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.
Ulla Riedle is Co-Team Leader of the Youth&ICT4D department in SOS Children´s Villages International, focusing on the strategic implementation of innovative and digital solutions at program level to improve the lives of children and young people without adequate parental care.
After leaving the bank late 2019 he is now active as independent financial advisor, supervisory board member and engaged in supporting social ventures.
Michael decided to leave the „big“ consulting business by the end of 2020 and has his eyes set on the Start-up and FinTech world as someone who helps growing companies to sustain and be successful.
From 2015 to 2021, Marta had led, first as the project manager, then as the director in charge, a high visibility project in a United Nations specialized agency to establish a fuel bank for countries that cannot access fuel in the commercial market or by any other means.
In his work, Markus supports and facilitates the European collaboration between higher education institutions and partners from industry, politics and civil society with the aim of creating mutual synergies from their individual strengths and perspectives.
Since April 2020 she has been working as an Account Director for one of the best Austrian PR Agencies – Ketchum Publico. Ketchum Publico is part of the largest and most esteemed global PR Network.
In 2015 Katharina founded DreiKreis, a successful IT recruiting company. There she is not only the CEO, but also functions as key account manager.
Katharina van Zeller
Katarina is since 2004 a full-time professor of Musicology at New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Judith started the NGO “Start with a Friend Austria” where they connect locals with refugees on a friendship basis. Last year, she also started working for the social business of an Ashoka – Fellow: Zeitpolster. Zeitpolster connects people who need care with volunteers.
Johannes is lecturer at the Austrian Red Cross training center and contributes as lecturer/coach/mentor to different initiatives such as NGO Academy or Bildünger.
In 2006, in parallel with her research activity, she founded Tice: the first private Italian non-profit company which offers psychological services based on behavioral science principles to children, young people and young adults with mental health difficulties.
Eszter is an owner of a small social enterprise called Nestingpplay: a system of special playground equipment which offers a solution to the limited inclusion of children with special needs into the community. 2 years ago, she founded her own social enterprise which aim is to teach everyone how to play. Now she is delivering practical-based knowledge training to re/primary school teachers.
Since April 2020, Elodie has been concentrating on the Finance management at ASHOKA for Austria, Hungary and Czech Republic. She also has been working on the Visionary Program management, development and communication.
With 20 years of international communication and management experience in huge companies, Daniela likes to coach and develop leaders and businesses. Her visionary and creative mindset inspired her to make talents and leaders visible by telling their stories with her own start-up cosmicfilms.net or producing an African artist edition on fabrics loomingarts.com.
Christoph, who is a business economist by profession, is the Founder & Director of Steinbeis Consulting Center Circular Economy and materialkreislauf.
Violeta Philippitsch joined Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria) in 2005.
Ole Kassow, Founder of Cycling Without Age, is a changemaker and a social entrepreneur.
Simona is Vice President, Founder, Communication and Growth Director NEVER GIVE UP Onlus (NPO) for beating Feeding and Eating Disorders.
In 2014, Katharina joined the European Forum Alpbach (EFA) Foundation as Head of the scholarship program.
Born and raised in Vienna, Christina has an academic background in economics as well as international relations with a focus on cross border environmental topics. She values interdisciplinary and is convinced that this is a key approach to work on current and future complex issues.
Michael is currently establishing a global information hub for people with disabilities by utilizing a social franchise system. He is also Managing Director of the Foundation MyHandicap which is serving about 10 Mio. people annually with information about disability related topics in the German speaking areas.
Emilie is the Co-Director of Ashoka Switzerland. She is responsible for building and managing international partnerships to support social entrepreneurs in scaling up their impact globally, and co-leads the Ashoka Support Network, a global community of committed leaders who stand by and advance Ashoka’s vision.
Anna is the assistant to VIP & Exhibitor Relations in the Vienna Contemporary Artfair.
Katerina is the Executive director of Embassy of Sustainable Thinking, a Hub and Coworking Snemovni 7 in the center of Prague, where individuals and businesses network, educate and co-work and where a new community of social innovators has been arising.
Katerina Bursikova Jacques
Mustapha Jazar is a professor in the mathematics department at Lebanese University in Tripoli, Lebanon. In 2008 he founded the Lebanese Association for Scientific Research (LASeR), and in 2013 LASeR created an academic programme for refugees in Lebanon.
