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Xavier Helgesen

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

CEO & Co-Founder, Off.Grid:Electric and Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder, Better World Books.

CEO & Co-Founder, Off.Grid:Electric and Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder, Better World Books.

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Better World Books


Better World Books
Books For Africa
GSM Association
Halotechnics, Inc
Books For Africa


CEO & Co-Founder Off.Grid:Electric November 2011 - present
Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder Better World Books September 2002 - present
Board Member, Angel Investor Halotechnics, Inc May 2009 - May 2013
Advisor, Community Power, GSMA Development Fund GSMA July 2011 - September 2011
Board Member Books For Africa September 2003 - September 2009
CEO Indaba Systems November 2004 - July 2006


University of Oxford - Said Business School 2010 - 2011
University of Notre Dame Management Information Systems, General 1997 - 2001

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  • • Social Impact

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is passion and proven ability to focus on the prize of creating a sustainable organization.

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She is globally minded, creative, and has great communication skills.

Mason Blake
We worked together  •  Co-Founder & CTO, UpCounsel, Inc.. Previously Freelance Software Developer, WallFly, LLC.
Mason has a ton of experience and smarts around building websites that works and code that scales. He's got a passion for startups that make ... a positive change in the world.

Stewart Craine
Managing Director, Village Infrastrastructure Angels (VIA). Previously Owner, Barefoot Power.
Stewart is a legend and pioneer in the off grid solar world.

Scott Lockhart, CPA/ABV
Founding Partner, Tower59. Previously Controller, The Suburban Collection.
Scott's got a brilliant financial mind and a breadth of experience.

Kjerstin (KJ) Erickson
Founder and CEO, Simbi. Previously Founder and CEO, FORGE, EIR, YouWeb, & Special Projects Fellow, GuideStar. Stanford BA + Oxford MBA.