For more than 10 years Ashoka UK has been building a powerful network of the UK’s leading social innovators. We have selected over 40 Ashoka Fellows who are creating systemic change in areas from environmental conservation to criminal justice. With the belief that social innovation and changemaking extend beyond the social entrepreneurship sector and need to be driven by everyone, we have also selected and connected networks of social innovators in the education system through the ‘Ashoka Changemaker Schools’ Network.

Our work with Fellows and Changemaker Schools is supported and extended through our network of social innovators in the business world – from individual business leaders who provide expertise, connections, and resources, to companies who partner with us to create focused communities of social innovators in areas like healthcare or the fashion industry.

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Our Programs

Ashoka’s network of social innovators begins with an ongoing search and extensive selection process to find the leading social entrepreneurs creating systemic change to join the Ashoka Fellowship community. Each year in the UK we receive over 200 nominations for the Ashoka Fellowship, which are reviewed by the Ashoka Venture team and our network of independent advisors.

At each stage in the process, candidates are assessed against our five core criteria:

The support provided through the Ashoka Fellowship enables social entrepreneurs to create further systemic change across communities,countries, and sectors. The Fellowship provides lifelong holistic support which can be broadly categorised in five key areas:


We believe that anyone can become a Changemaker and we want every young person to be equipped and inclined to work for the common good, whether in their family, community, country or across the whole world. Between 2014 and 2017, Ashoka UK elected 15 Changemaker Schools leading innovation in the youth sector. We work to connect these schools and support them in leading the transformation of learning in the UK.



The Ashoka Support Network (ASN) is a global community of business leaders from a variety of fields who support Ashoka both financially and strategically. In the UK we have a community of over 35 ASN members who offer their time, networks and expertise to Ashoka Fellows and Changemaker Schools, supporting them to amplify their social impact.

They do this in several key ways:




Pip Wheaton
Country Director, Ashoka UK
Pip joined Ashoka in 2016 as Partnerships Director. Prior to ...more
Elena Gibson
Co-Director, Ashoka UK
Elena joined Ashoka in 2013 and leads the selection of ...more
Margot Mackay
Head of Fellowship
Margot joined Ashoka in February 2014 in order to develop ...more
Tatiana Cary
Venture Manager
Tatiana manages the search and selection of new Ashoka Fellows ...more
Florian Rutsch
UK Fellowship Manager
Florian manages Ashoka's community of Fellows based, or active, in ...more
Anna Hamilton
Fellowship Support Team Co-ordinator, Ashoka UK
Anna joined Ashoka UK in 2016. She graduated from Trinity ...more
Clarice Ramalho
Finance & HR Director, Ashoka UK / Ashoka EU Hub
Clarice joined Ashoka in February 2012. After restructuring the UK ...more
Aroa Fernandez Alvarez
Global Partnerships Manager
Aroa joined Ashoka in 2013, starting her journey at the ...more
Ross Hall
LGM, Europe Youth Years
Ross joined Ashoka in November 2014. Ross has founded and ...more
Arianna De Mario
Partnerships and Products Manager - Changemakers and EIR
Arianna is Partnerships and Products Manager for Ashoka Changemakers and ...more
Alex O'Donoghue
Venture Manager
Alex manages search and selection of new Ashoka Fellows in ...more
Felix Cheung
Ashoka UK Finance, Operations & HR Manager
Felix looks after the back office functions for the Ashoka ...more

Our Partners

Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) and Ashoka have partnered together in promoting innovative solutions to challenging health problems since 2010. By exploring the intersection of social entrepreneurship, employee talent development, and healthcare networks the teams have co-designed "win-win" solutions to global healthcare challenges. Solutions have come through increasing individuals’ access to healthcare and community health issues, especially underserved populations. Over 5 years, the team has supported 75 Making More Health fellows in 47 countries, launched 3 global open-source competitions finding 800+ health innovations worldwide, and engage 10% of BI's global workforce of 45,000.

Une des toutes premières banques françaises dans le domaine du conseil en fusion-acquisition ainsi que dans la banque privée, son métier historique. Depuis décembre 2014, 4 Fellows sont accompagnés par des équipes de volontaires sur leur stratégie de levée de fonds et la structuration d’un dossier à destination d’investisseurs dans le cadre d'un parcours d'accompagnement construit avec Rothschild. Par ailleurs, un Fellow est également accompagné dans la rédaction d'un business plan lié à sa stratégie d'essaimage. Enfin Rothschild participe également au financement des Fellows dans le cadre du parcours d'accompagnement.

Hogan Lovells is a leading international law firm that has a global partnership with Ashoka, providing pro bono legal support to dozens of our Fellows around the world. As a Hogan Lovells BaSE (Business & Social Enterprise) partner, Ashoka provides support and expertise in the delivery of HL BaSE programs and access to a global network. The two organizations share the vision that by educating business leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals of the future, we can help to guide the world of business to reshape our markets and encourage improvements in human and environmental wellbeing as a means of improving sustainability and profitability. 

A strategic consulting company, McKinsey & Company creates strategic missions and conducts evaluations of social impact studies for Ashoka and for Fellows around the world. McKinsey & Company also support Ashoka Fellows with personal consultations that will help launch and scale Fellows' strategy and impact.