Dr Jeremy Leggett
Founding Director, Solarcentury | Founding Chairman, SolarAid
Social entrepreneur Jeremy is the founder of Solarcentury, an international solar company, and founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity set up with Solarcentury profits. He is non-executive Chairman of the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a financial-sector think-tank warning of carbon-fuel asset-stranding risk to the capital markets. As a former geologist, whose early research on shale was funded by both BP and Shell, he has authored several books on fossil-fuel dependency, including The Energy of Nations, and most recently The Winning of the Carbon War which documents the political battles being fought on the front lines of climate and clean energy policy. His numerous awards include a Gothenburg Prize and he was the first Hillary Laureate for international leadership in climate change. He has been described by the Observer as “Britain’s most respected green energy boss” and writes and blogs for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and Sublime Magazine.