Henri is the founder of ARED (African Renewable Energy Distributor). He is one of the 2017 finalists. After graduation, he soon realised that he was an entrepreneur at heart, and founded a trucking and construction businesses in both the US and Burundi. However, the green sector is his true passion.

His inspiration for ARED came when he discovered that only 18% of the Rwandan population has electricity, though 70% of them have a mobile phone and often rely on diesel generators for electricity. He decided to launch ARED to showcase the power of sustainable energy and to use a franchise business model to empower people at the base of the pyramid. In 2013, he returned to Rwanda to run his startup full time. Henri holds a degree in Computer Science.

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