Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Global Cycle Solutions (GCS Tanzania Limited), Arusha, Tanzania

Jodie Wu is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Cycle Solutions (GCS), a company focused on providing access to transformative technologies through a last-mile distribution network of over 200 village entrepreneurs. Fluent in Swahili, an engineer by background, and an entrepreneur who dove straight into social enterprise at 22 years old, Wu brings unique expertise to the field of international development. She has been living and working in Arusha, Tanzania, since 2009, leading a staff of more than 20 Tanzanians. Her Tanzanian team has delivered life-improving solar lanterns, clean cookstoves, and agricultural tools to over 75,000 families. GCS is setting a new “global community standard” in Tanzania, providing products and a level of service that rivals Western markets, as well as creating tremendous opportunities for cost savings and income generation for its customers. As a champion of collaboration, Wu has helped establish an innovation center in Arusha, advised dozens of fellow entrepreneurs entering the Tanzanian market, and consulted for various energy companies to bring in new services, including battery swapping, pay-as-you-go solar, microgrids, and clean cookstoves. Wu was named one of Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s America’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs in 2010 and Forbes’ 30 under 30 in 2011. She is also a 2010 Echoing Green Fellow, 2011 TEDGlobal Fellow, 2012 Ashoka Emerging Innovator, and 2013 D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellow. Jodie holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.