Mukund Deogaonkar is co founder of First Energy and serves on its board of Directors.
Over the last seven years, Mukund has been deeply involved in the creation and evolution of its base product, the Oorja stove and its applications. His love for creativity pervades products, business models and the organization itself.
At First Energy, he is constantly challenging the current mindset to make it see future possibilities. In addition to driving innovation, Mukund currently leads Oorja’s Sales initiatives.
Mukund’s experience spans over 27 years in sales, marketing and business creation with BP plc Castrol India and Bharat Petroleum. He also runs long distance regularly and enjoys listening to and playing music.
As part of the founding team of the company, Nilesh has played a crucial role in the Oorja story, overseeing the design and development of every Oorja device and application.
Nilesh’s experience spans almost 15 years in product design & development, Six Sigma, Computer – Aided Design (CAD) and toll development. He comes to First Energy after having worked with companies like LG, Philips and Tata Elxsi. When Nilesh is not working, he enjoys spending time with family or watching cricket and films.
Arkajit Mandal leads the Sales and Marketing division at First Energy. He has been instrumental in the Oorja story since its inception days from 2006, when he was chosen to be part of the team upon completion of the management trainee program at BP/Castrol. He was involved in the home use business, within BP, between 2007 and 2009, where he built the sales network and fostered the NGO – led network – creation model. Earlier, he has been the Head of Supply Chain Operations, Product Development and Service.
Arkajit has also worked in the sports retail industry where he has handled the business for Reebok across West India before returning to First Energy to work on the marketing and business development activities of Oorja’s commercial use business. Arkajit has also been responsible for acquiring one of the largest key accounts for Oorja. Arkajit earned an M.B.A from I.I.M. Ahmedabad and his Bachelor Degree in Technology from I.I.T. Madras. He spends his spare time reading and is an avid sports lover.
Mahesh co-founded First Energy and led Oorja’s transition From BP to First Energy. He first co-created the business within the large MNC and then rebuilt it under the first Energy banner as an early stage independent company taking the business to operational and commercial scale.
Mahesh’s experience spans 28 years across continents and functions. Prior to First Energy and BP, he has tenured at several country offices of Unilever, where he managed key customers and was involved in concentrated markets, sales development, supply chain and business I.T. Subsequently in Castrol and BP, Mahesh played several strategic roles leading to Director, Global Trends for BP worldwide, before returning back to India, to set up the Oorja business under BP.
Mahesh earned an M.B.A from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Mahesh was conferred distinguished alumnus by XLRI in the year 2015.He loves listening to Indian Classical Music, is a serious runner and an avid reader.