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    Christian Grothoff builds a privacy-preserving and decentralised network architecture in order to (re-)claim the Internet as a secure and empowering space for the realization of human potential everywhere.

    Andrew aims to transforming global eye care delivery systems by leveraging existing resourcing, building local capacities, and developing tools to increase efficiencies in screening, diagnosis, and ultimately treatment.

    Agazi Afewerki has a powerful belief that any young person can teach an adult a new skill and that youth are a core resource for community development and transformation. With this idea, Agazi Afewerki is re-defining the role of youth in society, starting with the most vulnerable urban populations.

    Dea-gon Yi has created a citizen-led storytelling and publishing initiative to revitalize municipalities outside the Seoul metropolitan area. Through the “Hae-ri book village” model, and partnerships with education authorities and municipal governments, Dea-gon is demonstrating that cultural approaches can catalyze community renewal.

    For the past quarter century, Sue Riddlestone has been a leader in the sustainability movement, pushing the national and global agenda on advancing more sustainable production and consumption. Sue’s early career saw her launch multiple successful sustainable businesses, including Bioregional, and the UK’s renowned eco-community, BedZED.

    Jin-kyeong Cho is changing the societal framework towards victims of sexual exploitation, based on the organizing principle “protect, don’t punish”. She is changing justice system perceiving underage victims as participants of crime, providing a comprehensive and professional support system for victims, developing monitoring strategy and regulation against prevalent digital sexual exploitation, and changing the public mindset towards sexual exploitation of minors.

    Achraf is preserving the victories of the Tunisian revolution by battling micro- and macro-corruption on myriad fronts, and organizing young people around transparency, good governance, and anti-corruption to create a national and regional dynamic against corruption with a powerful citizen sector at its heart.

    CA Bikes is enabling the rural poor, particularly women and children, to access critical healthcare services through the manufacture, assembly and distribution of high quality bicycle-ambulances.

    Barbara Baran founded and leads a national self-help society of Polish women over the age of 40, who characteristically face discrimination when they re-enter the job market after interim periods as full-time mothers and homemakers. The Society teaches business and self-employment skills, builds self-confidence, provides job placement services and publicizes role models.

    This profile is dedicated to the memory of late Ryszard Golec. It was prepared when Ryszard was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998. Ryszard Golec is a pioneer in the fight to address one of Poland's most chronic problems - alcohol abuse in rural areas. In order to accomplish this goal, he has developed a technique that uses local institutions to penetrate these often closed communities.