Our Team


Joy Akapa

Joy Akapa is a dynamic young lady dedicated to achieving the best results in any given situation. She holds a degree in Accounting from the Lagos State University in Nigeria. In 2008, she qualified as a chartered accountant under the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and has practiced her profession in three different companies including service oriented organizations. She is presently the financial Manager for Ashoka Anglophone West Africa.

Ndeye Binta Houma

Après avoir démissionné d’un poste dans le secteur privé où elle ne se sentait pas dans son milieu, elle intègre l’équipe d’Ashoka Sahel de Dakar en 2004 pour un stage de 06 mois. Ce premier contact avec le secteur social la séduit.  En septembre 2005, elle est rappelée par le bureau Ashoka Washington pour assurer l’intérim des postes laissés vacants par la représentante régionale et l’assistante de programme. Pendant un an, elle assurera la survie du bureau et coordonnera les activités du Fellowship. En septembre 2006, elle est recrutée officiellement comme Assistante de Programme.

Gillian Mupotsa

Gillian joined Ashoka Southern Africa in 2010, drawn by her passion for Social Entrepreneurship. While in pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree, she took up the full time role as the Finance and Administration Manager and has since grown into the Ashoka family. She provides logistical support for all programs. She was born and raised in Zimbabwe and has a passion for travel.   

Josephine Nzerem

Josephine Nzerem is a Social Entrepreneur who was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2002 for her innovative work in the protection of women from disinheritance and other socio-economic abuses. In 2004 she received an award from the Junior Chambers International as the outstanding young person for the year, in the area of contribution to children, world peace and/or human rights. Josephine believes that women’s human rights must be recognized and upheld at all times. In 2011, she became the Regional Director of Anglophone West Africa.

Adaoha Onyebuchi

Adaoha Onyebuchi is an Entrepreneur. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Estate Management from the University of Lagos. In 2012 she joined Ashoka Anglophone West Africa as a volunteer, working as an Administrator and assisting in the search and selection of system changing social entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Ashoka she worked as an Estate Surveyor, maintaining High class Facilities and connecting prospective buyers to stakeholders. In 2014 she became a full staff with Ashoka, working as the Frame-Work Change leader.

Vincent Otieno Odhiambo

Vincent is the founder of Informed Mashinani, a Youth Serving social enterprise working with young people to solidify their role in areas of leadership, policy influencing and socioeconomic development. Some of the sectors he has worked in include education where he developed a leadership and life skills program for beneficiaries of a scholarship program he was managing and in social service where he led the development of a model exit plan for children in charitable children institutions amongst other initiatives.

Limbani Phiri

Limbani joined Ashoka Southern Africa as a volunteer in 2012 while she was completing her studies in Public and Development Management at the University of Witwatersrand. She then moved on to manage the Venture and Fellowship programs for 2 years after which she transitioned into the current position of EACH Leader for Southern Africa. Born and raised in malawi, Limbani has amassed experience working in the Corporate finance sector as well as the citizen sector in various African countries.

Kpare Tchanlandjou

Très impliqué dans les mouvements associatifs comme CliMates, Together2030, MAJ, SIFE, JCI, notamment AIESEC qu’il intègre en 2009, pour être le directeur pays de 2011-2012. Un stage de 03 mois en 2009 au Nigéria, dans le cadre des programmes de stages de AIESEC, lui a permis de mieux comprendre l’entrepreneuriat. Dès son retour, il devient membre actif et travail à la promotion de l'entrepreneuriat au sein de AIESEC. En 2010, il découvre l'entrepreneuriat social et s’y passionne. Ce sera le début d’une collaboration avec ASHOKA.

Coumba Toure

Né et élevé en Afrique de l'Ouest, Coumba Touré est un changemaker et un artiste. Elle écrit et publie des livres et autre matériel éducatif par le biais de Sogoba. Éveille l'imagination et le renforcement de la citoyenneté chez les enfants sont autan d'effort permettant les jeunes adultes de contribuer à la prise de décisions et résolution de problèmes dans la société.

Peris Wakesho

Born and brought up in the Coastal town of Mombasa in Kenya, where not many young girls went past primary school. Peris knew from a young age that she had to change that, by being a role model to other girls and youth in her home town and create opportunities for others to also succeed. She informally taught neighborhood children while still in primary school and led many other ventures. Currently she runs a Public Benefit Organization, Asilia Africa focused on improving Reproductive Health Services for marginalized and vulnerable women as part of reducing maternal morbidity and mortality.

East Asia

Ho Yun Jung

Strategic and financial sector professional with over 16years in Non-Profit sector in South Korea. Industry background includes developing strategy, designing field projects, planning budget, financial services and analysis. Has controlled an overall budget up to $200m as finance team leader and held a strategy execution (program & operation) accountability for over 20 domestic branches including HQ and 2 oversea regional offices as a strategy specialist. Now, I am working for Ashoka Korea as a director of Finance & Operations.

Hae-young Lee

아쇼카가 한국에 설립된 첫해인 2013년부터 현재까지 아쇼카 한국 대표로 활동 중임. 첫 3년간 첫 한국인 아쇼카 펠로우 7명의 선정과정을 관장했고, 한국의 교육과 경제 생태계에 체인지메이커 무브먼트를 확산시키기 위한 전략과 실행을 이끌고 있음. 북한인권과 탈북자 문제를 국제사회의 공식 의제로 부각시키고 국제적인 협력을 이끌어내기 위한 인권활동가로 시작해, 20대 중후반에는 동북아시아 내 “인권과 개발의 조화”라는 비전을 실현하기 위해 직접 스타트업 NGO를 설립해 5년간 일했다. 또한, 탈북 여성의 인신매매 및 강제결혼 문제에 대한 국제적인 보고서 ‘Lives for Sale’의 주요 저자로도 활약했음. 아쇼카를 통해 처음 ‘Social Entrepreneur’라는 스스로의 정체성을 발견한 것에 힘입어, 더 많은 사회혁신가들에게 힘을 실어주는 일을 사명으로 생각해 아쇼카에 합류함. 1남 1녀를 두고 있음. 아쇼카 한국 초대 대표 2013.1.1~ 현재. Blanket And Sponge Project In Asia(BASPIA) 공동설립 및 공동CEO, 2005~2010, 서울 대한민국.

Yujin Noh

아쇼카 펠로우 발굴과 선정을 이끔. 10대에는 추억을 기록하는 ‘타임캡슐 전시 매장’ 아이디어로 창업 대회에 출전하며 아름다운 가치를 사업화하는 것에 매력을 느낌. 아쇼카 체인지메이커 캠퍼스인 Arizona State University에서 1년 간 교환학생으로 지내며 기업과 사회 혁신 시너지에 열광. 그 후, 아쇼카 글로벌 본부 인턴으로 아쇼카에 2013년 합류, 아쇼카한국 창립 멤버. “씨앗은 아직 사과가 아니어도 자기가 누구인지 안다.”는 말처럼 신념을 가지고 변화를 만드는 사람들을 동경하고 함께 일하기를 즐거워함. 환경부 공무원인 남편과 함께 세종시에 거주. 아쇼카한국 벤처 매니저. B.A., 경영학, 연세대학교, 2013, 서울 대한민국. Research Assistant at Nielsen, 2011 & A.T. Kearney, 2012.


Perrine Agha

Diplômée de l'ESSEC et de la Chaire Entrepreneuriat Social, Perrine a passé 2 ans chez Carglass où elle a contribué à la mise en place de la stratégie RSE. Après avoir co-fondé le projet Pacha Mamas, une entreprise sociale favorisant l'intégration des femmes issues de l'immigration en utilisant la cuisine comme levier d'innovation sociale, elle combine aujourd'hui ses connaissances de l'engagement sociétal des entreprises et de l'entrepreneuriat social pour construire une relation durable avec nos partenaires.

Elena Arène Ghiringhello

After completing her degree at the London School of Economics (LSE), Elena has worked within organizations in a broad array of sectors and contexts including communications and public affairs at Weber Shandwick, Volvo CE, Nutrition Third World (NTW), and as a diplomat for El Salvador in Sweden and Belgium. As a diplomat, she was responsible for all relations between Swedish and Nordic NGOs as well as EU and commercial affairs, bringing governments and Chambers of Commerce together with the business and investment community.

Anja Bittner

Anja Bittner verstärkt seit 2016 das Ashoka-Team. Als Mitgründerin der Internetplattform washabich.de, die sich für eine Arzt-Patient-Kommunikation auf Augenhöhe einsetzt, wurde sie 2012 Ashoka Fellow. Nach fünf Jahren Erfahrung als Geschäftsführerin im eigenen Sozialunternehmen unterstützt sie nun im Programm Engagement mit Perspektive (PEP) Nachwuchs-Sozialunternehmer beim Aufbau wirkungsvoller und nachhaltiger Strukturen.

