Tackling Poverty, Gender Inequality and Energy Access in the World’s Most Neglected Communities

Date & Time:
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Luke Barbagallo is the Manager of Partnerships and Programs at the Pollinate Group. The Pollinate Group works with marginalized communities in India's urban slums and Nepal's rural villages to supply them with life-improving products, distributed by community-based sales agents, all of whom are women. Luke has been working with Pollinate Group (Formerly Pollinate Energy) since December 2016. For the past four years he has been a part of Pollinate's merger process, launched program operations in a new country, and has been instrumental in the COVID-19 response. He has a Bachelor of Entrepreneurship from RMIT in Australia and is completing his Master's studies in Disaster, Design and Development. Luke's passion area is the informal economy, its ability to support entire industries and the livelihoods of millions of people in India and Nepal. He is also passionate about the intersection between social entrepreneurship and humanitarian response in the face of increasing climate catastrophes. His work is also reliant on philanthropy, from both individuals and businesses; effective communication and messaging are vital to raise funds to create impact, and securing these partnerships is a part of his day to day work.


For a zoom link please contact Michal Strahilevitz, ms9@stmarys-ca.edu

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