Ashoka Fellows

Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who we recognize to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 70 countries around the globe in every area of human need.

All Ashoka Fellows must undergo a rigorous search and selection process in which they demonstrate that they fully meet Ashoka's selection criteria. Upon election, all Fellows agree to abide by the Conditions of Association with Ashoka and gain lifetime support through the world’s leading network of social entrepreneurs. Ashoka helps seed that network investment through stipends that allow Fellows the financial flexibility to fully dedicate themselves to their new ideas.

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Ashoka categorizes our Fellows broadly into one of six fields of work: Civic Engagement, Economic Development, Environment, Health, Human Rights, and Learning/Education. Search for a Fellow by name, country, or topic area.

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Country: India
Organization: Rural Volunteer Centre
Date of Election: 2007-05-13
Field of Work: Environment
Ravindranath “Ravi” is turning villages and communities in flood-ravaged regions into institutions prepared to predict, confront, and cope with floods, turning a one-time calamity into opportunities for people to create new and alternative livelihoods.
Country: Indonesia
Organization: InterAksi
Date of Election: 2008-01-07
Field of Work: Economic Development
Pamikatsih “Pikat” is leading people with disabilities in Indonesia towards economic independence through self employment. Once they become active in securing their livelihoods, she helps them work together to effectively lobby for their rights at the municipal level.
Country: Indonesia
Organization: RPUK
Date of Election: 2006-12-17
Samsidar is rebuilding community ties in Aceh, where the social fabric has been devastated by thirty years of armed conflict, military rule, and natural disaster. Samsidar links women victims with each other to promote healing, and then helps them to reconnect with their...
Country: Hungary
Organization: Roma Managers Professional Association / Cigány Vezetok Szakmai Egyesülete
Date of Election: 2000-12-11
Economic Development
Istvan has designed a program for education reform and skill training that addresses discrimination against Roma people in Hungary. He has been remarkably successful in involving municipalities in decreasing school dropout rates among Roma, also known as Gypsy, children and...
Country: Togo
Date of Election: 2011-07-28
Economic Development
Tiyeda Abalah has laid the foundation for the revival of a creative and forward thinking agro-pastoral approach to small-scale farming in Togo and neighboring Central Sahel. Her work has been built upon the principles of organic and sustainable cultivation. With a series of...
Country: Chile
Organization: Tour Marginal
Date of Election: 2003-02-09
Civic Engagement
Raúl Abásolo has devised a support and social integration system for marginalized youth that combines nonviolent channels of expression and access to health, education, and job opportunities with the creation of greater acceptance of these vulnerable youth within the...
Country: Kenya
Organization: M-Farm
Date of Election: 2013-08-26
Economic Development
Jamila is helping farmers trapped in subsistence agriculture move into commercial farming by leveraging available mobile technology to provide needed real-time information and incentivize collective action. Agricultural experts and farmers alike have long bemoaned the...
Country: Nigeria
Organization: Mobah Rural Horizon
Date of Election: 2008-04-14
Economic Development
Mohammed Bah Abba has invented an innovative earthenware cooling system to preserve perishable foods in developing countries with arid climates. As a Nigerian teacher, Mohammed was motivated by his concern for the rural poor and by his interest in indigenous African...
Country: Israel
Organization: AlManarah
Date of Election: 2010-04-01
Civic Engagement
The image of a lighthouse is a powerful one: It connotes safety, illumination, hope, and knowledge. For the blind and visually impaired Arab inhabitants of Israel—a marginalized community within a marginalized community—AlManarah (Lighthouse), a first-of-its-kind self-help...
Country: Egypt
Date of Election: 2007-08-27
Human Rights
Emad Mubarak Abd El-Raheem is introducing the concept of academic freedom as a right in Egypt. Through his work with students, professors, administrative staff, the media, and citizen organizations, he is promoting academic freedom so it can be universally guaranteed in...