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The world could do with more people like Cesar. This French-Japanese inventor, environmentalist and entrepreneur is the director of MakerBay, Hong Kong’s makerspace for social and environmental impact, where he’s been working on solutions to man-made problems such as oil spills and radioactive leaks.
His most remarkable invention to date is Protei, a revolutionary open-source sailing technology that allows for efficient clean-up of both oil and plastics from the sea. He’s a TED Senior Fellow, a Figure of Progress (nominated by GOOD and IBM) and an APEC Maker Awardee. Intriguingly, Cesar studied animation—his work has been shown at festivals and events around the world.
Follow him on Twitter @cesarharada