Thomas Blettery

Diplômé de l'ESSEC BBA (Epsci), Thomas a mis le pied dans le secteur de l'entrepreneuriat social dès 2006 en s'impliquant dans un projet de création d'une boulangerie sociale en Inde. Il a depuis participé à la création de plusieurs social business, et a rejoint Ashoka en 2010. Après avoir travaillé sur la communication et l'événementiel, Thomas travaille en parallèle sur la sélection des entrepreneurs sociaux Ashoka et sur les programmes d'Ashoka visant à impulser une nouvelle génération d'acteurs de changement.

Maira Cabrini

Maira es la responsable de Comunicación. A través de su labor busca definir y difundir el mensaje de que todos somos Changemakers! Antes de incorporarse al equipo, gestionaba la comunicación de un proyecto del PNUD en Egipto, promocionando los valores del voluntariado entre los jóvenes de la región árabe. También codirigió un proyecto de deporte para el desarrollo en Camerún en 2012, proporcionando espacios deportivos y formación para más de 900 niños refugiados.

Laura Catana

Laura è un'intraprenditrice sociale nata in Romania. Durante i suoi studi nel suo paese di origine ha realizzato diversi progetti di empowerment dei giovani e di sviluppo comunitario. La sua laurea in sociologia presso l’Universita’ di Bucarest l'ha portata anche a studiare in Svezia e a conseguire un Master sulla Gestione delle Imprese Sociali in Italia. Data la sua passione per il sociale, Laura si è unita ad Ashoka nel 2014 da Bruxelles per coordinare "This Works", un’iniziativa che sostiene l’espansione di soluzioni innovative per l'occupazione nel sud Europa.

Enrica Cornaglia

Enrica si è unita ad Ashoka Italia nel 2014 come volontaria per coordinare la ricerca sull’innovazione sociale italiana. E’ entrata nello staff stabile nel 2016. Laureata in Scienze Politiche e Studi Internazionali, ha un master in Comunicazione. Ha una grande esperienza nel campo del sociale, sin da adolescente ha infatti fatto volontariato con disabili fisici e mentali. Negli anni di scuola superiore ha partecipato ad un programma di scambio internazionale che l’ha portata ad avere un marcato interesse per il lavoro in contesti multiculturali.

Arianna De Mario

Arianna is Europe Network Manager for Ashoka Changemakers, a role that involves framing, convening and igniting communities of social innovators across European countries. As such, she is involved in a number of Ashoka UK and Ashoka Changemakers partnerships (UBS, Unilever, C&A Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim) coordinating efforts to build and grow networks of social entrepreneurs and managing partners relationships at the local level.

Romain Dichampt

Après un début de carrière dans le conseil en affaires publiques, Romain s'est pris de passion pour l'entrepreneuriat social suite à la rencontre avec un Fellow Ashoka. Il a ensuite travaillé pendant 5 ans au Groupe SOS sur des problématiques de plaidoyer et de développement, avant de lancer son propre projet : BoxtoBox, qui oeuvre dans l'univers de la générosité embarquée. Il est désormais l'interlocuteur de la communauté Ashoka pour les sujets relatifs aux territoires.

Maja Frankel

Maja Frankel joined Ashoka in December 2011 to launch and be the Director of Ashoka Scandinavia. Maja is a life-long social entrepreneur: At age 16 she became the Sweden Youth Delegate during the United Nations Special Session about Young People’s Rights and at age 18 she became a UNICEF youth ambassador, a role that led her to write a book called 'Vår förbannade Rätt' where she did portraits of 20 young people from all over the world.

Remi Fremont

Après des expériences réussies dans les départements administratifs et financiers chez Finansol (épargne solidaire), à l’Adie (microcrédit professionnel) ou Starting-Block (éducation à la citoyenneté et à la solidarité),  Rémi rejoint  le bureau parisien en tant que responsable administratif et financier. Il est diplômé de l’ESSCA en 2007 et a suivi le cursus Chaire Economie Sociale et Solidaire (ESS).

Olivier Fruchaud

Olivier is responsible for the development of Ashoka in Switzerland. He graduated in 2000 from the French management school EM-Lyon and started working in marketing for the private sector.  Olivier has been active in consulting and business development in the sustainability area for the last 10 years, working both in the non-profit and private sectors (United Nations, foundations). He also co-founded the associations Ecotour (which promotes innovative sustainable initiatives for the environment) in 1999 and Sustainable Finance Geneva in 2006.

Elena Gibson

Elena joined Ashoka in 2013 and leads the selection of new Ashoka Fellows as well as guiding them through Ashoka's rigorous election process. She also manages the Ashoka Support Network as well as the Ashoka Learning Journeys.  Previously, Elena worked at Convoco - a think tank that seeks to drive social change by convening  leaders from business, politics and academia. She also volunteered for the philanthropy consultancy GivingEvidence.

Jamy Goewie

Jamy is a serial social entrepreneur, family therapist and corporate consultant. While working in public youth-care she launched her first initiative in 2002 for out of school youth with criminal backgrounds together with local companies, like KPMG (http://www.be-a-businessman.nl). By having an extended network in Africa and Asia she later scaled her initiative into Child at Venture foundation. Catering to youth in slum areas with business training, angel investments and support and also providing business-planning for local shelters and orphanages.

Jean-Marc Guesné

Jean-Marc a rejoint Ashoka en octobre 2015 pour prendre la direction d'Ashoka France. Avant Ashoka, Jean-Marc a été entrepreneur social en Asie pendant 7 ans, créeant 2 entreprises et plus de 1000 emplois entre le Cambodge et la Chine. Il a ensuite rejoint le Groupe Bel en tant qu'intrapreneur où il a créé et développé un business model innovant qui permet de connecter les vendeurs de rue des pays émergents avec les marques agro-industrielles tout en donnant accès à des services sociaux sur mesure (micro-assurance, formation, bancarisation, etc.).

Caroline Guyot

Caroline joined Ashoka in October 2012 to work on partnerships and strategy. She holds two Masters degrees: one in history and one in diplomacy. Her previous experiences include consulting for a an international microfinance organisation in South Africa, supporting the growth of a young social enterprise in London and analysing African politics for a London think tank. She particularly likes to take on challenging projects, having been the president of a not-for-profit organisation focusing on education in Morocco and undertaking a documentary film project in East Africa.

Anika Haag

Anika Haag ist seit 2008 für interne Strukturen und Vernetzung sowie das Personalwesen verantwortlich. Sie hat VWL mit Schwerpunkten auf Entwicklungsländer, Soziologie und Außenwirtschaft studiert und war im Rahmen ihrer Forschungen u.a. in Sambia unterwegs. Außerdem entwickelte sie ein Wissensmanagement-System für ihren Fachbereich an der Universität Gießen. Ihre Kenntnisse im Management von Non-Profit Organisationen hat sie durch Weiterbildung vertieft und stärkt damit die Professionalisierung von Ashoka.

Ross Hall

Ross joined Ashoka in November 2014. Ross has founded and grown more than 20 businesses around the world.

Laura Haverkamp

Neben dem Fellowship-Programm koordiniert Laura die Kommunikation und ist Ansprechpartnerin für das Ashoka Support Netzwerk. Zuvor hat sie drei Jahre lang den Auswahlprozess (Venture) geleitet und knapp 20 Fellows in das Ashoka-Netzwerk begleitet. Vor ihrer Zeit bei Ashoka lernte Laura in der Beratung das Handwerkszeug der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und startete während ihres berufsbegleitenden Masters in Public Policy eine Initiative für die wirkungsvolle Kommunikation sozialunternehmerischer Ideen. Engagements in Schul- und Studienzeit (u.a.

Oda Heister

Oda Heister ist seit 2006 bei Ashoka, seit 2009 als Geschäftsführerin. Davor lebte sie mehrere Jahre in Polen, wo sie zuletzt stellvertretende Leiterin der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Warschau war. Dort startete sie Dialogprogramme zwischen Vertretern des sozialen Sektors, Politikern und der Wirtschaft. Gleichzeitig baute sie unter schwierigen Bedingungen ein neues Länderprogramm in Weißrussland auf.

Casilda Heraso Torres

Casilda es la responsable de selección de Emprendedores Sociales de Ashoka España y coordina el departamento financiero. Casilda empezó su carrera profesional hace tres años, cuando llevó a cabo un programa de microcréditos para personas con discapacidad en Malawi, de la mano de África Directo. En 2011 decidió regresar al continente para coordinar programas de educación, sanidad y microcréditos en Uganda.

Christine Hoenig-Ohnsorg

Christine Hoenig-Ohnsorg verantwortet das Programm Engagement mit Perspektive (PEP), welches Nachwuchssozialunternehmer beim Aufbau nachhaltiger und wirkungsvoller Strukturen unterstützt und ist Ashokas Ansprechpartnerin für unsere pro bono Berater und Coaches. Vor ihrem Start bei Ashoka in 2012 hat sie weltweit Erfahrungen in verschiedenen Organisationen und der Beratung von Unternehmen und Institutionen zur internationalen Zusammenarbeit gesammelt.

