Swetha RaviKumar Bhagwat is a Research Associate at the Florence School of Regulation. She is responsible for international collaboration specifically in the regions of Asia, Africa & LATAM. She currently focuses on research and training in energy regulation related to Universal Access to Energy.
Swetha is a sustainability professional with a wide range of experience in technology, finance, business development and policy in the Renewable Energy sector. Prior to the FSR, she worked at FMO Dutch Development Bank in Netherlands as a Private Equity Energy Analyst primarily focusing on the off-grid energy sector. Before this she worked at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany as the Project Manager for their business development and technology transfer initiatives in emerging markets. Earlier, she worked as Project Coordinator of Assistive Technology Lab at BVRIT and as a Research Assistant at Confederation of Indian Industry – Green Business Centre in Hyderabad, India. She also worked as a Research Intern at the Indian Space Research Organization while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree.
During her time in India, she co-founded an NGO called ‘Lets Unite for a Greener tomorrow’ that promoted environmental awareness. The NGO partnered with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for their Earth Hour program and was also nominated by The Alternative Noble Prize committee to represent the Indian youth at ‘Youth Future Project’ in Germany. Apart from this she volunteers with various local NGOs and organizations in India to guide them on sustainable development initiatives.
Swetha has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.