Chairman & Managing Director, Suzlon Group
Tulsi Tanti is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Suzlon Group, an Indian MNC and a prominent entity in the global renewable energy sector. He leads the strategic growth initiatives of the businesses of Suzlon Group, which provides a full spectrum of green power solutions. The group has a market capitalization of over $1.5 billion and an international presence across 18 countries in six continents. A firm believer in creating sustainable businesses and economies through energy independence and security, Tulsi Tanti is a visionary and world-renowned expert on clean energy and also champions the cause of affordable and sustainable energy.
Tulsi Tanti spearheaded the wind revolution in India with the founding of Suzlon Energy in 1995. He envisioned the opportunity in the Indian renewable energy industry at a time when the global wind energy market was dominated by international players and characterized by expensive and complicated technologies that were largely unviable for traditional businesses. Instituting a new business model, he conceptualized the end-to-end solution to create realistic avenues for businesses to ‘Go Green’ and thus emerged as a strategic partner in developing sustainable businesses.
Under his able leadership, the company established and went beyond benchmarks, emerging as a prominent player in the global renewable energy market. He is committed to enabling energy security and affordability, whereby the benefit of clean, renewable and reliable energy reaches every sector. His vision has led to Suzlon setting up its R&D centres in Germany, Netherlands, Denmark and India. In the short span of 23 years, Suzlon has established a global installation of over 17.9 GW with over 11 GW being installed in India and over 2 GW installed in its second-largest market, USA.
Deeply passionate about the environment, he has been globally recognized for his achievements and conferred with numerous awards including:
• ‘Champion of the Earth’ by the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2009
• ‘Hero of the Environment’ by TIME magazine for his contribution to raising awareness and initiating action on global climate change
• ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2006’ by Ernst & Young
• ‘World Wind Energy Award’ by World Wind Energy Association
• The CNBC TV18 ‘India Business Leader Award’
• ‘Chanchlani Global Indian Award’ by Canada India Foundation
• ‘Global New Energy Business Leader Award’ by China Energy News
• ‘Asia’s Most Promising Leader Award’ by Ibrands, Dubai
Prominently present in the global energy landscape for several years, he is a strong voice on global leadership forums such as the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), Conference of Parties (COP) and Wall Street Journal “ECO:nomics”. Tulsi Tanti also serves on the Committee of Energy Shapers, a dedicated group of highly influential individuals that are focused on improving the global energy framework under the leadership of Klaus Schwab, renowned economist, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. Tulsi Tanti is also Chairman of industry forums like Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA), CII National Committee on Make in India – Renewables, and Co-chair of India-Spain CEOs Forum. He serves as a member of the Board of Management of TERI University, Governing Council of National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) and Coordination Committee, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).
Committed to powering a greener tomorrow, he represents renewable energy among all the key energy players, utilities and key policy makers across the globe. Regarded as the ‘Wind Man of India’ and a pivotal part of the global renewable energy industry, Tulsi Tanti leads the development of public policy for energy use and advises on policy issues with active participation from key industry bodies like Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He is also on the panel of various international business and CEOs forums.
Tulsi Tanti holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. A leader in every sense, conscientious, astute and devoted to green energy issues, he has worked relentlessly to provide affordable clean energy alternatives to industries and create a sustainable society. His passion can be seen in all aspects of the Suzlon Group, motivating all stakeholders with his vision and the desire to pursue sustainable social, economic and environmental development. Through various business and philanthropic initiatives, he is working to alleviate the effects of climate change to enable a greener future for our planet.