Harish Hande, Social Entrepreneur
An Indian social entrepreneur, Harish co-founded SELCO India in 1995. He received the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2011 for “his pragmatic efforts to put solar power technology in the hands of the poor, through his social enterprise SELCO India”. SELCO INDIA is a social enterprise that was formed with the purpose of eradicating poverty by promoting sustainable technologies in rural India. SELCO India is a social enterprise that provides sustainable energy services to the poor in India. For his noble efforts in the field, Hande was also awarded with the Karnataka Rajyotsava Prashasti in 2011 by the Government of Karnataka. In 2014, IIT Kharagpur conferred upon him the distinguished alumnus award.