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Pregaluxmi Govender

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 1993

South Africa
Pregaluxmi Govender founded a model workers' college supported by the independent trade union movement. The trade union movement has historically reflected the hierarchies of race, gender and class in South African society in its leadership. The college is designed to help redress these inequalities... Read more

Juliana Bacis Ceddia

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2000

Brazil
Dr. Juliana Bacis Ceddia, a physician specializing in cardiology, has created an effective method for treating heart defects among infants, children, and adolescents from poor families. She has demonstrated that it is possible to reform Brazil's rigid and poorly funded public health system to... 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

Said Hammouche

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2007

France
Saïd Hammouche is working to fight discrimination in France by promoting diversity and bringing talented leaders from marginalized social groups to the forefront of French society. By entitling these individuals to managerial jobs, he is effectively bridging the divide between the corporate world... Read more

Gilles Reydellet

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2009

France
Gilles Reydellet is making public services accessible to all, especially those geographically and socially excluded. Each year, his national network of highly effective platforms empowers 300,000 citizens to access and navigate their entitled services and rights. Gilles has also successfully engaged... Read more

Mariana Incarnato

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2012

Argentina
Mariana Incarnato envisions a society where young people see themselves as positive contributors. Focusing on cultivating their confidence and skills with a range of coaches, mentors and company employers, Mariana is helping them transition successfully to adulthood. Read more

Ashila Mapalagama

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2012

Sri Lanka
Through the “Stand Up” movement, Ashila Mapalagama is pioneering a fresh approach to an old problem; using a mutual assistance program that is an employee-based and self-financed social security system to create a collective identity and spur self-organization among predominately female Free Trade... Read more

Emily May

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2014

United States

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Edward Edilbi

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2014

Canada

Edward Edilbi is introducing a new way to empower, integrate and build social capital in scattered, immigrant populations that have been affected by a political crisis or natural disaster. Using diaspora networks, he enables refugees to play an active and productive role, thus changing their status...

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