BrightGreen - Founder
Chebet Lesan, a recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award, is the Founder of BrightGreen, a hardware tech company that designs machines that recycle farm waste to produce ecofriendly, energy-efficient cooking fuel blocks that replace environmentally - deteriorating charcoal and firewood. Her goal is to create cleaner cooking fuel designed specifically for Africa’s low-income homes. Her company is built on a strong social model and distributes its product through partnerships with women-led Community-Based Kiosks (CBKs) with the aim to bring economic growth to chain actors (farmers, and distributors) and a larger social impact that includes environmental preservation, cost savings and reduced health risks for consumers. She is responsible for overseeing the company’s operations, product innovation, iteration and development, which includes; generation of briquettes, system planning, research, environmental affairs, customer service, as well as the company’s generation of business. Her passion to bring change to people who need it the most was the driving factor behind starting Bright Green Energy. Prior to founding BrightGreen, Chebet was the creative director at Isel Creatives, where she led the creative team in executing corporate brand design concepts for an extensive portfolio of clients including, government, multinationals and local firms.
Chebet is a strong believer in gender equality, and encourages women seeking careers in industrialization and manufacturing to make the conversation about their merits instead of their gender. “The most important attribute is to consistently deliver quality and great results.” It is these principles that have enabled her to receive various awards and honors including the; Clean Cooking Alliance Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in Lisbon, The Queens Young Leaders Award by Queen Elizabeth the (II) in London UK, the M.I.T Award Fellow in Boston, MA and the Mandela Washington Fellow in New Jersey, US.
Chebet studied Cambridge University in United Kingdom (Certificate in Leading Change. In 2016, she was awarded a certification in Sustainable Leadership from Rutgers University USA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the University of Nairobi where she participates as a representative speaker of the University in various forums. Professionally, she credits a variety of mentors over the years who have provided great examples in how they approach personal or business issues, along with delivering constructive feedback and effective coaching.
Chebet’s passion for reciprocity and impacting the next generation has led her to embark on various mentorship positions. She is a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society, ANDE (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs), IDIN (International Development Design Network,| D-lab, Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Pan-African Leadership Foundation (PALF), Kenya. She is involved in several community programs to sensitize women in local communities on the importance of environmental preservation and promotion of eco-friendly and clean cooking. Her aspiration is to see her African continent’s economy driven by eco-friendly activities; a people who value their environment and a culture that has embraced clean energy as a way of life.