F. Xavier Helgesen

CEO & Co-Founder, Off GridElectric

A veteran entrepreneur, Xavier founded two million dollar businesses in his 20’s. Better World Books is a profitable social venture with $60 Million in revenue selling books online to fund literacy. He’s been recognized as Best Social Entrepreneur by Businessweek in 2009, and winner of the Fast Company Social Capitalist award. Xavier also founded Indaba Systems, a software and services company for online retailers with $1.5 Million in revenue. Xavier holds an MBA from Oxford Saïd Business School, which he attended on a Skoll Scholarship, and a BA with honors from the University of Notre Dame.

About Off Grid Electric:
Off Grid Electric is the world’s first massively scalable off-grid electric company. The company provides clean, affordable and transformative energy directly to households that don’t have access to reliable electricity. OGE’s solar as a service model removes risk for customers, offering the latest in solar technology for less than or equal to a customer’s average energy spend. The company is headquartered in Arusha, Tanzania.