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 2017

 

Durreen Shahnaz:  

Durreen Shahnaz receives the award for her work in spearheading the

transformation of the way financial and capital markets work, focusing on

purpose and maximising impact. Her work in Impact Investment Exchange

(IIX), the world’s first stock exchange dedicated to social enterprises – which

she founded in 2009, has positively impacted 10 million lives to date.

Read full biography here.

 

 

Dr Harley Seyedin: 

Dr Harley Seyedin is an Iranian immigrant to USA, who has spent

his life building a multi-national electricity and low carbon infrastructure

development business with great success in China and Southeast Asia.

He has lived more than 20 years in China and for the past nine years he

has held the position as president of the American Chamber of Commerce

in South China.

Read full biography here.

 

 

Murad Al-Katib: 

Murad Al-Katib, son of Turkish immigrants to Canada, receives the

Award for his entrepreneurship in leading the way in sustainable

agriculture and contributing to feeding millions of refugee families

in the Syrian crisis. His company AGT Food and Ingredients is one of

the world’s largest lentil companies, handling about a quarter of the

global supply.

Read full biography here.

 

Elon Musk:

Elon Musk receives the Award for his leadership of the way forward

in the automotive industry, and for his showcasing of how businesses

can help confront and solve the world’s most demanding and complex

problems. The battery technology of Tesla has recently been successfully

combined with solar energy in his company SolarCity, USA’s second

largest provider of solar systems.

Read full biography here.

 

 

 

 

 


2016

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 Sarah Beydoun:

Ms Beydoun is the founder and creative director of Sarah’s Bag.

This internationally successful company has a business model that

includes social rehabilitation for underprivileged women who learn

valuable skills and earn an income as well as a sense of dignity and

empowerment. By following her heart – both for fashion and women

at risk – Ms Beydoun has created a robust business despite the

difficult circumstances in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tore Lærdal:

Mr Lærdal is the Executive Chairman of Laerdal Medical, the

global leader in resuscitation training and therapy products.

Laerdal Global Health is a non-profit affiliate of Laerdal Medical,

and provides affordable products to help save lives from birth in

poor countries. The goal of the group is to save 500,000 lives per

year by 2020. Mr. Lærdal is an example of how linking business to

a wider, social purpose can create exceptional results – for both

business and society.

 

 

 

Dr Jennifer Nkuene Riria:

Dr Riria is Group CEO of Kenya Women Holding (KWH) and has

led Kenya Women Microfinance Bank (KWFT) for over two decades.

KWFT grants loans to marginalized women and their families,

serving over 1.5 million women and disbursing over US$ 2.3 billion

over a period of 20 years. Through her important work, Dr Riria

brings economic empowerment to marginalised women, contributing

to build peace even during times of conflict.

 

 


2015

 

 

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Paul Polman: 

CEO of Unilever, Polman is a leading voice in sustainability.

He is Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable

Development, a member of the International Business Council

of the World Economic Forum and serves on the board of the

United Nations Global Compact. Under Polman’s leadership,

Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to double its corporate

size while reducing its overall environmental footprint and

increasing its positive social impact. Some 48 percent of

Unilever’s agricultural raw materials were sustainably sourced

by the end of 2013. Unilever hopes to show progress towards

  their interim goal of 50 percent in 2015 and 100 percent in 2020.

 

 

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Poman Lo:

Lo is a Hong Kong-based businesswoman and

Group Managing Director of Regal Hotels International.

Lo created Century Innovative Technology Limited, an

edu-tainment company featuring interactive games and

multimedia. CIT produces the animated series “Bodhi

and his friends”, designed to inspire moral development in

children.  Lo’s goal is to provide equal access to quality education

so that children are empowered through knowledge.

 

 

 

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A Palestinian, Khouri and his family escaped the war of 1948.

After the signing of the Oslo Accords, he and a group of diaspora

business leaders took on the challenge of rebuilding Palestine’s

economy. After raising some funds, he returned and established

Padico Holding and the Paltel telecommunications company.

And in 1995, he launched the Palestinian National Beverage Company,

which produces and sells Coca-Cola products in the West Bank

and Gaza Strip. Khouri now funds the Zahi Khouri Fellowship

Program, providing Palestinian-American students the experience

of professional development in Palestine in the fields of education,

youth/female empowerment, and economic development.

