Chief Executive Officer, Solar Sister
2013 Developing World Award Winner
After a successful 20-year career on Wall Street, Katherine Lucey decided to give back. She brought her business acumen and passion for empowering women to Africa, creating a sustainable, market-based social enterprise—Solar Sister—that provides light, hope, and opportunity to women and their communities. Solar Sister combines the breakthrough potential of micro-solar lighting and energy with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network. Women become Solar Sister entrepreneurs, earning income to lift themselves and their families out of poverty and providing access to clean, affordable solar light to their communities. Ms. Lucey is an Ashoka Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur. She holds a BA from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University.