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.