Dr. Jeremy Leggett

Founder and Chair, SolarAid & Founder and Director, Solarcentury, Solarcentury

About Dr. Jeremy Leggett

Dr. Jeremy Leggett is a social entrepreneur and writer. He founded and is a director of Solarcentury, an international solar solutions company (1997 – present) that gives is chair of SolarAid, a charity funded with 5% of Solarcentury’s annual profits that builds solar lighting markets in Africa via its wholly owned retail brand SunnyMoney (2006 – present). He also chairs Carbon Tracker, a climate-and-finance think tank analysing climate risk in the capital markets. He is winner of the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership in Climate Change (2009), a Gothenburg Prize (2015), the first non-Dutch winner of a Royal Dutch Honorary Sustainability Award (2016), and has been described in the Observer as “Britain’s most respected green energy boss”. He is a historian, futurist, and author of four books on the climate-and-energy nexus, the most recent of which is The Winning of The Carbon War, an account of what he sees as the “turnaround years” in the dawn of the global energy transition, 2013 -2015. He continues to chronicle that transition and its intersection with the information revolution in a blog (www.jeremyleggett.net), a column in Recharge magazine, and occasional articles for national media. He lectures on short courses in business and society at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford (UK) and St Gallen (Switzerland).

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