Mr. Laurence Kemball-Cook
Founder and CEO, Pavegen
Laurence is the Founder and CEO of Pavegen - an innovative clean-tech company based in London. Pavegen develops a flooring technology that instantly converts kinetic energy from footsteps into renewable off-grid energy. Laurence founded Pavegen shortly after graduating with a degree in Industrial Design and Technology from Loughborough University in 2009.
Since then, Pavegen has scaled across the world, installing more than 150 projects in over 30 countries. Laurence has partnered with the likes of serial solar entrepreneur Akon, football legend Pelé and global innovator Will.I.Am to help promote his clean-tech vision. Laurence has also worked with the world’s most iconic companies including Shell, Adidas, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Sunglass Hut, Lexus, Schneider Electric, Heathrow, Formula E and Europe’s largest shopping centre, Westfield.
Due to his charismatic nature, entrepreneurial savvy and technical knowledge, Laurence is well-known within media outlets. Extensive press coverage includes Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNN, The Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and Wired to mention a few. The Daily Telegraph describes him as a “boy genius”, whilst The Gentleman’s Journal claims that “there is something fundamentally likeable about Laurence, and his admirers are widespread”. Having presented at 6 TED talks globally, Laurence’s reputation as a thought leader within both technology and entrepreneurship is highly recognised. His most recent TED talk was hosted in London, where he sponsored and organised the event independently. Laurence has also attended trade missions in China and Italy with former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and he visited New York and Chicago with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Laurence was also recentely invited to talk at SxSW 2016 on behalf of the British and US governments. He has attended UN’s +20 Climate Conference, Innovate UK, DMZ 2.0 with Steven Wozniak in South Korea, and the All-Energy Australia Conference as part of Australia’s Sustainability Week.