Wanting rural off-grid households to have all the benefits of their urban cousins
Is the smile on the faces of children when they get TV for the first time.
Simon Bransfield-Garth is CEO of Azuri Technologies, a business that combines the latest solar innovation with mobile payment technology to bring affordable, clean energy to the 600 million people in sub-saharan Africa that have no access to mains power. Simon has developed Azuri Technologies into a leading pay-as-you-go off-grid solar home solutions provider with a vast network of agents and distributors across sub-Saharan Africa. He is an award-winning entrepreneur with a passion for technology and the role it plays in addressing some of the biggest challenges facing developing economies. Through state-of-the-art innovation, Simon believes African economies can bypass costly traditional infrastructure to directly access the digital world and knowledge-based economy. Simon has spent the last 30 years building rapid growth, technology-based businesses in a range of sectors including, automotive and telecoms sectors. Career highlights include 7 years at Symbian, the phone OS maker, where he was a member of the Leadership Team and VP Global Marketing. He also founded Myriad Solutions Ltd, a highly successful IT products and services company. Simon currently sits on the Governing Council of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). He was previously a Fellow at Cambridge University and holds a BA and Ph.D in Engineering from St John’s College, Cambridge UK.