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Kourosh Houshmand

Education Reformist, Founder of Solar for Life and Recipient of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 Award.

Kourosh, 20 years old, is a recipient of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 for his work in education entrepreneurship, journalism, and development efforts in sub-saharan Africa. He has also been awarded as one of Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders in 2015.

At 17 years old, Kourosh was one of the youngest elected Student Trustees ever elected in the Toronto District School Board and the Vice- President of Ontario Student Trustees. Representing over 2.6 million students across the province. Kourosh has been interviewed by over 120 national and international media outlets for his student voice advocacy.

Beyond his community, Kourosh founded Solar for Life, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that provides affordable solar energy solutions to off-grid communities in sub-saharan Africa. Solar for Life has outreach to over 200 volunteers across high schools and universities in Canada and has completed projects in Uruguay and South Africa.



Kourosh also shares a passion for education reform which led him to founding Education Rediscovered– a content driven student organization for global education reform. In 2014, he conducted an exclusively interview with Noam Chomsky at MIT. Kourosh serves as the Chief Student Advisory at the MaRS Discovery District and is currently studying Ethics, Society & Law and Political Science at the University of Toronto.
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