Ximena Prugue believes that the future of energy consumption relies on educating and enticing the next generation to get involved.

Ximena Prugue is a mechanical engineering undergraduate student and research assistant at Florida International University, working at the Applied Research Center as a Department of Energy Fellow. She is also the founder of Giving the Green Light, a non-profit organization that replaces kerosene lamps in rural India with solar powered lighting to alleviate energy poverty. Prugue received the Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award for her work on Giving the Green Light. Prugue was the United Nation’s Environmental Programme’s official blogger for World Environment Day 2011 in India and awarded the Young Entrepreneur Award by Swiss watchmaker Maurice Lacroix in 2010.