Hyacinthe is a Social Entrepreneur Fellow with the Jacobs Network. He is from Koupela, Burkina Faso. He was born and he grew up in Cote d’Ivoire where his father worked in a cacao factory and his mother held a small smoked fish business. Hyacinthe is a candidate for the Sloan Fellows MBA Program at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is passionate about clean transportation and the role of technology and data in accelerating the transition to clean energy in West Africa. AT MIT, he is working with the Legatum Center on his new mobility venture “Win-Toogo” a ridehailing mobility service using electric motorcycles and solar charging stations in Burkina Faso. He is also the co-founder of Bright Elite Burkina, an educational nonprofit seeking to extend opportunities to promising high school students in underprivileged areas of Burkina Faso.
He has a deep experience in clean transportation and energy in West Africa. Prior to MIT, he was a Policy Analyst in Energy, Climate Change and Clean Transportation. In this role, he worked with policymakers in Western Africa and served as a Consultant to the International Council on Clean Transportation (the ICCT), the United Nations Environment (UN Environment) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to improve the environmental performance of vehicles and fuels, and to promote clean mobility. He supported a number of West African countries on two major initiatives: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Heavy-duty diesel initiative (CCAC), an effort to reduce the emissions of short-lived climate pollutants from the transportation sector, and the Global Fuel Economy Initiative ( GFEI), a partnership to promote the introduction of cleaner, more energy efficient vehicles in developing and transitional countries. He was an invited speaker and panelist at several national and regional meetings. Prior to these positions, he was an Energy and Climate Fellow with the World Resources Institute (Washington D.C.), and an International Climate Policy fellow with the Natural Resources Defense Council (Washington D.C.) He holds a Master of Environmental Management with a dual specialization in Energy and the Environment/ Business & the Environment from Yale University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Ouagadougou. For fun, he enjoys watching soccer and playing tennis.