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Founders of Cambodian Based Tech Startup Recognised Again for Creating Social Impact in Asia

Afnan Hannan and Damian Veling - co-founders of Okra Solar - were named Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2021 in the category of Industry, Manufacturing & Energy
Phnom Penh, Cambodia | 2021.04.21 – Afnan Hanan and Damian Veling – co-founders of Okra Solar, an energy access tech startup headquartered in Phnom Penh – have been named Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2021 for enabling utility companies in Cambodia to energize rural villages that aren’t connected to national grids. This recognition follows a long list of awards and accolades given to Okra Solar since its inception four and a half years ago. Widespread recognition of Okra’s social mission, and its leaders, is propelling the company towards key milestones including an upcoming Series A funding round, and continued expansion throughout Cambodia.
“There’s a fine line between the days when you’re pulling out hair and grinding towards the end of your runway and the days when you’ve won an award or raised a ton of money, and being labelled as “successful”. We’re leveraging this moment to draw more attention from companies that use deep tech to serve impoverished communities, and to promote our series A funding round that will fuel deeper growth into key markets,” says Afnan Hannan, CEO of Okra.
What: Co-founders of Okra Solar named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Asia 2021
When: Wendesday, April 22, 2021
When: Wednesday, April 22, 2021
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About Okra Solar

There are more than 850 million people around the world that don’t have access to modern energy services. Okra provides IoT + AI enabled hardware and software to last-mile energy companies so they can sustainably energize remote off-grid communities. Okra’s technology allows for all deployed assets – from solar panels to batteries – to be distributed and interconnected into mesh-grids where power is shared autonomously; this reduces the chance of blackout whilst increasing the overall energy available to every household. Meanwhile, grid operators can monitor, maintain, provide financing and collect payment from end-users via the cloud, which enables them to scale up projects quickly whilst yielding a profit.

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Marika Vallier | Marketing & Communications
Phone: +855 93 405 013 (Cambodia)

Afnan Hannan | Co-founder & CEO
Phone: +855 16 897 438(Cambodia)

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After completing his electrical engineering degree at the Queensland University of Technology, Callum Yap dived into the startup world with a burning passion to solve big problems. At Okra, his focus has been on optimizing internal company systems and processes. He currently leads manufacturing and marketing operations.