Our alumni

The Ashoka Visionary Alumnae*i Network provides alumni with the opportunity to stay connected, to contribute to the program and to deepen their experience in follow-up events and projects. Ultimately, our alumni expand their network within the social entrepreneurship scene and keep finding solutions. Read more at “Our network“. Also, here you can view all Ashoka Fellows (speakers & participants) at one glance.

Meet our 300 visionaries from three continents, in the regions: Central and Eastern Europe, Mediterranean and East Africa. Click on the photos to learn about their stories
👋 PLEASE NOTE: This page is currently being updated.

Ashoka Fellows
Ashoka Staff
Central-Eastern Europe Region
East Africa Region
Mediterranean Region
Private sector
Public sector
Social Entrepreneurs
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Hisham El Rouby
Ashoka Fellow, MENA Regional Director The Synergos Insitiute
Eduard Trampusch
Head of International Programmes, Austrian Red Cross
Christina Purrer
Project Manager at Hil-Foundation gGmbH
Walter Emberger
Ashoka Fellow, Founder & CEO´of Teach For Austria
Harliet Njenga
Founder, Think Opal
Rosa Bergmann
Co-founder of Vienna Hobby Lobby
Verena Riedler
Initiator, "Steady Steps";Organisational Consultant, Coach
Ole Kassow
Ashoka Fellow, Founder of Cycling Without Age and Copenhagen Cycling
Raluca Cocuz
Sustainability Specialist Enel Romania
Karanja Nduta
Social entrepreneur in EdTech, Future of Work Strategist & Trainer
Aziza Khabbush
Senior business analyst for public health
Andrea Babčanová
HR Manager, Visegrad Fund
Bas van Abel
Founder, Fairphone
Stefan van der Swaluw
Program Director at SOS Children's Villages The Netherlands
Maurizio Ramonda
SAI (Sistema Accoglienza Integrazione) project for the integration of refugees
Manisha Joshi
Account Director at ketchum Publico
Markus Raffer
CEO of Tec-Innovation GmbH
Josep Maria Miró Pascual
Social Innovation Consultant JovesLab (Spain)
Joan Mwachi
Regional Director East Africa at World Reader
Ernest Namanya Rwendeire
Executive Director, Latek Stay Alliance Uganda
Gregor Ruttner-Vicht
CEO of Lower Austrian entity of Sindbad
Ori Shoham
Program coordinator atidim ("home ground", Israel)
Hanna Ahere
Special Assistant & Regional Director, Ford Foundation office, Eastern Africa
Karina Lackner
Founder & Project Director for Kicken ohne Grenzen
Nikolay Mihaylov
CEO & co-founder of CastFolio (Bulgaria)
Peter Herreiner
Financial Advisor & Supervisory Board Member
Khalila Mbowe
Founder and CEO of Unleasehd Africa Social Ventures
Silvia Silvozzi
Manager Bottega Terzo Settore - Fondazione Carisap
Karolina Kartus
Co-Founder of Social Held
Katharina van Zeller
Founder & CEO DreiKreis
Markus Rhomber
Managing Director of the International Association of Lake Constance Universities
Walter Odhiambo
National Director, SoS Children's Villages Kenya
Caroline Chege
Municipality Director, Kajiado County Kenya
Tina Eckert
Founder and Managing Director of Karmalaya
Andrea Martens
Andrea Martens
Corinna Geissler
Head of Advocacy & Child Rights, UNICEF Austria
Bernhard Hofer
Ashoka Fellow, Founder of talentify.me
Zeina Awaydate
Assistant to VIP & Exhibitor Relations
Stefanie Kotrba
OPEC Fund for International Development
Elik Almog
Changemaker from Israel, VP Dualis social investment fund
Ojok Okello
Founder and CEO of Okere City
Lenah Gideon
Grant Administrator, Porticus Nairobi
Francesca Vannini Parenti
Co-founder and Product manager, Addiopizzo Travel
Lisa Binderberger
Founder of Boom Creative Lab
Ninon Ndayikengurkiye
CARE USA Impact and Innovation Team
Clemens Mulokozi
Ashoka Fellow, Founder & CEO of the NGO NGO Jambo Bukoba
Gil Tsabari
CEO GTS - Technologies Ltd (Israel)
Ilya Yacevich
Founding Director, Global Trauma Project (GTP); Ashoka Fellow
Claire Wavamuno
Ashoka Fellow, Founder of Hill Preparatory School
Kerstin Dohnal
Founder of destination: development
Judith Schneider
Cultural advisor
Elisabeth Mayerhofer
Managing Director, Julius Raab Foundation
Zahra I. Lethome
Office Manager, Ashoka East Africa
Nilton Rubio
Innovation and Sustainability Coordinator, S.C.S. Armonia Work Onlus
Federico Garcea
Ashoka Fellow, Co-Founder of Treedom
Isaya Yunge
Ashoka Fellow, Executive Director of the SomApp Foundation
Mariella Gebhardt
Founder, Babyou
Danijel Baturina
