In 2019 Pradeep joined Konexa, a business – borne from his experience working at Shell Foundation (a social investment charity) for nine years and over 10 years in Strategy and M&A in large energy companies – that aims to accelerate the path to SDG 7 and inclusive growth by transforming energy provision in emerging markets.
Konexa is an independent, integrated power distribution company that operates a smart grid, driven by data and latest technology, to provide tailored energy services to both urban and rural customers. A customer centric service also means providing appliances, productive use assets, financing and data services to end users.
The business works in partnership with national utilities and invests to improve the efficiency, reliability and affordability of electricity supply through smart generation, grid extension, mini-grids and solar home systems – and seeks to catalyse job creation and income growth for its customers.
As the former Deputy Director of Shell Foundation, Pradeep focused on energy access, sustainable mobility and SME finance across Africa and SE Asia. From 2010 to 2019 he supported a period of growth, with Shell Foundation’s portfolio growing from 8 companies to over 75, based on investments of over $45m per year. In doing so, he created the largest energy access programme in the world with DFID and USAID. Pradeep was responsible for key strategy, investment and operational decisions and held several board roles across the portfolio. He has developed and scaled a number of partnerships with governments, written publications and regularly leads sector wide thought pieces.
Pradeep is a panellist at the sixth Africa Investment Exchange: Power & Renewables meeting at RSA House, 13-14 November 2019.