Subhashini Chandran joined SunFarmer Nepal as Director of the Board. Subhashini is the Team Leader for RAP3 Connect, a DFID-funded development project in Nepal. Previously, she was one of the most successful female agribusiness entrepreneurs in India. As CEO for over 15 years, she grew the Woodbriar Group from a small tea business into one of India’s largest privately owned tea plantation businesses, with over 10,000 employees. She currently serves on the board of Aban Offshore Limited, a publicly traded Indian company.
Ashutosh Tiwari joined SunFarmer Nepal as Director of the Board. Ashutosh is the CEO of Sherpa Adventure Gear, a global apparel company with manufacturing in Nepal. Immediately prior, he served for 5 years as the Country Director for WaterAid in Nepal, working with the government, civil society, non-profit and private institutions to provide water and sanitation to the poor. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Himalmedia, Nepal’s leading media house. He studied economics at Harvard University, and currently teaches university courses on corporate governance.
Eli leads SunFarmer’s efforts to expand into new markets. Prior to joining SunFarmer, Eli was an Associate at New Island Capital, an environmental and social impact investment firm focused on advancing renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. Eli worked across renewables project finance, private lending, and real assets investments, working on deal teams to deploy more than $125 million across 15 direct investments. He also led the development of a 500 kW solar array to power a 400-acre organic blueberry farm.
Eli has conducted research or performed in over fifty countries, and enjoys vocal performance and hiking. Eli holds a BS in Geology & Geophysics and Environmental Studies from Yale University.
Andy has spent his career focused on the intersection of environment and international development. He has worked in the solar energy industry since 2009, closing or advising over $200MM in renewable energy transactions. Andy started his career at McKinsey & Company’s Sustainability and Nonprofit practices in New York, where he co-authored widely cited papers on climate change and public health and worked closely with major foundations and multilateral organizations.
Andy has spent summers volunteering in Cambodia and the Philippines, and has a longstanding interest in public health through his work as an early fundraiser and energy advisor to the nonprofit Possible. In his free time he enjoys writing and playing music, outdoor activities, and trying to work up the discipline to write for the SunFarmer blog.
Andy holds a Phi Beta Kappa honors degree from Stanford University, is an alumnus of Y Combinator and the New York Venture Fellows program, and was named a 2016 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.