Leadership team

Biju Balakrishnan, Founder & CEO

A Special Forces veteran, alumnus of IIM-C, Biju is the Principal of DefMart. Creator of brands like “Urja Kendra”, “Solider – branded for life”, “Xplorer” and “Solenco”, Biju, an engineer, is an acknowledged thought leader and pioneer solar energy. He brings in the passion, rich trans-national experience in retailing and brand-building in a start-up environment. Biju is deeply committed promoting rural entrepreneurship.

Lt Gen Sudhir Sharma, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VSM (retd), Chairman

A highly decorated Field Commander and former Head of Logistics of Indian Army, Gen Sharma is a strong votary of clean energy and social responsibility, Sudhir is a thought leader and speaker in key global forums. He is on the Board of several global companies and actively mentors start-ups.

Sudhir Kumar, M Tech, Technical Director

An Indian Army veteran, Sudhir is vastly experienced in managing and leading complex supply chain and logistics. He has been the General Manager of a very large workshop and led the modernization of training institutions for Indian Army.

Samrendra Kumar, Director

Sam is a successful entrepreneur with varied interests ranging from transnational risk-mitigation consulting for leading global MNCs to various successful forays into social impact entrepreneurship. A distinguished Army Officer –winner of Sword of Honour & President’s Gold Medal; Sam, is alumnus of King’s College London and IIM C. Deeply committed to entrepreneurship and environment, Sam is on the Board of Directors of several global companies, including not-for profit ones.

Rajive Sinha, Director

Rajive has cast and varied leadership and managerial experience of over two decades. An acknowledged expert in solar energy and LED, he has led prestigious projects, including in challenging environments. He leads the operations and field execution at Solenco.


Gladson Baby, M Tech

Gladson has completed B Tech (Electronics)  and M Tech (solar engineering); he leads the product design, development, optimization and IP creation at Solenco. He has developed client-specific solutions which have been widely acclaimed.