Rana Nasim Ahmed has a distinguished corporate and public sector track record with unique knowledge of power project development, tendering, project management and operations & maintenance.
Mr. Ahmed has served as the Chief Operating Officer / Resident Director of JDW Sugar Mills Limited since 2001. He is responsible for operations spanning corporate farming, sugarcane milling and power generation. He has helped transform JDW over this period from a small sugar mill to one of the largest and most progressive sugar sector groups in Pakistan.
Mr. Ahmed has directly overseen JDW’s diversification into the power sector over the last several years by successfully developing first of their kind 2 x 26.5 MW (53 MW total) high-pressure cogeneration IPPs at JDW Unit-II and Unit-III. These pioneering projects are the only ones in recent times to have been set up through direct procurement and supervision without an EPC contractor. Both plants are fully operational since 2014. Besides managing various aspects related to the projects’ conceptualization, regulatory affairs, tendering, construction and commissioning, Mr. Ahmed now also supervises their operations & maintenance.
Before joining JDW in 2001, Mr. Ahmed served as a civil servant in the District Management Group. He worked at progressively senior positions in his public sector career including key provincial departments and major cities. He last served as Secretary, Agriculture Department, Punjab.
Mr. Ahmed holds an MBA from Saint Louis University, USA and MA and BA degrees in Economics from the University of Punjab, Pakistan.
Rana Uzair Nasim has first-hand power sector experience across development and operations including project design, policy and tariff development, financing, insurance, licensing, negotiation of project security documents, invoicing and regulatory affairs. In his role as Business Development Manager at JDW Group, he supported the company’s executive management with the development and operation of the company’s pioneering 2 x 26.5 MW high-pressure cogeneration projects.
Uzair has contributed significantly to several important developments in the broader renewable energy sector in Pakistan. He provided extensive input on the country’s policy framework for high-pressure cogeneration by the sugar industry and the first-ever upfront tariff for bagasse-based power projects. He contributed important commentary over the course of two years to NEPRA in its development of the first-ever upfront tariff for small hydropower projects. He along with other sponsors also suggested and commented on breakthrough guidelines issued by NEPRA to address long-standing issues relating to power purchase and evacuation from smaller renewable projects.
Uzair previously worked as a management consultant in New York with Oliver Wyman and Dalberg Global Development Advisors where he advised clients in the financial services, corporate and development sectors on new market and product strategy and operational optimization.
He holds a BA degree in Economics and an MS degree in Management Science & Engineering, both from Stanford University, California, USA.
A Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, UK, Mr. Perera graduated with a first class honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa. The Chairman of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sri Lanka, Mr. Perera is also a branch member of the Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka.
Mr. Perera began his career at Lanka Transformers Limited, the largest private sector power generation company in Sri Lanka. He worked for over a decade at various managerial levels, from Design Engineer to Group Business Development Manager.
Entering the power generation sector as an entrepreneur in 2008, Mr. Perera together with a few local investment companies as partners developed mini hydro power plants. He is the Director/CEO of Vidatamuni Wind Power (Pvt) Ltd, the company that developed the first and largest power plant in Sri Lanka, and the CEO/Director of Nirmalapura Wind Power (Pvt) Ltd, Daily Life Renewable Energy (Pvt) Ltd, Powergen Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Fairway Condominiums (Pvt) Ltd, Terraqua International (Pvt) Ltd and Energy Reclamation (Pvt) Limited.
Mr. Perera was, in the past also a Board Member of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa. His previous assignments include postings as Business Development Manager of Lanka Transformers and Managing Director of Lanka Power Promoters (Pvt) Ltd.
Mehras Tayyab joined Harappa Solar after completing his undergraduate in Accounting and Finance from Lahore University of Management Sciences. He looks after financial modelling and commercial analysis at Harappa Solar.