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