Sanjna Malpani is a second year Master of Environmental Management candidate at FES. At CBEY, Sanjna writes for the Clean Energy Finance Forum as well as serves on the entrepreneurship team as a liaison between the School of Forestry and other entrepreneurial activities on campus. She's also serving as a OneEnergy Scholar as one of the six graduate students chosen from a pool of applicants across the U.S for their dedication to advancing the field of renewables.
At the age of 19, she founded and ran a social venture known as “Jal Jyoti” (meaning water-light in Hindi), which provides cost and energy-efficient lighting solutions to densely packed urban slums in Mumbai using Alfredo Moser’s “Bottled Light” concept. The organization has lit over 130 homes in various slums across the city, and has lead to an annual average saving of Rs. 2500 per household. Jal Jyoti has also won two international awards, including the Walmart Women’s Empowerment grant.
Sanjna spent one year in Madrid on scholarship where she studied business administration at ICADE – Comillas Pontificial University (and attempted to learn Spanish). She also gave a TEDx talk at TEDxUPComillas about her journey through the Mumbai slums. Her interests lie in redeveloping urban slum areas using solar energy. She has also spent some time in China, researching the potential of third party financing for renewable distributed generation. She graduated with distinction from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai with a degree in Life Science and Biochemistry.
When Sanjna isn’t in the lab or busy with Jal Jyoti, she can be found in the kitchen testing healthy recipes for sinless desserts. She is also a pilates enthusiast and an avid reader!