Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the world. Since its founding more than 30 years ago, Ashoka has provided stipends, professional support services, and connections to a global network for more than 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs - elected as Ashoka Fellows - in over 90 countries. Ashoka is the professional home for entrepreneurial individuals from both the business and private sector, a platform for the growing global network of people dedicated to creating systemic social change.
Since its inception in 2003 and from its offices in Cairo, AAW has pioneered and been the platform for social entrepreneurship across the Arab region, identifying and electing more than 100 of the region’s leading social entrepreneurs across 11 countries. Click here to view all of Ashoka Arab World’s elected Fellows.
Through the Fellowship Program, AAW supports and empowers its fellows by providing a range of services and access to a global peer network aimed at maximizing their impact. For information about the Fellowship Selection Process and Criteria, please click here.
Ashoka Fellows are some of the world’s top leaders of social innovation. However, Ashoka’s vision is to create a world where every young person grows to become a changemaker, capable of taking creative action to solve a social problem; a world where the development of young changemakers and the practice of changemaking are the norm. To build this Everyone a Changemaker World, we have to transform the way in which we raise our young people and the way we work in and between organizations. For this reason, beyond selecting and empowering a network of social entrepreneurs with systemic impact, we work together with them and other co-creators to shift the paradigm toward a world of changemakers, where every child masters empathy, every adolescent self-identifies as a changemaker, and every organization functions as a system of team-of-teams. More information about our work in the region to build this framework change and positively affect marginalized social groups across the Arab world can be found here.