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Energy and Lighting Team

Arun Muthirulan

PhotoArun Muthirulan is a Co-founder and Director of AcceleratorIndia. He is responsible for operations and project execution and also leads the Power and Energy solutions. The practice has the goal of assisting UK companies in the power and energy solutions space to access the growing markets in India for advanced solutions in the power and utilities sector.

Arun's core expertise includes the ability to understand and build complex industry ecosystems and value chains, evaluate new business models and refine and adapt them to new contexts and package and create new business ventures, including the building of detailed commercial and operational models.

Arun’s primary role in AcceleratorIndia is the execution and delivery of customer projects and management of the operational aspects of the business in both Europe and India. His experience spans across the cleantech and media, computing & telecoms sectors where AcceleratorIndia operates. His current focus is on the Smart Grids and Renewables sectors.

Arun’s early career was in the IT services industry with Cognizant Technology Solutions managing complex, business critical, IT development and implementation projects across Europe, North America and India, working with blue chip clients such as Ford Motor Co, Dun & Bradstreet Corporation and Aetna Life Insurance Company.

Arun is active in the Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem where he regularly mentors and advises students and aspiring entrepreneurs from the Judge Business School and the University of Cambridge. Arun read Computer Science and Engineering at Madurai Kamaraj University in India and has an MBA from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, specialising in Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Steven Fawkes

Photo Steven is Chairman of Day One Energy Solutions, a developer and finance vehicle for large scale energy retrofits in the built environment, and a Non-Executive Director of Bglobal plc, an AIM listed smart meter and energy services company. Prior to that he was a Corporate Finance Partner at Matrix Corporate Capital, the specialist team within Matrix specialising in energy and clean technology and he led the Extel number 1 rated Matrix research team in the sector.

Following a PhD concerned with the potential for energy efficiency in UK industry, Steven worked in energy efficiency for more than 20 years implementing large-scale energy management programmes. He also worked in Romania, on energy efficiency programmes funded by the EU, UNDP, USAID and World Bank. In 2000 he joined Enron and was part of the team that implemented innovative energy supply and energy efficiency contracts for Sainsburys and Diageo, and in 2002 Steven led that team in their transition to RWE Solutions, going on to build a successful business that became part of RWE npower in 2006.

Steven is active in UK energy efficiency policy development and has published over 150 articles and papers and a book on energy efficiency; “Outsourcing of Energy Management”. A second energy efficiency book is due out in early 2013. He has been an adviser to the Energy Efficiency Deployment Office in DECC. In November 2012 he was awarded the Energy Institute’s Individual Achievement Award.

Last updated: 20 Mar 2015