First Energy, DripTechMahesh Yagnaraman became an entrepreneur when he had the calling to lead a management buyout with his partners and take over the business he had set up with British Petroleum (BP) in India. Mahesh completed his MBA from XLRI in 1988 and worked for over two decades at Unilever and BP across different functions, countries and leadership positions. He was Director Trends & Marketing Strategy for downstream businesses in BP in London in 2005 before he moved back to India to set up BP Energy as CEO of a new BP venture to provide energy solutions to Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) consumers. When BP decided to exit the venture in 2009, Mahesh came together with other partners and took over the business and reframed it as First Energy. Mahesh has transformed the business several times since then, reinventing the model, and reorienting the market scope while taking it to scale. He is an avid reader, regular runner and enjoys Indian classical music. Besides being CEO & MD of First Energy, Mahesh serves on the Board of Driptech.