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Simon Henschel

For over a decade Simon has been with renewable energy infrastructure developer Sunlabob Renewable (offices in Hong Kong, Vientiane, Yangon, Singapore). Simon helped to draft the expansion strategy that brought the company’s services to 18 countries globally. Simon’s expertise in operations and electrical infrastructure development supported clients of government, multilateral development agencies, multinational corporations, and nonprofits in Southeast Asia, India, Africa and the Pacific Islands.

Simon spent some time in New York recently where he has been supporting digital human rights organization Access Now as Fundraising & Business Development Fellow and worked with hydroelectric developer Current Hydro as Head of Operations & Facility Management. The company builds and rehabilitates existing financially and environmentally sustainable microhydropower facilities that feed in to the electrical grid.

Simon is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD. He is an alumni member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program; an alumnus of INSEAD’s Executive Education; and an alumnus Young Leader at the Global Institute for Tomorrow.

Passionate about the intersection of business, policy and social impact, Simon has co-founded social nonprofit enterprise Lao Institute for Renewable Energy; and the Global Shaper Community, Vientiane Hub as a Founding Curator. As a Mentor and Leadership Ambassador with Wedu Global, Simon currently mentors young women in Asia; and advises the New York chapter of Swiss student organization oikos International in strategy and fundraising.

Educated in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at The New School, USA; in International Business Management at Southern New Hampshire University, USA; as well as Bangkok School of Management, Thailand; Simon is passionate about operations management, sustainable supply-chains, true cost economics, growth strategies & sustainability management.

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For-profit Social Enterprise
Electricity; Sustainable Development
Areas of Impact
ASEAN, Africa, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Liberia

Sunlabob Renewable Energy

Sunlabob Renewable Energy combines high-quality technology, highly trained international engineers, and an in-depth understanding of the local, on-the-ground nuances of project evaluation, development and execution in developing and emerging markets.

Sunlabob combines high-quality technology with sustainable community-based operational models and local capacity building activities to ensure longevity of rural energy systems. Tapping into its on-the-ground experience, Sunlabob has developed self-sustaining operational models that can be tailored and implemented in local conditions. As the first company to supply and install grid-connected commercial rooftop solar projects in both Laos and Myanmar, Sunlabob understands how to successfully navigate new and uncertain markets. Its initial experience in very remote areas of Laos lacking access to electricity and water has proven invaluable throughout the developing world, whether it is efficiently transporting solar panels to the islands of Micronesia or installing grid-tied commercial solar systems in the urban environs of Yangon, Myanmar.

As an integrated solutions provider that thoroughly understands the intricacies of the developing world, Sunlabob is well-equipped to take a full turn-key approach and provides a flexible, customizable design method to enable effective, long-lasting solutions for each unique rural environment. It also upholds socially driven values that complement its commercially minded approach to renewable energy development.

Sunlabob has received the World Economic Forum Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship award, the Ashden Award, the World Bank's Development Marketplace Award in Uganda, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sasakawa Prize, among others.