Rainer Hoell

Seit 2010 gestaltet Rainer Höll diverse Programmbereiche mit, vor allem aber baut er Brücken zwischen Stiftungen, Politik, Wohlfahrt und Social Entrepreneurs und findet hier immer wieder neue Synergien zwischen unterschiedlichen Akteuren. Bevor Rainer seinen "Master of Public Administration" in Cambridge (USA) absolvierte, arbeitete er u.a. als Projektleiter bei der Robert Bosch Stiftung sowie der Bertelsmann Stiftung. Er studierte Philosophie und Neuere Deutsche Literatur in Tübingen, Berlin und London.

Sarah Jefferson

Sarah Jefferson est entrée chez Ashoka à Washington DC en 2007, travaillant à la communication et à la sélection des Ashoka Fellows. Depuis 2010 elle travaille avec l’équipe française sur le partenariat entre Ashoka et Boehringer Ingelheim, Making More Health, qui explore les modèles innovants dans le domaine de la santé. Elle est passionnée par les collaborations entre le monde du business et le monde social, et par la façon dont l’alliance de ces deux secteurs peut générer plus d’impact.

Fiona Koch

Fiona is Manager of Communications and Media Partnerships. A third-culture kid, she has roots in Germany, Switzerland, Ireland and the US. During her studies, she led a non-profit selling Haitian artwork to fund sustainable initiatives in rural Haiti. Following graduation she held positions in fundraising at Worldwatch Institute in Washington D.C. and Fountain House in New York, before working for Ashoka Ireland Fellow Steve Collins. Fiona holds a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College.

Julia Koskella

Julia joined Ashoka in 2012 to lead our search and selection process for new Ashoka Fellows. Previously, she worked at Global Giving helping grassroots NGOs access crowdfunding, helped set up Move Your Money UK, and worked for an indigenous rights organisation in Ecuador. Julia graduated from Oxford University with a first class degree in Human Sciences. While she was there, she chaired the Environment and Ethics Committee and acted as the founding director of the Oxford Climate Forum. Follow her on Twitter@JuliaKoskella.

Caroline Le Viet-Clarke

Caroline is interested in inclusive finance, impact evaluation and innovative market-based interventions aimed at reducing poverty and inequality. Caroline started her career in finance at General Electric where she worked for four years. More recently, she worked in the Strategic Initiatives team at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and held short-term positions at UNDP in Vietnam and Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Caroline has also been involved in her free time in entrepreneurial activities to promote economic development.

Christina Liden

Christina holds a Bachelor’s degree in global studies and international development with a special focus on Post-colonialism. Christina has a long history working with NGO’s both as a volunteer, board member and an employee including The Swedish Red Cross, Friends and Doctors of the World.

Margot Mackay

Margot joined Ashoka in February 2014 in order to develop a fellowship for international Fellows visiting and scaling in the UK. She is also coordinating events in the UK. Previously, she spent 3 years at Ernst&Young working on financial audits, due diligences and policy evaluations. Margot has a BA in Finance, and a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship from Paris-Dauphine University.

Marina Mansilla Hermann

Marina joined Ashoka in 2007, seeking to catalyze young people's potential to make positive change in the world. Previous to Ashoka, Marina worked for more than a decade with Peace Child International, as a consultant for GEF/UNDP and served as a youth advisor to UNEP in its efforts to engage young people in environmental action. Marina is the founder of FundaciónTierraVida, an organization based in Argentina working to unleash young people´s potential to drive environmental sustainability.

David Martin Diaz

David es codirector de Ashoka España y director de Educación y Jóvenes. Lidera la estrategia de impulsar un nuevo paradigma en la educación que promueva competencias como empatía, trabajo en equipo, liderazgo o creatividad en niños, niñas y jóvenes. Allá de su trayectoria en el ámbito asociativo juvenil, ha dedicado su vida profesional a trabajar para la educación y el empoderamiento juvenil.

Felicity McLean

Felicity joined Ashoka in June 2012 to lead on Communications and Framework Change. She works to 'make shift happen', through powerful storytelling, exceptional innovation and the power of brands, corporates, organisations and key people of influence.  As the founding member of a technology startup focussing on employee engagement in CSR, her skills combine partnerships, entrepreneurship and 'tech for good'. She's also a trustee for NGO Childreach International, has an MA in Geography, and a real passion for developing creative and value based partnerships.

Zeynep Meydanoglu

Zeynep on yılı süredir Türkiye'de sivil toplum ve filantropinin gelişmesine yönelik kapasite geliştirme, altyapı oluşturma ve yenilikçi modeller hayata geçirme alanlarında çalışıyor. Türkiye'de sivil topluma ilişkin ilk kapsamlı araştırma çalışması, daha elverişli bir yasal ve malı altyapı için savunuculuk faaliyetleri, bağışçı vakıfları (community foundations), sosyal girişim ve sosyal finans gibi yenilikçi yaklaşımlarla ilgili tecrübesi, pek çok yayın ve makalesi bulunuyor.

Serena Mizzoni

Displaying her entrepreneurial flair early on, Serena Mizzoni founded a talent consultancy and recruitment firm in 2009. She joined Ashoka Ireland in 2011 as a consultant and was subsequently appointed as Co-Director. In 2014 Serena assumed the position of Director and took a place on Ashoka’s European Leadership Team. Serena regularly lectures on social entrepreneurship at University College Dublin. She holds a B.A. in Human Resource Management and an M.A. in Strategic HR from Dublin City University.

Arnaud Mourot

Arnaud Mourot is Co-Director Ashoka Europe. A member of the French team of Olympic wrestling for 10 years and a graduate from ESCP Business school, Arnaud has been involved in the humanitarian sector since he finished his studies. He founded and led the NGO “Play International”  (formerly Sport Sans Frontières) in 1999. He has also contributed to the development of various Social Businesses and CSOs in France. He launched the operations of Ashoka France/Belgium/Switzerland in 2005.

Fabienne Odermatt

Fabienne joined Ashoka to develop the organization’s impact in the German-speaking part of Switzerland with Carol Schafroth. She has always been intrigued by the international cooperation of different actors, which are aiming to achieve progress through improving people’s lives all over the world. This motivated her to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Development Studies all while volunteering in various organizations such as the Red Cross, euforia and ROCK YOUR LIFE!.

Javier Olaguibel

Javier lidera el programa Changemaker Alliances. Desarolla las uniones y colaboraciones más innovadoras entre organizaciones sociales y empresas, más allá de la RSC tradicional, con el objetivo de generar alto impacto social y beneficio económico para ambos. Es lo que llamamos la Co-Creación Social & Business. Además de su trabajo con Ashoka, Javi está creando su propia startup Rollcard (www.rollcard.co). Licenciado en Dirección y Administración de empresas, ha desarrollado su carrera profesional entre el tercer sector y el sector privado.

Maylis Portmann

Diplômée de l'école de commerce IESEG, elle a découvert les townships du Cap pour réaliser une formation complémentaire en entrepreneuriat social. Après une première expérience auprès du Fellow François Marty, avec lequel elle a travaillé sur la représentation et la communicabilité de son business model, elle s'est ensuite penchée sur les problématiques de l'évaluation de l'impact social et de l’impact investing. Elle a rejoint l’équipe  d’Ashoka en 2013 sur les programmes Impact Ashoka, et travaille maintenant sur l'accompagnement des entrepreneurs sociaux.

Clarice Ramalho

Clarice joined Ashoka in February 2012. After restructuring the UK office Operations, she supported the creation of the Ashoka European Hub in 2014 and since then splits her time leading finance and HR in the UK, and integrating finance teams across Europe and with Ashoka global office in the US. Prior to relocating to the UK, Clarice worked for 11 years with tourism management and destination marketing in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Tours and Clermont-Ferrand (France). She also holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Tourism Management where she specialised in community-based tourism.

Ana Saenz de Miera

Ana es la codirectora de Ashoka España y codirectora de Ashoka Europa. Está liderando Ashoka con el fin de construir una sociedad de “Changemakers”: de ciudadanos y empresas activas y protagonistas del cambio. Su experiencia profesional en el tercer sector comienza hace diez años, como directora de un Centro de Menores en Riesgo de Exclusión Social, impulsado por Cáritas. Después lideró el Área de Educación para el Desarrollo de Fundeso, donde creó y dirigió el Centro de Participación de Inmigrantes Hispano-Africano de la Comunidad de Madrid.

Carol Schafroth

Carole is a Program Manager at Ashoka as part of a job sharing with Fabienne Odermatt. Committed to social change, Carol co-founded and continues to work part-time for the Swiss branch of the German mentoring program ROCK YOUR LIFE! The organization aims to enhance equality of education opportunities. After her Master in Business Administration in 2009 she worked in several companies in finance, merger and acquisitions and as a Program Manager for management training.

Matthias Scheffelmeier

Matthias Scheffelmeier is a Director at Ashoka Germany and Co-Director for Europe.

Stephanie Schmidt

Stéphanie est actuellement en charge de l'initiative de co-création en Europe. Passionnée par les nouveaux modèles à la croisée du social et du business et par le potentiel d'acteur de changement de chacun, Stéphanie a rejoint Ashoka il y a 10 ans pour lancer l'initiative "Citoyenneté Economique pour Tous" depuis le siège international à Washington avant d'être basée au Mexique où elle a dirigé l'initiative pendant quatre ans.

