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DIF Studio A Different Path

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  • Camille van Gestel , Kirsten Kramer, Olayinka David-West

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Low-to-middle income (LMI) countries face a number of hurdles to developing a robust economy that works for everyone, but they do have a couple of aces up their sleeves. Firstly, they can learn from the mistakes of highly developed nations, not least by investigating how to design out waste of materials and energy, as well as giving a body swerve to the inherent structural waste found in these economies. Secondly, and this is a related point, they can use modern and emerging technology to help leapfrog some of the more painful stages of the historical development process. And, what's more, they can make their economies more inclusive in the process.

In this session, we hear from three speakers who each have a wealth of knowledge about how modern technology is being applied in LMI nations. Camille van Gestel is the founder of Waka Waka, who make handheld solar energy devices that have helped more than 1,000,000 people gain access to electricity in the last three years alone. Kirsten Kramer, a Strategy Consultant at Accenture has worked with local communities in Brazil to help them develop local renewable energy solutions. And we'll hear from Olayinka David-West, of the Lagos Business School, who is working on a project to bring digital financial technologies to millions of Nigerians, reducing barriers some people face to making payments and improving their lives, especially in rural areas. In all cases, technology is being applied to help reduce inequalities and offer new opportunities to those who might otherwise be denied them.


Speakers

Camille van Gestel

Camille van Gestel

Co-Founder & Co-CEO of WakaWaka

Camille is founder of Waka Waka, who make handheld solar energy devices that have helped more than 1,000,000 people gain access to electricity in the last three years alone. The mission of the company is to solve a global challenge, SDG #7, impacting may others along the way

She also introduced premium solar solutions using innovative business models for Base of the Pyramid customers.

Kirsten Kramer

Kirsten Kramer

Strategy Consulting Manager, Accenture Utilities Brazil

Kristen is an enthusiast for renewable, resilient and responsible energy solutions. She's Co-collaborator of Rio Resiliente and permanent member of the City´s Council and works with local communities in Brazil to help them develop local renewable energy solutions

Olayinka David-West

Olayinka David-West

Senior Fellow, Information Systems, Lagos Business School

Olayinka demystifies IT, He's an experienced information systems professional with a passion for the effective use of IT in business and society.

He leads IT-related teaching and research initiatives in digital finance and platforms and is working on a project to bring digital financial technologies to millions of Nigerians, reducing barriers some people face to making payments and improving their lives, especially in rural areas.

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