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William Kamkwamba

Innovator, Engineer & Co-Author of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

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William Kamkwamba Biography

When William Kamkwamba was 14, Malawi suffered severe famine. His family could no longer pay his school fees, and he was forced to drop out of high school. While staying home, Kamkwamba worked with the village librarian to remain engaged with his studies, especially science. Working from a photo in a high school textbook, “Using Energy,” Kamkwamba reasoned out how to build an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap, despite having no instructions.

Kamkwamba’s inspiring story is told in his New York Times bestselling memoir “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” co-authored with Bryan Mealer, and in the Netflix film adaptation, directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, which was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film festival. Since its debut, Kamkwamba’s book has been published in two additional editions, a young readers version and a children’s book. The autobiography has sold more than 1 million copies and has been translated into nearly twenty languages worldwide. He has been featured on The Wall Street Journal, Nyasa Times, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in Environmental Studies, Kamkwamba began work as a Global Fellow for the design firm IDEO.org. He is an entrepreneur, TED Fellow, and has worked with the WiderNet Project to develop appropriate technologies curriculums focused on bridging the gap between “knowing” and “doing” for young people in Malawi and across the world.

Currently, Kamkwamba works with Moving Windmills to create innovative solutions to African problems using recycled materials, appropriate technology, and human-centered design. Kamkwamba is currently working to bring the Moving Windmills Innovation Center to life in Kasungu, a space where young people will find the tools and mentorship to co-create simple solutions to everyday agricultural challenges.

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.)

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Innovator, Engineer & Co-Author of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

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William Kamkwamba Biography

When William Kamkwamba was 14, Malawi suffered severe famine. His family could no longer pay his school fees, and he was forced to drop out of high school. While staying home, Kamkwamba worked with the village librarian to remain engaged with his studies, especially science. Working from a photo in a high school textbook, “Using Energy,” Kamkwamba reasoned out how to build an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap, despite having no instructions.

Kamkwamba’s inspiring story is told in his New York Times bestselling memoir “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” co-authored with Bryan Mealer, and in the Netflix film adaptation, directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, which was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film festival. Since its debut, Kamkwamba’s book has been published in two additional editions, a young readers version and a children’s book. The autobiography has sold more than 1 million copies and has been translated into nearly twenty languages worldwide. He has been featured on The Wall Street Journal, Nyasa Times, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in Environmental Studies, Kamkwamba began work as a Global Fellow for the design firm IDEO.org. He is an entrepreneur, TED Fellow, and has worked with the WiderNet Project to develop appropriate technologies curriculums focused on bridging the gap between “knowing” and “doing” for young people in Malawi and across the world.

Currently, Kamkwamba works with Moving Windmills to create innovative solutions to African problems using recycled materials, appropriate technology, and human-centered design. Kamkwamba is currently working to bring the Moving Windmills Innovation Center to life in Kasungu, a space where young people will find the tools and mentorship to co-create simple solutions to everyday agricultural challenges.

William Kamkwamba Videos

  • William's Story | The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind | Netflix - YouTube
    What he achieved was all about his ability to never give up.” William Kamkwamba and Director Chiwetel Ejiofor and share the real life inspiring ...
  • Catching up with inventor William Kamkwamba | William ...
    Inventor and author William Kamkwamba returns to the TED stage a decade after his TEDGlobal 2007 talk in which he spoke about building a ...
  • Paying it forward with innovation | William Kamkwamba - YouTube
    Author and inventor William Kamkwamba shares updates on his journey with us. He talks about the generosity he received which funded his ...

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  • How to book William Kamkwamba?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like William Kamkwamba for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for William Kamkwamba, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for William Kamkwamba or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book William Kamkwamba?

    Booking fees for William Kamkwamba, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire William Kamkwamba, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for William Kamkwamba?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like William Kamkwamba for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book William Kamkwamba for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent William Kamkwamba or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for William Kamkwamba or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

William Kamkwamba is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book William Kamkwamba for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. William Kamkwamba generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Seth Godin, Erin Gruwell, Fred Swaniker, Coach Ken Carter and Doc Hendley. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling William Kamkwamba for an upcoming live or virtual event.

William Kamkwamba Speaker Videos

  • William's Story | The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind | Netflix - YouTube
    What he achieved was all about his ability to never give up.” William Kamkwamba and Director Chiwetel Ejiofor and share the real life inspiring ...
    Catching up with inventor William Kamkwamba | William ...
    Inventor and author William Kamkwamba returns to the TED stage a decade after his TEDGlobal 2007 talk in which he spoke about building a ...
  • Paying it forward with innovation | William Kamkwamba - YouTube
    Author and inventor William Kamkwamba shares updates on his journey with us. He talks about the generosity he received which funded his ...
    Creating Sustainable Change with William Kamkwamba | EF ...
    Keynote speaker William Kamkwamba – famous for building a windmill made out of scrap metal to bring energy to his community in Malawi ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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