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Friday, April 12, 2013

Addressing Energy Poverty through Innovations in Delivery

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Session Description

With investors pouring $270 billion annually in to clean energy globally, it is shocking that energy poverty continues to plague nearly half the world’s population. More than 2.7 billion people lack access to clean and energy efficient cooking technologies with 1.4 billion rural residents lacking access to electricity. This panel will discuss a spectrum of innovations that go beyond technology to innovate in service provisioning and delivery models that are breaking down barriers to energy access from Africa to India. Explore how strategic philanthropy and social entrepreneurs can catalyse change in access to energy.

When | Where

09:00 - 10:45 Friday, April 12 Seminar Room A

Session leaders

  • Jasjit Mangat Speaker
    Executive Chairman, Agni Energy
    Jasjit brings global investing and operating experience to his role at Agni, a company focused on sustainable energy. Prior to Agni, Jasjit helped setup Omidyar Network – a leading early-stage VC fund – in India. At ON he led the Access to Capital practice and managed several successful early stage VC investments in cleantech (including Agni), agribusiness and healthcare companies. Jasjit has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a Master of Engineering in chemical engineering from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Technology in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
  • Brian Sirgutz Moderator
    Senior Vice President of Social Impact, The Huffington Post
    Brian Sirgutz is Senior Vice President of Social Impact at AOL/Huffington Post Media Group, where he leads all aspects of the company's impact content and engagement strategy. Brian created the Impact, Education, TEDWeekends and Good News verticals that reach over 20 million people on a monthly basis and is leading the development of social impact-related business and product development innovations on the Huffington Post’s platform. Prior to this he was a founding member and President of Causecast, a pioneering firm specializing in social impact technology platforms. Brian also is an advisor to the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.
  • Jim Ayala Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Hybrid Social Solutions
    Jim Ayala has worked on economic development issues in emerging markets for 29 years in his various roles as social entrepreneur, CEO of a listed company, management consultant and trustee of several non-profit organisations. He believes that business and investment capital have an essential role to play in solving urgent social problems by working with communities and other stakeholders to scale up social innovations at the base of the economic pyramid. Jim is a Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Ernst&Young EOY Philippines.
  • Programme Manager, Shell Foundation
    Simon runs Shell Foundation’s Access to Energy Programme, which has the goal of helping to provide access to modern energy services for the poor. Before joining the Shell Foundation in 2000, Simon worked globally in a broad range of business and development roles, with experience in start-ups, multinationals and non-profit organisations.
  • Dipender Saluja Speaker
    Managing Director, Capricorn Investment Group
    Dipender Saluja is Managing Director at Capricorn, an investment firm founded to demonstrate that it is possible to invest profitably while driving sustainable positive change. Capricorn manages about $5 billion in assets for Jeff Skoll, the Skoll Foundation, and others who strive for extraordinary investment results by leveraging market forces to accelerate large scale impact. Capricorn's investment process is grounded in comprehensive perspectives on long-term, global trends in technology, energy, healthcare, transportation and agriculture. Some of Capricorn’s past and current investments include Tesla, Planet Labs, QuantumScape, Innovium, SpaceX, Twitter, and Saildrone. Prior to Capricorn he was Chief of Staff at Cadence, a global market leader in electronic design, where he built and managed businesses that worked closely with electronics companies around the world. Prior to that he was at Data General (EMC), Honeywell, ROLM (IBM), & the GF Energy Research Center. He is an electrical engineer by training, and attended UND, University of Minnesota, and Stanford. Dipender serves on the boards of AST, Automatiks, Calstart, Embrace, GotIt!, Innovium, Joby Aviation, Navitas Semi, QuantumScape, RayVio, Sense and Sunpreme, and on the investment committee of PRIME. He is based in Palo Alto, CA.