Jon KornikJon Kornik

South Africa


Occupational Information

Occupation: Social entrepreneur

Occupational Position: Founder & CEO, Plentify

Professional History

Jon is the founder and CEO of Plentify, which provides reliable and sustainable energy, water and waste services to African households more affordably than the grid. Jon believes that improving the resilience of cities is key to minimizing catastrophic human costs of climate change, and a new model for utilities is needed to support this.  Plentify was selected as a recipient of the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures in 2017.

He has spent his career applying innovations in finance, technology and business models to address clean energy in Africa. Most recently, he led Google’s clean energy efforts in Africa, funding both the largest wind and solar photovoltaic farms on the continent and developing products to expand energy access. Previously he worked for McKinsey, ran the African office of a multinational carbon finance firm, and consulted independently on energy and sustainability issues to clients including the South African government, Nike and Intel.

Jon is a Feldberg Fellow, a 2017 UNLEASH talent, and an Echoing Green Fellow.

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


Bachelor of Business Science - University of Cape Town
Masters in Finance - University of Cape Town
Masters in Business Administration - Columbia Business School


2016 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow