Building a Next-Generation Utility for Africa

More than 800m people currently lack access to electric power around the globe, creating one of the most severe barriers to economic development in places like Sub-Saharan Africa. One of the key UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) is to provide universal access to electricity by 2030 and over the past decade, substantial progress has been made in achieving this target, with off-grid solar home systems becoming one of the most cost effective and rapidly deployable solutions. In this talk, you will learn more about the rapid rise of off-grid energy solutions in the developing world in the past decade from a co-founder of Bboxx, one of the organisations at the forefront of this industry and hear about the challenges and opportunities that the industry will experience in the next decade.

Christopher Baker-Brian

Managing Director, Product Division, Bboxx Ltd. on March 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM in Zoom Webinar
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Christopher Baker-Brian is a Co-founder of Bboxx and Managing Director of the Product Division. Chris leads the development, from the London office, of a wide range of advanced rural electrification solutions, as well as a range of software products to support Bboxx’s growing global operations. He also oversees supply chain operations across Asia and Africa. Chris is an Imperial University Graduate. He obtained his Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electronic & Electrical Engineering with 1st class Honours in 2010. While studying at Imperial University London, Chris met Bboxx’s two other co-founders – Mansoor Hamayun and Laurent Van Houcke. They founded a successful student charity, called e.quinox, which initially brought electricity to six villages in Rwanda and continues to operate today. Following university, Chris worked at the Rolls-Royce Group, taking part of in the Engineering Professional Excellence Program Graduate Scheme. Over 10 years ago, Mansoor, Chris and Laurent founded Bboxx to create a sustainable, affordable, and commercial solution that would allow for unprecedented access to energy and transform the lives of millions.Chris specializes in rural electrification, product design, energy strategy, power systems, and electronics, as well as other areas of electrical engineering and software development.

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