Hugh Whalan is the founder of three businesses in Africa focused on the innovative financing of solar energy to service some of the poorest consumers on the planet. His first company pioneered crowdfunding for energy loans to the developing world. His next company, a solar distribution and asset financing operation in Ghana, was acquired by a US private equity firm. He is currently running PEG, which is uses pay-as-you-go technology to provide solar home systems to 500 000 households in West Africa by 2021.
Whalan has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, as one of Australia’s top 30 entrepreneurs under 30, and as an Aspen Institute Global Leadership Fellow. He has been featured in a wide range of mainstream media, including CNN, Forbesand The New York Times. He is an occasional contributor to Fast Company.