CEO and Founder of SolarBuddy. Global Specialist in Creating Innovative Solar Energy Solution for the Humanitarian Sector.
In 2011, an article in Time Magazine detailing the devastating impact energy poverty inflicts on 1.4 billion people shook him to the core. His unwavering passion and commitment saw him become a member of the UNHCR committee working on mitigating the effects of Energy Poverty, become a Founding Member of the Moving Energy Initiative at Chatham House; it’s aim to develop an understanding of the solar need of refugees across the world, and starting a global charity, SolarBuddy.
He was a Founding member of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), the Moving Energy Initiative of Chatham House in London UK, an initiative funded by DFID to develop an understanding of the solar needs of refugees across the world and a member of Lighting Africa.
As a member of the UNHCR committee, Simon advocated to have solar products included as a core relief for all refugees and internally displaced people around the world.
Simon won an Australian Design Award in 2015 and Humanitarian Design Award in 2012, for his life-transforming designs.
His inspirational and life changing life experiences are known to have a profound impact on attendees. In under two years, Simon has shared his knowledge and experience with over 50,000+ people globally.
Simon is the founder and CEO of SolarBuddy (a registered Australian charity), created to educate and empower the next generation of children globally towards a more sustainable future and making a positive impact on the lives of children living in energy poverty via its innovative programs through schools, corporates and festivals. Today, SolarBuddy supports children in over 20 Counties via it's incredible NGO distribution network. Simon is also the Founder of BooBoo Bikes, a range of natural bamboo bikes handmade in Ghana, West Africa and assembled in Australia. A humanitarian at heart Simon is a trailblazer in creating socially aware businesses and projects.
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Oh No Mo! series
A series of Children Safety books, including:
Oh No Mo!: Says No to Bullying
Oh No Mo!: Says Stop, Look & Listen
Oh No Mo!: Says Please Do Not Litter
Oh No Mo!: Says Be a Hero
Oh No Mo!: Says Stay Safe at the Pool
Oh No Mo!: Says Stay with your Friends
In an ever-changing world where companies are recognising that purpose needs to no longer be on the peripheral of their strategy but at its core to thrive, there are still many unanswered questions. How do you integrate meaningful purpose into corporate purpose engaging both your employees and customers while driving profitable growth? As now infamously quoted by Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario, “Caring for our planet is not in conflict with running a successful business”. Simon Doble, a leading social impact entrepreneur is an authority on finding individual purpose and converting this personal purpose into a global social impact business. His story is an inspirational one, highlighting how life’s journey can open up the world into leading a global movement for change. He has been working with corporations all over the world to re-define their corporate purpose, integrating an actionable and measurable program which has proven results both for employees and customer engagement. His work clearly demonstrates that by focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goal #17 - Partnerships For The Goals, anything is possible. His story is personal, telling & above all inspiring for any company or individual looking to understand how we each can contribute to achieving a common goal.
Themes: Purpose Driven Companies, Inspirational, Motivational, Sustainability, Innovation, UN SDG’s
Simon’s story is a must-hear for anyone. It is inspirational and instils faith that unfathomable challenges can be overcome and turned into great success that positively impacts those around you, improving countless lives. Whether it be in business, a personal journey or both, Simon’s story is guaranteed to inspire a change for good. As Martin Luther King said: “Darkness Cannot Drive out Darkness, only light can do that” and this story embodies this in full. His perseverance led him to success and his journey is an inspiration to all of those who have had the opportunity work with, listen to & watch Simon’s journey as you will find out by hearing his story.
Themes: Perseverance, Inspiration, Motivational, Energy Poverty
1 billion people live in Energy Poverty meaning 1 in 6 people are affected by this overwhelming yet mostly unknown issue. Energy Poverty is responsible for killing more people each year than Malaria & AIDS combined. Due to its scale, this issue can be an overwhelming one and affects approximately one in five of the world's population. The World Bank’s Global Tracking Framework shows that more than 80% of the affected population live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. As a member of the UNHCR committee, Simon fought to have solar products included as a core relief item for all refugees and internally displaced people around the world. By aligning to the UN SDG’s and Life Goals Simon will share his story and how we can all make a difference in this world one light at a time.
Themes: SDG’s, Energy Poverty, Inspirational, Business, Climate, Purpose
SolarBuddy is more than a charity, it is a force for good, and brings with it an inspiring and connecting story. Since its inception in May 2016, SolarBuddy has distributed over 125,000+ solar lights in over 25 countries, with an estimated positive impact on over 600,000 children and their families. You will be left wanting more and will be compelled to make a difference by joining the SolarBuddy journey, what it has set out to do and what it is achieving. SolarBuddy has received numerous awards and recognition. SolarBuddy was a Finalist in the Ethical Business Awards (2019), the Australia Workplace Giving Awards (2019) and the Banksia Sustainability Award (2019). Since 2016, SolarBuddy has worked with over 100 corporations, including 50,000+ people, and has won numerous awards for creating an outstanding workplace giving program as well as one of the most engaging team building activities. Participants of the program can assemble a light, pen a hand-written letter, and then follow the journey of the light as it’s delivered to a child in need by one of SolarBuddy’s distribution partners. Simon delivers a highly engaging keynote that not only explores the journey of SolarBuddy so far but provides a truly inspirational story that has a lasting impact on audiences. It showcases what a small, 4 year old Brisbane based charity is doing to change the world and lives of millions of children, outpacing many others through this truly unique story.
Themes: Energy Poverty, Team Building, Inspirational