Andrea works as an independent artist, thus initiating creative collaboration since 2012. She has been leading workshops in Berlin, the North Sea, Jerusalem, Kathmandu, Madrid and the South Caucasus. In 2016, she co-founded the TRANSCULTURAL ART LAB (T.A.L.) – an annual artistic future laboratory, connecting creators from the South Caucasus and Germany.
Helmut is part of the Management Board of ÖCZ and therein responsible for the areas of Controlling, Accounting, Human Resources, Institutional Partnership, Quality Management and Organization.
Helmut RauthCaritas Austria
Jindra is a director of the Albatros Foundation founded by the largest publishing house in Czechia. They work with Romani children and with children from poor families and help them to access quality kindergartens or to study at secondary schools.
Christian is working as head of the project department of the association in support of the blind and visually impaired in Austria (HGBS).
Karsten is a member of the Ashoka Support Network, member of the Singularity University community and he supports Endeavor Global for selecting and mentoring high-impact Entrepreneurs around the world.
Responsible for regional cooperation strategies in East Africa and South Caucasus, as well as East- and Southeast Europe, he has a proven experience in Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Community- based Health and Care programs.
Eduard TrampuschOsterreichisches Rotes Kreuz
In 2018, Ahmad was selected to be a Lazord Fellow at Jon. D Gerhart Center for philanthropy and responsible business at The American University in Cairo for his contributions to the social development field.
Andrew manages the Greece operations of the Costas M. Lemos Foundation, a philanthropic foundation which focusses on the marine environment and unemployed youth. This involves oversight of all donations, processes and communications of the Foundation’s Greek activities.
Hisham is the Regional Director for the Arab World at Synergos, focusing on the promotion of social entrepreneurship, youth volunteerism and employment. Under Hisham's leadership, Synergos has built the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the region, and strengthened the skills and employability of over 5000 young people.
Hisham El Rouby
Amira believes in the power of Changemakers, she has 8 years of experience in different fields mainly Sales, Marketing and Training with a recent experience in civil development.
Abla is a senior consultant of neonatal intensive care and continuing medical education, worked in Egypt and in several other countries and currently affiliated to Children and Women Specialty hospital, Al Galaa Military Complex .
Adnane is an Ashoka Fellow who has committed his life to work in the MENA region, particularly Morocco, enabling creative thinking, entrepreneurship and innovation for the common good.
Aziza is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Omnis Institute, an independent organisation dedicated to amplifying the voices of marginalised and underrepresented local social leaders, particularly youth, women and minorities.
Aziza KhabbushOmnis Institute
Eman is currently working in Nazareth Municipality as Advisor of the general director for economic development.
Gil is currently a business consultant to the company in the area of information security, as well as an investor in real estate.
Michal is Director Employment and Economic Program in the village of Jisr al-Zarqa. She gave birth to the Zarqa Gallery, a work and creative space for the women of the community.
The founder of "home ground" - an Israeli registered charity based in Tel Aviv, Israel which offer a completely unique and innovative way of supporting homeless people through the game of soccer.
Silvia cumulated professional experience around the issues of Youth, Peace and Social Finance. She is now catalyising innovation at Bottega Terzo Settore, a brand-new impact hub.
Silvia SilvozziBottega Terzo Settore - Fondazione Carisap
Barbara works as Regional Manager for the Institute for Inclusive Education in Kiel, Germany. The Institute developed the first qualification for people with intellectual disabilities which enables them to work at universities.
Barbara MayrhoferInstitute for Inclusive Education
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.
Clarissa RhombergLudwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft
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.
Since 2014 Tomas became Managing Director of the Karel Janecek Foundation. They have 3 main programs - Education, Social innovations and Kindness.
Raluca is 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.
Raluca CocuzEnel Romania
Andrea has exhaustive consulting experience, besides 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.
Masha has 15 years of experience in philanthropy and capacity building in democratization and development. At Open Society Initiative for Europe she leads grant support to development of policy research and think tanks in the Western Balkans
Masha DjordjevicOpen Society Foundations
Alexandra has been working in the financing sector in Germany and Austria. She experienced a reat variety of positions, in banking, ranging from international syndicated loans, structured finance& funding and capital markets.
Alexandra NitzladerHYPO NOE Gruppe Bank
Stefanie has been working in the Legal Department of the OPEC Fund for International Development for the past five years. As an executive assistant she is managing the in- and outgoing workflow and communication of the department.
