Ashoka envisions a world in which everyone is a changemaker: a world where all citizens are powerful and contribute to change in positive ways. Ashoka identifies and supports the world's leading social entrepreneurs and mobilizes a global community to advance an "everyone a changemaker world."
As part of Ashoka’s global network, Ashoka Switzerland aims to:
- Identify, support and connect the world's leading social entrepreneurs. Click here to read more about the Fellows elected in Switzerland.
- Build strategic partnerships to advance Ashoka’s mission. The Ashoka Support Network and our Partners stand by our side to support us in achieving our mission.
What we do in Switzerland
IDENTIFYING, SUPPORTING AND CONNECTING THE WORLD'S LEADING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
Ashoka searches the world for leading social entrepreneurs who are tackling the toughest challenges facing society today in areas that include health and wellbeing, education, environment, and employment. Through an ongoing search and extensive selection process, Ashoka elects the leading social entrepreneurs creating systemic change to join the Ashoka Fellowship community. At each stage in the process, candidates are assessed against five core criteria:
- A new idea: does the candidate have a new and potentially systems changing solution?
- Social impact: does the idea address the root cause of a social problem? Is it likely to solve a social problem at a national or international level?
- Entrepreneurial spirit: does the individual have the determination, ingenuity and realism to carry out large-scale implementation?
- Creativity: does the candidate have enough creative potential to solve unforeseen problems?
- Ethical fiber: does the individual have the highest ethical standards?
Selected social entrepreneurs, Ashoka Fellows, join the Ashoka Fellowship Program. As part of this program, Fellows are granted a series of benefits, most importantly a three-year financial support and a lifetime membership into an expansive network of peers, pro-bono mentors and ecosystems of partners that help them gain the necessary skills and resources to succeed and maximize their impact.
Fellows elected in Europe also become part of the Ashoka European Fellowship Program, a co-learning and co-creation community for Ashoka Fellows, Ashoka Support Network members (ASN), partners, and key ecosystem players in changemaking from across Europe. The Ashoka European Fellowship Program aims to transform challenges in changemaking into opportunities to learn and co-create solutions. This program offers:
- Tailor-made content in Impact Orientation, System Change, Replication & Transfer, New Leadership and Wellbeing
- Peer communities to co-learn and support each other in safe spaces for bigger impact
- Co-creation opportunities among Ashoka Fellows, Ashoka Support Network members (ASN), partners, and key ecosystem players in changemaking
Ashoka’s aim is that all Fellows in Europe have a strengthened identity as Social Entrepreneurs, a deeper understanding of their system changing new idea, accelerated know-how, resources, networks and impact, and improved life opportunities and wellbeing.
BUILDING STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS TO ADVANCE ASHOKA'S MISSION
We partner with individuals, universities, corporations, citizen sector organizations, media, and other influencers to unlock everyone’s potential to be a changemaker.
The Ashoka Support Network is a global community of successful, innovative leaders from a variety of fields, who connect with the world's leading social entrepreneurs to accelerate positive social change. They support Ashoka financially as well as strategically, offering their time, network and expertise.
Ashoka Switzerland supports the creation of innovative alliances between social entrepreneurs, businesses and governments to complement each others' skills and expertise in order to take on challenges that no one could solve alone, while simultaneously having access to new strategic win-win opportunities. Over the past years, Ashoka Switzerland has been supporting many co-creation initiatives.
"Experiencing Social Entrepreneurship," is an annual mentoring program that matches social entrepreneurs from Ashoka’s network of Fellows with teams of mentors from J.P. Morgan. This program is aimed on one side at supporting leading innovators to tackle their most pressing organization issues, and on the other at engaging J.P. Morgan employees to discover the world of social entrepreneurship and the power of cross-sector collaboration.
"Promoting Social Entrepreneurship in Latin America" is a program aiming to reduce poverty and contribute to greater economic inclusion of vulnerable groups through social entrepreneurship. It provides social entrepreneurs with specific support at each stage of their development, including by providing funding to help them focus full time on their project, developing skills to prepare for investment and achieve systemic impact, and facilitating research and information exchange activities.
Phase I of the program was implemented from 2014 to 2018 in Central America and Latin America, and phase II was launched at the beginning of 2019.
Learn more about the impact of Phase I of Promoting Social Entrepreneurship in Latin America: download Impact Report.
Nestlé: supporting Social Entrepreneurship in Nutrition, Water and Rural development
Ashoka and Nestlé collaborated to redesign and relaunch the Creating Shared Value Prize in order to identify promising social innovations for Nestlé's businesses, accelerate these social ventures to scale their impact and explore collaborations with Nestlé's brands and markets.
Olivier is managing the global partnership between Ashoka and Nestlé, after having launched and led the Ashoka Switzerland office during 7 years.
He loves engaging public and private organizations into innovative alliances with social innovators to tackle main social challenges at scale. He holds a Master in Management from the French Business School EM Lyon (2001). After his studies, Olivier launched the “ecotour venture” in 1999 aimed at identifying innovative environmental best practices and engaging students on sustainable development. In 2004. Olivier also co-created the association "Sustainable Finance Geneva" in 2008 to promote sustainability and responsibility within the Swiss financial community.
Daniela es Directora Ejecutiva de Ashoka Argentina, Uruguay y Paraguay. Especialista en negocios de impacto y desarrollo local, es referente del Movimiento Internacional de Empresas Sociales desarrollado por el Premio Nóbel de la Paz Muhammad Yunus. Licenciada en Administración de Empresas y Magister en Desarrollo Local, trabajó en el Grameen Bank y Yunus Centre en Bangladesh, Alemania y Colombia. En Argentina fundó la empresa social SOWILA que trabaja en el empoderamiento de mujeres en situación de vulnerabilidad y trabajó como asesora en proyectos de desarrollo local e innovación social para el Estado.
Stefania has 10 years of experience in Marketing and Innovation in Africa & Europe.
She holds a diploma in Management of Public Administrations from Bocconi Business School and a master in Alternative Management from ESCP Europe and HEC Paris.
Stefania started her career by working on social business projects in Senegal and in Algeria for the social business investment fund created by Danone with Professor Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank. She then worked for 5 years for Danone Innovation Incubators, where she lead the launch of new brands and services.
Stefania is passionate about Social Innovation, she represented Danone in the MIT D-Lab PIA Summit in Ghana.
Don't hesitate to contact her, as she is fluent in all the languages spoken in Switzerland.
Emilie is responsible for building and managing international partnerships to support social entrepreneurs in scaling up their impact globally, and co-leads the Ashoka Support Network, a global community of committed leaders who stand by and advance Ashoka’s vision.
Between 2012 and 2018, she managed and grew the OECD Global Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD), and co-founded the OECD Centre on Philanthropy. She contributed to positioning foundations in the international development debate, played a bridging role between governments and philanthropic organisations, and turned netFWD into a thought leader in the philanthropic sector.
Prior to joining the OECD, Emilie served the Swiss Delegation to the OECD, where she advised the Ambassador on cross-sectoral OECD strategic policy and governance-related issues. She holds an MA in Public Management and Policies and a BA in Political Science
Ashling joined Ashoka in August 2019. She is the Finance and Operations manager for the offices of Belgium and Switzerland. Ashling has a Master in Finances from the ICHEC Brussels Management School.
Before Ashoka, Ashling used to work as a relationship manager in the finance sector for BNP Paribas Asset Management. In parallel of her professional life, Ashling has always been active in volunteer work and is currently a member of Natagora – an association active in nature preservation. Although born and raised in Brussels, Ashling is of French and Irish nationality.