Jim Ayala has worked on economic development issues in emerging markets for 30 years in his various roles as social
entrepreneur, CEO of a publicly listed company, management consultant, and board member of a number of NGO
organizations. He believes that business and investment capital have an essential role to play in solving urgent social
problems by working with other stakeholders to commercialize social innovations at the base of the economic pyramid.
Hybrid Network: Social Entrepreneurship and Hybrid Value Chains (2010-present)
Jim addresses social and development issues through his leadership roles at the Hybrid Network a cluster of “social
businesses” that focus on establishing “hybrid value chains” that enable the business sector, civil society, and other
stakeholders to work together to implement impactful and sustainable solutions for social problems. Jim’s roles are:
President and Founder, Hybrid Social Solutions Inc. HSSI is a pioneering social distribution company
that distributes, services, and finances a range of innovative products – e.g., solar-powered appliances and
water purification devices – which enable disadvantaged families to move out of poverty. HSSI has strategic
alliances with a range of microfinance institutions, cooperatives, and NGOs throughout the Philippines through
its ACCESS (Advancing Citizen and Community Empowerment through Sustainable Solutions) Program.
Chairman, Stiftung Solarenergie-Solar Energy Foundation Philippines (StS PH). StS PH is the
Asian arm of the Stiftung Solarenergie International Network for Rural Development, a globally recognized
pioneer in sustainable rural electrification that operates in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The mission of StS PH is to
electrify and empower all off-grid communities in the Philippines through solar energy.
Network Partner, Hystra Inc. Hystra is a global hybrid strategy consulting firm, of which Jim is Manila-based Network Partner for Southeast Asia. Hystra helps large institutions scale up innovative business models that provide the poor access to essential services such as: water and sanitation, electricity and energy,
healthcare, and housing. Hystra achieves this by partnering business clients with social sector pioneers, civil
society organizations, governments, and communities to establish “hybrid value chains” that combine social
and business objectives. Hystra has a strategic alliance with Ashoka, a global NGO that supports social
entrepreneurs with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems.