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Kristine Pearson

Work:
CEO of Lifeline Energy
Experience:
30 Years

Personal Information

Kristine Pearson is the Chief Executive of Lifeline Energy and a serial Social Entrepreneur who has been invovled with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurshp of World Economic Forum since 2003. She enjoys mentoring young African entrepreneurs as I had the benefit of great mentoring and believe in paying it forward.

She founded Lifeline Energy, the world’s only non-profit social enterprise that designs, manufactures and distributes power-independent MP3s and radios for the humanitarian sector.  Their products provide information and education access to rural and marginalised communtities for group listening.  Operating mainly in sub-Saharan Africa with international and local NGOs, UN agencies and governments, she is invovled in communications projects across all major development sectors and in emergency response.

Her base is South Africa, however, she spends significant time in East Africa. In all, she has traveled to 102 countries, 34 of which are in Africa.

Skills

Entrepreneurship
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Energy Poverty
100%
Sub-Saharan Africa
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Languages

English
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Recognitions

Recipient of Tech Museum of Innovation Award
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James C. Morgan Humanitarian Award
100%
Time Hero of the Environment
100%
SAB Innovation Award
100%
Design to Improve Life Award
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Lionesses of Africa
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My Journey & My Experience

Born and raised in California

Graduated from University in Los Angeles

Worked in consulting

1989

Immigrated to South Africa

1992

Held an executive position at banking group Nedcor Ltd

1999

Lifeline Energy (then Freeplay Foundation) established

2003

Launched Lifeline radio, first radio ever developed for distance education

2012

Launched Lifeplayer MP3, first media player, radio and recorder in the humanitarian sector
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