 

 

 

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Merrill Joseph Fernando:

After ending his formal education with the then-equivalent of

high school, Fernando moved to Colombo to train as a tea taster.

He recognized the labor involved in traditional tea growing tea,

combined with profits going into the wrong pockets, meant that

the Ceylon tea industry and its two million dependents would not

have a future unless things changed. Fernando started Dilmah,

his own single origin, sustainable tea brand. Now sold in nearly

100 countries, 10 percent of the pre‐tax profit is used to fund the

work of his MJF Charitable Foundation, which emphasizes

empowerment of the differently abled people.

 

 

 

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Juan Andrés Cano:

Cano is CEO of Semilla, an ethics consultancy, and Value4Chain,

a technological platform dedicated to sustainability management

for businesses. Value4Chain helps to identify gaps and opportunities

in managing ethics, compliance, and corporate governance, as well as

generating social and environmental value, human rights, and peace.

Cano is also founder of PeaceStartup, an initiative of Value4Chain and

Business & Human Rights (Spain). PeaceStartup focuses on creating

sustainable solutions to the challenges of peacebuilding for businesses

and entrepreneurs, using information and communication technologies.

 

 


2014

 

 

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Selima Ahmad:

Selima Ahmad is the Vice Chairperson of the Nitol-Niloy Group.

With her deep understanding of the plight of women in a male

dominated, poverty afflicted society, she focuses on developing

entrepreneurial talent, and organizing financial and marketing

resources in order to enable women to overcome hurdles

and expand their business beyond the micro threshold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ouided Bouchamaoui:

Ouided Bouchamaoui is the President of The Tunisian Confederation

of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA). Bouchamaoui works to

help Tunisia pull through its challenges by pushing for national

reconciliation, by protecting both enterprises and employment policy,

and assisting the urgent need to restore security. In Bouchamaoui’s

opinion, conditions fundamental for promoting social peace and prosperity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sir Richard Branson:

Sir Richard Brandon is the founder and owner of Virgin Group.

Branson uses his reputation to influence important issues also

outside business. He is a signatory of the non-profit Global Zero

campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons, has taken a strong

stand against climate change skepticism, and took the initiative to

create The Elders, a gathering of independent global leaders working

together for peace and human rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 Kesha Kumari Damini:

Kesha Kumari Damini is the leader of more than 60,000 micro

entrepreneurs. Though Ms Damini came from the most

disadvantaged of Dalit communities in Nepal, her leadership

and success have inspired many to become entrepreneurs,

explore self-employment opportunities and overcome discrimination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adnan Kassar:

Adnan Kassar is Chairman of Fransabank, and has been a

driver of growth and development in Lebanon, in the absence

of political stability and security, for many decades. Through

motivating the private sector, his work has contributed to the

prosperity of the country and its attractiveness to foreign investors,

thus maintaining and securing the livelihood of the Lebanese people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marilyn Carlson Nelson:

Marilyn Carlson Nelson is the Chairman and former CEO

of Carlson. Ms Nelson’s pace-setting approach to responsible

business focuses on engaging in dialogue with stakeholders

about local causes and global issues. Across a range of challenges

her approach contributes to peace through the creation of shared

value. Notably, she is a strong advocate for the abolition of sexual

exploitation of children.

 

 

 

 

 

2013

 

 

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Margaret Mussoi L. Groff is the Chief Financial Officer of ITAIPU

Binacional, the world’s largest hydropower station in terms of power

generation. She has been engaged in motivating female employees to

seek professional development which resulted in an increase of female

managers from 10 to 21 percent in nine years, in ITAIPU Binacional.

Groff has also established ITAIPU’s policy and guidelines for gender

equality based on the UN Global Compact Women’s Empowerment

Principles Leadership Group, contributing to more gender-equal societies.

 

 

 

 

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Connie Hasemann:

Connie Hasemann, founder and CEO of Telehandelshuset AS, is

a strong advocate for social change through sustainable business.

With a mission to help disabled people show they are a valuable labour

resource on equal standing with others, Hasemann established what is

now one of the leading social enterprises in Denmark. Her drive and

dedication break down barriers, and are appreciated across national

borders. Connie Hasemann has developed a business model that

demonstrates a new concept of comprehensive rehabilitation of

disabled people, where the outcome is employment. This business

model is both scalable and adaptable across sectors and national borders.

