Comprehensive, multi-disciplinary consulting and

advisory services for cultural diversity, human

well-being and a healthy and prosperous ecosystem

that supports all life on this planet.

About Us

Our Services Comprise

  • Research & Innovation
  • Strategic & Operational Planning
  • Implementation
  • Communication, Documentation & Design
  • Capacity Building, Policy Advice & Liaison

Auroville Consulting provides comprehensive consulting and advisory services for project developers, manufacturers and policy makers engaged in ecologically and socially responsible development areas.

Using a multi-disciplinary approach, we create unique solutions in the domains of sustainable resource management (energy & water) and sustainable management practices.

Based on the universal values of respect, dignity and equality, we care about cultural diversity, human well-being and a healthy and prosperous eco-system that supports all life on this planet.

Founded in 2010, Auroville Consulting is a business unit of the non-profit organization Auroville Foundation, set up in 1991 by Government of India.

Projects & Services

Preparing the ground for your projects with reliable data collection and market research, we conduct surveys and field studies, determine baselines, benchmarks and indices, and identify best practices. Based on your requirements, we develop customised tools and information systems, tender specifications and guidelines, as well as sustainable products, services and business models.

With multi-disciplinary expertise, we look at your project from various perspectives, providing wholesome strategic solutions in the areas of sustainability, energy and water management. Bringing in our vast experience from Auroville as a model town in sustainability, we excel in vision and strategy building for your sustainability projects, and provide integrated planning services for sites and projects, specialising in energy master planning.

Next to offering project management for your project, we act as energy and water contractors. Our services include energy and water audits, system design, bulk procurement and installation, as well as performance monitoring and evaluation, and set-up of custom information systems.

With in-house expertise in communication design, we give your project the visibility it requires. Our services include publications and reports as well as corporate and communication design for your sustainability projects.

To replicate and disseminate best practices in the fields of sustainability, energy and water management, we provide technical and policy advice to public and private partners, conduct technical workshops and trainings, and act as liaison agent between the public and private sector.


Caring about responsible demand and supply side management, we take a holistic approach to energy management. Drawing on our vast experience in Auroville as a model town and laboratory for sustainable energy solutions, we enjoy designing and implementing programs which contribute to manifesting a sustainable energy future for all.


We are passionate about developing sustainably integrated planning and design solutions for educational and corporate campuses. Auroville, known for its pioneering efforts in environmental sustainability, has tried and tested various concepts, which can contribute to the manifestation of a new generation of campuses that actively seek to regenerate natural and social environments.

Operating in a water-stressed area, the responsible management of scarce water resources is a main concern for us. We design and implement intelligent systems and programs for water conservation and efficiency, and increase awareness for these measures through policy advice and demand side management.

Combining national and international professional expertise for all key questions concerning sustainably integrated human habitats, we engage in a two-way flow of sharing of experiences through workshops and trainings in the areas of building & architecture, farming & food, sustainability and arts & crafts.

Since 1968, Auroville strives to be a practical experiment of a different mode of living together based on equality and fairness. On the ground of this experience, we develop corporate social responsibility programs and other projects for corporates to contribute to a thriving society and ecosystem. Our partners can expect unique, transformative projects in the areas of sustainability (energy, water, waste, urban agriculture), governance and livelihood.

Our Team

Toine van Megen

Toine is a co-founder of Auroville Consulting. He also contributes to the Auroville township infrastructure planning and development with a focus on energy.

Natarajan Bala Baskar

Natarajan Bala Baskar is Senior Consultant with Auroville Consulting. He has been Secretary of the Auroville Foundation from 1996 to 2001 and again from 2012 to 2014. He has worked in various capacities for the Government of Haryana and Government of India as a member of the Indian Administrative Service. After retirement he had served as the Director of the Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Trichy for two years.

Chandresh Patel

Chandresh is a co-founder of Auroville Consulting. Previously based in Silicon Valley, he has over 25 years of experience in hardware design and technology start-ups. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey, and a degree in Electrical Engineering from SAICE, Pondicherry.

Martin Scherfler

Martin Scherfler is a co-founder of Auroville Consulting. He is currently engaged in project management of integrated campus development, renewable energy projects, water, energy and waste auditing projects for the building sector and urban agriculture related project. Martin works with emerging smart cities in strategic planning and citizen engagement and supports state government in formulating Solar PV rooftop policies. He holds a Master degree in Sociology from Austria and is a visiting faculty to IIM Indore.

