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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.

Since 2014 Tomas became Managing Director of the Karel Janecek Foundation. They have 3 main programs - Education, Social innovations and Kindness.

Tomas Reminek

Managing Director

For nearly two years, Raluca has been working as a Sustainability Specialist in Enel Romania, a multi-national power company and a leading integrated player in the world’s power and gas markets, with the aim of tackling business issues, creating value both for the company and its stakeholders and fostering an internal culture of positive change

Raluca Cocuz

Sustainability Specialist

Enel Romania

Andreja has more than 14 years of experience in social finance and social enterprise in Europe, Western Balkans and recently Eastern Neighbourhood. She is founder of the craft for intellectual services providing mentoring, coaching, consulting and trainings to various social entrepreneurs and social economy stakeholders.

Andreja Rosandic


Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb

Andrea has gained exhaustive consulting experience in the last years working for big transformation programmes. Besides this she was part of the Corporate Citizenship Core team Vienna for multiple years and took over the lead role in Austria about 6 months ago.

Andrea Kretschmer



Radek is developing an evidence-based, holistic and systemic approach to transform the current unfair ecosystem of debt, spur close cooperation among key actors and bring a million of over-indebted and excluded Czech citizens back to society.

Radek Habl

Ashoka Fellow


Alexandra has been working in the financing sector in Germany and Austria for over 20 years. She experienced a great variety of positions, primarily in banking, ranging from international syndicated loans and structured finance as well as funding and capital markets.

Alexandra Nitzlader

Senior Project Manager

HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank

Stefanie´s vocation lies in maintaining and nurturing institutional networks, in building bridges and connecting people and organizations from diverging sectors.

Stefanie Kirwald

Consultant Alumnae*i Network

With Developing Neighborhood Institute, Michael solves the problem of dissatisfaction with the basic needs of low-income people who experience difficult life situations.

Mikhail Kryukov

Project Lead

Stefanie Kotrba has been working in the Legal Department of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), located in Vienna, for the past five years. As an executive assistant she is managing the in- and outgoing workflow and communication of the department.

Stefanie Kotrba

Executive Assistant

Milica Aksentic is a Head of Communications and CSR at Western Union International Bank, where she is in charge of the areas of internal and external communication, corporate social responsibility, employee engagement, and leadership development.

Milica Akzentic

Head of Communications and CSR

Western Union International Bank

Nicole has more than 20 years professional experience in the international nonprofit and social development sector, mainly with SOS Children’s Villages International and its member associations around the world with a focus on Africa, the Middle East and Gulf, Europe and Eastern Europe.

Nicole Nassar

Project Management

SOS Children’s Villages International

Mariella Gebhardt



Since 2018, Anna has been concentrating on the internal organization and process orientation regarding legal, financial and personnel related topics at ASHOKA in Central and Eastern Europe

Anna Schaden

Operations & Integration Manager

Ashoka CEE

Linda has been involved for more than 15 years in the domain of adult education, leadership and diversity. In 2018, she founded her own company Diversio with the aim to support women in expert functions and to connect business and academia.

Linda Štucbartová



Ksenia is a coach, trainer in the field of social projects’ management, social innovations, leadership, manager of local and international social initiatives. Her main project - Laboratory of social initiatives / Social Lab “City for life” is devoted to comfortable urban life,

Kseniia Stepanenko


He is member of the Ashoka Support Network and runs the family-owned company Magovox whose purpose is to support local initiatives in the fields of education, psychology and democracy.

Krzysztof Rutkowski


Jeremy is the executive director of Transitions (TOL), one of Central and Eastern Europe's leading media development organizations, and editor in chief of TOL's flagship publication,Transitions Online.

Jeremy Druker

Ashoka Fellow


The object of the organisation “Landschaftspflegeverein Thermenlinie – Wienerwald – Wiener Becken” is to protect and maintain about 500 hectares of very valuable but also very threatened habitats by accessing and involving local people in nature-conservation.

Irene Drodzowski


Blühendes Österreich

Since 2018, Gabriela has been aiming at building up strategic community partnerships among social entrepreneurs and business at Ashoka Czech Republic.

Gabriela Vondrusova

Change Manager and Community Mobilizer

Ashoka Czech Republic

Florin is catalyzing a citizen-driven movement for the creation of a functional system for protected areas in Romania.

Florin Stoican

Ashoka Fellow

Buila Vânturarița National Park and Vacaresti Natural Park

Florian manages Ashoka's community of Fellows based, or active, in the UK. He also leads on events in the UK and organises a European wide event in Germany for young social entrepreneurs. Florian's passion and expertise focuses on system change and impact measurement.

Florian Rutsch

Fellowship Manager

Ashoka UK

With her organisation, dahir, Dagmar is developing a new standard for the field of property management and low-income tenants, putting the tenant’s needs at the centre and empowering them as co-creators.

Dagmar Kotzmuth

Co-Founder & CEO


Claudia has been managing the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft since 2001. She implemented a reform and a new strategy process for the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and is responsible for its strategic direction.

Claudia Lingner

Managing Director

Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft

Clarissa is Co-Leader of the EU-funded ERASMUS+-project “Society in motion” with colleagues from Norway (Bergen School of Architecture) and Austria (University of Applied Arts).

Clarissa Rhomberg


Society in motion

Barbara works as a Regional Manager for the Institute for Inclusive Education in Kiel, Germany. The Institute developed the worldwide first qualification for people with intellectual disabilities which enables them to work at universities.

Barbara Mayrhofer

Regional Manager

Institute for Inclusive Education