Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah, President & Co-Founder, Generate Capital
Smith Alumnus MBA '01 

Jigar Shah is the president and co-founder of Generate Capital. Generate Capital is a specialty finance company that builds, owns, operates, and finances infrastructure assets involving the world’s critical resources: energy, water, agriculture and basic materials. Generate’s team has decades of collective experience financing billions of dollars of sustainable infrastructure. Jigar was also the founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), where he pioneered "no money down solar" and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide. After SunEdison, he served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. In 2013, he authored Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy. He sits on the boards of sPower and the Rocky Mountain Institute and he holds an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Check out Jigar Shah and Generate Capital on Twitter @JigarShahdc and @GenerateCapital.

About Generate Capital 

Generate Capital is a specialty finance company based in San Francisco, Calif., that partners with project developers and technology manufacturers globally to finance the Resource Revolution – doing more with less of our critical resources like energy, water, food, and materials. Generate Capital builds, owns, operates, and finances infrastructure assets involving the world’s critical resources: energy, water, agriculture, and basic materials. Generate’s team has decades of collective experience financing billions of dollars of sustainable infrastructure. With a permanent capital base, flexibility to meet a range of needs, and deep domain expertise in technology, energy and resource sectors, Generate partners with the innovative companies who are building infrastructure.

Innovation Keynote

Seeta Hariharan

Seeta Hariharan, General Manager and Group Head
Tata Consultancy Services’ Digital Software & Solutions Group

Seeta Hariharan is general manager and group head of Tata Consultancy Services’ Digital Software & Solutions Group, where she is responsible for all aspects of this new strategic growth unit that develops and markets customer analytics software for the retail, banking and telecommunications sectors. Her innovation keynote will address how she sees technology in business being an enabler of sustainability and social value. She holds engineering and management degrees, the latter from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. She is a co-inventor of 23 global patents.

About TATA

The Tata group of companies is emerging as one of the world’s most trusted and respected corporate names. Combining ethical values with proven business performance and leadership, Tata has a heritage of deep social commitment that has earned the trust and respect of its stakeholders. In the United States, the Tata group has had a presence for over 60 years. As the largest India-headquartered multinational in North America, Tata has 11 companies and more than 24,000 employees in the United States and Canada, with well-known brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Tetley Tea and Eight’ O Clock coffee. At Tata, innovation is a critical vector for improving quality, performance and competitiveness. The Tata group has adopted a three-pronged strategy to encourage and enhance innovation across its companies. The three key drivers are better communication and recognition of innovative ideas and efforts; facilities and initiatives that enable learning from other companies; and support for collaborative research and partnerships with academia. For more information please visit northamerica.tata.com and www.tata.com.