Embracing renewable energy in post COVID-19 world: Balki Iyer

Balakrishnan G. Iyer (Balki) is a seasoned energy and utilities industry management professional, with a rich experience in driving business development for global conglomerates. Iyer has successfully steered three start-ups from inception to exit, with investments from some of the largest utilities and financial investors worldwide.

He is the Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer of Utopus Insights, a New York-based global renewable energy analytics company, recently acquired by Vestas. Starting his career at Schlumberger; Iyer has previously served as COO of renewable energy giant, Enel Green Power and as VP, Business Development at GE, where he drove technology developments for renewable energy and smart grid. He is passionate about the role of education and clean energy in changing the world, and over the last decade his business and entrepreneurial pursuits have been guided by this end. Along with his wife, he co-founded Iyer Educational Institutions (IEI) with the mission to offer inclusive learning opportunities for children with autism. He is on the advisory group for INK and was part of the Executive Board for GE’s Asia Pacific American Forum – a diversity group focused on mentoring Asian American business leaders.


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Balki Iyer

Entrepreneur; Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer

Balakrishnan G. Iyer (Balki) is a seasoned energy and utilities industry management professional, with rich experience driving business development in global conglomerates. A proven entrepreneur with a big company DNA, Balki has successfully navigated three startups from inception to scale-up to sale-of- business journeys through investments from some of the largest utilities and financial investors worldwide.

Balki is currently the Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer of Utopus Insights, a New York-based energy analytics software products company founded in 2017, whose mission is to orchestrate a sustainable future by accelerating the use of renewable energy worldwide. Balki leads all sales and business development initiatives for the company and is passionate about the role of clean energy in changing the world. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Enel Green Power.

Balki deeply values the power of education in empowering people to help make meaningful change. He is Director of Iyer Educational Institutions (IEI) in Bengaluru, India, that runs schools for children with autism, which he co-founded with his wife.

Balki is a recipient of several awards including the prestigious ‘Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business’ award in 2017.

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