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Digital Divide to Digital Dividend: Empowering the Last Billion

In many instances digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery and we must take advantage of this rapid technological change to make the world more prosperous and inclusive.

In rural communities of Africa, a majority of homes have no access to electricity, the introduction of solar energy to these homes and communities has had the power to transform lives. It helped families save money as well as allowing children to study in the evenings and has given communities access to information through different mediums such as radio, television and mobile phones!

Come and learn how the latest home solar technology is transforming Africa by reducing the rural-urban divide, the keynote will be given by Simon Bransfield-Garth.

Simon has 30 years global experience building rapid growth, technology- based businesses in sectors including Semiconductor, Automotive and Mobile Phones. He is the CEO Azuri Technologies and a serial entrepreneur with a passion for the role of technology in addressing some of the challenges of emerging economies and the potential to bypass a traditional industrial revolution route to development and jump directly to a knowledge-based economy. He was previously a Fellow at Cambridge University and holds a BA and Ph.D in Engineering from St John’s College, Cambridge UK.

Azuri Technologies are a leading provider of PayGo Solar Home Systems for rural off-grid homes. Their solutions are combined with mobile money payments to offer clean, affordable solar-powered products from lighting to TV. The company has the widest geographical footprint of any off-grid provider across East and West Africa, and has sold over 130,000 units to date.

Founded in 2012, Azuri is based in Cambridge (UK), with substantial regional offices in Africa, including our East Africa HQ in Nairobi and their West Africa HQ in Lagos.

Join Azuri Technologies and their CEO for an engaging and inspiring evening at Mettā Nairobi on the 7th of November from 6:00pm.

RSVP to secure your spot as seats are limited.