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Vanderbilt University, Duke Fuqua School of Business
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Portland, Oregon, United States · Member since December 2011
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Michael brings 15 years of experience applying entrepreneurial approaches to addressing global social challenges. Michael is currently Sr. Business Advisor to the new Social Ventures team at the international NGO MercyCorps - seeking to identify, invest in, build and scale businesses that can leverage market-based approaches to achieve outsized social impact. Prior to MercyCorps, Michael was Co-Founder of Simpa Networks, a venture-backed energy services company with a bold mission: to make modern energy simple, affordable, and accessible for everyone. Simpa sells distributed clean energy solutions on a pay-as-you-go (Progressive Purchase) basis to underserved consumers across rural India. Prior to Simpa, Michael led Arc Finance’s research into micropayment approaches for financing pro-poor clean energy and water enterprises in developing countries. Michael also served as a strategic consultant to WECARE Solar, targeting off-grid health facilities globally. Prior to Arc, Michael consulted to the social venture capital fund, Acumen Fund, mapping private sector investments across east Africa. Michael was on the founding team of the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company, the Institute for OneWorld Health, whose goal is clinical development and distribution of affordable new medicines for diseases of poverty in the developing world. Michael spent his early career with the Social Development Department of the World Bank. Michael holds degrees from Duke University (CASE Scholar) and Vanderbilt University (Ingram Scholar) and has studied at the Universidad de la Habana in Cuba.