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Dr. Ashish Lele is presently serving as Director, CSIR - National Chemical Laboratory. Dr. Lele has deep understanding of end-to-end hydrogen value chain with detailed knowledge of techno-economics, business opportunities and technology advances in fuel cells for mobility, power and heating applications; deep understanding of the fundamental science behind transport phenomena and reaction engineering in PEM fuel cells.
Dr. Lele completed his B. Chem. Eng. from University of Bombay, Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT) in 1988. He also holds PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Delaware, USA, 1993.
Milind Baride, born in 1958, a graduate mechanical engineer from National Institute of Technology – Karnataka (India), has over 37 years experience in the Oil & Gas sector in upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. He has worked in onshore and offshore sectors.
Started the career in the petrochemical sector in Mumbai as a trainee engineer in technical areas and assisted in development of computer aided design and drafting solutions and development of CPM/PERT techniques. Since 1989, he has been working in project management, project control and contract management areas, based in Iraq, Italy, UK, India and USA. Worked on various offshore and onshore EPC projects in India, West Africa, Europe, USA, Russia, Kazakhstan and Middle East.
He has gained hands on experience through active participation in various prestigious EPC projects such as Edop Project, Trans Mediterranean pipelines, Gibraltar pipelines, Blue Stream Project, Idaho remediation Pit 9, Reliance’s Jamnagar refinery jetty, Pag 2 Kashagan Project, Perla project in Venezuela and OPaL project in India.