J.V. Khan

Javed Khan

Dr. Javed Vassilis Khan is curious about how people interact with technical systems and based on that curiosity he designs, realizes and evaluates novel interactive systems. This passion currently finds application at Sappi Europe, in which he works as a product designer. Furthermore, he serves as an associate editor at the Behavior and Information Technology journal. In the past, he has held the position of assistant professor (tenured) in the department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and before that of senior lecturer at Breda University of Applied Sciences.

Javed holds a PhD and a P.D.Eng. degree from the Industrial Design Department of Eindhoven University of Technology and an MSc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Patras in Greece. More about Javed at:

Jazeela Sherif

Jazeela Sherif

Jazeela Sherif is an engineer turned CFO, a painter and a trained singer. Besides engineering, she holds an M.B.A, PhD, and an MSc in Financial Engineering.


Padu Padmanabhan

Padu S. Padmanaban is the former Program Director of the South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy (SARI/E) and Senior Energy Advisor for USAID/India’s bilateral program. He has served with the World Bank, Washington DC as an Energy Efficiency Specialist and is a visiting fellow with the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has over four decades of experience in the design of national and regional energy efficiency programs, power sector reforms, regional energy integration, energy-water nexus, clean energy and energy access projects including the planning and establishment of national and regional centers of excellence in energy efficiency. He is a trustee of Alttech Foundation, a Bangalore based NGO devoted to advancing water-energy sustainability and also is the founder member of the Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), India. Padmanaban is the recipient of several international and national awards in energy management and efficiency. These include: The Regional Energy Manager of the Year 2019 Award by the United States Association of Energy Engineers; the World Clean Energy Award, 2007 by the Swiss based Transatlantic 21 in global recognition of his achievements in advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy. Recipient of the Hall of Fame Award by the Indian Green Building Council in 2013, the All-India Power award in 2010, and the Energy Professional Development award, 2008 by the Association of Energy Engineers, India.

Padmanaban taught at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. He has a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras (1973), a PG certificate in Fuel Efficiency (1974-76) from National Productivity Council, India and Diplomas in Energy Management from UCTI-IRI, Rome (1981) and ILO, Turin (1983), Italy.

Sherif Aziz

Sherif Aziz

Dr. Sherif Aziz is an engineer turned development strategist, digital entrepreneur and writer. He has been in senior advisory positions relating to development strategies, industrial and entrepreneurship development, e-governance, digital transformation, technology parks and business incubation. Member of management and advisory boards of academic, research and business incubation initiatives. He writes frequently on technology and development, and their impact on the society. He is a cofounder of LEAD Digest, and is an avid screenplay and corporate content writer too. He holds a masters in Industrial Engineering with specialisation in information systems, a PhD in development studies and a second masters in e-Governance, from top ranking institutions. He is also an alumnus of the United Nations University – International Leadership Academy.