Evans Wadongo is a Kenyan Engineer, GreenWize Energy Co-Founder and SDFA-Kenya Executive Director and Founder.
He is a graduate in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.
Wadongo joined Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and graduated in July 2009 with a BSc (honors) in Electronics and Computer Engineering.
He worked at Kenyatta National Hospital in 2006, at Metsec Ltd in 2007 and at UUNET Kenya, now MTN Business Kenya in 2008.
Wadongo designed a solar lamp which he calls MwangaBora (Swahili for Good Light) in 2004 as a way to address poor education, climate change, health and poverty in rural areas in Kenya.
He later founded Sustainable Development For All-Kenya (SDFA-Kenya), a non-profit in 2006.
Wadongo is the Executive Director and Chairman of SDFA-Kenya.
In July 2011 he launched Just One Lamp, a globally-focused campaign that raised funding and awareness for MwangaBora lamps.
He is expanding his effort beyond Kenya and bringing his model to other developing nations.
In 2013, he Co-Founded GreenWize Energy Limited, a social enterprise that designs and implements renewable energy solutions.
In recognition of his work in Kenya, Evans has received numerous awards and publicity from the international community over the past few years.
In 2011, Wadongo was named one of three recipients of the inaugural Mikhail Gorbachev Awards for “The Man Who Changed the World.”
Evans won the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur in Africa at the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship held in Mauritius in 2013.
In addition, he was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation for 2011. The awards ceremony was held in Cape Town, South Africa, during the World Economic Forum for Africa. He was also among “20 Men Who Will Shape the Next 20 Years” by UK’s Esquire magazine in 2011, and an Unreasonable Institute Fellow in 2011.
He was a finalist at the inaugural Innovation Prize for Africa held in Addis Ababa in 2012 and received the African International Achievers Award in 2012.
In August 2013, Wadongo was named by The Diplomatic Courier as a Top 99 under 33 Shaper and on a list by MIT Technology Review of the Top 35 Innovators Under 35.