Prior to coming to Oxford, Jesse worked as the Director of Private Sector Development for CARE, the international development organisation. In this role, Jesse travelled extensively in developing markets and forged his belief that leapfrogging technologies could be harnessed to benefit low-income consumers while also creating significant financial returns.
After working for Vodafone and the GSM Association on mobile money solutions targeting unbanked consumers (2007-09), Jesse moved to Kenya in 2010 to start M-KOPA Solar. M-KOPA combines GSM technology with solar power systems to provide affordable energy to low-income households on a pay-as-you-go basis. He has overseen the company’s growth from scratch to a business with over 400 employees and 100,000 customers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Based on this growth, M-KOPA was selected by Bloomberg as the top “New Energy Pioneer” worldwide for 2014 and winner of the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2015, and has also secured its fourth round of investment funding through a $12.45 million equity and debt deal, led by LGT Venture Philanthropy.