Date: Friday 4 December 2009
Time: 6pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building, LSE
Speaker: Damian Miller
Chair: Dr Kristian Ulrichsen

Damian Miller is an LSE Alumni and CEO of Orb Energy.

Kristian Ulrichsen is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, LSE.

A public lecture based on Damian Miller’s experience in setting up solar businesses in various emerging markets. The talk will focus on the segments where solar is competitive, and what it takes to bring solar to market, and kick-start a process of technology diffusion. Dr.Miller is the recent author of Selling Solar, and his presentation will combine some of the themes from his book, with his experience on the ground. The discussion will end with a summary of the lessons for business as well as policy, and a look at the broader international processes and the potential for solar to play a larger role in the energy mix of emerging markets in the years to come.

Short Bio:

Damian Miller is a leading expert on solar energy in emerging markets. He was born and raised in New York City, before moving to Britain where he completed his schooling. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College), where he was based at the Judge Business School, and his dissertation addressed the role of entrepreneurs in the diffusion of solar photovoltaic technology in Asia. After finishing his PhD in 1998 he put his research findings into practice. He joined Shell, becoming Shell Solar’s Director of Rural Operations and establishing solar subsidiaries in India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Indonesia. He also implemented a large-scale solar project in China and managed joint ventures in Morocco and South Africa.

During this time he worked closely with multilateral and bilateral development agencies and emerging market governments to help grow local solar markets, overseeing the connection of more than 125,000 solar homes. At the end of 2006 he set up Orb Energy in India. In just two years, Orb has become one of India’s leading providers of solar energy solutions. Orb sells, installs and services solar systems across multiple states in India, with plans for further expansion. He has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa, and currently resides in Bangalore, India.

See you there!