29-31 May 2023
Electric Vehicle Innovation Summit
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Abilash Ethanur Thuppale
Head – Smart Building & Smart Mobility, Al Naboodah Group Enterprises

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About

Abilash ET Nair is the Divisional Manager and Head of Smart Mobility and Smart Building for Al Naboodah Group Enterprises (ANGE), one of UAE’s oldest and most respected family conglomerates comprising of a diverse portfolio of businesses. Abilash brings more than 14 years of business development, project management, operational experience, and business acumen to ANGE, where he has been heading the Smart Cities (Solar, Smart Mobility & Smart Building) business since 2019. Under his leadership, ANGE is expected to modernise with smart, futureproof technologies like Warehouse Automation Robotics (WAR), and Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (EVCI).
Abilash was instrumental in launching ANGE’s Electric Vehicle charging business. As part of Smart Mobility, Abilash is in the process of establishing MENA Mobility LLC (a part of the Al Naboodah Group), as the partner-of-choice for all Smart Mobile Technologies; including Electric Vehicle needs (charging solutions and related facilities) in the UAE and the GCC. As part of Smart Buildings, he provides state-of-the-art automation and renewable energy technologies to optimise energy needs, increase energy efficiency and utilisation with nature-centric technology. He is a prominent believer of working-with-nature while trying to make the world a better place to live for generations to come. In his current role, he is also keen to promote the coherent values and capabilities of ANGE towards a sustainable future for subsequent generations.
As an early recipient of several leadership awards while being an industry adviser for universities in the US, Abilash is a proud recipient of ‘Strafomore’s Who’s Who’ award for industry excellence in 2012 and has advocated for Electric Vehicle standardisation globally. He has graduated with an MS and an MBA degree from top tier universities in the USA and India with triple honours. He has received the National Award for ‘Impact and Innovation’ in 2014 in Houston, Texas for his Smart Grid final project.
Abilash is an excellent Business Development Manager, Electrical Engineer and Project Manager (certified since 2013) with extensive experience. Abilash has worked to promote leading technologies while handling challenging, instrumental, and continent-level roles for companies like Al Naboodah, ABB and L&T in different countries. While also leading the adoption of these technologies worldwide, Abilash was also a co-developer for the microgrid concept/product before joining ANGE in October 2019. In his previous roles he has led the integration of sustainable power and electric vehicle charging technologies in regions including the USA, the UAE, Canada, India, Singapore, South Africa, Australia and Kenya. With an experience spanning decades and a proven prowess in BD and PM functions, he is capable in country-level roles in Business Development, Marketing, Strategy and Project Management while promoting these technologies for future generations.
He is proud to have received the honour of representing these new age technologies in the UAE and as part of the Al Naboodah family.

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