Alan Hurt

Chicago, Illinois, US

Alan's Skills
Product Management

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

About Alan

I am an engineer and ethnographic researcher interested in the critical nexus between health and solidarity and in the role of technology and policy to mitigate its environmental, health, and socio-economic impacts, with a focus on developing countries. Currently, I am the President of Light Up Africa Inc., providing technical and strategic support to ensure energy security in an energy constrained world.

I have lived and worked in Africa for 7 years. I am also a team member of World Economic Forum, an organization focused on young leaders from all walks of life that are collectively engaged in concrete activities to make this world a better place, starting with their own local community.

Before Founding Light Up Africa Inc., I was a research engineer at Engineers Without Borders focusing my research on the energy requirements of electricity generation. I also worked in the R&D Division of Caterpillar Inc. and iCATIS Mexico, a leading company focused on sustainable living and research in the areas of energy, water, sanitation, agriculture and construction from local materials in the region.

As Project Manager, I participated in projects to coordinate and manage water, health, and energy initiatives, in Guanajuato Mexico, where I worked as an Analyst in the sustainable development unit. I am also passionate about Africa and social entrepreneurship and have been engaged with several initiatives to promote decentralized energy, water, and health solutions for rural areas in more than 20 countries around the world.


Northern Illinois Univeristy

Systems Engineering

2012 - 2012

Stanford University

Certificates: Advanced Project Management & Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2014 - 2014

University of Missouri-Columbia

Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering

2006 - 2006


Advanced Project Management

Innovation and Entrepreneurship


cleantech open

Impact Engine

Co-working Space


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