid”. He is a globally certified Project Manager since 2013 with emphasis on planning and collaboration. He is an early recipient of several Leadership awards while leading the Graduate Indian Student Association as Senator in USA. He is Inducted as industry adviser for three US universities in Smart Grid technology and is a proud recipient of “Strafomore’s Who’s Who” award for industry excellence in 2012. He has graduated with MS & MBA degrees from top tier universities in USA & India with “Triple Honors”. He has received National Award “Impact & Innovation Award” for 2014 from Keller Graduate School of Management in Houston, Texas for Smart Grid final project.
He currently is inducted as a global member of focus groups “Grid Integration” & “EV Charging Infrastructure” at CharIN (the CCS standard) for Electric Vehicles.