ACEF 2018 Speaker

Sebastian Groh

Managing Director,


Dr. Groh is a 2013 Stanford Ignite Fellow from Stanford Graduate School of Business (USA) and holds a PhD from Aalborg University (Denmark) and the Postgraduate School Microenergy Systems at the Technische Universität Berlin where he wrote his thesis on the role of energy in development processes, energy poverty and technical innovations. He published a book and multiple journal articles on the topic of decentralized electrification in the Global South. Since 2014, Dr. Groh has been working as the CEO and co-founder of SOLshare Ltd. and is an assistant professor in the Business School of North South University in Dhaka (Bangladesh). On behalf of SOLshare, he received the Intersolar Award for Outstanding Solar Businesses, the UN Momentum for Change Award, both in 2016, as well the 2017 Start-Up Energy Transition Award by the German Energy Agency (DENA) and the 2017 UN DESA Powering the Future We Want USD 1M Energy Grant, along with Grameen Shakti from Bangladesh. Dr. Groh was further selected into the SE100 2017, a list of the top 100 Social Enablers around the world.

SOLshare has created a revolutionary new approach to bring affordable solar electricity to everyone in Bangladesh and beyond through its peer-to-peer solar energy trading platforms based on distributed ledger technology. SOLshare is at the brink of creating the next generation of electricity grids. The company pioneers a micro-energy transition model 3.0 by interconnecting solar home systems, monetizing excess solar energy along the value chain in real time with mobile money and empowering communities to earn a direct income from the sun.


  • Session 8: From Asset Ownership to Shared Economy

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