Experts' profiles - Sameer Hajee
Sameer Hajee
Sameer Hajee is the current CEO of Nuru Energy, a social enterprise whose mission is to create an affordable off-grid electricity infrastructure that serves the primary energy needs of base-of-pyramid (BoP) consumers. Nuru Energy was seed-funded by the World Bank in 2008 and was a recipient of the 2010 UNEP Sasakawa Prize.

Prior to Nuru Energy, Sameer was the Global Business Development manager at Freeplay Energy PLC, the developers of the worlds first hand-crank radio and flashlight. At Freeplay Energy, in addition to starting the company's international aid and development sales division, Sameer also co-created and co-managed a World Bank Development Marketplace project that saw the creation of 50 rural energy enterprises in Rwanda.

In 2005, Sameer launched and managed the Growing Sustainable Business (GSB) initiative at the United Nations Development Programme in Kenya, where he helped domestic and multinational companies, such as Tetra Pak and Microsoft, to develop and implement pro-poor business models in Kenya. As a leading authority on rural energy provision through micro enterprise, Sameer has been invited to speak at numerous conferences around the world including at this year's Fortune Global Forum in South Africa.

Prior to his work in BoP markets, Sameer worked as a microprocessor design engineer in Silicon Valley, California and as a telecom engineer for Afghanistans first mobile phone network provider, Roshan, in Kabul. Sameer has a bachelor degree in electrical engineering from McMaster University in Canada and a MBA from INSEAD, one of the worlds leading business schools. He also studied at the Wharton School in the US through the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance. Sameer is a Canadian national with native roots in Kenya and India.



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