2.6 billion people in the developing world lack access to reliable electricity

Ashley Pettus

Global HearthWorks Foundation

Founder and Director

Deepali Khanna

The Rockefeller Foundation

Managing Director of Asia Region Office

Ken Hayes

Cleantech Open

Executive Director

Malavika Jain Bambawale

ENGIE Impact

Managing Director and Head of APAC, Sustainability Solutions

Rachel Kyte

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)


Ravi Gurumurthy

International Rescue Committee

Chief Innovation Officer

Tareq Emtairah


Director of the Department of Energy

Toby Harward


Head of UNHCR Liaison Office

Zack Bongiovanni


Head of Global Partnerships, Emerging Markets

Scoring Criteria


The solution addresses the challenge that has been set forth.

Potential for Impact:

The planned implementation of the solution has the potential to impact lives. 


The solution can be grown and scaled to affect the lives of more people.

Innovative Approach:

This is a new technology, a new application of a technology, a new business model, or a new process for solving the challenge.


It is feasible to implement the solution, and the team has a plan for the solution to sustain itself financially.

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