B. Anand is the Chief Executive Officer of Nayara Energy Limited – an Indian energy company owned by a consortium of Rosneft, Trafigura and UCP. Anand is an accomplished business leader with extensive experience in leading high growth businesses, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships. His leadership experience cuts across consumers, suppliers, finance and technology value chains. Prior to joining Nayara Energy, Anand was the Chief Financial Officer of Trafigura India – the Indian arm of the global commodity trading and logistics powerhouse. In a career spanning over 30 years, he has served in various leadership positions with Vedanta Plc., HSBC, Citibank, Motorola India, and Future Group among others. He is the Independent non-executive Chairman of Just Dial. A Bachelor of Commerce from Nagpur University, Anand is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He speaks regularly in national and international forums on Energy topics. Anand is passionate about health & sanitation and water & livelihoods, with a focus on Women Empowerment. He is an avid sports fan – he plays squash in spare time and has run a few half-marathons.
The long-standing model of oil as the fuel of choice for transportation is being challenged from several directions, including electric powertrains and fuels such as CNG and LNG. The automotive sector is also changing with the emergence of mobility-as-a-service and autonomous vehicles. These disruptive forces could radically alter long-established trends in the industry with profound repercussions for energy. How are societal dynamics and trends affecting the landscape of mobility in India? How quickly will EVs be adopted? What advantages do gas-powered vehicles have over EVs? What strategies can energy companies adopt to stay relevant and ahead of the curve in this disruptive environment? What role can policy makers play to make this a smooth transition for companies and consumers?