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Ronaldo Lima de Oliveira

Ashoka Fellow since Feb 1995

Brazil
Ronaldo Lima de Oliveira is working both to prevent the destruction of the rain forest and to guarantee the survival of forest communities by creating a model for sustainable agro-economical activities in Brazil's recently-created "extractive reserves." The strategies that he is developing will... 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

Arnaud Castagnède

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2010

France
Arnaud Castagnède is opening up a new track to efficiently rehabilitate disqualified and long-term unemployed persons. Arnaud is tipping the job rehabilitation sector by designing an integrated market-based process whose success lies in the combination of professional qualification and social... Read more

Jean-Louis Kiehl

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2011

France
Jean-Louis Kiehl is pioneering a model to prevent excessive consumer debt and efficiently fight against social and financial exclusion. Through a wide range of social and legal support, trainings and innovative partnerships with banks and finance companies, Jean-Louis helps at-risk populations and... Read more

Yvonnick Huet

Ashoka Fellow since Apr 2011

France
In the mid 1980s Yvonnick Huet pioneered a market-based model to solve poverty and food issues through the restructuring of viable local farming markets in developing countries. Unlike the field of development that has traditionally been charity-focused and culturally skeptical toward economy... Read more

Jérémy Lachal

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2015

France
Isolation and inactivity among marginalized communities – from refugee camps to underprivileged neighborhoods – can have dramatic consequences such as violence and physical and mental health problems in communities. In response, Jérémy is defining a new standard for libraries in the 21st Century,... Read more

Bas van Abel

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2016

Netherlands
By designing and producing the first modular designed, and thus longer lasting, smartphone, building a conflict free and fair supply and production chain, Bas van Abel with his company Fairphone is creating a movement of ethical consumption while shifting the smartphone industry -one of the most... Read more

Florian Zech

Ashoka Fellow since Dec 2016

Germany
Florian Zech provides distressed youth with education opportunities, employment training and alternatives to crime and violence by establishing a dense network of safe and appealing spaces in townships across South Africa. These spaces operate as ‘docking stations’ for a cross-sectoral alliance of... Read more

Laura Emiko Soltis

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2017

United States
Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis leads a modern-day freedom school for undocumented youth where students receive free college-level classes, college application assistance, and the social movement leadership training they need to determine the course of their own freedom struggle. Against a backdrop of... Read more

Duquesne Fednard

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2017

Haiti
Duquesne Fednard has developed a new consumer financing model to make high-impact technologies accessible to Haitians with little to no savings/income. His model leverages economies of scale by aggregating consumer demand and contributes to overcoming the challenge of last mile distribution. Read more