Together, we pursue advocacy work towards national and regional ecosystem supporters to promote an even better support for changemaking as well as to bring value to the social entrepreneurship field.
In the Nordics, we currently focus on three strategic priorities to support a world where everyone can make a change to their society and its culture:
Social entrepreneurs champion innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social, cultural, and environmental challenges. They model changemaking behavior, and catalyze organizations and movements where everyone can be changemaker.
Empathy & Young Changemaking
In order to thrive, young people need to know how to make an impact in today’s rapidly evolving world. Gaining the skills for changemaking, including empathy, must become the new norm for growing up.
Organizing for a Changemaker World
Succeeding in a world where everyone drives change requires a new way of organizing: where we break through walls between sectors and within organizations to work together in fluid, open, and communicative teams.
Meet our team
Ashoka's leadership today is a group of change leaders with a track record of positively impacting society and empowering others to be changemakers. The team is made up of 300+ Ashoka staff worldwide, that supports the vision of an "Everyone a Changemaker" world. Discover below the Nordic team.
Emma holds a Master’s Degree in International Business and Politics from the Copenhagen Business School. Her passion for driving social change has led her to engage in several initiatives focusing on sustainable development and social change. Prior to joining Ashoka, Emma was part of establishing a sustainability-consulting firm in Stockholm, where she spent most of her time managing a business network which gathered business leaders to learn and act around climate change. In 2014 she led Sweden’s largest sustainability initiative for youth, empowering over 10.000 high-school students to act as changemakers in their local communities. During her studies Emma co-founded a student driven consulting organization supporting NGO’s and social enterprises to improve their social impact. Besides Sweden and Denmark, she has lived and worked in the UK, France and Ecuador.
Joined Ashoka in 2019 & I am responsible for Operations and Finance for Ashoka's offices in Sweden, Norway and Finland. I have long history of leading global teams as program Manager in a leading telecom vendor. Key strengths are to bring efficiency in work flows and leading teams in difficult customer situations. Since last 6 years, I have developed keen interest in what creates a social impact which lead me to Ashoka.
A Swedish national, with Polish roots, educated in South Korea and with 10 years of working experience in Thailand, Korea and Singapore.
Nathalie spearheaded the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Young Leaders Programme between 2014-2016. She also led the ASEF Education Policy Program between 2017-2018.
Nathalie has also worked with social enterprises in Thailand and South Korea in the area of digital and participatory public health, gamification and education, creative development among visually impaired and local-led tourism.
She graduated from Kyung Hee University (Seoul, South Korea) summa cum laude. Her dissertation examined the practices and perceptions of Social Impact Assessments (SIA) and social accountability among Thai social enterprises and impact investors.
When Nathalie is off duty there is a high probability that you will find her in a wet-suit submerged and immersed in exploring the sea - once upon a time a synchronised swimmer, today a diver.
Supporting the UK & Ireland and Nordic Venture teams, Todd champions candidates for the Fellowship through our selection process. He is also helping to develop the UK & Ireland office's youth venture programme. Todd was a high school teacher before joining Ashoka and taught at schools in the U.S., China, Japan, Qatar, and the UK. He is a Fulbright Fellow with a keen interest in historiography and contemporary politics.
Meet our Advisory Board Members
Members of the advisory board of Ashoka Nordic in Sweden
From left to right, top to bottom:
- Sean Cory, Managing Partner Northern Europe, Oliver Wyman
- Katarina Walter, ex-CEO of Antrop
- Magnus Uggla, Previously Executive Vice President of Handelsbanken
- Maja Frankel, General Secretary of Friends
- Jesper Schönbeck, Partner at Vinge
- Annika Sten Pärsson, Chair & Co-founder of Young Solidarity Foundation.