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Sameer Hajee is the co-founder and CEO of Nuru Energy, a growth-stage social enterprise that aims to eliminate energy poverty in less than two dollars per day markets. Nuru Energy’s unique approach is to set up portable, pay-as-you-go recharge stations at the village level, powered by solar and/or pedal-power and operated by local micro-entrepreneurs, who sell and recharge (for a fee) portable LED lights, mobile phones and other USB devices. Nuru Energy has won over 15 global and regional awards and Sameer and his work have been covered by CNN, Forbes, Fortune Magazine and BusinessWeek to name a few. Nuru Energy has been profiled in two books, Entrepreneurial Solutions for Prosperity in BOP Markets and The Decentralized Energy Revolution, as a leading example of a highly replicable and scalable, pro-poor, pro-profit, business model. Sameer has received numerous personal awards for his work including Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Africa by the Schwab Foundation/World Economic Forum. Early in his career, Sameer worked as a microprocessor design engineer in Silicon Valley and as a telecom engineer for Afghanistan’s first mobile phone network provider, Roshan, in Kabul. Sameer has a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in Canada and a MBA from INSEAD, where he is current a Social Entrepreneur-in Residence (SEiR). [+]