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Michael MacHarg

Joined on 8 April 2022

Currently focused on entrepreneurial solutions to humanity's existential challenges across food systems, oceans, energy, agriculture and waste. Exploring circular and regenerative models that can address both our climate crisis and global economic inequality. Michael brings 15+ years of executive experience applying entrepreneurial and investment approaches to build profitable companies improving global health, human nutrition, agricultural livelihoods, and energy access. Michael served as a Special Advisor to Babylon Health, building the market entry strategy for the AI-enabled digital health platform in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Babylon, Michael led the Social Ventures team at Mercy Corps, building one of the first and most active impact investment funds in the international development sector. The Social Venture Fund invests across the fintech/defi, climate, agriculture, logistics and employment sectors in sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia and Colombia. Michael co-founded Simpa Networks, one of India's leading rural rooftop solar leasing companies. The company was backed by global high-impact investors including the Asian Development Bank, Schneider Electric, OPIC, Proparco, and Developing World Markets. Simpa was acquired by ENGIE in India in 2018. Michael has consulted to organizations exploring business innovations in agriculture, financial services, renewable energy, clean water, nutrition and global health. Michael’s early career was spent as part of the founding team of the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company, OneWorld Health, focused on clinical development of affordable new medicines for diseases of poverty. Michael began his career as a member of the inaugural team of social scientists within the Social Development Department of the World Bank.