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Alice Min Soo Chun

Co-Founder & CEO

Alice Min Soo Chun is Chief Executive Officer and inventor of all Solight products.  Alice has been a professor in Architecture and Materials Technology at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Parsons School of Design, and a lecturer at Yale, MIT, and Harvard, as well as former Director of the Materials Resource Lab at The New School. She is the patent holder for Solar Light Assembly and Inflatable Solar Light. When Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake, Alice turned her studio at Columbia University into an innovation lab to develop solutions to help Haiti, resulting in SolarPuff™. She has built award-winning community outreach projects, been published in The New York Times, Architectural Record, Dwell, and The Journal of Architectural Education. Her book, GROUND RULES in Humanitarian Design (Wiley Press 2015) is an anthology for design principles and strategies for long term sustainability.

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Stacy Kelly

Co-Founder & COO

Stacy Kelly is a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Solight Design™. Stacy has the dual role of being responsible for managing the manufacturing and shipment of our products while also developing strategic business relationships. Solight Design™ is Stacy’s third entrepreneurial venture. She sold her first to American Health Magazine. In 2007, Stacy founded her second venture, Mobile Previews, a mash-up of mobile video streaming, SMS alerts, sharing and polling in one mobile application. In between start-ups Stacy worked as a publisher for some of the largest media companies in the world, such as ABC, Disney, Reed Elsevier, Entrepreneur Media and Advanstar across a variety of markets and digital platforms, including: entertainment, toys and licensing. It was as publisher of Entrepreneur’s Business Start-Up that she realized that her real passion is in starting and helping new businesses find their markets and build out their sales and business development strategies. Stacy received her MBA from San Francisco State University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut.

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Viney Sharma

VP Intl Business

Viney Sharma is Vice President of Africa and India Business Development. Viney is responsible for creating business revenue from microeconomic models to large scale distribution networks. His efforts resulted in $20 million in sales per year for India alone. In Africa, he has scaled businesses in 20 countries, resulting in $50 million in revenue. His focus includes creating a team of country managers in Africa and India, training, building business models and guiding teams to increase scale of distribution to new levels. Through his work, Viney has already impacted 50 million people who have no access to electricity.

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Dr. Alison Thompson

Advisor

Alison Thompson serves as an advisor to Solight Design. She is a full time global humanitarian volunteer. Her work started on the Sept 11th 2001 attacks in New York, where she volunteered as a first responder for nine months. She has run internally displaced persons camps in Sri Lanka, Haiti, Lesvos-Greece and all over the world and in 2012 was appointed as the first official Ambassador to the Haitian Ministry of Environment where she works in reforestation and cholera initiatives. Alison is fondly known as the “Angel of Galle” in Sri Lanka and the "Angel of Light" in Nepal and Lesbos-Greece. In 2015 she was honored at Loyola Chicago University with an Honorary ‘Doctorate of Letters’ in the Humanities, where she also gave the commencement speech.  Alison is an MCI Disaster Specialist, mathematician, author, anthropologist, filmmaker, and rescue paramedic. In 2004, Alison volunteered in the Asian Tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka and remained there for two years developing and operating a field hospital and rebuilding a village and a local school. There, she co-founded the first Tsunami Early-Warning Disaster Center along with a Children’s Learning Center and Tsunami Museum. Her award-winning documentary, The Third Wave, chronicles her volunteer experience in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami. She followed up with a book, The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story. In 2010, Alison flew to Haiti along with actor Sean Penn and ten doctors to help after the earthquake. Together, they managed a 70,000-person IDP camp and field hospital alongside General Simeon Trombitas and the 82nd Airborne who honored her with the US Commanders 'Medal of Excellence' Award.  In 2010, she was awarded the Order of Australia, the highest civilian medal given by the Australian Government and Queen Elizabeth II, for her volunteerism and her contributions to mankind.