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A New Technology and Business Model to Supply Clean and Financially Sustainable Cooking Solutions in Developing Countries

February 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Sponsored by the Energy and Gender & Development Thematic Groups

Speaker: Ken Newcombe

Ken Newcombe will focus his remarks on the technology and business model C-Quest Capital has developed to supply clean and financially sustainable cooking solutions to the rural poor in developing countries. CQC and partners install 10,000 stoves in 5000 households in SSA every day made in its Energy-G-Africa factories in Lilongwe and Cape Town. CQC’s focus on clean cooking is to provide women the time, health, and resources to empower them to climate proof smallholder food and cash crop production under its guidance.

About the speaker:

Ken has over 45 years of experience in project design, management and policy in the energy, environment, and natural resource management sectors. Thirty years of this experience has been through working for developing country governments and development finance institutions, and the last 15 years in the private sector as an entrepreneur and business manager. He has undergraduate degrees in biological and physical sciences, a doctorate from the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National university on the energy, health and natural resource management nexus and business management training at Harvard Business School. Ken is the majority owner of CQC. Ken worked at the World Bank from 1991 to 2006. He co-designed the Global Environmental Facility, and designed the first global carbon fund.

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February 21
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


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