 

 

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Arif Massod Naqvi, founder and Group Chief Executive of The Abraaj

Group, is a leading investor operating in Asia, the Middle East, North

Africa, Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. In 2012,

Naqvi was invited by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to

join the United Nations Global Compact Board. His work in promoting

responsible business practices by looking at the stakeholders, rather

than an exclusively shareholder approach, is pioneering in the private equity

industry. The Abraaj Group devotes time to mentoring social, cultural,

and economic entrepreneurs. And, under the leadership of Naqvi, the Abraaj

Group has partnered with world-class organizations on entrepreneurship and

job creation, healthcare, education and community engagement.

 

 

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Dean Cycon:

Dean Cycon is the founder and owner of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee

Company, has worked for more than 25 years on development issues

in indigenous communities, including coffee-producing villages around

the world. He created Dean’s Beans to prove that businesses can promote

positive economic, social and environmental change in developing countries,

and be profitable at the same time. The company designs and funds people-

centered development projects in coffee-producing areas in partnership with

growers, and returns a percentage of the profits to the growers as a “social equity

premium”. Mr Cycon is also a co-founder of Coffee Kids, and Cooperative Coffees,

the world’s first fair trade roaster’s cooperative.

 

 

 

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Nadia Al-Sakkaf:

Nadia Al-Sakkaf is the Chief Editor of Yemen Times. This is the country’s

first and most widely read independent English-language newspaper, a

leading voice in Yemen on issues of media, gender, development and

politics. During the May 2011 leadership crisis in Yemen, Al-Sakkaf and

her organization were vital in reporting the news and putting the political

situation in context for international readers. Under Al-Sakkaf’s leadership,

the Yemen Times has also created several publications — including

publications to advocate for women’s participation in politics, such

as Breaking the Stereotype, a book on Yemeni women’s experience as

political candidates in elections.

 


2012

 

 

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Ibrahim Abouleish:

The late Dr Ibrahim Abouleish was the founder of the comprehensive

development initiative SEKEM, in Egypt. During a journey through Egypt in 1975,

Dr. Abouleish was overwhelmed by his country’s overpopulation, and its

pollution, particularly from the use of chemical pesticides. SEKEM has been a

leader in developing and spreading biodynamic farming methods in Egypt.

The organization’s commitment regarding innovative development has led to

widespread use of biodynamic methods in pest control and to the

improvement of yields. Dr. Abouleish then commenced a three-fold

project allowing him to contribute to community-building, humanity,

and healing the earth.

 

 

 

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Eduardo Eurnekian:

Eduardo Eurnekian is president of Corporacion America. Eurnekian has

a strong commitment to peace and reconciliation, and advocates genuine

restoration and reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia, with the

consolidation of bilateral relations between the two countries. He is a

prominent advocate of ethical business practices, who sold all his media

holdings when diversifying into other sectors of the Argentinian economy,

in order not to have privileged access to the media, “in a manner that would

imply unfair competition with other companies.” As honorary chairman of

the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, and as Vice President of the Argentinian

Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the B20 group that advises the

G20 nations, he is able to spread his business wisdom globally and significantly.

 

 

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Vladas Lasas:

Dr Vladas Lasas, CEO/Founder of Skubios siuntos UAB Kaunas &

UPS/Lithuania, is an inspirational business leader who is helping drive

awareness of how technology, cooperation and synergy can provide important

solutions to pressing, global problems. He is co-founder of the Carbon War

Room, the global non-profit initiative by entrepreneurs to implement

market-driven solutions to climate change. His numerous involvements and

initiatives all have as a common goal to bring together resources from a

number of fields and disciplines, across established boundaries, in order to

find ways to make the world a better place. In a play on his last name, which

means “drop of water” in Lithuanian, his business card declares “Every drop counts.”

 

 

 

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David MacLennan:

David MacLennan is the President and Chief Operating Officer at Cargill, Inc.

Under MacLennan’s guidance, Cargill has developed management systems and

policies to ensure environmental compliance, prevent pollution and

continually improve performance on criteria relevant to their business and

operations. The group’s commitment in this area has led the way for others, in

showing that it is possible to have a proven social responsibility record, and

also be a leader in profitability and growth. The Ethical Guiding Principles

developed for the group, under MacLennan’s stewardship, can serve

as a guideline for all businesses.

