The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

In order to power electrical devices in his rural home in Malawi, at 14 years old William Kamkwamba built a wind turbine from scrap materials. He went on to construct a water pump for his village, powered solely by the sun.

Now, 20 years later and known as “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” (the title of his book), you’ll get to hear his story at the opening session of our Pathways to the Future conference, coming up at the end of September. Register now by clicking here.

William Kamkwamba is a New York Times bestselling author and innovator where he designs development projects, including safe water delivery and educational access. William tells his journey of how he achieved his dream of bringing electricity, light, and the promise of a better life to his family and his village in his memoir The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, co-authored with Bryan Mealer.

Since its debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind has sold more than 1 million copies and has been translated in nearly twenty languages worldwide. It has been published in two additional editions, a young reader’s version and a children’s book.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in Environmental Studies, William began work as a Global Fellow for the design firm 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. William splits his time between the U.S. and Malawi and is currently working full-time with the Moving Windmills Project to bring the Moving Windmills Innovation Center to life in Kasungu, Malawi.