Guilherme Mendonca has nearly three decades of experience spanning across geographies and covering diverse areas including telecommunications, consulting, infrastructure and energy. He is currently head, energy, Siemens Limited.
According to Mendonca, India has made significant progress towards decarbonisation and achieving its long-term carbon footprint target. “Over the past few years, India has seen the onset of a new era with massive adoption and integration of renewables in the grid and rising demand for power. Technology implementation to improve energy efficiency, grid expansion and stabilisation, and digitalisation have also increased. On the industry side, we see customers requiring comprehensive solutions for the decarbonisation of their processes and operations through electrification and implementation of clean energy sources such as green hydrogen,” notes Mendonca.
Technology, he believes, can help fast-track India’s decarbonisation plans. “India is a huge and key market for the energy business of Siemens in India due to the strong domestic demand, decarbonisation policies and investments, and dynamic economy. We recognise the need for urgent action on climate change and believe that innovative technologies are the key to combating it.” However, only technology will not solve the problem; there is a need for all stakeholders to join forces to improve the implementation process at the pace that is needed to fight climate change. Mendonca envisages a very promising outlook for the power sector. The sector was already growing at a good momentum led by global energy transition and decarbonisation initiatives. He believes that energy security and climate change will boost the demand for renewables, grid expansion and stabilisation, clean fuels such as green hydrogen, and decarbonisation of the industry.
Mendonca takes pride in each one of his assignments and is keenly looking forward to engaging with customers in India. He feels that effective leadership derives from an open, diverse and inclusive environment. He believes that a healthy work-life balance is a prerequisite for good health. He likes to spend time with his family and to engage in sports activities such as jogging, tennis and golf. Talking about his personal goals, he says he wants to experience India – an exciting and fascinating country.
Mendonca has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from INATEL-Brazil and an MBA from the IBMEC Business School, Sao Paulo, Brazil.