“In so many ways it seems to be the next logical step, especially here in Bangladesh. I fell that we may very well be on the cutting edge of one of the most exciting energy opportunities of the 21st century”.
Passionate to drive the 5D's (Decentralization, Decriminalization, Disruption, Democratization & Digitization) characterizing our energy future, Sebastian 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, Sebastian 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. Sebastian was further selected into the SE100 2017, a list of the top 100 Social Enablers around the world.
Sebastian further received an executive training on strategic leadership for microfinance from Harvard Business School. He speaks English, German and Spanish fluently and improves his Bangla day-by-day.