Simon Collings has worked in international development for more than 30 years, has traveled to many African countries. For the last nine years he has been Director of Learning and Innovation at Energy 4 Impact, a non-profit focusing on off-grid energy access. E4I provides advice and support to innovative businesses seeking to meet the challenges of energy access, such as providers of solar home systems, and developers of mini-grids. Recently, Simon was instrumental in creating Energise Africa, a crowdfunding platform through which the UK public can invest in these kinds of businesses.