The World Economic Forum has named Jesse Moore one of the world’s 100 Young Global Leaders.

Moore is the co-founder of M-KOPA Solar. The Kenya-based company provides pay-as-you-go solar energy to hundreds of thousands of off-grid customers throughout East Africa, and M-KOPA says it brings adds more than 500 new homes a day. It has received many awards, including the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize.

The World Economic Forum’s full press release is below.

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Jesse Moore ’01 speaks during Final Selection Weekend 2017


From the World Economic Forum

Geneva, Switzerland—One hundred of the world’s most up-and-coming artists, business leaders, social entrepreneurs, tech pioneers, thinkers and policy-makers – all aged under 40 – have been recognized by the World Economic Forum as this year’s cohort of Young Global Leaders.

They include a tech entrepreneur whose mobile app has helped over 100,000 smallholder farmers in Africa, a Yale graduate who shunned a big-city salary to help millions of villagers in rural China, a micro-insurance pioneer who is providing a safety net for the most vulnerable segments of society and transformative scientists who are pioneers in gene therapy, artificial intelligence, experimental psychology and mathematics.

They will join an established community – the Forum of Young Global Leaders – which is made up of leaders from all walks of life, every region of the world and stakeholder group in society who operate as a force for good to overcome barriers that stand in the way of progress.

Current and alumni YGLs head governments and Fortune 500 companies, have won Nobel Prizes and Academy Awards, and have become UN Goodwill Ambassadors and Social Entrepreneurs. The new YGLs will be asked to work with one another over the next five years to resolve some of the world’s toughest challenges. A selection of community impacts can be found here.

Fifty-four percent of the YGL Class of 2017 are women, and the majority of the cohort are from emerging economies. Taken together, they represent the very best of their generation and advancing new models of sustainable social innovation.

“We’ve asked these young leaders to join the YGL community because of their ground-breaking work, creative approaches to problems and ability to build bridges across cultures and between business, government and civil society. These leaders highlight the potential for innovation to correct the shortcomings in our economies and societies,” said John Dutton, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum.