Amar is an investor, advisor and entrepreneur from East Africa. He is the Managing Director of Kawi Safi Ventures, a $100m investment fund created by Acumen (www.acumen.org) focused on the transformation of energy markets in eastern Africa. KawiSafi’s goal is to scale world-class companies that bring clean power to millions of underserved customers and drive economic growth. Amar brings over 20 years execution experience of building teams, markets and businesses in emerging economies. He managed a global portfolio of high-risk, high-impact projects for 10 years at the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank before joining the new business team at Royal Dutch Shell to drive growth in domestic African energy markets. He brings hands-on experience of working with the Boards and Management teams of emerging market companies to scale and grow. He worked on transformative energy projects in India, Nepal, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and the Philippines. In the early 2000’s Amar was the founder of a UK-based advisory firm, building the team and creating a values-driven business that is still successful, 17 years later. He graduated from the University of Oxford and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge.