Mr. Shrashtant Patara is Senior Vice President of the Development Alternatives (DA) Group. He has been with DA since 1988, providing research expertise, management capability and strategic direction to teams of up to 60 persons working in the areas of habitat, energy and livelihood support systems; managing programmes, worth approximately USD 750,000 each year over the last decade.
He has been working in sustainable building materials and technology development, micro-enterprise development, rural market development and management of large donor funded and Government programmes. These include the dissemination of Micro Concrete Roofing Technology in India, capacity building for the promotion of Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln Technology, development of housing and clean-energy delivery models for rural households, along with the coordination of several post-disaster reconstruction projects. Presently, he is the Chief Executive of TARA Livelihood Academy and the CEO of TARA Society.
He is currently responsible for the management of projects aimed at creating community benefits around the use of renewable energy, particularly through decentralized generation of power; the foremost amongst these being the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation supported “Village Electrification through Sustainable Use of Renewable Energy” (VE-SuRE) project and the Rockefeller Foundation supported “Smart Power for Environmentally-sound Economic Development” (SPEED) project.