Assistant professor in University of Zagreb
Sebastian Fagarazzi
Co-founder, Venezia Autentica
Sabrina Stepanian
Christoph Soukup
Senior Project Manager HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank
Svetlana Nalepova
Founder and Manager of the Social Enterprise for the Elderly Creative Workshops "Silver Years"
Fabian Scholda
Regional director of the social enterprise Sindbad
Clarissa Rhomberg
Co-Leader of EU-funded ERASMUS+-project “Society in motion”
Dagmar Kotzmuth
Co-Founder & CEO DAHIR
Rebekka Dober
Ashoka Fellow, Founder of YEP – Voice of the Youth
Katharina Markovics
Professor of Musicology at New England Conservatory in Boston
Eman Bsoul
Changemaker from Israel, Assistant General Director Municipality of Nazareth
Pavel Hrica
Founder, Cesta von; Ashoka Fellow
Verena Ahne
Head of Knowledge Transfer & Dissemination, Complexity Science Hub Vienna (on educational leave)
Eva Pavlikova
CEO of Česko.Digital
Aris Tufexis
Educator and project manager, AG Di Donato
Ruba Warwar
TV host The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation
Radek Hábl
Ashoka Fellow, Founder of the Institute for Debt Prevention and Resolution in Prague
Milica Aksentic
Head of Communications and CSR at Western Union International Bank
Mikhail Krivonos
Co-Founder, Rabota-i LLC; Chief Executive Officer, RAOUL charity foundation (till Feb '23)
Jihad Shoja'eyeh
Founder of “Youth without Borders Network”
Johanna Kerber
Co-Founder and CEO, DreiKreis Consulting GmbH
Br. Dr. Jonas Yawovi Dzinekou
Director, Institute for Social Transformation Tangaza University College
Susan Muchemi
Business Development Manager, TRACE Eastern Africa
Mustapha Jazar
Founder and Director, Lebanese Association for Scientific Research (LASeR)
Abubaker Musuuza
Ashoka Fellow, Ashoka VP East Africa Director
Elena Tanase
Founder, Mousse Pamplemousse
Elena Gabriela Ardelean
CEO & Founder of AI4 DevelopmentAgency
Klára Šimáčková Laurenčíková
Ashoka Fellow, Chairwoman of the Czech Expert Society for Inclusive Education
Adnane Addioui
Ashoka Fellow, Co-Founder of the Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
Obayda Abo Asbeh
Founder Sanad Yoth Association (Israel)
Dan Driscoll
Ashoka Fellow, Founder of The Anou Cooperative
Giuseppe Nigro
Consultant on Project Design & Project Evaluation, also: Ashoka Italy
Katharina Kruppa
Ashoka Fellow, Founder and Chairwoman Grow Together
Helmut Rauth
Head of Finance & Service, Österreichische Caritaszentrale
Stefan Lilischkis
Senior consultant, empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH
Angelika Bartholomäi
Director of the coordination office, StartNet Italy
Michael Marchetti
Founder of wetransformpilots®
Elisabeth Campestrini
CEO of Progressive Health Consulting
Giannis Vikas
Social Entrepreneurship Development Officer Athens Development and Destination Management Agency
Michal Sadeh Goldvasser
Director of the Employment and Economic Program in the village of Jisr al-Zarqa (Israel)
Elin Baranyai-Ulvestad
Project Manager, Austrian Red Cross
Martin Hollinetz
Ashoka Fellow, Founder of tech2people GmbH & myAbility Social Enterprise GmbH
Amira Saber
Changemaker from Egypt, Member of the Egyptian Parliament
Michael Kowatschew
Initiator of NOVID20
Sylvia Kaawe
Manager, Women Economic Empowerment Program ,CARE International in Uganda
Diana Ninsiima
Director for Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Tanzania
Linda Stucbartova
Partner ATAIRU company, Founder Diversio
Asetila Koestinger
Founder of the GoodStartup School
Sonja Nita
European Commission/Centre of Thematic Expertise on Civil Society Support
Edit Schlaffer
Ashoka Fellow, Founder and Executive Director of Women without Borders
Christina Matuschka-Baumann
Head of POS Design & Digitalization in A1
Johannes Guger
Head of the department of social affairs and volunteering at the Red Cross
Elisabeth Siencnik
Startup Coach; Co-founder & CFO reha buddy
Karsten Ottenberg
Former CEO of BSH Home Appliances Group and Innovater and Purpose-driven leader by heart
Diana Mwai
Program Director at Educate!, Kenya
Sumita Kunashakaran
Project Manager at the Zero Project
Heidrun Gruber-Größwang
Marketing expert; Founder, Gruber-Größwang Consulting
Armand Colard
ESG Plus GmbH
Julia Culen
Managing Partner, Culen Mayrhofer Partner
Cecilia Toncic-Sorinj
Finding sustainable solutions in gastronomy.
