Hugh has started three businesses in Africa focused on innovative financing of solar to some of the poorest consumers on the planet. His first company pioneered crowd funding for energy loans to the developing world. His next company, a solar distribution and asset financing operation in Ghana, was acquired by a US private equity firm in an industry first. He is currently running PEG, which is using pay-as-you-go technology to provide financing for solar to 500,000 customers in West Africa by 2018.
Hugh was named a 2015 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, is a frequent guest lecturer at Cornell University on social enterprise and entrepreneurship, and was recognised as one of Australia’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30. He has been covered in a wide range of mainstream media, including CNN, Forbes, New York Times and Fast Company. He is also an occasional contributor for Fast Company.