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Participants

Participants

Our participants are executives and leaders of change from the corporate world, the public sector, and civil society. The program´s participants are pioneers striving for new careers, business, and social impact pathways in society.

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.

ARMAND COLARD

CEO ESG Plus Gmbh

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.

SONJA NITA

European Commission/Centre of Thematic Expertise on Civil Society Support

Sheila is a social entrepreneur, a lawyer by training and a passionate advocate for progressive rural community development at grass root level.

SHEILA ALUMO

CEO/Finance Manager, Sustainable Agriculture

Abu is the co-founderof Village Energy Limited a social enterprise that runs franchised solar shops that deliver quality products and ensure effective access to skilled solar technicians.

ABUBAKER MUSUUZA

Ashoka Fellow Kampala

Ondřej is building an impact investing and venture philanthropy ecosystem in the Czech Republic. He heads the Ceska sporitelna Foundation and the Depositum Bonum Foundation.

ONDREJ ZAPLETAL

Executive Director Depositum Bonum Foundation Prag

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.

ALEXANDER WOSTRY

Social Entrepreneur

Matthias is expert for software projects in the industrial environment and social innovation in the Austrian Research Promotion Agency.

MATTHIAS WEICHHART

Austrian Research Promotion Agency

Andra 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. 

ANDRA SLAATS

Social Entrepreneur

Gernot is the founder of Zeitpolster. He is an Ashoka Fellow and a member of the Make moore health network.

Gernot Jochum-Müller

Ashoka Fellow

Livio founded Venture4Impact, a network of advisors with the mission of reinforcing the bridge between finance and philanthropy.

LIVIO SCALVINI

Director of Corporate Innovation in Intesa Sanpaolo

Andrea is Chief of Staff of International Visegrad Fund, leading the ongoing reform aiming at achieving higher impact via Fund´s main tools.

ANDREA BABCANOVA

HR Manager Visegrad Fund

Manuela is working at the nonprofit foundation Blühendes Österreich that helps maintain naturally sensitive habitats. She heads Austria’s only NPO women‘s network based in Vienna.

MANUELA ACHITZ

Foundation Blühendes Österreich

Karin is a facilitator and activist who focuses on bridging the gap between NGO needs and political and structural requirements – in the field of services for persons with disabilities.

KARIN ONDAS

Sozialwirtschaft Steiermark

Through Jambo Bukoba, Clemens uses the power of sports to improve education, health and gender equality in Tanzania.

CLEMENS MULOKOZI

Ashoka Fellow Tanzania

Carina is Communications Manager at Ashoka Austria/CEE and organizer of the AShoka Visionary Program in Vienna.

CARINA LINZER

Corporate Communications Ashoka

Beata is 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.

BEATA JACZEWSKA

Managing Director Visegrad Fund

Andrea has 20 years of broad international experience as sales executive and business developer in the IT sector.

ANDREA MÖRIKE

Managing Director Mörike Consult Munich

Julia is an executive coach and management consultant. Her work area is Cultural Transformation in combination with Leadership Development. 

JULIA CULEN

Managing Partner Culen Mayhofer Partner

Elisabeth heads Julius Raab Stiftung. Formerly, she has been working experience in fields such as renewable energy, communication and strategic consultancy and political organisations.

ELISABTEH MAYERHOFER

Managing Director Julius Raab Foundation

Klara is a Yoga Teacher, Coach, Health Guide and Entrepreneur.

KLARA MICHEL

Michel Foundation

Klara is the chairwoman of the Czech Expert Society for Inclusive Education, the leader of the Czech Government Committee on the Rights of the Child and also the Minister of Social Affairs advisor. She is also an Ashoka Fellow.

KLÁRA LAURENCIKOVA

Ashoka Fellow

As European Integrator at Ashoka, Karin aims to strengthen the collaboration between the 18 European Ashoka offices. As trainer and facilitator she supports companies in the public/private sector.

KARIN HASELBÖCK

Strategic Marketing & Communications Ashoka

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.

KERSTIN DOHNAL

Social Entrepreneur

Niki is Teach For Austria Fellow. Formerly he was Managing Director of his family’s business 2Griller Kabel" supplying electrification hardware solutions to industry and car manufacturing.

NIKI GRILLER

Teach For Austria Fellow

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.

OXANA KUKHARCHUK

Head of Corporate University

Walter is 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 EMBERGER

Founder Teach for Austria