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Ashley’s career to-date has focused on delivering clean water and energy technologies to improve the lives of Africa’s poor. Ashley has spent the last seven years working in East and Southern Africa designing, manufacturing and selling products for bottom-of-the-pyramid customers. During this time, she has developed and sold over 200,000 products, providing clean water and energy to over 2 million people in 7 different countries.

Ashley began her career in Ethiopia, working with International Development Enterprises (iDE) designing irrigation drinking water systems, and establishing micro-enterprises for their manufacture and sale. Building on the success of this project, Ashley moved to Kenya to work on safe drinking water systems, and was part of the founding management team of Evidence Action, an NGO focused on scaling evidence-based interventions. Ashley led Evidence Action’s Engineering and Innovations team and designed a chlorine dispenser for treatment of drinking water in rural areas. Most recently, Ashley managed the development of two new solar home systems for M-KOPA solar, recently named by Fortune magazine as one of the top 50 companies changing the world.

Ashley believes that the future of the water technology sector will require an integrated approach that includes governments, business and academia. Her goal is to work at this interface, translating knowledge into tangible on-the-ground solutions that will achieve large-scale impact, and ultimately to become a leader in this next generation of development by drastically improving water and sanitation services for the world’s poor.

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also a Pershing Square Scholar.