Sameer Hajee

Sameer Hajee

Co-Founder of Nuru Energy
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Sameer is a leading authority on rural energy provision through micro-enterprise.

North America

Sameer is the co-founder of Nuru Energy, an international social enterprise that provides low power electricity and lighting solutions to the 1 billion people in developing countries that are disconnected from the electricity grid and who live below the poverty line.

Nuru Energy has won over 20 global awards and Sameer and his work have been covered by CNN, Forbes, Fortune Magazine, BusinessWeek, BBC Africa, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, Hindustan Times and the Jakarta Post to name a few. In 2009, Nuru Energy was selected by CNBC World as having one of the “Top 10 Ideas to Change the World”.

Nuru Energy has been featured in an MBA case study written by INSEAD and is profiled in 2 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.

As a leading authority on rural energy provision through micro-enterprise, Sameer has been invited to speak at various international conferences, including the World Economic Forum, UN Private Sector Forum, Fortune Global Forum, the Vienna Energy Forum and the Financial Times Global Energy Leaders Summit.

Sameer has received numerous personal awards for his work including the McMaster University Arch Award for Outstanding Young Alumni, Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Africa by the Schwab Foundation/World Economic Forum and the INSEAD Alumni Force for Good Award.

Prior to his work in Base of Pyramid (BOP) markets, Sameer worked as a microprocessor design engineer in Silicon Valley, California and as a telecom engineer for Afghanistan’s first mobile phone network provider, Roshan, in Kabul.

Sameer has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in Canada and an MBA from INSEAD where he is currently an Entrepreneur-in Residence.