100 smartest people in the UAE
Tue 26 Sep 2017 12:04 AM
Charles Blaschke

Company: Taka Solutions

Designation: Co-founder

Country: US

Country of residence: USA

The world is made up of two types of people: those with street smarts and those with book smarts. Blaschke is one of those unique individuals who possesses both. In 2013, he co-founded Taka Solutions, which works to improve energy efficiency and promote green buildings. Blaschke has the education and know-how of a mechanical engineer, and the practical sense to build something that the average person can appreciate.

In January 2016, Blaschke and his fellow Taka co-founder, Chris Burkhardt, won the regional round of The Venture, a global competition to find social enterprise start-ups. Interviewed by Arabian Business in March 2016, Blaschke said: “We are a home-grown, Dubai-based SME that is making an environmental and social impact. One thing that we want to do is … show to the world that there is a company … which is now going out and changing the world.”