lesley marincola (finalist)

Lesley Marincola

Founder and CEO


Nominated by Andy Karsner


Lesley Marincola is the Founder and CEO of Angaza, an organization that uses pay-as-you-go to make energy products affordable. Globally, more than 1.2 billion individuals remain off the electric grid, and sub-Saharan Africa bears a disproportionate share of this burden. Over 600 million people—nearly two-thirds of the region’s population—lack access to electricity. From locations in San Francisco and Nairobi, Lesley leads Angaza in providing local support to the global and local Kenyan communities. She holds an MS in mechanical engineering from Stanford, and was named one of Forbes’ “30 under 30” and one of Businessweek’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs.”