Siya Xuza, 26, is the founder and managing director of Galactic Energy Ventures, which creates global opportunities by developing and investing in innovative smart energy solutions to address the energy needs of emerging markets.
Previously, Siya conducted research at the Harvard Center for Nanoscale Systems and the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories on microfuel cells – distributed energy that could be used to power remote and rural areas.
In 2013, his groundbreaking work on microfuel cells was published in the Journal of Electroceramics. Siya was awarded a 2010 Fellowship to the African Leadership Network, the premier, invitation-only community of the most dynamic and influential leaders in Africa. In 2011, he served as the youngest member of the African Union-affiliated Africa 2.0 Energy Advisory Panel and was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper.
Born in South Africa, Siya’s work has been recognised by US First Lady Michelle Obama, the Nobel Foundation and the NASA affiliated Lincoln Laboratory, which named a minor planet, ‘Siyaxuza (2312)’, in his honour.