Markus Sollner

Unsere Finanzen und rechtlichen Belange sind seit Juni 2015 bei Markus in guten Händen, der vor seinem Eintritt bei Ashoka mehrere Jahre Erfahrung im Bankwesen und der Unternehmensberatung sammeln konnte. Als studierter Betriebs- und Finanzwirt mit Studium in Würzburg und in London blickt er darüber hinaus auf mehrjährige Berufspraxis als Steuerfachangestellter zurück. Nun freut er sich darüber, im Team von Ashoka seine Fachkenntnisse einsetzen zu können, um professionell zur Überwindung gesellschaftlicher Missstände beizutragen.

Demetrio Spinola

Tito es uno de los pilares del programa de Educación y Jóvenes de Ashoka. Entre sus objetivos a medio plazo están el dar apoyo en la búsqueda y reconocimiento de escuelas y jóvenes Changemakers e impulsar la creación de una red nacional para todos ellos. Tito llega a Ashoka tras hacer realidad “Gitanos con Palabra”, un proyecto audiovisual que nace con el objetivo de mostrar una imagen más real y heterogénea de la comunidad gitana. Máster en Gestión y Dirección de ONGs, ha trabajado en distintas organizaciones de cooperación al desarrollo en Madagascar, España y Estados Unidos.

Helga Tønder

Helga has a background in rhetoric and communication. Her interest in social justice and entrepreneurship has taken her from Norway to Uganda to the US, working in startups, non-profits and social enterprises. She comes to Ashoka Scandinavia after spending the past four years in working first in Houston with the media startup Energy People Connect, and then in Los Angeles with the think tank RAND Corporation, and the combined non-profit and social enterprise Chrysalis.

Michael Vollmann

Michael Vollmann leitet das internationale Ashoka Globalizer Projektteam, welches Ashoka Fellows weltweit im Wirkungswachstum und bei ihrer Internationalisierung unterstützt. Außerdem leitet er die CIDG und agiert somit als Brücke zur Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und Kooperation mit Schwellen- und Entwicklungsländern. Zuvor war er drei Jahre lang für die Auswahl neuer Fellows (Venture) und die Durchführung und Weiterentwicklung des Fellowship-Programms in Deutschland verantwortlich.

Robert Wilson

Rob joined Ashoka in 2011. Prior to Ashoka, Rob founded READ International in 2004. READ is a Tanzanian based, university student-volunteer-led organisation which to date has provided over 1.5 million books to schools and created close to 100 school libraries. He now volunteers his time as Chair of the UK board to support READ’s continued growth. Rob has also co-written a book with his wife Nikki about social entrepreneurs in Africa called On the Up.

Laura Zimer

Diplômée d’Audencia, Laura a commencé son parcours professionnel dans le secteur privé, en marketing et communication chez LVMH pendant 4 ans. Elle a toujours démontré dans sa vie personnelle un intérêt pour le secteur associatif à travers plusieurs expériences de bénévolat et la création d’une association de lutte contre l’exclusion sociale, et met aujourd’hui ses compétences professionnelles au service du Social Business.

Laura Prinzi

Laura Prinzi

Laura si è laureata in Storia Contemporanea, si è da sempre impegnata in progetti sociali, ed è stata presidente di una Cooperativa Sociale a Napoli, sua città natale, con la quale ancora collabora. Ha conseguito un master in Fundraising e ha lavorato per importanti organizzazioni internazionali quali Oxfam e ActionAid. E' stata la coordinatrice di progetti di cooperazione internazionale in India, Nepal, El Salvador e Guatemala. Arrivata ad Ashoka Italia nel gennaio del 2016 si occupa di fundraising e alleanze strategiche.

Anke Kessler

Anke Kessler

Anke ha lasciato la Germania e i suoi studi in Scienze Politiche quando con il suo zaino in spalla ha deciso di partire per l'America Latina. E' arrivata in Cile nel 1991 insieme alla democrazia lungamente attesa. Dopo una formazione come produttrice televisiva, ha lavorato per molti anni come assistente dei direttori presso il Goethe-Institut a Santiago. In Cile ha sposato un diplomatico e i suoi viaggi sono riniziati, con suo marito e suo figlio hanno vissuto in Vietnam, Portugal, Trinidad & Tobago e adesso, in Italia.

Caroline de Cartier

Caroline de Cartier

Caroline joined Ashoka Belgium in September 2016 as our newest Programme Manager. She devotes most of her time at Ashoka to the management of the Changemaker’s Schools Programme and the supervision of the team’s daily operations (finances, HR and admin). After graduating at the Louvain School of Management, Caroline took her first steps in the world of work as a consultant in CRM and Change Management at Deloitte.

Florian Rutsch

Florian Rutsch

Florian coordinates the public and private events of Ashoka UK and the team’s presence at external events such as the Skoll World Forum. He also welcomes and supports international Ashoka Fellows and Staff visiting or living in the UK and leads on impact measurement. Florian received his undergraduate degree in international economics from Maastricht University and a graduate degree in social entrepreneurship studying across San Francisco, London and Kenya.

Anna Hamilton

Anna Hamilton

Anna joined Ashoka in October 2016 after six years of teaching in both primary and secondary schools in the U.K. and Italy. She became interested in outdoor learning after a year spent managing an Education programme in the Ecuadorian Amazon where she researched and published a text book with the Ministry of Education. She trained with Teach First in 2009 and later worked to combine Science teaching with farming in central London.

Tatiana Cary

Tatiana Cary

Tatiana manages the search and selection of new Ashoka Fellows in the UK. Prior to joining Ashoka she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco focusing on youth development programming and gender equity and helped to launch an incubator for women led small and medium enterprises. She has extensive experience in the NGO sector working as a researcher, journalist, facilitator, and program manager. Tatiana holds an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics concentrating on gender justice and inclusive economies.

Aroa Fernandez Alvarez

Aroa Fernandez Alvarez

Aroa joined Ashoka in 2013, starting her journey at the Spanish office. There she worked as a Programme Manager for Ashoka’s This Works partnership, bringing entrepreneurial solutions to unemployment in Southern Europe. She was also the Finance Manager for the Spanish office. In January 2016 she moved to London, where she now works as Finance, Operations and Partnerships Manager. Aroa holds a degree in International Relations with a focus on sustainable development and international security.

Caitlin Inglehart

Caitlin is the senior partnership manager for Ashoka UK.

Odin Muehlenbein

Odin Mühlenbein works for Ashoka Globalizer. Globalizer develops impact strategies for advanced social entretreneurs from around the world with the goal to promote social system change. Before his job at Ashoka, Odin worked at McKinsey & Company and co-founded two social ventures that are now led by successors. He studied in Munich, Oxford, and Cambridge, holding Masters in Philosophy, Logic, and Political Sciences.

Global Office

Job Amaro

I currently reside in Arlington, VA and have been living in Virginia for the majority of my life. Over the past 5 years, I have been managing IT Infrastructure here at Ashoka. Prior to that, I was an IT Consultant with a small tech company in Washington, D.C. In my free time, I like to organize meetups with all sorts of meetup groups, go on hikes in Shenandoah, meet new people, connect people, and come up with half-baked ideas that may or may not come to fruition.

Thomas Bell

Since 2010, Thomas has served as Director of the Integrated Technology Initiative at Ashoka where he has focused on transforming the organization’s global, technical infrastructure systems and processes designed to empower Ashoka’s teams around the world. Thomas has over 15 years of experience in the Information and Communication Technology for Development space.

Jason Bernhardt-Lanier

Jason leads Ashoka's global People Talent and Architects Initiatives. Previously, he served as Ashoka's Director of Learning, Integration & Change on the Integrated Technology Initiatives team and of Operations for Youth Venture. Jason is an Executive Integral Coach, and holds an MS in Positive Organization Development from Case Western, and graduated from Duke University's International Honors Program for Engineers. Earlier Jason opened a transitional home for street youth with his wife, Caroline, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Adam Bornstein

Adam joined Ashoka as its CFO from USAID where he was a senior advisor for innovative financing with U.S. Global Development Lab. Prior to USAID, Adam was with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria based in Geneva, Switzerland where he was managing the innovative financing team, as well as Chairman of The Global Fund's pension fund. Formerly, he was IFC’s Resident Representative in Mongolia managing a US$130M advisory and investment portfolio.

Ryan Bowen

Ryan joined the ITI team as a Salesforce Administrator in June 2016.

Maria Valeria Budinich

Valeria Budinich is a social entrepreneur with 25 years of experience innovating at the intersection of business and society. As a Leadership Group Member at Ashoka, she founded "Full Economic Citizenship", a global initiative that has enabled over 50 hybrid business models in housing, small farmer agriculture and other industries. Currently, she is launching Ashoka’s Changemaker Economy, a global initiative on the new way of organizing for value creation for the good of all. In 2012, she received the Harvard/McKinsey M-Prize for management innovation for her pioneering work.

Conrad W Carter


Bill Carter was one of Ashoka's founding Board members. After stepping down from the Board of Directors in February 2009, Bill joined Ashoka as its Everyone a Changemaker Leader for Africa. In this role, he guides Ashoka's overall strategy for our programming in Africa. Before working fulltime with Ashoka, Bill was the CEO of an independent power company, the Long Lake Energy Corporation, that developed hydroelectric, cogeneration and other types of power generation which was sold to public utilities in the US and Canada.