Matthias Weichhart
Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Carina Linzer
formerly: Communications for Ashoka Austria
Babu Edton
Acting Manager Livelihoods, CARE Uganda
Maria Raczynska
Co-founder, "The Noon" project
Astrid Saxl
Head of Information & Reporting in SOS Children's Villages International
Evans Njoro
Director, Futures Infinite
Elisabeth Pipic
Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF)
Jana Krajcovicova
Private Sector Development Specialist at the World Bank
Eleonora Cadone
Community Integrator, Ashoka Italy
Sheila Alumo
CEO & Founder, Eastern Agricultural Development Company LTD (EADC)
Stefan Kainz
Co-founder and Managing partner of Growth Ninjas
Alice Emasu
Founder and Executive Director,The Association for Rehabilitation and Reorientation of women for Development-TERREWOD, Ashoka fellow Uganda
Natalia Peryazeva
Doctor of Social Work and Business Administration
Hélène Menapace
Founder, WeLovePinkPlanet - SanFem
Elodie Ravion
Finance Manager Ashoka Austria, Visionary Program Manager & Communication
Marcelina Biro
CEO, Kijana Jasiri-Resilience Organization
Charles Karimbu Kimathi
Head of Corporate Affairs & Partnerships The Standard Group PLC
Klaus Candussi
Ashoka Fellow, Co-Founder of atempo
Eszter Harsanyi
Ashoka Fellow, Owner of Nestingpplay
Karin Haselböck
European Integrator, Ashoka
Katarina Banicevic
Teamleader South East Europe, Austrian Red Cross
Nicole Nassar
Project Management SOS Children’s Villages International
Andreas Papp
Emergency Response Director SOS Children’s Villages International
Pascal Kayiranga MD
Rwanda Red Cross Society
Tina Deutsch
Co-founder and Board Member, Klaiton; Strategic Advisor, CoachHub
Jose Morales
Founder & Manager; Aurora Coworking Network, Lincoln Island Initiatives, European Rural Coworking Project
Ahmed Abdelgalil
VP alumnus & Gender and Economic Empowerment Specialist
Andrew Spyrou
Changemaker from Greece, Consultant Costas M. Lemos Foundation
Ondřej Zapletal
Executive Director, Depositum Bonum Foundation Prag
Andra Slaats
Founder of Younited Cultures
Gregor Demblin
Ashoka Fellow, Founder of tech2people GmbH & myAbility Social Enterprise GmbH
Alexandra Nitzlader
Senior Project Manager HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank
Alexander Wostry
Social Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT)
Walburga Fröhlich
Ashoka Fellow, Co-Founder & CEO of atempo
Tomas Reminek
Member of the board of directors, Eduzměna foundation fund
Ulla Riedle
Co-Team Leader of the Youth&ICT4D department in SOS Children´s Villages International
Irit Zviely Efrat
Chief Operations Officer at Hillel
Beata Jaczewska
Managing Director, Visegrad Fund
Gernot Jochum-Müller
Ashoka Fellow, Founder of Zeitpolster
Krzsytof Rutkowski
Director Magovox
Christiane Holzinger
Managing Partner, 360° Business Planner GmbH, Start-Up Stars GmbH
Torsten Engelage
Risk Management and Compliance for the PwC Advisory
Artur Nadcrinicinii
Changemaker from Greece, Founder Artos kai Agapi
Haron Wachira
Ashoka Fellow, Akili Holdings
Nicola Fraccaroli
Consultant for marketing strategies & business model changes
Simona Sinesi
Ashoka Fellow, Founder & Vice President NEVER GIVE UP Onlus
Danny Mucira
Eastern Africa Managing Director of Trace
Florin Stoican
Ashoka Fellow Romania
Manuela Achitz
Blühendes Österreich
Kseniia Stepanenko
CEO of ANO “Territory”, founder of “Social Lab: city for life” Novokuznetsk, Russia
Christina Kauer
CONCORDIA Sozialprojekte
Father Charles Chilufya
Director of the Justice and Ecology Office of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)
Abraham Gossaye
Head of Country Office, Austrian Red Cross in Ethiopia
Maurizio Bergia
President of the social & agricultural cooperative I TESORI della TERRA in Cervasca
Daniela Herneth
Leadership Coach / People & Business Developer
Michael Lorz
Managing Director at EnableMe Foundation
Livio Scalvini
Founder & CEO, Venture4Impact
Rachel Onyango
Development Specialist fpr NGOs
Violeta Philippitsch
Leitung Kundenbereich EU & International, Umweltbundesamt - Environment Agency Austria
Franziska Wizany
Cultural advisor
Katerina Bursikova Jacques
Executive Director, Educational and business centre Sněmovní 7
Mikhail Kryukov
Project Lead Developing Neighborhood Institute
Niels Hansa
Community and partner Manager at talentify.me
Muthoni Kanga
Tangaza University
Harald Gründl
Managing Partner / Chairman EOOS Design, IDRV - Institute of Design Research Vienna
Katja Teuchmann
Founder Safa East Venture e.U. (Austria)
Lynn Ngugi
Humanitarian and human rights specialist
Agnes Schillhuber
Online Communication Manager, neunerhaus; formerly: Ashoka Austria
Michael Hilbert
Partner at Roland Berger
Monika Hrochova
Program Manager, Educhange Foundation
Desiree Li Bassi
Executive Assistant and head of the Hospitality department, Museo Diffuso dei 5 Sensi di Sciacca
Katharina Okulski
Head of scholarship program, NOW: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
Knight Muteti
Founde & Executive Director, Daughters of Kenya (DoK)
Karin Ondas
Sozialwirtschaft Steiermark
Guy Beigel
CEO Midot, promoting impact (Israel)
Simone Pies
Business Angel & Mentor
Samuel Chambi
Coordinator – Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), CARE International in Tanzania
Andreja Rosandic
Lecturer at Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb
Andrea Mörike
Social Business Consultant, Alumna of the Visionary Program
Flavian Majenga
Senior Project Manager CARE Tanzania
Susan Mugera
Manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Public Sector Group
Jane Waithera
Founder Positive, Exposure Kenya
Christophe Cuny
Individual Giving Department Lead, SOS Children's Villages International
Jeremy Druker
Ashoka Fellow, Founder and Executive Director of Transitions (TOL)
Pascal Wambua
Regional Fund Development Director, SOS Children's Villages International, Eastern & Southern Africa Region
Barbara Mayrhofer
Regional Manager for the Institute for Inclusive Education
Vadim Poluga
"i3" (I-Cube) Information Engineering Incubator
Margarita Rebetskaya
Choreographier, Ballet dancer & Performance Director
Arianna Tripodi
Child and Youth Participation Advisor, SOS Children’s Villages International
Magdalena Lima
Project assistant & communication manager, Ashoka Italy
Jindra Marešová
Director, Albatros Foundation
Abla Al Alfy
Ashoka Fellow, Founder & President of the Egyptian Members Association of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Valeria Duflot
Co-founder of Venezia Autentica
Francesca Cavallini
Professor, Founder of Tice
Niki Griller
Managing Director, Griller Kabel
Charlotte Steenbergen
COO of the European Forum Alpbach
Teresa Agovino
CEO Faroo, Environmental Engineerand Sustainable Tourism Consultant
Claudia Lingner
Managing Director Ludwing Boltzmann Gesellschaft
Nazareth Seferian
CSR and Social Entrepreneurship trainer, educator & consultant
Emilie Romon
Partnership Manager Ashoka
Klara Michel
Co-Founder, Michel Foundation; Yoga teacher & Coach
Magdalena Dul-Komosinska
CEE Director, Climate­ KIC
Melek Pulatkonak
Founder of the Turkish Women's International Network & BinYaprak
Stefanie Kirwald
Consultant Alumnae*I Network
Abbass Abbass
Ashoka Fellow, Founder and Director of AlManarah
Masha Djordjevic
Program Manager Open Society Foundations
Cornelia Faisst
Senior lecturer and co-academic Director at the University of Liechtenstein
Gabriela Vondrusova
Change Manager and Community Mobilizer at Ashoka Czech Republic
Andrea Kretschmer
Manager Accenture
Irene Drodzowski
Landschaftspflegeverein Thermenlinie-Wienerwald-Wiener Becken
Johanssen Obanda
Executive Director, Jabulani Youths for Transformation
Rana AlZoubi
National Director, SOS Children's Villages Jordan
Tanja Tamse
Project Manager of Center Noordung
Anna Schaden
former Operations Manager Ashoka CEE
Ahmad Abdelgalil
Changemaker from Egypt, Staff Ashoka Arab World