Harish Hande

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Harish Hande ‌
Harish Hande - India Economic Summit 2011.jpg
Hande at the World Economic Forum India Economic Summit in 2011
Alma materIIT Kharagpur, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Occupationsocial entrepreneur
AwardsRamon Magsaysay Award 2011

Harish Hande (born Handerto Harish Hande) is an Indian social entrepreneur, who co-founded SELCO India in 1995.[1] He was awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2011 for "his pragmatic efforts to put solar power technology in the hands of the poor, through his social enterprise SELCO India".[2]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Handattu, Udupi Taluk, Udupi District, Karnataka and raised in Rourkela, Orissa, India.

After completing his basic schooling in Orissa in Ispat English Medium School, he went to IIT Kharagpur for his undergraduate studies in Energy Engineering and graduated in 1990.[3][4] He then went to the U.S. to do his Master’s and later PhD. in Energy Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.[4][5]


Harish Hande co-founded SELCO INDIA (in 1995), a social enterprise, to eradicate poverty by promoting sustainable technologies in rural India. SELCO India is a social enterprise that provides sustainable energy services to the poor in India.[6]

SELCO INDIA under the leadership of Hande has won the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy 2005 and Accenture Economic Development Award for 2005.[7] In 2007 SELCO INDIA again won the Ashden Award, this time for "Outstanding Achievement" in energy sector.[8] The award was presented by Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States of America. Hande was named the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship[4][9] and the Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation. In 2008, Hande was chosen by Business Today as one of the "21 young leaders for India’s 21st century".[4] Later, in June 2008, India Today named him one of the 50 pioneers of change in India.[10] He was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2008. In 2011 he was awarded the Magsaysay Award.[11]

Harish Hande was also awarded the Karnataka Rajyotsava Prashasti in 2011 by the Government of Karnataka.[12] In 2013 the Trustees of University of Massachusetts awarded him the Doctorate of Humane Letters.[13] In 2014 IIT Kharagpur conferred upon him the distinguished alumnus award.


  1. ^ "Solar crusader - Harish Hande- Business News". www.businesstoday.in. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  2. ^ "Bangalorean gets Ramon Magsaysay Award". The Hindu. July 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "A toast to IIT Kharagpur". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  4. ^ a b c d Bhattacharya, Saumya (January 13, 2008). "Solar Crusader". Business Today.
  5. ^ "Social Entrepreneur: Harish Hande (Part 1)". One Million by One Million. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  6. ^ "Nileema Mishra, Harish Hande win Magsaysay award". The Times of India. Jul 27, 2011.
  7. ^ "The Tech Awards Laureates 2005". Retrieved July 16, 2011.
  8. ^ "International winners 2007". Ashden Awards, sustainable and renewable energy in the UK and developing world. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  9. ^ "Harish Hande | Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship". www.schwabfound.org. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  10. ^ "Let there be light". India Today. June 26, 2008. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  11. ^ "Two Indians among winners of Magsaysay Award 2011 - Rediff.com India News". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  12. ^ "Karnataka: Harish Hande among 50 state awardees". IBNLive. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG0CAXhGXl0, retrieved 2016-01-02 Missing or empty |title= (help)

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