 

 

 

 

Reginald A. Mengi:

Reginald A. Mengi is the founder and chairman of the IPP Group. From

humble beginnings, Mr Mengi’s company today ranks amongst the largest

private companies in Tanzania. Mr Mengi has consistently advocated the need

for business to actively engage with communities and take responsibility for

their development. He promotes initiatives that assist the disadvantaged and

infirm, and is seen to be in the forefront in fostering national unity as a

leading advocate for peaceful coexistence. He indiscriminately contributes to

all religious faiths, and helps finance the construction of schools. The

examples of social responsibility set by Mr Mengi are widely emulated

in the Tanzanian business community. Mengi’s business peers have

shown their trust by voting him “most respected CEO in East Africa”

for three successive years.

 

 

 

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Latifur Rahman:

Latifur Rahman is the Chairman and CEO of the Transcom Group. The group’s

growth has taken place under adherence to ethical and responsible business

practices that serve as a guideline for other businesses in the region. The

group is one of the highest corporate tax, VAT and import duty payers in

Bangladesh, with a clean bank record. The companies in the group also adhere

to labour standards and industrial laws. Other businesses in the region look

up to Mr Latifur Rahman for leadership and guidance for his integrity, ethical

standards and business acumen – well illustrated by Mr Rahman’s reelection

as chairman of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry for a

total of seven terms.

 


2010

 

 

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Ratan Tata:

Mr Tata is chairman of the Tata group, India’s largest conglomerate. He has

more than once declared that his group is not driven to grow “over

everybody’s dead bodies”. His personal view is that the group’s sense of social

responsibility does not collide with the creation of shareholder value. Tata

gives away on average eight to fourteen per cent of its net profits every year

through dedicated philanthropic programmes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stef Wertheimer:

Mr Wertheimer is the founder and honorary chair of Iscar Metalworking

Company, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of carbide cutting tools.

He employs an integrated workforce of Arabs, Jews and Christians. In his

company, employees work side by side towards a common goal, shedding the

stereotypes so prevalent in the Middle East. Wertheimer believes in the

importance of quality technical education as a basis for a better society.

To this end, he has initiated the Arab-Jewish Executive Development

programme, bringing together Jews and Arabs in intensive courses

on entrepreneurship.

 

 

 

 

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Francis Yeoh:

Yeoh is managing director of the YTL Corporation Berhad, Malaysia’s leading

integrated infrastructure conglomerate. He believes that a sustainable business

means one which can thrive in the long term and that true sustainability has

four equal components: social, economic, environmental and cultural.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roberto Servitje Sendra:

Mr. Sendra is chair of Grupo Bimbo, a multinational baking enterprise. Early

in its development, he stated that the group’s goal was to be “altamente

productiva y plenamente humana” – highly productive and truly humane.

Grupo Bimbo has a significant social responsibility programme, which is

tightly related to health, the environment, society (poverty and food

distribution) and the wellbeing of its workers. In terms of health, the group

has been making serious efforts to promote exercise as a way of life. On the

environmental front, it has set a leading example through its efforts to

recycle and to reduce water consumption while supporting a major

reforestation campaign in Mexico.

 

 

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Venkataramani Srivathsan:

Mr Srivathshan is managing director of Nigerian operations at Olam, a leading

global supply chain management company for agricultural products and food

ingredients. He has created the rice extension farming and out-grower

programme in collaboration with farmers’ organisations and NGOs. This

programme has allowed Olam Nigeria to increase overall returns to rice

farmers through enhanced productivity, improved quality and guaranteed

buy-back of crops.

 

 

 

 

 

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Emily Cummins:

Ms Cummins designs products to improve the quality of life in developing

countries. She designed and created a multi-bucket water system to transport

water effectively across southern Africa. Her sustainable fridge uses solar heat

to provide refrigeration cheaply and easily. Cummins selflessly gave her

design away because she wanted as many people as possible to build their own

sustainable refrigerators. Her product is now serving the everyday

refrigeration needs of countless families across southern Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

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William Rosenzweig:

Mr Rosenzweig is managing director of Physic Ventures, whose purpose is to

invest in companies which create value through delivering innovative

solutions for preventing disease, promoting consumer-driven health and

ensuring a sustainable planet for future generations. His vision achieves a

union of business performance with a higher purpose by creating strong

clusters of experienced enterprises working with companies in developing

countries to create an ultimate benefit which goes far beyond bottom-line considerations.

