VP of New Product and Services, Nairobi, Kenya , GREENLIGHT PLANET
Jodie Wu leads Greenlight Planet in developing new products and services for underserved communities across Africa. Fluent in Swahili, an engineer by background, and an entrepreneur who dove straight into social enterprise at 22 years old, Wu brings unique expertise to the field of international development. She lived and worked in Arusha, Tanzania, for eight years, growing her staff to more than 80 Tanzanians to deliver life-improving solar lanterns, clean cookstoves, and agricultural tools to over 100,000 families before selling her company and joining Greenlight Planet’s global team. Greenlight Planet is present in over 60 countries and brings products and a level of service that rivals Western markets, creating tremendous opportunities for cost savings and income generation for its 7M customers. As a champion of collaboration, Wu has advised dozens of entrepreneurs entering the Tanzanian market and consulted for various energy companies to bring in new services, including battery swapping, pay-as-you-go solar, microgrids, and clean cookstoves. Wu was named one of Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s America’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs in 2010 and Forbes’ 30 under 30 in 2011. She is also a 2010 Echoing Green Fellow, 2011 TEDGlobal Fellow, 2012 Ashoka Emerging Innovator, 2013 D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellow, and 2016 C3E Award Winner in International Leadership. Wu holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.