Samba Bathily is a Mali born, global African entrepreneur and pioneer in sustainable clean energy and solar solutions. He is Founder of Africa Development Solutions (ADS), Co-Founder and CFO of Akon Lighting Africa and CEO of Solektra International. Recognised as one the leaders in driving growth in Africa, Samba is one of the key enablers for setting up sustainable development ventures.  With a global network, acute business acumen, he has a particular “forte” in establishing strategic and innovative financial structuring. This has led to partnerships and growth models between private/public entities and local and international financial institutions and banks.

To provide a formal framework for private-public partnerships, Samba launched ADS (Africa Development Solutions) in 2004 drawing in companies such as Huawei and Samsung. Under this umbrella 12 subsidiaries were created in industry sectors such as: Networking and Telecommunications Equipment and Services, Water & Food Security, Health Care, Infrastructure, Energy, Telecommunications, New Technologies, Hotel Retail, Construction ID and Payment Systems, Finance and Education & Vocational Training. Subsidiaries are present in seven African countries – Mali, Senegal, Niger, Benin, Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Nigeria.

More recently in 2014, Samba co-founded Solektra international, with international music star Akon and youth leader Thione Niang. Solektra international has launched Akon Lighting Africa, an initiative that promotes awareness and usage of innovative solar solutions to provide villages throughout Africa with access to clean electricity. To date, results include solar developments such as the installation of street lamps, and domestic and community kits in 15 countries throughout Africa.

Samba is founder and President of the non-profit “Fondation Volontaires d’Afrique” which aims to develop youth employment in Africa by helping young people through scholarships to launch their projects and become entrepreneurs.