Mili Majumdar brings to the table over 25 years of experience in the energy and environment domains, with a focus on sustainable development of habitats. She has worked extensively in the green building, climate resilient housing, city planning and urban transportation sectors. As managing director of the Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI) India, she is responsible for the technical adaptation and customisation of the portfolio of rating systems under GBCI’s administration for global application. She is also senior vice president of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Majumdar leads technical development and global implementation for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programme for cities and communities, and LEED residential and Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal rating systems. Prior to this, she was senior director at TERI and led a team of professionals to develop a portfolio of green rating systems for habitats.
“USGBC and GBCI have a global presence and my team and I focus on the technical development and implementation of some of our key rating systems at the global level. In collaboration with technical leadership in the US, I lead multidisciplinary teams to ideate, develop and implement rating systems that are aligned with the organisation’s core values and are beneficial to people, the planet and businesses,” says Majumdar. Regarding the power sector in India, Majumdar feels that one of the major reasons for the power deficit is high T&D and AT&C losses, which lead to huge financial and operational stress for discoms. In the renewables’ space however, India has done remarkably well. Being ranked fifth globally in installed renewable capacity is no small feat, she notes.
Majumdar likes to lead by example and guide her teams to achieve results by making quick but informed decisions. She believes that there is no shortcut to hard work and one’s work should be done with passion and diligence. Majumdar is an architecture graduate from Jadavpur University and a building technologies specialist from IIT Madras. She has delivered lectures at several national and international forums and authored a number of publications on sustainable habitats. Her book, Energy Efficient Buildings in India, is a bestseller and is widely used in professional and educational institutes. Majumdar enjoys reading, singing, watching movies and spending time with her family. She loves exploring new places and architectural styles.