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Jean-Michel Ricard

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2006

France
As the elderly live longer lives and make up an increasing percentage of the population in Europe, Jean-Michel is helping them overcome the various physical and psychological ailments that prevent them from enjoying their latter years. His program, which emphasizes the importance of prevention, uses... Read more

Guillaume Bapst

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2006

France
Guillaume Bapst is revolutionizing the way low income households access and purchase food. In an attempt to improve the food distribution system in France, where access is often slow and bureaucratic, choices are limited, and quality and nutritional value are low, Guillaume has built a network of... Read more

Ryadh Sallem

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2006

France
For Ryadh Sallem, being disabled is a relative concept—defined as much by a state of mind and societal prejudice as by physical incapacity. As every individual faces limitations but also possesses unique talents, Ryadh is redefining the concept of what it means to be “handicapped” by bringing the... Read more

Marie-Noëlle Besançon

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2007

France
Marie-Noëlle Besançon is revolutionizing long-term care for those suffering from mental illnesses in France by developing a network of low-cost, easily replicable non-medical living centers aimed at shifting the care of those suffering from psychiatric problems from the clinical realm to the citizen... Read more

Simon Houriez

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2008

France
Simon Houriez is establishing a common ground for learning for both deaf and hearing members of society, and by doing so, is fostering equal citizenship. He refuses to admit that for the deaf to be educated and recognized in French society they must adjust to the communication paradigms and the... Read more

Jean-Marc Borello

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2008

France
Over the last twenty years, Jean-Marc Borello has developed and implemented new practices throughout the health and social services sector, and proven how innovation and competition in providing social services will create widespread social impact through economies of scale. His new way of... Read more

François Goudenove

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2010

France
Contrary to many other parts of the world, such as the U.S., deaf people are highly excluded from French society and are often considered a burden. François Goudenove is changing this mindset. François is pioneering a society in which deaf people are full citizens, prejudices among the hearing... Read more

Grégory Gendre

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2010

France

Grégory Gendre is on leave from the Ashoka Fellowship. For more information on his status, please contact [email protected].

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Jean-Loup Mouysset

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2010

France
Jean-Loup Mouysset, trained as an oncologist, is revolutionizing the handling of chronic diseases by involving citizens in the process of follow-up and long-term support. The results of his pilot with cancer patients demonstrates the efficiency of his mindful community-based approach by influencing... Read more

Anne Roos-Weil

Ashoka Fellow since May 2012

France
Anne Roos-Weil has piloted a cost-effective medical system to drastically reduce the number of African children and mothers who die from benign diseases. Combining simple skills and cell phones, she systematically collects basic health data and transfers it electronically to local medical staff to... Read more