In the developed world, lighting a room is as easy as flicking a switch. But for over 1 billion people that live outside the electricity supply, lighting is dependent on burning kerosene fuel. Highly dangerous, environmentally damaging and extremely bad for health, kerosene also represents a significant financial burden for some of the world’s poorest people.
In this event, we will bring together some of the key players in making safe lighting a reality for developing countries from charities, policy and the lighting industry. There will be a round-table discussion as well as a chance to chat about these issues further over a drinks reception. For more information about the event and how to book, please visit:
Speakers for this event will include:
Olivia Otieno - SunnyMoney
Having led a few different lives in her career, Olivia's experience makes her well suited for helping make Africa brighter with SunnyMoney solar lights. She was a popular radio and TV presenter and columnist for one of the top newspapers in East Africa. Olivia also has experience in sales & marketing and holds a B.A. in Psychology and a MSc. in Organizational Development. Her role as head of marketing and partnerships development for SunnyMoney based in Nairobi involves interaction with media, NGOs and corporate organizations across the continent.
Youmna Abdallah - Young Lighter of the Year 2015
Youmna Abdallah will be delivering her Young Lighter of the Year presentations, Light Poverty in Precarious Environments within Developing Countries. Youmna impressed the Young Lighter of the Year judges with her presentation and paper during the LuxLive exhibition, London ExCel Centre, on Thursday 19 November 2015.
Richard Turner – SolarAid
Richard currently leads the SolarAid team based in London and was involved from the outset when SolarAid set its goal to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa. He has principally worked as fundraiser in overseas development for the last 25 years.
Jim Reeve – GravityLight
After a decade of product design consultancy with therefore ltd in London, Jim co-invented GravityLight: a viable alternative to kerosene lighting for the 1.3 billion people living off-grid, in low-income households. GravityLight is a portable home generator, powered by the lift of a weight.
Jim now leads R&D as Technical Director of a social venture comprised of The GravityLight Foundation and Deciwatt Ltd. The venture seeks to deliver elegant, viable and innovative energy solutions to low income households, via direct support to the Foundation, and through revenues generated in 'on-grid' markets.