Michael MacHarg

Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

Sr. Director, Social Ventures | Mercy Corps
Background

About Michael

Michael brings a decade of experience applying entrepreneurial approaches to addressing global social challenges. Michael is Co-Founder of Simpa Networks, a venture-backed technology company with a bold mission: to make modern energy simple, affordable, and accessible for everyone. Simpa sells distributed clean energy solutions on a pay-as-you-go (Progressive Purchase) basis to underserved consumers in emerging markets. Prior to Simpa, Michael led Arc Finance’s research into micropayment approaches for financing pro-poor clean energy and water enterprises in developing countries. Michael also served as a strategic consultant to a solar energy provider targeting off-grid health facilities globally. Prior to Arc, Michael consulted to the social venture capital fund, Acumen Fund, mapping private sector investments across east Africa. Michael was a founding staff member of the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company, the Institute for OneWorld Health, whose goal is clinical development and distribution of affordable new medicines for diseases of poverty in the developing world. Michael spent his early career with the Social Development Department of the World Bank. Michael holds an MBA from Duke University (CASE Scholar), a BA from Vanderbilt University (Ingram Scholar) and has studied at the Universidad de la Habana in Cuba.

Work Experience

Sr. Advisor, Social Ventures

Mercy Corps

March 2014 - December 2016