Founders of Cambodian Based Tech Startup Recognised Again for Creating Social Impact in Asia

Callum Yap
April 21, 2021

Phnom Penh, Cambodia | 2021.04.21 – Afnan Hanan and Damian Veling – co-founders of Okra Solar, an energy access tech startup headquartered in Phnom Penh – have been named Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2021 for enabling utility companies in Cambodia to energize rural villages that aren’t connected to national grids. This recognition follows a long list of awards and accolades given to Okra Solar since its inception four and a half years ago. Widespread recognition of Okra’s social mission, and its leaders, is propelling the company towards key milestones including an upcoming Series A funding round, and continued expansion throughout Cambodia.

“There’s a fine line between the days when you’re pulling out hair and grinding towards the end of your runway and the days when you’ve won an award or raised a ton of money, and being labelled as “successful”. We’re leveraging this moment to draw more attention from companies that use deep tech to serve impoverished communities, and to promote our series A funding round that will fuel deeper growth into key markets,” says Afnan Hannan, CEO of Okra.

What: Co-founders of Okra Solar named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Asia 2021
When: Wendesday, April 22, 2021
When: Wednesday, April 22, 2021
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After completing his electrical engineering degree at the Queensland University of Technology, Callum Yap dived into the startup world with a burning passion to solve big problems. At Okra, his focus has been on optimizing internal company systems and processes. He currently leads manufacturing and marketing operations.