Global BrightLight Foundation Names Benjamin Bunker CEO

The Global BrightLight Foundation (GBF) is pleased to announce that Benjamin Bunker has been selected as its next Chief Executive Officer. Bunker, who most recently worked as a clean energy consultant, will be in charge of managing daily operations and will concentrate on expanding BrightLight’s global impact. He will be based at Global BrightLight Foundation’s new Washington, DC office.

Bunker began his association with the organization when it was founded in 2012.

“The Global BrightLight Foundation is very fortunate to have Ben as our new CEO. Ben has been involved with GBF since its inception in 2011. His research on off-grid solar energy in the summer of 2011 helped shape BrightLight’s mission and define our vision of universal access to clean, sustainable electricity. He remained involved as a member of the BrightLight Advisory Council over the past five years, lending his expertise in solar energy technology, business development, and relationship building. The board looks forward to Ben’s leadership as GBF continues to grow.” said Joe Hale, GBF’s founding director.

Before joining BrightLight full time, Bunker supported the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in updating its Energy Efficiency Training and Field Support Toolkit, which assists USAID mission staff in designing and implementing energy efficiency programs in developing countries. He also supported the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program where he focused on building strong public private partnerships to promote energy efficiency.

He holds an M.S. in Sustainable Energy Systems from the School of Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Politic Science from Bates College. He also has a professional certification from Solar Energy International with a specialization in developing world applications for off-grid solar power.

The Global BrightLight Foundation has supplied more solar lanterns to families in developing countries than any other US based not for profit organization. GBF has successfully conducted projects in Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Haiti, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Nepal. GBF was the first responder with solar lanterns to areas affected by the Nepalese earthquake in April 2015.

To learn more about Global BrightLight Foundation’s work or simply to say hello, please feel free to reach out by emailing ben.bunker@globalbrightlight.org or calling (202)-350-1915.