Speakers from the world's largest organisations will share their needs & experiences with many world first announcements. Learn of the requirements and case studies from end users and hear all about the latest innovations from companies across the value chain. In total, hear insights from 250 speakers.
Catalysing Off-Grid Solar Markets: Technological Innovation Bringing Light And Power To The Developing World
Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany
14:40 - 15:00
A technological revolution is bringing modern electricity products and services within grasp of the world's poorest people. Customer-centric design has combined with hardware price and performance improvements and digital mobile-integrated platforms to create a historic opportunity to light-up and switch-on the 1 billion people in the world without access to grid electricity.
Drew joined GOGLA in early 2018 with more than 10 years working in the off-grid light and power sector. He has a focus on catalysing markets and private sector development, and a firm belief that quality products and services are at the heart of market development.
As a development consultant he has provided assistance to companies, governments, donors and NGOs. Drew helped establish Malawi's first independent power provider - a hydro mini-grid social enterprise - and supported six off-grid lighting companies in the country. He's authored numerous publications and articles on topics including market intelligence, policy guidance and advocacy.
Drew holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nottingham and has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. His love for the mountains has brought him to live in the Netherlands.
GOGLA is the voice of the off-grid solar lighting and electrification sector. Established in 2012, GOGLA now represents over 120 members as a neutral, independent, not-for-profit industry association. Its mission is to help its members build sustainable markets, delivering quality, affordable products and services to as many households, businesses and communities as possible across the developing world. The products and solutions that GOGLA members sell transform lives. They improve health and education, create jobs and income opportunities and help consumers save money.