Jon KornikJon Kornik

South Africa


Occupational Information

Occupation: Professional

Occupational PositionPrincipal, Energy Access & Investments, Google

Professional History

Jon is a Principal in Google’s Energy Access & Investments team, responsible for clean energy investments in Africa. Through this work he has led Google’s investments into both the largest solar photovoltaic and wind farms on the continent.

Jon’s career has largely focused on delivering clean energy across Africa. Previously he has acted as a management consultant in this space, first for McKinsey & Company and later through independent consulting engagements which included helping the South African government think through how to draw cheap capital into a nascent renewables sector. He founded and grew the African office of South Pole Group, an international carbon finance firm, with work ranging from developing emission reduction projects across Africa to training Ghanaian banks on carbon finance. He also acted as a judge for National Geographic’s Terra Watt prize aimed at supporting disruptive startups delivering energy access, and served on Echoing Green’s Social Investment Council.

In his spare time, Jon loves running to audiobooks, snowboarding, and being taught how to grow up by his daughter.


Jon has a Bachelor of Business Science and Masters in Finance from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia Business School


2016 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow