Balakrishnan G. Iyer (Balki) is a seasoned energy and utilities industry management professional, with rich experience driving business development for global conglomerates. Balki has successfully steered three startups from inception to exit, with investments from some of the largest utilities and financial investors worldwide. He is currently Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer of Utopus Insights, a New York-based global renewable energy analytics company, recently acquired by Vestas.
Balki began his career at Schlumberger; has previously served as COO of renewable energy giant, Enel Green Power; and as VP, Business Development at GE, where he drove technology developments for renewable energy and smart grid. Balki earned a Master’s in Engineering from Binghamton University in New York, an MBA from New York University (NYU) Stern, and Joint Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering & Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in India. In 2019, Balki was conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by his alma mater, Binghamton University, for his contributions to the fields of sustainable energy and inclusive education. He is Six Sigma Black Belt Certified.
A prolific speaker at global conferences, Balki is passionate about the role of clean energy in changing the world and the role of education in empowering the people who can change the world! His business and entrepreneurial pursuits over the past decade have been guided by this passion. Balki is on the advisory group for INK, a TED-like platform in India that promotes inspiring ideas by game-changers. Balki sat on the Executive Board for GE’s Asia Pacific American Forum, a diversity group focused on mentoring Asian American business leaders. As someone who believes in making a positive community impact through education, Balki, along with his wife, co-founded Iyer Educational Institutions (IEI) with the mission to offer inclusive learning opportunities for children with autism. He is a recipient of the prestigious ‘Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business’ award in 2017.