Going Nuts

Toshi Nakamura
Co-founder and CEO of Kopernik

“The last mile problem” is a term that refers to the difficulty of delivering goods and services—primarily technology—to customers far off the beaten track. To improve the lives of people who are topographically isolated and overwhelmingly poor, Toshi Nakamura left a decade-long career at the United Nations in 2010 to launch Kopernik, a nonprofit organization that distributes simple technologies. Kopernik has so far delivered products to more than 360,000 people in 25 countries. Prior to joining the UN, Toshi was a management consultant for McKinsey and Company in Tokyo. He holds an LLB from Kyoto University and an MSc in comparative politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2012, Toshi was elected a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, and served as a committee member for the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development from 2014 to 2016.