Nicole has more than 20 years experience in the international nonprofit and social development sector with SOS Children’s Villages International. Focus: Africa, the Middle East and Gulf, Europe and Eastern Europe.
Nicole NassarSOS Children’s Villages International
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 SchadenAshoka CEE
Linda has been involved for more than 15 years in 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.
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 is Laboratory of social initiatives / Social Lab “City for life”.
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.
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.
The object of the organisation “Landschaftspflegeverein Thermenlinie – Wienerwald – Wiener Becken” is to protect and maintain about 500 hectares of valuable & threatened habitats by accessing and involving local people in nature-conservation.
Irene DrodzowskiBlühendes Österreich
Andreja has more than 14 years of experience in social finance & social enterprise in Europe, Western Balkans, Eastern Neighbourhood. She is founder of the craft for intellectual services providing mentoring, coaching, consulting and trainings.
Andreja RosandicFaculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb
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 KukharchukMTS University
Niki is Teach For Austria Fellow. Formerly he was Managing Director of his family’s business "Griller Kabel" supplying electrification hardware solutions to industry and car manufacturing.
Niki GrillerTeach for Austria
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.
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.
Klara is a Yoga Teacher, Coach, Health Guide and Entrepreneur.
Elisabeth heads Julius Raab Stiftung. Formerly, she has been working experience in fields such as renewable energy, communication and strategic consultancy and political organisations.
Elisabeth MayerhoferJulius Raab Foundation
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 OndasSozialwirtschaft Steiermark
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 AchitzBlühendes Österreich
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.
Andrea MörikeMörike Consultant
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 SlaatsYounited Cultures
Alexander is co-founder of Sustainable 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 WostrySustainable Agriculture Tanzania
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 ZapletalDepositum Bonum Foundation
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.
Abu MusuuzaVillage Energy Uganda
Sheila is a social entrepreneur, a lawyer by training and a passionate advocate for progressive rural community development at grass root level.
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 NitaEuropean Commission
Christoph has a strong interest in environmental issues, especially climate change mitigation. Since 2008 he works for the Climate and Energy Fund of the Austrian Government.
Kataryna is co-founder/president of Panoptykon Foundation, vice-president of European Digital Rights, board member of Tactical Technology Collective and Amnesty International (Poland).
Kataryna SzymielewiczFundacja Panoptykon
Elisabeth has been working in international aid with different NGOs for 15 years. Since then, she has worked in Austria, Eastern Europe, Africa, and with Brussels, the Middle East and Asia.
Georg is CFO of AGES - the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety - one of Europe's leading organisations in risk minimisation in health, food safety and consumer protection.
Edit is a social scientist and founder of Women without Borders, an NGO based in Vienna, Austria. She strengthens women’s capabilities through education, collaboration and self-confidence.
Edit SchlafferWomen without Borders
Jozef’s interest in the field of abandoned children and children’s rights has a long history. He designed and manages a new family-centered model and push for reforms
Jozef MikloskoÚsmev ako dar/Smile as a Gift
Noa is founder of several initiatives. Driven by her conviction that the world urgently needed to rethink its definition of juvenile justice, she founded the NGO Young in Prison in 2002.
Noa LodeizenYoung In Prison
Helga is Head of Care and Specialist Counselling at HABIT with responsibility for managing and coordinating nursing care and the multidisciplinary specialist counselling team.
Helga HaselmayerHaus der Barmherzigkeit
Alexander is enthusiastic about bringing his years of consulting expertise in business development and strategy to projects that can change the world.
Alice is working for the Essl Foundation. Other occupations: Co-founder of the NGO Echo100 Plus, co-founder of the Social Kitchen Club, Board-Member of the Kahane Foundation.
Alice KahaneEssl Foundation
Iva works in NGO FOKUS České Budějovice as project manager and as an evaluator. FOKUS České Budějovice provide social, health and job services for people with mental illness.
Iva ČernáFOKUS České Budějovice
Flaviano is an Italian environmentalist and activist. He he founded Source International, a non-profit organization that deals with human rights abuses caused by extractive industries.
Flaviano BianchiniSource International
Franz Christian Necas
Currently active in Venice, Italy the mission of Venezia Autentica is to increase the retention of tourism revenue in the destination by empowering both travelers and local businesses.