Ethan Kay is the Managing Director of Emerging Markets for BioLite. As a successful academic and entrepreneur focused on building inclusive businesses for people in developing countries, Ethan brings a unique set of skills and interests to BioLite.
Ethan has designed and launched partnerships between corporations and NGOs in India and Bangladesh to give low-income, rural women access to sustainable livelihoods and villagers access to sanitation, nutrition, and clean energy. He has helped build a distribution channel in rural India to supply essential goods and services (e.g., sanitation and groceries) to low-income households, and served for six years as an advisor to Swayam Shikshan Prayog [SSP], an Indian microfinance and rural community development NGO.
He holds a Master’s degree in Politics with a concentration in Comparative Government from Oxford and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a Sol Feinstone Award recipient. After Wharton, Ethan spent two years in the private sector focusing on emerging markets. Ethan is a Board Member of Re-Emerging World, an emerging market strategic advisory firm; Hands Up For Darfur, which raises funds for local relief organizations in Sudan; and Vice President of the Board of Ahuyu, a U.S.-based non-profit that is expanding access to clean cookstoves for poor people in Latin America.