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Our Partners are the Pioneers of Change

Only through the support of our partners are we able to expand and make visible the work of our Ashoka Fellows. Our partners support us financially, with know-how, infrastructure, access to networks or media presence.


Each one of our investors makes an important contribution to the much needed change of our society and to the solution of social problems.

Ashoka Support Network

Individuals who belong to the Ashoka Support Network assist our Fellows with funding, their own networks, their experiences and ideas. Our Support Network is an engaged team of involved and dynamic people, who feel a personal duty to contribute to the creation of a better future.

Norbert Zimmermann

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Berndorf AG

Leo Hohenberg is constantly searching for new opportunities to support companies in their social work. With Ashoka he found the perfect partner to contribute to the success of some of the most innovative social enterprises in Austria.

Leo Hohenberg

Steffen Frischat has committed himself to creating highly productive, healthy and inspiring working environments. He has been a member of the Ashoka Support Network since 2009 and develops the company IMPACT TRANSFER with Ashoka Austria. At ENTEGA he was responsible for “the new energy worlds”.

Steffen Frischat

Pro Bono Senior Advisor


With a proven track record as a successful real estate developer Hermann found his heart’s dream when he founded „HerzTraum Immo“ to spread the message that business can be sustainable only if it cares about society and environment.

Foto: © ninaromana

Hermann Rauter


A lawyer by training and a care-giver by calling. With her PeopleShare Foundation she mobilizes people around the world to give to the most vulnerable – the children.

Foto: © ninaromana

Samira Rauter

Serial Entrepreneur & Business Angel‚ Best European Early Stage Investor 2015, President of the Austrian Angels Investors Association and Founder of the And Mountainbiker.

Hansi Hansmann

Chairman of the board of the Erste Group

Andreas Treichl

Tina is co-founder of Haufe Advisory, an online platform that brings the best business consultants to organizations that need external expertise. She is a thought leader on the topics New Work, Platform Economy & Leadership.

Tina Deutsch

Co-founder and managing partner of Haufe Advisory

Susi Hillebrand is co-founder of the charitable Entity Hil-Foundation. “Privileges are invisible to those who enjoy them!”. Under that motto, the organization supports people who have fewer opportunities than others to lead their own lives. Especially disadvantaged children and adolescents, sexual minorities and people with mental disabilities are in the focus.

Susi Hillebrand

Co-Founder Hil-Foundation


Alon is a passionate entrepreneur and advisor with over 25 years experience in supporting entrepreneurs and organizations in over 30 countries to turn their strategies into measurable results.

Alon Shklarek

Sofia has been working in the private education field for over 25 years, as a school developer, teacher, inventor and writer. At the moment she is involved in school projects in Brazil and in Austria and also a special project with Brazilian Indigenous Art.

Sofia von Ridder

Since 1999, Hermann Futter has been managing the business of the Compass-Gruppe, the leading Austrian provider of economic information. Additionally, he is a Business Angel, allowing him to foster open entrepreneurship.


Hermann Futter


In 2007 Martin and Gerda Essl decided to dedicate themselves to social welfare with the Essl Foundation. It is their mission to support social innovation, social entrepreneurship and people with disabilities

Martin Essl

Sales MD in Global Family Business, Gebauer & Griller, in Automotive and Energy Industry with passion for digitalisation and integration projects. He is in expert in Business Development & Strategy, manufacturing Industry knowledge, political outreach.

Nikolaus Griller

(Kai)-Christian is the co-founder of an international financial service provider and a co-investment platform. Together with his wife Maria, Christian also started the social business LYMA.

Kai-Christian Brockstedt

Co-founder of a financial service provider and a co-investment platform

Dr. Martin Zieger was Chairman and CEO of Huber Holding AG. Since February 2018 he is co-owner and CEO of Powerserv Austria GmbH, a leading Austrian labor transfer company with 17 offices throughout Austria and a subsidiary in Slovenia.

Martin Zieger

Co-owner and CEO of Powerserv Austria GmbH

Managing Partner of Goodshares Beteiligungs- und Beratungs GmbH, licensed consultant, founder of various companies in the sectors IT, pharmacies, medical centers and real estate, organic farmer on “Gut Bergmühle”

Martin Rohla

Managing Partner of Goodshares Beteiligungs- und Beratungs GmbH

Jan Hichert has been a co-founder and investor in technology startups for over 20 years. He brings his passion for digitization to the Ashoka network.

Jan Hichert

Sandra Berkson is the managing director of SABER GmbH, a family office in Vienna. Her interests lie in real estate and venture capital investments that support early stage companies in Europe and around the world. SABER’s portfolio companies work to solve problems in healthcare, e-mobility, sustainable food production and other areas.

Sandra Berkson

Sebastian Heinzel was an international journalist in his first working life and an internet startup entrepreneur in his second. Today he runs a European paper and pulp company with the HEINZEL GROUP and is particularly interested in sustainability.

Sebastian Heinzel

Hermann Arnold is a multiple founder-entrepreneur, start-up investor and democracy reformer. He is currently organizing 42hacks, the world’s largest hackathon, to solve the climate crisis.

Hermann Arnold

Pro Bono Partners

By providing our Fellows with their know-how and expert knowledge, our Pro Bono Partners help take our Fellows' concepts to the next level. Additionally, partners connect us with their own networks, thereby strengthening Ashoka and our Fellows.


Contributors support us, our work and that of our Fellows with special rates.

Senior Pro Bono Advisors

These individuals work very closely with the Ashoka Team and assist us in our work. They bring decades of professional experience to the table, from which we and our Fellows profit.

“My professional life can be divided into 5 segments: teacher, researcher, manager in the chemical industry, business-owner and, since 2007, systems advisor and coach.”

Hans Bodingbauer

Integrator, Coach and Business Development

Wolfgang Neubert has around 12 years of experience in Top Management Consulting with McKinsey & Company. In recent years he has served on a number of executive boards for Austrian corporations.

Wolfgang Neubert

Pro bono Senior Advisor


Hannes Brandl has many years of experience working as a manager, advisor, coach and trainer. His main focus is on strategies, organizations, projects, teams, values, processes and IT.

Hannes Brandl

CEO and Founder of URPrior GmBH

Stefan is a business coach, consulting and coaching assignments and an investor in worldwide business development projects.

Stefan Dertnig

Founder & CEO DD Management & Advisory

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