Tina Choi

Tina Choi leads Ashoka's Global Media and Communications Team. She brings over 20 years of multi-sector experience, with previous positions in policy, communications, and business development at the United Nations, Random House, the Bertelsmann Foundation, and as a White House Fellow. She started her career as an Echoing Green Fellow and has remained a serial social entrepreneur. She has been selected as one of the "100 Global Social Entrepreneurs" by IDC and received the "Women Redefining Leadership" Award from the State of the World Forum.

Cynthia McKinney Drayton

Cynthia leads global partnerships in support of social entrepreneurs throughout the world. Before coming to Ashoka, Cynthia founded and built a children’s and ladies’ clothing business, with product manufactured primarily in the Philippines with distribution to major department stores, mail order catalogs and boutiques throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Through this work, she had the privilege of working with women in rural villages, helping them transfer their indigenous craft and handwork skills to create globally marketable products.

William Drayton


As a student, he founded organizations ranging from Yale Legislative Services to Harvard’s Ashoka Table, an inter-disciplinary weekly forum in the social sciences. He launched Ashoka in 1981. He used the stipend received when elected a MacArthur Fellow in 1984 to devote himself fully to Ashoka. In 2005, he was selected one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.

Alexis Duclos

Alexis currently works with the Integrated Technology Initiative in the Ashoka headquarters in Virginia, having joined Ashoka in 2013. Alexis holds a B.A. from the University of the Pacific in Higher Education & Public Policy with a minor in Anthropology.

Hattie Duplechain

Hattie joined the Ashoka U team as the Knowledge Curator in August of 2015. Her work primarily focuses on curriculum design for Ashoka U's online learning experience, the Commons, knowledge product development, and impact measurement. She comes to Ashoka from the field of primary and secondary education, working as a classroom teacher first in Nepal through the Fulbright program and then in the US. Hattie was initially drawn to social innovation and changemaking as a means of addressing issues of inequity that manifest across education systems around the world.

Scott Earl

Scott is Ashoka's Global Talent Operations Associate. He first joined Ashoka's Global Search Team in 2014 where he managed Ashoka’s worldwide hiring process and the internship program for the Ashoka Global office. Prior to coming to Ashoka, Scott served as the Local Committee President of AIESEC in Washington, DC and later served as the National Director of Talent Management for AIESEC in Australia. Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Douglas Ely

Douglas is the Talent Manager, where he manages recruitment, team development and operations. He's excited to continue building Ashoka as the employer of choice for changemakers everywhere. Doug is originally from Toledo, Ohio and has called Boston, St. Louis, and Jerusalem home prior to spending the past three years in Washington, DC. He has previously been a middle school science teacher with Teach For America, community service program manager and a grassroots organizing consultant.

Claire M Fallender

Claire directs Global Venture and Fellowship, Ashoka’s core program to identify and support leading social entrepreneurs. Claire initially joined Ashoka in 1998 as the Latin America program officer, evolving to take on new leadership roles as Brazil Venture Coordinator, interim Brazil Director and Youth Venture Brazil pilot leader.

Lynsey Farrell

Lynsey Farrell is a Senior Change Manager and works with the Global Partnerships and Africa Teams. Since 2013, she has been managing Ashoka's partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, a multi-million dollar grant supporting innovations in youth livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Ashoka, Lynsey directed American University’s semester abroad program on “Issues in Sustainable Development in Nairobi, Kenya. Lynsey’s experience in Kenya began with a Fulbright student fellowship, followed by doctoral studies in cultural anthropology at Boston University.

Diana Fernholz

Diana joined Ashoka in September 2013 as Director of the Executive Office. She works closely with Bill Drayton to forward the Everyone a Changemaker message. Her role focuses on disseminating, ensuring, and encouraging structures to promote EACH internally and externally. She also works to create strategic meetings, publications and speaking engagements for Bill. Diana supports Ashoka and its partners in viewing the Executive Office as a resource for history of the organization, knowledge of our current strategies, and a guide for future activities.

Monica Flores

Monica S. Flores began coding full-time in 2004 and serves as web developer & platform lead for Changemakers.com, where she works with an agile team to channel corporate philanthropy, grants, and micro-finance into social investment & social enterprise opportunities worldwide. She consults on Drupal development, functional specifications, database architecture, wire-framing, reporting, and online community-building. Her unique skill is translating specific business needs into working solutions.

Jocelyn Fong

Jocelyn Fong designs and develops tools to help Ashoka Changemakers’ social entrepreneurs realize their potential to create social impact in the world. She sees her role as a facilitator of shared learning experiences that increase innovators’ self-awareness and encourage connections across sectors, borders, and walks of life, including online living toolkits, storytelling workshops, and collaborative trend mapping. A firm believer in the power of individual voice, Jocelyn is also working with youth refugees from Burma to publish a collection of their personal narrative stories.

Erin Kelly Fornoff

Erin is Venture Integrator for Ashoka Europe, coordinating the selection of new Fellows across the region. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, she was a field organiser for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign in two states. While working in Ashoka’s headquarters in Washington D.C., she organised collaborations on water, launching initiatives in Africa, Asia and South America. She is a published poet and Artistic Director for Lingo, Ireland’s first spoken word festival. Erin holds a B.A. in Anthropology & Communications from the UNC Chapel Hill, and completed her M.Phil.

Nadine H Freeman

Nadine Freeman is Ashoka’s Globalizer Co-Director. She has over 20 years of experience working closely with social entrepreneurs. Through the Globalizer she has helped build and hone an innovative process that places leading social and business entrepreneurs together to develop effective strategies to spread social impact and create long term systemic change. Before joining the Globalizer team she led Ashoka’s Andean Region and Latin America Fellowship programs, contributing to establishment of social entrepreneurship as a critical field in the region.

Konstanze Frischen

Konstanze leads Ashoka in North America and is a member of the Global Leadership Group. She founded Ashoka in her native Germany in 2003, convinced that social entrepreneurship was needed in Western Europe. Thus, she introduced a radically new concept of social innovation and with her colleagues built up the most powerful network of innovators across the continent. She also co-founded the Globalizer, an initiative re-defining what we mean by scale. She became Ashoka Europe’s director in 2011, before moving to the US in early 2015.

Samuel Greer

Sam works as a researcher and strategist in The Ashoka Executive Office focusing on external relationships and partnerships. In his current role Sam oversees the external engagements of Ashoka’s Founder and CEO Bill Drayton, including his participation in large annual events such as the Clinton Global Initiative and Skoll World Forum. Additionally Sam works across teams within the organization, serving as a member of the Global Partnerships Team and North America Fundraising Task Force.

Nimesh Ghimire

Nimesh joined the Ashoka U team in early 2016 as Renewal Manager. He was deeply involved in experimenting with – and learning from – grassroots engagement and innovation models during his undergraduate years, having co-led the design and implementation of two Innovation Labs in rural Nepal – a collaboration and resource space for community members to come together to design their own solutions to pressing local challenges.

Christian J Herbst

Kris Herbst works with Ashoka's Framework Change team as chief editor for the Ashoka.org website. Prior to that he was Director of Community for Ashoka's Changemakers, leading a team that mobilizes participation in scaling-up social innovation and manages content and communications channels using traditional and social media. He is a founding member of the Changemakers website team beginning in 1998. Prior to joining Ashoka in 1998, he developed websites for clients including National Press Club and Biotechnology Industry Organization.

Kate A Herrod

Kate has been with Ashoka in a variety of leadership positions since 1999; first finding senior level staff as a consultant for Bill Drayton, then spearheading a new commons creation movement known as Community Greens, and most recently - before her transition to Colorado - leading the Global Talent Team for Ashoka worldwide.

Sarah-Marie Hopf

As Campus Partnerships Manager, Sarah-Marie works with colleges and universities globally through the Changemaker Campus Selection Process and helps them hone their strategies for advancing social innovation across the institution. She is innovating the selection process and supporting Ashoka U’s global scaling strategy. In addition, she is part of Ashoka’s Storytelling Council. Sarah-Marie helped launch and currently advises Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL), a field-based executive education course in Southeast Asia.

Luzette G Jaimes

Launched Ashoka’s Learning & Development (L&D) to deepen an organizational learning culture based on and in support of Ashoka’s vision and values of “Everyone a Changemaker”. With a rapid rate of change, in a complex world, new (never experienced before) ways of being, organizing and leading are called for. L&D is pioneering learning journeys for social intrapreneurs & changemakers to embody empathy, new leadership and teamwork.

Marina Joy Kim

Marina’s work in social entrepreneurship dates back over a decade. She started at Stanford University, leading the Future Social Innovators’ Network, the Social Entrepreneurs’ Challenge, and co-founding the university’s first minor in social innovation. Since then, Marina co-founded and leads Ashoka U, working with campuses to embed social innovation as an educational focus and core value of the university culture. Marina’s work has been featured on Forbes.com, Stanford Social Innovation Review blog, in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times.

