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    Tamer Bahaa guides people who are deaf and mute both to claim their rights as citizens and to overturn damaging stereotypes about their abilities.

    Deeply influenced by his own experiences of the challenges of life in urban city centers, Stephan de Beer founded an initiative that regenerates inner cities in a sustainable, socially inclusive way using local assets and building local ownership.

    Lars Stein addresses the challenges faced by students who want to pursue their higher education and who do not receive government financial support in Switzerland and across Europe. Through studienaktie.org, education is an investment rather than a cost burden. With this paradigm shift, Lars promotes a national change in policies for the allocation of public financial support for education.

    Thorkil Sonne is transforming the way society perceives autism—from viewing it as a handicap to recognizing that it can become a competitive advantage. By demonstrating that autistic people can not only function in the business world, but can thrive as specialists in certain types of work, he is offering an often isolated population the opportunity for active, productive and fulfilling lives.

    Peter Wahome is developing a new approach to tourism that emphasizes people-to-people contact and provides new sources of livelihood for people and communities engaged in the production of home-based crafts.

    Ashok Khosla’s Development Alternatives Group innovates sophisticated technology, creates delivery mechanisms for widespread scale and equips local entrepreneurs in India to manage small enterprises. Ashok has pioneered a commercially viable model to integrate social development, economic development and environmental preservation in the citizen sector. Development Alternatives today is one of the premier development institutions in the developing world.

    Starting in Upper Egypt, one of the poorest areas of the country, Tandiar Samir Mossaad is professionalizing nursing and, in doing so, improving healthcare and creating jobs.

    Judi Aubel is improving the lives of women, children and families by empowering grandmothers, an abundant and underutilized cultural resource, to catalyze change in socio-cultural norms related to many issues, including girls’ education, early and forced marriage, teen pregnancy, female genital mutilation, maternal and child health/nutrition and intergenerational communication.

    Allison improves the social mobility of vulnerable people, particularly women, by democratizing access to business information and services and fostering an entrepreneurship ecosystem and network targeted at small entrepreneurs, particularly those operating in the informal economy.

    Through community-based collaborative efforts, António is enabling those who live in unsafe and/or degrading housing conditions to rehabilitate their homes and to improve their livelihood.