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Government Affairs & Policy Leader, GE South Asia

Sharmila Barathan

Government Affairs & Policy Leader
GE South Asia

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Sharmila Barathan is the Government Affairs & Policy Leader, GE South Asia including the John F Welch Technology Centre. One of the Contributing Authors to the Third Assessment Report (Chapter 9, Working Group III) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Has 25 years of international experience in policy, regulation and climate change - geographically ranging from Europe to South Asia to East Asia; for a business portfolio covering energy, healthcare, aviation, transportation; institutionally ranging from national governments to multilaterals like the United Nations and IPCC.

Joined GE in 2005 as Regional Market Development Manager, GE Energy for Africa-India-Middle East, appointed Market Development Manager – Renewables in 2006, Director - South Asia Energy Policy in 2007, Director - Corporate Affairs for South Asia in 2011 before being appointed Senior Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Policy.

She worked as a consultant to organizations including the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland during 2003-2005. Worked at The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) during 1991-2003 and was reviewer at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and a Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Steering Group. Has international experience ranging from working in Germany and India; field assignments in Republic of Korea (1993), Thailand (1993), Bhutan (1997), China (1997), Laos (1998), North Korea (1997) and Costa Rica (2001).

Graduated with a Masters in International Affairs from Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Masters in Econometrics from University of Madras & B.Sc Mathematics from Stella Maris College, University of Madras. Trained in energy-environment modeling at Stanford University & completed a Management Program for Women Entrepreneurs at IIM Bangalore.

Chief Communications Officer & Citizenship Leader, GE South Asia

Rachana Panda

Chief Communications Officer & Citizenship Leader, GE South Asia

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Rachana Panda is Chief Communications Officer & Citizenship Leader for GE South Asia. She leads all internal and external communications including Brand & media initiatives for the company across all businesses and entities in this region. Rachana leads the Citizenship agenda for GE in India. She joined GE in 2012. 

Prior to this, she held the position of Director, Communications at Alstom South Asia responsible for building the integrated communications team across the region for all the sectors. 

Rachana started her career as a Management Trainee in Apollo Tyres. Worked for Alcatel and UTStarcom at a time when telecom revolution was at its peak in the country and designed entry strategies of various telecom initiatives in India and Bangladesh. She has extensively worked on sustainable development projects for the British Council in India. Also lead the CSR initiatives for India in Alcatel and Alstom. 

She attended the International Management Institute for a Master’s degree in International Business Management. 


General Counsel, GE South Asia

Tejal Patil

General Counsel, GE South Asia

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Tejal Patil is the General Counsel for GE in the region, leading a team of over 50 legal and compliance professionals in the company. Prior to this role, Tejal was the General Counsel for GE Healthcare, Asia Pacific located in Singapore.

Tejal joined GE in 2001 with the Lighting business and has also had the opportunity to support the GE Aircraft Engines, CNBC and GE Consumer & Industrial businesses in Asia Pacific over 12 years in GE. Tejal has a law degree from the Government Law College, Mumbai and is also a qualified solicitor in England & Wales and Bombay Incorporated Law Society.

Tejal is also the Co- Leader for GE Women’s Network, Asia Pacific.