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Xavier Helgesen

CEO, Off.Grid:Electric


Xavier Helgesen is the Co-Founder and CEO of Off Grid Electric, a leading distributed solar energy company focused in Africa. Off Grid Electric has raised over $100 Million to make solar energy & storage affordable to the mass market via pre-paid, plug and play technology. The company's investors include Tesla, EDF, Total, DBL Partners and Helios Partners.

He is also the co-founder of Better World Books, a leading social enterprise that has raised over $20 Million for global literacy and donated tens of millions of books. He served as CEO of Indaba Systems, a multi-channel software company built from technology developed at Better World Books. In 2009, he was recognized as the Best Social Entrepreneur by Businessweek and given the Fast Company Social Capitalist award. Xavier holds an MBA from Oxford Saïd Business School, which he attended on a Skoll Scholarship, and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.