Sumant Sinha is the Founder Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power, one of India’s largest clean energy companies.
After graduating from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 1992, Sumant worked as an investment banker with Citi and ING Barings in the U.S. and the U.K. In 2002, he moved to India to become Group Chief Financial Officer of India’s third-largest conglomerate – the Aditya Birla Group. Sumant was subsequently chosen to become the Founder CEO and spearhead Aditya Birla Retail in 2007 and was instrumental in making the company one of India’s largest retail businesses. Following this, he joined Suzlon Energy in 2008 and served as the Chief Operating Officer of India’s then largest wind energy company until 2011.
Recently featured on the cover of Forbes India, Sumant is a frequent and sought-after columnist for India’s leading business dailies and magazines and has also often been featured in prominent international media like CNN International, Financial Times, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. Sumant holds the office of Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Northern Region and has been the Chairman of CII’s Renewable Energy Committee, as well as CII’s Solar Task Force. He is also on the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s SIPA, as well as on the Board of the Raj Center of Indian Economic Policy at Columbia University. Sumant was declared Industry Crusader of the Year at the recently concluded Renewable Energy India Awards and Expo 2017 as well as the Torch Bearer of the Year at the India Solar Week Leadership Awards 2017.
A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi; Indian Institute of Management – Calcutta; and Columbia University, Sumant is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a National Talent Scholar. He is passionate about and often speaks extensively on market reform, economic policy, governance and climate change.