About Us

OUR VISION

Universal access to clean energy

OUR MISSION

To design and deliver affordable clean energy and inspire people to take climate action

Frederik,

Founder

Olafur,

Founder

Little Sun started as a humble idea to create a small, portable solar lamp for people living without electricity and has grown into a global project that has changed millions of lives through the power of the sun.

What we do

The contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson, together with solar engineer Frederik Ottesen, founded Little Sun in 2012. One in ten people still live without electricity worldwide. We are tackling that, and have distributed over 1.2 million personal solar devices to students, refugees, teachers and community health workers living without power. We deliver solar lamps to students in Sub-Saharan Africa, so they can study where there is no electricity at night. We distribute solar phone chargers to frontline health workers so they can treat patients in remote communities. We also bring solar energy to farmers and small businesses across the continent to create jobs, boost livelihoods and generate new opportunities.

Our work shifting lives from kerosene to clean energy has enabled 58 million additional study hours for children, reduced 800,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions and saved households a whopping $150 million. 

We work with artists and cultural leaders to fuse sun and heart, crafting new narratives that guide humanity to a better future, partnering with artists, companies, governments, communities, non-profits, and people around the world to bring the power of the sun to everyone.

Where we work

Little Sun distributes energy tools, designs and implements renewable energy programs, and leads citizen engagement campaigns globally. We work primarily in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Senegal, Rwanda and Zambia, drawing on the expertise of in-country staff. Through close partnerships with local organizations, we also work in Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa. We have offices in New York, Berlin, Addis Ababa and Lusaka. Little Sun is registered as a non-profit in the United States as well as in Germany.

Global Team

Adrian Kanyamale

team member titleZambia Chief Operation Officer

Alex McClure

team member titleSenior Manager

Carol Mulenga

team member titleZambia Customer Service Officer

Charlotte Chen

team member titleAssistant Logistics and Distribution

Charlotte Webster

Charlotte Webster

team member titleHead of Communications

Chipo Mbewe

team member titleCustomer Service Officer

Christian van Wickeren

team member titleSales Director

Clay Tarica

team member titleDirector of Art & Philanthropy

Demi Anter

team member titleContent Creation Manager

Fatoumata Ndiaye

team member titleSenegal Business Developer

Felix Hallwachs

team member titleFoundation Director

Florian Bergforth

team member titleJunior Manager Logistics & Merchandize Management

Huda Zuber

team member titleEthiopia Program Manager

Iven Krüger

team member titleHead of Logistics and Production

Janet Vorman

team member titleHead of Supply Chain Management

Joan LeFur

Joan Le Fur

team member titleSenegal Project Partner

Lena Franke

Lena Franke

team member titleFinance & Office Manager

Marième Ndiaye

team member titleRegional Representative in Thiès, Senegal

Mason Huffine

team member titleDirector of Africa Business & Sales

Mbadj Samba Cissokho

team member titleRegional Representative in Tambacounda, Senegal

Mokia Laisin

team member titleProject Development Manager

Muyunda Munyinda

team member titleZambia Chief Executive Officer

Nabil Ishak

team member titleDirector of Little Sun Africa

Ndèye Astou Sané

team member titleAdministrative and commercial assistant Senegal

Nina Konownitzine

team member titleInternational Partnerships & Development Manager

Romane Guégan

Romane Guégan

team member titlePress and Communications Manager

Samuel Dansette

team member titleSenior Program Manager

Susanne Ewenstein

Our Board