James Unterreiner

James Unterreiner

General Manager, Shell E4 Startup Hub

James has worked with Shell for 20 years leading various programs in Trading, Supply, Project and Technologies businesses. The past 5 years he has been a member of the GameChanger team working directly with incubation/acceleration programs around the world to identify top energy related start-up companies. Helping those start-ups to de-risk and commercialize technology that will drastically impact the future of energy. Recently relocated to India, from Houston, Texas, to lead the launch of the Shell E4 program.

Suman Varyani

Suman Varyani

Program Manager, Shell E4 Startup Hub

Suman is a chemical engineer, joined Shell in 2013 and worked with Upstream & downstream business. She has 16+ years of experience with energy industry perspectives gained end to end by working for Operator, EPC Contractor’s and Design Consultant. Her portfolio of project delivery includes estimation, design engineering, procurement, construction, HSSE & maintenance mindset focused on delivery, technology deployment and efficient execution. She works closely with the Shell E4 cohorts to help them derive the maximum benefit from the programme.

Siddhart Mehta

Siddharth Mehta

Deal Lead, Shell EStartup Hub | Principal, Shell Ventures

Siddharth joined Shell in 2012 and has more than 10 years of techno-financial experience in the energy and real asset space. Prior to joining the Shell E4 start-up Hub and Shell Ventures, he held multiple technical and managerial roles at Shell across project finance and economics for new business development deals along with a short stint at a private equity fund in US. Along with being the deal lead for Shell E4, Siddharth also leads Shell Ventures in India.


Abhijit Dalai

Investment Associate, Shell E4 Startup Hub

Curious by nature, Abhijit believes in timely and firm decision making, values optimism and stability. Prior to joining Shell E4 Startup Hub, Abhijit was managing E-commerce business and was responsible for building Digital strategy and venture projects primarily for Shell India lubricants. He led some of the key alternative digital business models and worked closely with tech-enabled startups. Abhijit holds an MBA from IIM Bangalore. His personal interest lies in the domain of ecommerce, mobility, digital, consumer services.

Karen Lobo

Karen Lobo

Project Manager, Shell E4 Startup Hub

Karen is the Project Manager handling the Digital Track for the Shell E4 Startup Hub. She has over 6 years of professional experience, having worked as a Senior Market Analyst for Thomson Reuters in the Commodity & Energy Space. Her Expertise include Data Management, Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Management, People Management and Process Improvements. She holds a degree in Economics from Bangalore University and well versed with automation and related tools. She has also been an Ex-Entrepreneur for 4 years prior to joining Shell.  She enjoys interacting with people and holds a keen interest to learn different languages.


Pratheeksha AK

Program Delivery, NUMA - Shell E4 Startup Hub

Pratheeksha brings in an experience of close to 10 years working in the startup ecosystem. She has worked with corporates and startups in various capacities in the past with an entrepreneurship stint of 5 years. She is an active member of the ecosystem and has handled startup programs across regions. She is one of the first tech women entrepreneurs in Kerala, guest faculty at MSME Govt of India entrepreneurship programs, speaker at IEEE entrepreneurship promotion programs and volunteer for Government projects & events for startups. 

Priyanka Shah

Priyanka Shah

Program Delivery, YourStory – Shell E4 Startup Hub

Priyanka has worked in various functions within the startup ecosystem, carrying her key interest of diving deeper in strategies and disruptions in business models. She has managed diverse startup communities in the past, along with supporting the overall business development for a few SMEs. She’s been a mentor to the younger students while at university and has also had her research on Decent Work Deficits (8th Sustainable Development Goal) shared at the headquarters of ILO, United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. She studied Disruptive Strategy from Harvard Business School Online, and BSc. Management from the University of Bristol, UK.

Rishabh Singh

Rishabh Singh

Program Support Analyst, Shell E4 Startup Hub

Rishabh is responsible for day to day operations at Shell E4 Startup Hub. He works closely with the Project Managers. Prior to the Shell E4 Rishabh worked at YourStory as a Program Management Intern. He holds Post Graduation Diploma in Management from AICTE. He specializes in, marketing, operations management and event logistics. In college, Rishabh has done several live projects with start-ups like Zoomcar, JoshTalks & RedQuanta. He was also college representative for E-Cell IIT Bombay for 6 months. In his free time, Rishabh loves to venture outdoors and loves reading books.

Suman Jha

Suman Jha,

Volunteer Community lead, Shell E4 Startup Hub

Suman has been with Shell for about 11 years and has worked with various Shell businesses and functions like Finance, P&T, UAD and DS-Retail during this period. Suman is supporting the Shell E4 program as Volunteer Lead. In his regular role he is the Global Continuous Improvement Manager for Retail Network.  Prior to joining Shell, Suman worked for Ford Motor Company, HP and Dell in the area of Manufacturing operations, managing new vehicle launches, Change management and Operational Excellence. Together with Shell E4 core team and several likeminded and passionate volunteers, Suman is looking forward to be part of this exciting journey ahead. 

Vishnu Narahari

Vishnu Narahari

Deployment Manager, Shell E4 Startup Hub

Vishnu leads the deployments of E4 Startup portfolio by identifying strategic opportunities for startups. He is good in understanding various technologies and industries, analytical thinking and curious about technology developments. He has over 10 years’ experience in Competitive Technology Intelligence to provide insights to Technology & IP Strategy. He has also worked for a year in Change Management with the Organization Development team to drive the cultural changes in the organization. Prior to Shell, he has worked in GE, Evalueserve, Unitedlex. Vishnu has a background in Mechanical Engineering and hold master’s degree from IIT Delhi. He is currently pursuing his Post Graduation in Strategic Management from IIM Kozhikode.

Venkat Raju

Venkat Raju

Resident Expert

Venkat is an Angel Investor, Mentor & Advisor to Start-ups | Board Director | Strategy Consultant, especially around start-up-led Corporate Innovation & Digital Transformation. His past experiences include: Silicon Valley Entrepreneur & CEO | Wall Street Executive | Product Management & Tech Leadership at F500 & Tech companies in the U.S & Europe | Strategy Consultant in U.S | MD & CEO of technology companies in India. Most recently he was the CEO of India’s leading Corporate Accelerator which has now become TechStars India.

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