Armand has the vision to make investments transparent for everyone and to help private investors align their personal values with investment decisions. He worked at WWF Austria for 10 years before founding ESG Plus in 2015.
Sonja is member of an expert team in the European Commission (DG NEAR) where she provides strategic guidance on strengthening the enabling environment for civil society in the countries pursuing EU accession. She is eager to learn, share, innovate and particularly passionate about women´s rights and economic empowerment.
Sheila Alumo is a social entrepreneur, a lawyer by training and a passionate advocate for progressive rural community development at grass root level.
She believes societies social problems especially youth and women unemployment, malnutrition, poverty among others could be solved if the root cause is addressed.
Abubaker Musuuza is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Village Energy Limited a social enterprise that runs franchised solar shops that deliver quality products and ensure effective access to skilled solar technicians, repairs and solar parts within 48 hours.
Ondřej is helping in building an impact investing and venture philanthropy ecosystem in the Czech Republic. From spring 2017 he heads the Ceska sporitelna Foundation and the Depositum Bonum Foundation.
Alexander is co-founder of Agriculture Tanzania, and NGO which currently employs 50 staff. His entrepreneurial spirit is reflected in running a financial self-sufficient training centre for farmers which is focusing on agroecological solutions.
Matthias has worked as software developer, team leader and project manager in banking, legal compliance, automotive and several other areas. Matthias leaded projects for several ministries and the European commission. Currently he is expert for software projects in the industrial environment and social innovation in the Austrian Research Promotion Agency.
Andra worked as project- and export manager in the luxury cosmetics field. Since 2014 she is a social entrepreneur having founded Younited Cultures. She also works for the Hil Foundation as project manager and is a mentor for im/migrants in various programs.
Gernot Jochum-Müller is the founder of Zeitpolster. He is an Ashoka Fellow and a member of the Make moore health network.
Livio founded Venture4Impact, a network of advisors with the mission of reinforcing the bridge between finance and philanthropy. Previously he was Director of Corporate Innovation in Intesa Sanpaolo and has covered different roles in strategy and marketing in Corporate & Investment Banking.
Andrea Babčanová, born on 15 April 1979. Chief of Staff of International Visegrad Fund, leading the ongoing reform aiming at achieving higher impact via Fund´s main tools – projects and mobility programs in Central Europe and its neighbourhood.
Manuela’s expertise are critical to the protection of endangered biodiversity sites in Austria. Her positive contribution to environmental issues at the nonprofit foundation Blühendes Österreich helps maintain naturally sensitive habitats through public relations, project management and effective communication campaigns. Outside of the workspace, she also heads Austria’s first and only NPO women‘s network based in Vienna.
Ralf Sange was born in 1960 and therefore calls himself a member of the "baby boomer" generation. This fact connects him very much with all his peers, who are threatened in very different situations of life by impoverishment: whether financially or concerning the sense of life in old age.
Karin is a facilitator and activist who focuses on bridging the gap between NGO needs and political and structural requirements – currently in the field of services for persons with disabilities.
Through Jambo Bukoba (JB), Clemens uses the power of sports to improve education, health and gender equality in Tanzania. The active engagement of additional stakeholders in his model furthers JB’s holistic approach and impact at the interface of volunteering, developmental cooperation and entrepreneurial responsibility
Carina studied Economy of Communications and Spanish in Vienna, Barcelona and Buenos Aires. Since her earliest childhood, she has a deep interest in other cultures, languages and countries. During her studies, she was event coordinator for two international student organizations (ESN, Argentina For All). She effectively puts her accumulated PR & COMM knowledge into daily practice at Ashoka.
Executive Director of International Visegrad Fund, former Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Poland, lawyer, negotiator and long-term civil servant. Having graduated from several prestigious universities such as a University of Warsaw, Jagiellonian University in Cracow, and her PhD studies at Warsaw School of Economics, she is an expert in UN/EU decision-making processes and international economics
Andrea has 20 years of broad international experience as sales executive and business developer in the IT sector. Andrea is enthusiastic about bringing her skills to projects that foster disruptive social innovation to make this world a better place.
Julia Culen is an executive coach and management consultant. Her work area is Cultural Transformation in combination with Leadership Development. Since June 2016 she offers open and corporate Programs for N3XT with her partner Christian Mayhofer and Robert Thomas, an accomplished Zen Priest from San Francisco Zen Center.
Elisabeth has working experience in fields such as renewable energy, communication and strategic consultancy and political organisations. She initiated DIGI PLAY DAYS, Austria’s biggest event with focus on digital serious play in the educational context. Today Elisabeth heads Julius Raab Stiftung.
Klara Michel is a Yoga Teacher, Coach, Health Guide and Entrepreneur. She grew up in northern Germany and began her Yoga training at age 6. At age 19 she flew one-way to India, and at 23 she moved to Costa Rica. Now she lives in Germany, Austria, Spain, and Australia.
She is the chairwoman of the Czech Expert Society for Inclusive Education, as well as the leader of the Czech Government Committee on the Rights of the Child and also the Minister of Social Affairs advisor. She has always been looking for positions that will make her work for the most vulnerable children the most effective.
Karin was the director of PR and Marketing of the Austrian ropeway industry. She accompanied the creation and development of “Zukunft Frauen“. As a trainer and facilitator she supports companies in the public/private sector. Since 2017 she is part of the Ashoka Team as Head of Strategic Marketing and Communications.
Kerstin is a passionate bridgebuilder between cultures. As founder and CEO of destination:development she designs tourism destinations worth living in, creating spaces forauthentic and pleasant encounters between locals and visitors. The strengthening of social sustainability in tourism is her hearts concern.
Niki is Managing Director of his family’s business supplying electrification hardware solutions to industry and car manufacturing focusing on E-Mobility and transmission of high-speed data for automated driving and Internet of Things. A graduate from Vienna University for Business and Economics and Strasbourg Business School.
Oxana is director of corporate university at MTS – the leading telecom operator in Russia. She is responsible for all aspects in the appraisal, training, and leadership and culture development.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Teach For Austria. He brought the model of Teach For All to Austria, which is working in 46 countries. Walter has been working to establish TeachForAustria ever since he was inspired by an article about Teach First in the Economist in 2009. After conducting a feasibility study he was convinced that the model was the key to addressing educational disadvantage in Austria, he decided to launch TeachForAustria.