CEO, Barefoot College International
Meagan Fallone is the CEO of Barefoot College, which puts environmental, technical and enterprise skills in the hands of rural, poor, illiterate women. The college trains them to be solar engineers, empowering them to bring electricity to their villages for the first time. She is currently steering their expansion into 82 countries, which will triple its size in 2018. A successful entrepreneur, designer and world class mountaineer, Fallone is dedicated to creating an ecosystem where social innovation can thrive, impact is in focus, and calculated risk taking is encouraged. She is a strong believer in developing innovative public, private and technology partnerships that enable grassroots innovation to scale through low and high technological adoption by the rural poor, demystifying and decentralizing ownership, fabrication, repair and maintenance.