Min Ki Kim

Min-Ki directs Ashoka's strategic planning and advise to Ashoka's leadership team on key management issues. Before this role, he worked as the Director of Strategy & Finance for the Global Venture and Fellowship Program for 4 years. He entered the citizen sector in 2006 as General Manager at Goodwill Industries of Korea, where he established its head office in Seoul, South Korea. Previously, he worked at NCsoft as a finance manager who managed a $350 million budget across seven countries.

Hahn Wook Kim


Hanook is Institution Builder for Ashoka's Finance team, improving systems and processes in order for Ashoka to effectively pursue the EACH mission with its limited resources. Prior to coming to the U.S. for his MBA, Hanook grew up in Seoul and started out his career in finance as a fixed income trader at Deutsche Asset Management, going on to manage large mandated fixed income funds. After several years in finance, Hanook yearned to align his values with his work and decided to set out to fulfill new goals.

Emily Lamb

Emily is Associate Director of Ashoka U’s Exchange. The Exchange is Ashoka U's annual global convening of visionary university faculty, staff, students, and social entrepreneurs eager to transform higher education into a hub for social innovation and social change. As Associate Director, Emily guides the strategy, annual planning cycle and execution of the Exchange. In 2014, Emily began as an intern at Ashoka U and worked to support various leadership development initiatives within the Ashoka U network.

Johanna Wikblom Lenne

Johanna joined Ashoka in September 2014 as a European Integrator and is based at the European Hub in London and Ashoka’s office in Washington D.C.. Johanna joins Ashoka most recently from McKinsey & Company in Sweden where she was working for more than eight years in roles such as Manager of Executive Assistants, Recruiter as well as with operations in the role as Executive Assistant to the Swedish and Scandinavian location leaders. Johanna first got involved with Ashoka in Scandinavia on a volunteer basis a couple of years prior to joining us fulltime.

Fangzhou Ma

Fangzhou joined Ashoka in September 2014 as a finance intern. She's currently the financial analyst producing monthly financial Dashboard, managing Ashoka's financial planning system - Adaptive, and overseeing East Asia and South East Asia countries. Fangzhou started her career at HSBC as a premier relationship assistant, and has always wanted to participate in social change using her skill sets. Fangzhou holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Master of science in Financial Engineering.

Sachin Malhan

I work with the Ashoka Changemakers program in the role of Executive Partner. The Changemakers program rapidly accelerates the impact around critical social issues by building and nurturing networks of leading changemakers and empowering these networks to ignite sweeping change in their fields.

Ryan Maloney

As Network Manager at Ashoka U, Ryan is committed to supporting and developing the Ashoka U network of Changemaker Campuses by fostering conversations between campuses and Ashoka, advancing network projects, and sharing knowledge among the Change Teams. Ryan started at Ashoka as a part of the Talent Growth Initiative where he supported I-LEAD and their commitment to advancing education in Philadelphia and Reading, PA. The transition to Ashoka U was a natural fit as a graduate of a Changemaker Campus, Arizona State University.

Daniela de Carvalho Matielo

Dani Matielo has been working with strategies for digital inclusion in Brazil since 2001. She has a firm belief in the power of linking (people, groups, communities, networks), in order to promote deep social change. Working for the project Acessa São Paulo, a public initiative for digital inclusion conducted by the Government of São Paulo, she participated in the design and implementation of a strategy involving more than 600 telecentres in a network based in community projects called Rede de Projetos (Projects Network).

Dana Mekler

Dana is the Global Project Manager for the Empathy Initiative at Ashoka, where she oversees the strategy and implementation of the organization’s education framework among a global team of 50+ employees and a constituency of over 200 Changemaker Schools from around the world. Dana was born and grew up in Mexico City and lived in Madrid and Paris before moving to the U.S. in 2009. She is passionate about innovation in education and believes in the power of youth leadership to solve global problems.

Stephane De Messieres

Stéphane is Director of Operations for Ashoka Changemakers, where he combines his passions for social innovation, systemic solutions, team-building and community engagement. Stéphane is a 2009 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of Fosfo, a movement to illuminate business behavior and empower ethical consumers. Featured in Forbes and Mashable, Fosfo developed a crowdsourced website for anyone to rate the social or environmental behavior of any company.

Dia Metropolis

Dia Metropolis has worked in Ashoka’s Global Finance department since December 2012. She began her career in General Electric’s competitive Financial Management Program and continued to their intense Corporate Audit Staff, completing financial and process improvement audits of GE businesses in the U.S, the U.K, Mexico, Australia, Norway, and Germany. In 2010, Dia joined the U.S. Peace Corps as an Education volunteer and completed two life-changing years teaching Math in a small rural community in war-torn Sierra Leone.

Stephen B Outlaw

Stephen (formerly Ashoka's Web Administrator/Developer) is a Digital Properties Strategist with the Integrated Technology Initiative (ITI) team. Stephen builds strategies and shares best practices for leveraging Ashoka's digital communications properties to maximize engagement with changemakers around the world. Stephen has been working for social change for over two decades, and understands the critical role technology plays in advancing the goals of citizen sector organizations. He also has a passion for travel, music, and the outdoors.

Laxmi Parthasarathy

Laxmi joined Ashoka over 4 years ago to lead the transition to Everyone a Changemaker with the Framework Change and Global Communications teams. She began by recruiting a senior leadership team, worked with staff around the world to transition strategy internally, and now leads Ashoka's Global Media Partnerships. She is always seeking out or learning about new media innovations. Laxmi is a media development professional with experience working on projects in Canada, India, Rwanda, Mexico and the UK.

Lucy F Perkins

Since 1999, Lucy Perkins has been serving as a Leadership Group Member of Ashoka. Lucy has designed and led major organizational changes for Ashoka at both the regional and the global levels.

Sudeep Poudel

Since 2012 I have been working in Ashoka as a Changemakers Senior Finance Manager. Before this role I also served Ashoka finance team and also worked as Director of Finance of Youth Venture Inc. I am native of Nepal - a Himalayan country in South Asia. I firmly believe work place should be a fun place to foster creativity and productivity. I came from a commercial banking background and trying to bring for profit perspective in non-profit financial management.

Reem S Rahman

Reem Rahman works at Ashoka Changemakers as a Product and Knowledge Manager to help anyone with an idea for social change succeed in making a difference. She is passionate about creating open-source tools for learning and designs products to increase collaboration, impact, and sustainability.

Timothy S Scheu


Tim is a Tampa, FL-based Director for Ashoka Changemakers. During his tenure, he has led day-to-day delivery of our Start Empathy, Re-imagine Learning, and Children's Wellbeing engagements, among others. Prior to arriving in Arlington, he served as Innovation Manager for International Bridges to Justice, where he conceptualized and managed collaborative competitions specific to the human rights sector. From 2001 to 2005, Tim served as Communications Manager for GlobalGiving, where he helped launch, publicize, and populate an online marketplace for international philanthropy.

Maria Fernanda Mijangos Segon


Fernanda has joined the Global Venture and Fellowship team to manage the finances and support strategy development! Before moving to DC, Fer lived in Colorado where she earned her Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise MBA that helped her better understand social entrepreneurship and realize how she could contribute to the world-wide movement. Originally from Mexico, Fer worked in the construction industry where she created a revolving credit line that helped build low income housing. In her spare time she is an active ocean conservationist focused on sharks.

Gorav Seth


While studying Plant Biology and researching Bio-hydrogen production at UC Berkeley, Gorav developed a keen interest in agroecology and sustainable development. He took this interest out into the world, working on projects in the USA, Honduras, India, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas. In a hiatus from overseas work, he completed his MBA in International Business under the Millennium Fellowship from the George Washington University in 2004.

Henry De Sio

Henry De Sio is pioneering Ashoka's framework change efforts aimed at facilitating the global societal shift to Everyone A Changemaker™ – with a specific emphasis on preparing our youth to step confidently as innovators and leaders into today’s fast-changing world. Previously, De Sio served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and he was the 2008 Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Obama for America. Henry has spent more than a decade teaching, writing, and speaking on the leadership principles that drive individual and organizational achievement.

Megan Strickland

Megan Strickland has over five years of experience in the social enterprise sector as a part of the start up team at three different social enterprises, and as a researcher and consultant. She's passionate about leveraging the capabilities of social entrepreneurship to transform the systems of power and oppression that create and sustain poverty and inequality.

Sarah Voelkl

Manifestos are the new bios. To get to know me, check out https://www.changemakers.com/users/sarah-voelkl

Diana Wells

Diana joined the organization after graduating from Brown University in 1988 with a degree in South Asian Studies. As an undergraduate, her year-long study abroad in Varanasi, India led her to see the need for local solutions to solve global problems. This insight inspired her to pursue an internship at Ashoka, where she created one of its core programs, Fellowship Support Services, (now Fellowship) which expanded the resources available to Ashoka’s social entrepreneurs to connect them to one another. She became the President of Ashoka in 2005.

