Akon, Co-Founder, Selektra International

** FILE ** In this Dec. 1, 2008 file photo, Singer Akon attends the premiere of "Cadillac Records" in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

Akon is an American-Senegalese RnB singer and producer. Brought up in a family of musicians, he spent his early childhood in Senegal before leaving at the age of seven to live in the USA in Union City, New Jersey.

A Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Akon is one of the world most influential voices in music today. Akon is the first artist to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.

Akon formed in 2007 the Konfidence Foundation to improve the quality of life for people in Africa and the United States.

In 2014, Akon co-founded with two partners, Malian entrepreneur Samba bathily and Senegalese-US youth leader and consultant Thione Niang, Solektra International. Incorporated in New York and with offices in numerous African countries, Solektra International aims at providing clean, renewable and affordable solar solutions in rural and off-grid areas. In just over a year, Solektra International was operational in 15 African countries with a wide offer of solar equipment including solar street lamps, micro-grids and domestic kits.

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