Vikram Devatha

Vikram has wide experience in running business and managing the general administration for a multinational company based in India. At Auroville Consulting, he is engaged in project management and renewable energy research studies. Vikram holds a degree in International Business and Economics from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Vimal Bhojraj

Vimal is a communication specialist with a passion for photography and design. He was engaged in several social responsibility projects for over 7 years, developing branding and marketing communications material. At Auroville Consulting, he oversees all communication design activities. Holding a diploma in Fashion Technology from NIFT-TEA, he has authored and published a book on “Creative Expressions from Auroville”.

Balu Ramalingam

Balu specialises in logistics and event management for Aurovile Consulting. He has successfully hosted numerous groups in Auroville of sizes varying from 10 to over 100. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Ismat Imaan

Ismat has been engaged with and exposed to projects in the social impact space for the last five years. She specialises in content writing, research, communication, event/campaign management with varied professional experience in the fields of dance education, policy research, urban planning and organic farming. She is a dancer, an active litter picker and an avid thrift store shopper.

Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar holds a masters degree in Sustainable Development Practice from TERI University, New Delhi. He is mainly working on preparing innovative business models for scaling up the Solar Village project that aims to solarise 100 villages across Tamil Nadu. Additionally, he also takes care of HR related tasks at AVC. Prior to working with AVC, Praveen has more than 6 years of experience as a foreign language and communications expert in the private sector in India.

Satish Ravishankar
Nitin Cherian

Nitin Cherian has been working with Auroville Consulting for 2.5 years. He has been involved in projects that emphasise on efficient and sustainable methods of energy and water consumption. He has also performed energy and water audits for residences and industries. He has assisted fellow researchers in research studies and publications on sustainable living. He previously worked for 3 years as a Technical Author for a Aerospace Engineering Conglomerate.

Nandini Agarwal

Nandini Agarwal has been working in the environmental and social sector for four years. She has been involved in community upliftment projects and advocacy in human rights through strengthening access of community members to state policies. Specialising in research on environmental and human rights violation in different social spaces, she has widely worked on project development and management for women and farmers rights. In due course, she has attained skills in communication, organisation, monitoring and evaluation.


Iram has a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Psychology with 2 years experience in handling human resource department for a Non Governmental Organisation. She has been exposed to a variety of projects at Auroville Consulting focusing on fostering behaviour change for sustainable development.

Tushar Patel

Tushar Patel graduated as Mechanical Engineer from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani Dubai Campus in 2012. Ever since he has lead various challenging projects in manufacturing and energy sector within India and abroad. At Auroville Consulting, he is involved in financial modelling, policy research and technology advisory for energy projects. Tushar is globetrotter and loves to trek.

Our Collaborators

Auroville Design Consultants
Auroville Design Consultants was established in 1988 and is functioning under the “Auroville Center for Scientifc Research – Auroville Foundation”. It is specialised at designing contextually appropriate solutions, taking into account site conditions, function, climate, building materials and technology, ease of execution, cost
Auroville Green Practices
Auroville Green Practices aims to bring together various stakeholders to envision future townships that offer a habitat that is ecologically, socially and economically nurturing. Distinguished professionals in the field share their vision and experiences in the form of plenary talks, participatory sessions and a panel discussion addressing the key
Auroville Botanical Services
Botanical Services is the commercial unit of the Auroville Botanical Gardens, dedicated to bringing ecologically sustainable solutions to the commercial, private and government sectors, drawing upon the experience of Auroville as well as the past years’ experience of creating the Auroville Botanical Gardens. The Auroville Botanical Garden was initiated in August 2000
Auroville Centre for Scientific Research
Auroville Centre for Scientific Research (CSR) is an international voluntary organisation working towards a sustainable future in the field of renewable energy systems (wind, solar, biomass), appropriate architecture and building technologies, waste water recycling and sanitation, and the transfer of these technologies through training
The EcoPro team wants to contribute to an ecologically sound management of natural resources, primarily of water and soil. They promote an integrated management of liquid and solid “wastes”, eco-friendly approaches in environmental hygiene and sanitation, and sustainable methods and technologies in food production, thus contributing to environmental health and public hygiene.
Sunlit Future
Sunlit Future is an integrated service provider bringing high quality renewable energy solutions to both rural and urban India. Based in Auroville, they are dedicated to experimentation and research on solar photovoltaic and thermal technologies and products. The key team members of Sunlit Future have been actively involved in the field of solar energy for more than a decade, building trust and credibility.