Ecofirst has a 12 member strong core team of highly skilled professionals with international education and qualifications spanning across various fields like Sustainable Master Planning & Architectural Design, Water Management, Energy Management and Waste Management, Infrastructure and MEP Design. The team is spearheaded its three senior members.
Senior Team
Chitranjan Kaushik
Chief Operating Officer
  • Chitranjan serves as the operational head of Ecofirst. He heads the core team for deliveries, provides technical inputs in his areas of expertise and manages projects and looks after administrative matters of the company.
  • His areas of experience include sustainable infrastructure planning and design, integrated water management, water and waste water treatment plants, mathematical modeling of water systems and environmental impact assessments.
  • Chitranjan is a Diplomat, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE), MS (Water Resources Engineering) from UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands and a BE (Civil) from NIT, Jaipur. He is also a member of IWA, ASCE, IEI.
Akshay Kini
Vice President (Business Development & Strategy) & LEED AP
  • Akshay leads the Business Development function at Ecofirst, with a strong focus on sales and strategy for new business ventures, client management, risk mitigation measures and fee & contract negotiations.
  • In the recent past, his role has expanded to lead the Urban Design and Master Planning services on behalf of Ecofirst, for large residential and mixed use townships.
  • His areas of experience include marketing and sales, contract negotiations & procurement, business development, master planning and architectural design of large residential and mixed use townships, educational campuses, commercial and retail developments.
  • Akshay has a Master's in Architecture, Texas A&M University, USA; a Mini-Masters in Real Estate Development, St.Thomas University, USA. He is also LEED AP from USGBC.
Rakesh Bhatia
Vice President (MEP & Infrastructure Services) & LEED AP
  • Rakesh leads the MEP project delivery function at Ecofirst, across projects involving MEP Design, LEED Facilitation and Commissioning projects.
  • His areas of expertise include Core MEP Design, LEED Coordination, IGBC Green Homes Facilitation, GRIHA Evaluation, installation of services and utilities with core expertise in 5 Star Hotels, Corporate Hospitals, Commercial Buildings & Schools .
  • In addition he co-ordinates the Energy Modeling and Energy Audit activities at Ecofirst. Rakesh has a MBA, B.E. (Mech). He is also a LEED AP (BD+C) USGBC, and a GRIHA Evaluator from TERI & MNRE.
Team Members
Dr. Shailendra Solanki
Asst. Vice President (Water Resource Planning)
  • Over 16 years in Water Resource Planning & Mgt. and GIS. Worked as Expert for MWH (India), SAFEGE and ANTEA (France), gtz (Germany), TAHAL (Israel), UNICEF & CARE
  • Ph.D. in Sustainable Development Planning using GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques, M Tech. in Water Resources Engineering, PGD in Marketing Management and B. E. Civil
Anbusivan Ranganathan
Sr. Manager & LEED AP
  • Over 6 years experience in Green Buildings & Architectural Planning
  • M. Arch in Digital Architecture, Anna University, Chennai
Shraddha Manjrekar
Manager (Architecture)
  • Over 5 years of experience in policy making, green buildings assessment (LEED and GRIHA projects), and passive solar architecture
  • Worked as a research associate with TERI in Center for Research for Sustainable building Science, for the projects of ministries of Government of India
  • Masters of Urban Rural Planning from IIT Roorkee, B. Arch. from School of Architecture, Indore
Sudhakar Devlekar
Manager (MEP Services)
  • Sudhakar has over 8 years of experience in designing of Electrical HV & LV Systems. His experience also includes coordination with other services like HVAC and Fire Fighting.
  • His past experience includes Industrial, Commercial & Residential projects like Scott ford Upgrader Expansion 1 - Canada, Sulphur Solidification Unit – India and Delhi International Air Port. His experience includes IT parks, Offices, Malls, Residential Building etc.
  • Sudhakar is qualified as an B.E (Electrical).
Samir Tungare
Manager (MEP Services)
  • Samir has over 10 years of experience in designing of Plumbing, Fire Fighting and Heating, ventilation and Air conditioning systems.
  • His experience also includes Design of Mechanical Side and coordination with other services like electrical and fire alarm.
  • He has worked on Indian and international projects like New Doha International Airport in Qatar, and across different types of projects like IT parks, Malls, School, Residential Building, Air Ports etc.
  • Samir is qualified as an AMIE (Mechanical)
Pramod Pendhari
  • Pramod is a Senior MEP Draftsman at Ecofirst with 11 years of experience in this field, size years of which were spent working in the Middle East.
  • He has worked extensively on co-ordination of MEP drawings for major projects in hotels, malls, high end residential & commercial buildings. He specializes in HVAC Drafting.
Sudarshan Bhatija
Senior Executive
  • Multidisciplinary resource with a working on business development and new initiatives in corporate sustainability consulting.
  • Over 2 year's experience working with Ernst & Young on business and risk consulting
  • B.Tech. Engineering Physics, IIT Bombay.
Neha Vyas
Senior Executive
  • Worked on Lancashire’s Green Infrastructure Strategy (Lancashire Economic Partnership) and Community Development Projects (North West Planning Aid, UK)
  • Masters in Town and Country Planning, University of Manchester, UK
  • B.Arch. M.B.M. Engineering College Jai Narayan Vyas University
Mohibur Rahman Shaikh
  • Mechanical Engineer from the University of Mumbai.
  • Over 8 years of experience in designing of HVAC Service and co-ordination of MEP services for varied developments such as hospitals, Five Star hotels, shopping malls, commercial buildings, high rise residential tower etc.
  • Has worked on projects with Hyatt Group, DLF Real Estate, Indiabulls Real Estate, GVK Power and Infrastructure Limited, K. Raheja Corporation, Architect Hafeez Contactor etc.