Michael MacHarg
Simpa Networks

Michael MacHarg is Co-Founder of Simpa Networks, a ICT social
enterprise developing a combined hardware, software & wireless
micropayment system that will ensure the “radical affordability” of
essential energy (solar home systems) and water technologies for ‘base
of the pyramid” consumers in India and sub-Saharan Africa.

Michael also serves as a consultant to Arc Finance, focused on
researching innovations in micropayment technologies that could
improve how energy and water consumers can more efficiently and
affordably pay for these services.

Michael serves as a senior advisor to a solar manufacturer developing
a portable solar electric system for off-grid health clinics in
sub-Saharan Africa, India and Haiti, and has previously served as a
consultant to the social venture capital fund, Acumen Fund, mapping
private sector investments in east Africa.

Michael was a founding staff member of the first nonprofit
pharmaceutical company, the Institute for OneWorld Health, which
develops affordable new medicines for diseases of poverty in the
developing world. Prior to OneWorld Health, Michael served as a
member of the core World Bank team promoting the participation of
non-government organizations (NGOs) in Bank-funded projects.

Michael is a graduate of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke
University, where he served as a CASE (Center for the Advancement of
Social Entrepreneurship) Scholar, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree
in Sociology and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University
and has studied at the Universidad de la Habana in Cuba.

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