Nancy Welsh

Nancy Welsh is an industry leader with corporate marketing and advertising experience with both Coca-Cola USA and The Kellogg Company.  Nancy is a Leadership Group Member at Ashoka and the President of Ashoka’s Youth Venture®, an international network of powerful young changemakers. Nancy holds the country’s first US Process Patent in green construction for her method of building green communities, wholly comprised of rescued, relocated homes.

Stuart Yasgur

Stuart Yasgur leads Ashoka’s Social Financial Services (SFS) globally. To date, Ashoka SFS has supported dozens of pioneering Social Investment Entrepreneurs and mobilized over $500 million in funding. Earlier in his career, Stuart was Managing Partner of a New York-based consultancy and has taught at New York University and the London School of Economics. Stuart received a PhD from the London School of Economics, a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. To connect with Stuart, contact syasgur@ashoka.org or @StuartYasgur on Twitter.

Qin Zhou

Qin is the Finance Director for Africa Diamond. With experience working in both developed and emerging markets, she possesses critical knowledge and insights in financial and operational capacities. Before joining Ashoka, Qin co-founded a global culinary school in South Korea and built up exchange programs between Korea and China. She also led a solar energy project in Johannesburg, South Africa during her MBA study. Qin holds degrees from Beijing Technology and Business University, Yonsei University in Korea and Georgetown University.

Latin America

Liliana Agudo

Liliana inició su carrera como docente en escuelas carenciadas de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires.  Con posterioridad se desempeñó como Secretaria de un Embajador de la República Argentina.  En el año 1994, ingresó como asistente ejecutiva del capítulo Argentino- Uruguayo del Consejo Empresario de América Latina, asociación que nuclea a destacados hombres de negocios de la región. Actualmente ocupa el cargo de coordinadora en la misma entidad y es miembro del equipo de trabajo de Ashoka, colaborando con tareas administrativas y de soporte en el desarrollo de los programas.

Stephanie Haapalainen Ambar

Formada em Estudos Globais e de Paz, teve um trajetória em diversos projetos socioambientais, como o "Composta São Paulo", e em educação colaborativa entre diferentes culturas e no apoio a sobreviventes de violência sexual. Voluntaria em iniciativas educacionais e de agroecologia. Atualmente, é Articuladora de Redes do Changemakers da Ashoka, promovendo conexões entre empreendedores sociais e oportunidades do programa.

Ricardo Anderaos

Ricardo Anderáos, 54, is a Brazilian journalist, environmentalist and social entrepreneur. Ricardo is the Framework Change Leader for Ashoka in Latin America since December 2015. Previously he was Editorial Director of The Huffington Post Brazil. With 27 years of experience in the digital communications market, was Head of Digital at MTV Brazil, Social Media Director at Abril Group and worked at newspapers like Folha de S. Paulo, Metro and O Estado de S. Paulo.

Flavio Bassi

Flavio Bassi was born in Brazil and grew up in Algeria. He has degrees in Biological Sciences, Public Health and Social Anthropology from the University of Sao Paulo and Université Paris XIII. After taking part of several social movements in Brazil in the fields of land and environment, he founded, in 2002, the CSO Ocareté (www.ocarete.org.br) to work closely with indigenous peoples in Brazil's Amazon, among other ethnic groups. For the past 5 years, Flavio has worked for Ashoka in Brazil and currently leads its operations in Southern Africa.

Maria Jose Cespedes

María José Céspedes leads the Venture and Fellowship initiatives for Ashoka Mexico and Central America, where we identify, select and support leading social entrepreneurs in the region. Before joining Ashoka, María José was executive director at Sanando Heridas A.C., a CSO focused on providing health and education solutions to indigenous communities in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico; and obtained a Master of Development Studies at the University of Sydney, as an Australian Leadership Award fellow.

Maria Fonseca

María es Licenciada en Psicopedagogía (Universidad Católica de Santiago del Estero). Tiene un posgrado en Gestión Cultural y Comunicación (FLACSO). Trabajó durante cinco años como coordinadora de programas educativos y capacitación en Fundación Leer. Fue coordinadora de proyectos, a cargo del diseño e implementación de programas de voluntariado y RSE en Fundación Compromiso. Actualmente es responsable del programa de búsqueda y selección de emprendedores sociales de Ashoka y coordinadora de la red de emprendedores sociales de dicha organización.

Luciana Goles

Ingeniera Comercial de la Universidad Alberto Hurtado, luego de trabajar como la coordinadora de innovación y emprendimiento en la Facultad de Economía de la Universidad de Chile en el área de responsabilidad social universitaria se integra al equipo de Ashoka en el año 2015, donde coordina y gestiona las iniciativas Youth Years y Ashoka U, se encarga de la administración y finanzas de la oficina. Desde que se integró al equipo coopera con el grupo de Arquitectos de Finanzas para Latam.

Daniela Kreimer

Daniela es Directora Interina de Ashoka Argentina, Uruguay y Paraguay y coordina el Programa Economías ​Integradas. Especialista en negocios de impacto y desarrollo local, es referente del Movimiento Internacional de Empresas Sociales desarrollado por el Premio Nóbel de la Paz Muhammad Yunus. Licenciada en Administración de Empresas y maestrando en Desarrollo Local, trabajó en el Grameen Bank y Yunus Centre en Bangladesh, Alemania y Colombia.

Maria Merola

María es Licenciada en Relaciones Internacionales (UCA) y terminó de cursar la Maestría en Políticas Públicas y Gerenciamiento del Desarrollo (UNSAM-Georgetown). Trabaja en el sector social desde los 20 años, cuando se incorporó al equipo de Mujeres 2000, impulsando el desarrollo de emprendimientos liderados por mujeres de bajos recursos. Se sumó al equipo de Ashoka en 2014, como responsable del programa Ashoka Joven

Hector Moyeton

Hector was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He joined Changemakers and Ashoka Mexico as the Network Manager for Latin America, which combines his interests in social change and understanding what are the incentives that guide human decisions.

Maria Zapata

Maria Zapata is Ashoka´s Globalizer Co-Director, a program she co-founded in 2009 to help social entrepreneurs scale their impact and to re-shape the field of social scaling. Globalizer has engaged over 1000 CEOs, senior execs and consultants to support 200+ leading global social entrepreneurs to scale their impact. Maria joined Ashoka in 2003, to launch Ashoka Spain and to support the setup of Ashoka in Western Europe. She has been a key figure in the development of the SE field in Spain. Prior to Ashoka, Maria worked for GE eight years in the US, UK, Netherlands, Mexico and Spain.


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North America

Lorena Garcia Duran

Lorena is the Director for the Ashoka Support Network in the US. She joined the Ashoka team in Mexico and Central America in 2008. While in Mexico she co-lead the largest philanthropic effort in the country named “Iniciativa Mexico”. This brought together for the first time in Mexico´s history major communication corporations to invest the largest economic figure into the social sector. In 2009 she launched Ashoka efforts in Miami making it one of the hubs of Ashoka´s efforts.

Philip Van Kirk

Greg Van Kirk

Greg Van Kirk is the Co-Founder and President of Social Entrepreneur Corps. He as well is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of sister organization Community Enterprise Solutions. Greg is an Ashoka Lemelson Fellow, Ashoka Globalizer and was recently recognized as Schwab Foundation “Social Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 (Latin America)” at the World Economic Forum. Greg is the innovator who designed the MicroConsignment Model.

Romina Laouri

Romina is the Chief Innovations Officer on the Empathy team. She works on strengthening the network of Changemaker Schools & partners. She joined Ashoka in 2005 working with Youth Venture (YV) to create a strong global movement of young changemakers around the world. Among her many roles at Ashoka she has helped launch & expand YV in Europe and Latin America, has led social media strategies, developed the Youth Summits, and has led multiple media partnerships and campaigns.

Jessica Lax

Leading Ashoka Canada's university strategy

Fernande Raine

Fernande has been a serial intrapreneur at Ashoka since 2002. She laid the first foundations for Ashoka in Western Europe, where she introduced the concept of social entrepreneurship, recruited team leaders for Germany and France and launched Ashoka's Social Financial Services program. Upon returning to the US, she established the People Team and since 2015 has been co-leading the launch of Ashoka's Changemaker Economy initiative. Fernande's changemaking passion grew out of her love for history, in which she completed a PhD at Yale.

Maria Paula Recart


Paula Recart is part of the Leadership Group at Ashoka, the most senior level in the organization. She is North America Partnerships Leader and has served as Ashoka US Director in the past. She joined Ashoka in 2007 after 15 years in the media industry in Chile, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the magazine with the largest circulation in the country. During her 9 years of tenure, she led the magazine to one of the top positions in readership and sales, and she oversaw six additional new magazines.

Tara Roberts

Tara is the North American Director of Communications and Marketing. I am an effective and inspired content creator with 20 years of experience writing, editing and publishing content for magazines like CosmoGirl, Essence, EBONY, Heart & Soul. I've also edited two critically-acclaimed books for girls, published my own independent magazine and backpacked solo around the world for a year capturing stories of young women changemakers.