 

 

 


2009

 

 

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Anders Dahlvig:

Anders Dahlvig started working for IKEA in 1984, and assumed his current

position as CEO in 1999. Under Anders Dahlvig’s leadership, IKEA has placed

sustainability at the heart of its product development and supply strategy.

“The IKEA Way of Purchasing Home Furnishing Products” (the IWAY) is a

code of conduct which defines what suppliers can expect from IKEA and what

IKEA requires from its suppliers in terms of legal requirements, working

conditions, the active prevention of child labor, environmental protection and

forestry management.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr Mohamed Ibrahim:

Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim is a Sudanese-born British mobile communications

entrepreneur. He is currently on the board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and

is a member of the Africa Regional Advisory Board of London Business School.

In 2006, the foundation launched the Prize for Achievement in African

Leadership. The prize is awarded to African heads of state who deliver

security, health, education and economic development to their constituents,

and who democratically transfer power to their successor. With a $5 million

initial payment, plus $200,000 a year for life, the prize is believed to be

the world’s largest, exceeding the $1.3m Nobel Peace Prize.

 

 

 

 

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Mohammed Jameel:

Mohammed Jameel is President of Abdul Latif Jameel Co. Ltd. A great

philanthropist as well as a respected businessman, Mr. Jameel has developed

several community programs promoting job opportunities for thousands of

young Saudi men and women each year. Jameel has been the driving force

behind the Grameen Jameel Pan Arab Initiative, which aims to reduce poverty

through micro credit. In addition, he opened the first Bab Riza (Gateway to

Prosperity) Jameel Center in June 2007 in Jeddah for creating

employment opportunities for women and offering financial support for

start-ups and loans for vocational training in both the public and private sector.

 

 

 

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Jeffrey R. Immelt:

Jeff Immelt is the Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of the

U.S.-based conglomerate General Electric since 2000. Under Mr Immelt’s

leadership, GE implemented a new initiative, under the name of

“ecomagination” to ramp up development of clean technologies and lighten

the company’s environmental footprint. GE committed itself in 2005 to double

its research-and-development investments in eco-friendlier technologies from

2004 to 2010, more than ten times the 2005 federal US R&D budget for solar

and wind combined. In 2007, GE announced that it was expanding its

ecomagination strategy, committing to reduce its global water use by

20 percent by 2012.

 

 

 

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Josephine Okot:

Josephine Okot is the founder and Managing Director of Victoria Seeds, a full

line seed company in Uganda. She founded Victoria Seeds for the purpose of

delivering quality seeds to “small holder” farmers who produce over 90% of

agricultural output in Uganda. Ms. Okot’s goal is to reverse the decline in

agricultural productivity in Uganda and other countries of the region where

Victoria Seeds is exporting to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jiang Jianqing:

Jiang Jianqing has served as Governor of the Shanghai Bank and the Pudong

Subsidiary Bank before becoming the Head of the Investment and

Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Under the leadership of Mr. Jianqing, the

ICBC became the first Chinese bank in the country’s domestic banking to

introduce and apply the notion of “Green Credit”, strictly constraining credit

inputs for heavily polluting and/or high energy-consuming corporations. For

the ICBC, the environmental protection compliance serves as the ultimate

determinant to reject or accept any projects and business

entities requesting loans.

 

 

 

 

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Dr Zhengrong Shi:

The Chinese-Austrialian solar scientist Dr Zhengrong Shi is the founder,

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Suntech Power, one of the leading

solar energy companies and the largest solar module manufacturer in the

world. When he decided to start his own company in 2001, he was acutely

aware of the growing need for renewable energy and he wanted to be part of

the solution. Now, only eight years later, he is considered to be one of the

world’s leaders in the development and commercialization of renewable

energy technology. Dr Shi guided Suntech into designing and

providing low-cost solar generators to let even the disadvantaged

be able to afford clean energy. His idea and vision is to bring

environment-friendly power to the world.