Amy Satterthwaite

When Empathy and Changemaker Schools Director Amy Satterthwaite first read her job description, she felt as if it were written just for her. Amy was already on the same wavelength as Start Empathy: she sees empathy as intrinsic to meaningful social change, and schools as key to embedding it in society. Amy joins Ashoka Canada after over a decade of teaching and working with adolescents in Toronto's public system. “I’ve always deeply valued the development of social and emotional skills in young people and have made that a core aspect of my teaching practice.

Barbara Steele


Executive Director Barb Steele has a knack for bringing out the best in people. Given the talent and impact of Ashoka Canada’s network, Barb—a natural community-builder—has a lot to be excited about. Her next steps: tapping into Ashoka’s global network and showcasing the amazing work of the Canadian Fellows. She is spearheading a Listening Tour with our Canadian Fellows, and is building our new vision from their inspiring insights. Barb comes to Ashoka after a decade of purpose-based work, building from a prior corporate career in marketing.

Danica Straith

Interim Ashoka U Canada Director, Danica Straith has an ambitious goal: to make changemaking education the new normal in Canada. She is one among many in a national network of change leaders putting social innovation at the forefront of higher education. While seeking out and engaging prospective Changemaker Campuses, she continues to grow support among students and administrators alike. Danica was a changemaking student herself, co-founding a social enterprise between completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at McGill.

Simon Stumpf

Simon is the Director of Venture and Fellowship for Ashoka in the United States. In this role he helps identify and support Ashoka's annual class of systems-changing Fellows in the U.S. Prior to joining the U.S. team in 2014, Simon led Ashoka's programs in East Africa for four years and, before that, coordinated a global collaboration of over 100 leading social entrepreneurs focused on rural innovation and farming in Africa and South Asia.

Alexandra Vesey


Alex Vesey is the Venture Associate for Ashoka US. She recently graduated Sarah Lawrence College with a double major in Creative Writing and Latin. At SLC, she founded her campus's Disability Alliance, which grew into a social and activist group for students with disabilities. Since graduation, she has worked at a variety of health and disability organizations, however, she is very excited to branch out and become a part of the broader citizenship sector with Ashoka. In her other life, she writes science fiction and fantasy stories and takes care of an elderly little dog.

Michael D Zakaras

Michael is the Strategy & Partnerships Director for Ashoka United States.

Brittany Koteles

Brittany is the U.S. Fellowship manager. She designs tools, experiences, and opportunities for the community of 200+ Ashoka Fellows based in the U.S. Before coming to Ashoka, she spent three years building out the social innovation ecosystem in Barcelona - including adventures in research, writing, teaching, and start-up-ing. She also has two years of experience working leaders in higher education through the Ashoka U program. Brittany is active in the Washington DC community as an improviser, activist, and dabbling filmmaker.

South Asia

Anjana Balakrishnan

Anjana joined Ashoka in March 2014 as a part of the Integrated Technology Initiative team. She is a content aggregator working to improve the performance of Ashoka websites. She has previously worked extensively with content as a copywriter, freelance writer, copy editor and content manager.

Olina Banerji

Olina Banerji is a career writer with a keen interest in the development sector. As part of the framework change team at Ashoka India, she looks at engaging with strategic media platforms to drive Ashoka's EACH philosophy with networks both within and outside the fellowship. She pursued a masters in communication from the London School of Economics where her thesis dealt with visual representation of western development ideals in India through an analysis of documentary films.

Nagendra Chandrashekar

Nagendra joined Ashoka in October 2010 and is the Finance and Accounts Manager. He has over 24 years of progressive and significant experience in Accounts management and office administration. His key skills include preparation of final accounts, income and expenditure statements, receipts and payments statement, balance sheet, funding and project proposals. Previously, he has handled statutory and internal auditing and income tax and sales tax assessments.

Sunish Jauhari

For over 17 years, Sunish has worked in different capacities in the areas of Public Relations, Marketing and Sales and Business Consulting. Before joining Ashoka in June 2011, he worked closely with British and Indian small and medium scale enterprise on market-entry and distribution strategies in technology sectors. Sunish is currently leading Ashoka’s Strategic Resources initiative, setting up an Ashoka Support Network of highly successful business entrepreneurs and also leading the fundraising effort in India.

Jayalakshmi Jayanth

Jaya joined Ashoka in April 2015 as a part of the Integrated Technology Initiative team. She is a mother of two, multilinguist, Drupal evangelist who started her career as an Analytical Chemist and then a Russian Technical translator and Interpreter and now enjoys development of websites since 2007.

Pragya Mishra

Pragya is passionate about system changing designs and has joined the Health and Nutrition Initiative to strengthen the link between agriculture and nutrition.

Shevika Mishra

Shevika is a Senior Intrapreneur in the Changemaker Schools program. She previously joined Ashoka to worked on the Health and Nutrition initiative in May 2014. She graduated with a degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Shevika went on to do the IDEX Fellowship in Social Enterprise after her graduation. The IDEX fellowship placed her in a low-income private school in Bangalore where she worked on setting up a library, teacher training programs and improving the overall quality of education.

Supriya Sankaran

Supriya joined Ashoka India in 2010 as the Venture Manager. She coordinates the search and selection process of social entrepreneurs in India and with them, she is helping to build collaborative entrepreneurship platforms in different areas, such as rural innovation, health, education. Having graduated in 2005 from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad India, Supriya joined a premier Indian corporate law firm, Amarchand Mangaldas, and specialized in securities laws and capital market transactions.

Yashveer Singh

Yashveer is leading the Youth Venture program to build a support ecosystem for Young Social Innovators & entrepreneurs. Previously, Yashveer worked as Head - Strategy & Collaborations at Gram Vikas, a non-profit working with rural and tribal communities in Odisha. Prior, he founded a youth non-profit to address talent inequity in the development sector and inspire university students to pursue social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Vishnu Swaminathan

Vishnu has more than 14 years of experience as an entrepreneur and innovator. He started two IT based companies in Singapore in the areas of financial transactions and animation technology. He then moved to India to head a leadership school based in Pune, where he led the school's social effort by creating a independent Centre for Social Development. He has also run an assignment with National Innovation Foundation, a government sponsored organization working on grassroots Innovation at national level in India.

Trina Talukdar

Trina Talukdar started working in Kalighat, one of Asia's oldest and largest red light areas, at the age of 18. Her interaction with commercial sex workers spurred her passion to spend her life working on gender empowerment. Trina co-founded a non-profit, Kranti at the age of 22, in Mumbai. Kranti identifies the potential in girls who have been trafficked to become agents of social change, as they have survived the worst social adversities, and have the passion and understanding to solve these social problems.

Rajesh Varghese

Rajesh works at Ashoka with the Strategic Resources team. With the goal of building infrastructure for the social space, he is responsible for partnerships with individuals, corporates and institutions for Ashoka and its Fellow network. He comes with strong expertise in corporate fundraising and will be managing Ashoka India's fundraising initiatives.

Nikitha Varsha

Nikitha Varsha has 12 years of experience in the Finance & Accounts department and joined Ashoka as Assistant Manager Finance & Accounts in the India Office. Prior to joining Ashoka, Nikitha specialized in preparation of receipts & payment, income & expenditure A/c, profit & loss account, cash flow statement & balance sheet, payroll, budget & MIS reports, coordinating with auditors for the finalization of accounts, and also interacting with statutory work like ESIC, PF, PT, TDS and Service Tax. Well-versed in accounting softwares - Tally ERP 9 & Netsuite.

Shashikumar Velath

Shashi is a global leadership group member in Ashoka. In a career spanning two decades he has relied on his entrepreneurial thought leadership to contribute to changemaking – as an award winning investigative journalist, conflict & war correspondent, editor, strategist on campaigns-communications-advocacy, team builder, entrepreneur and analyst on security and strategic affairs. He has held leadership positions in media and non-profit organizations.

Southeast Asia

Sinee Chakthranont

Sinee Chakthranont has led Ashoka in Thailand for over 15 years developing one of the largest and robust Fellowships programs with over 100 of the organization’s 3,000 globally-recognized social entrepreneurs. She has contributed significantly to the field of social entrepreneurship in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia by building cross sector networks. Sinee speaks on social innovations and has been regularly featured by national media as an expert commentator. She has been active in Thailand’s civic movement since the historic protests for democratic reforms in 1970s.

Claudia Rivera

Claudia joined Ashoka Philippines as program associate in the beginning of 2014, when she took an interest in social innovation. Before this, she was with MAKNA or Majlis Kanser Nasional (National Cancer Council Malaysia) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She served in their International Division from 2011-2013, helping them start initiatives in Vietnam and Singapore. In her undergraduate student days, she was an active leader in AIESEC, the world's largest student-run organization, and the President of the UP Children's Rights Advocates League.

Sumitra Pasupathy

Sumitra Pasupathy

Sumitra joined Ashoka in 2015 as the Director for Ashoka Singapore and the launch of Ashoka Malaysia. Sumitra Pasupathy is a social entrepreneur and the Co-founder and Director of Playeum, an innovative education content and service provider centered on creativity for children and families based in Singapore. Playeum is in its fifth year of operation with a strong track record of innovative product and creative partnerships locally and internationally. Sumitra has over 15 years of professional experience in product development and creative content development.