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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.

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.

Ahmad Abdelgalil

Regional Fellowship Program Associate in Ashoka Arab World

Muhammad is working as CEO of Talents Academy - an educational and social enterprise that is meant to promote social change, with a vision to develop and raise talents and excellence in Arab society in Israel. He has well-grounded knowledge of many social and governmental programs.

Muhammad Farhan

CEO of Talents Academy

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.

Andrew Spyrou

Consultant Costas M. Lemos Foundation

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

MENA Regional Director The Synergos Institute

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.

Amira Saber

Project Manager Egyptian Members Association of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

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 .

Abla Alalfy

Founder, President Egyptian Members Asoociation of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Abbass is the founder and director of Al-Manarah (Lighthouse) Association, established in 2005 to improve the lives and status of Arab persons with disabilities in Israel.

Abbass Abbass

Ashoka Fellow


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.

Adnane Addioui

Ashoka Fellow


Artur Nadcrinicinii is a freelance consultant with over 15 years professional experience in international cooperation and development.

Artur Nadcrinicinii

Founder Artos kai Agapi

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 Khabbush

Founder & Executive Director

Omnis Institute

Dan founded the Anou Cooperative, an artisan managed and owned online platform that enables artisans to sell their work independently, regardless of literacy, and enables them to shape the future of craft in Morocco.

Dan Driscoll


The Anou Cooperative

Elik is the Vice President social programs of Dualis fund for social investments which work with social business that employs underprivileged populations.

Elik Almog

Vice President

Dualis social investment fund

Eman is currently working in Nazareth Municipality as Advisor of the general director for economic development.

Eman Bsoul

Assistant General Director Municipality of Nazareth

Giannis is a social entrepreneurship development officer at Athens Development and Destination Management Agency.

Giannis Vikas

Social Entrepreneurship Development Officer

Athens Development & Destination Management Agency

Gil is currently a business consultant to the company in the area of information security, as well as an investor in real estate.

Gil Tsabari

CEO GTS - Technologies Ltd

Guy is CEO of Midot, an NPO working to promote effectiveness and impact among government, social investors and NPOs.

Guy Beigel



Josep is a ‘societal’ innovator and policy maker more than anything else. He is used to working with practitioners, business, and NGO staff, in a non-profit/for profit environment, both as a facilitator and manager.

Josep Miro

Social Innovation Consultant


Katja has been working for 17 years at Deloitte as a consultant, in 2018 she started a social business with the idea of building bridges between Europe and Middle Eastern countries.

Katja Teuchmann


Safa East Venture e.U.

Melek is the Founder of the Turkish Women’s International Network, a global sisterhood network for change, and BinYaprak, a digital sisterhood circle for women of Turkey to empower each other.

Melek Pulatkonak


TurkishWIN & BinYaprak

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.

Michal Sadeh

Director Employment and Economic Program in the village of Jisr al-Zarqa

Nikolay is the co-founder & CEO of CastFolio. Since 1998, he has been working as an animator, producer and visualization expert of advertising, architectural, TV, film and web projects.

Nikolay Mihaylov

CEO & co-founder of CastFolio

In 2012, Obayda founded Sanad Youth Association, which aims to improve the well-being of Palestinian youth living in the Triangle Region.

Obayda Abo Asbeh


Sanad Yoth Association

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.

Ori Shoham

Program Coordinator atidim


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 Silvozzi


Bottega 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 Mayrhofer

Regional Manager

Institute for Inclusive Education

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

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

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

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


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

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 Cocuz

Sustainability Specialist

Enel 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.

Andrea Kretschmer


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 Djordjevic

Program Manager

Open Society Foundations

Radek transforms 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. She experienced a reat variety of positions, in banking, ranging from international syndicated loans, structured finance& 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 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.

Stefanie Kotrba

Executive Assistant

Milica is a Head of Communications/CSR at Western Union International Bank.

Milica Akzentic

Head of Communications and CSR

Western Union International Bank

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 Nassar

Project Management

SOS Children’s Villages International

BABYOU is for women with problems or complications during pregnancy. BABYOU provides you with information & support & community.

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 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 is Laboratory of social initiatives / Social Lab “City for 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 valuable & 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 leads on events in the UK and organises a European wide event in Germany for young social entrepreneurs. Passion: system change and impact measurement.

Florian Rutsch

Fellowship Manager

Ashoka UK

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 Rosandic


Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb

Hans Bodingbauer

Consultant and Professional Executive Coach

ICG integrated Consulting Group

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


Teach for Austria

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

HR Director

MTS 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 Griller


Teach for Austria

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



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

European Integrator


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 Laurencikova

Ashoka Fellow

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

Klara Michel

Michel Foundation

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 Mayerhofer

Managing Director

Julius Raab Foundation

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

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

Formerly Communications Manager at Ashoka Austria/CEE and organizer of the Visionary Program in Vienna, Carina is currently working for SwissProsthetics as Marketing Manager

Carina Linzer

Marketing Manager

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

Clemens Mulokozi

CEO & Founder

Jambo Bukoba

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

General Secretary

Sozialwirtschaft 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 Achitz

Project Manager

Blühendes Österreich

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

Stefan Schmid


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

Livio Scalvini



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 Mörike

Sales Coach, Trainer, Consultant

Mörike Consultant

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


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


Younited Cultures

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

Matthias Weichhart

Software & Webexpert

Austrian Research Promotion Agency

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 Wostry

CEO & Co-Founder

Sustainable 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 Zapletal

Executive Director

Depositum 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 Musuuza


Village Energy Uganda

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

Sheila Alumo

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

Civil Society Support

European Commission

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 & Founder


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.

Christoph Wolfsegger

Program und Research Manager


Andras is the Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response. He is a Canadian diplomat, who was selected to this position by JRR’s Executive Board.

Andras Vamos-Goldman

Executive Director of

Justice Rapid Response

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 Szymielewicz

Ashoka Fellow and founder of

Fundacja Panoptykon

Dieter has experience as senior executive in the Consumer Goods industry. He has a big passion for developing sustainable consumer businesses.

Dieter Schulz

Managing Director of

Danone Central and Southern Europe

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.

Elisabeth Schreiber

Program Coordinator of


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.

Georg Schönberger

CFO of


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 Schlaffer

Ashoka Fellow and founder of

Women without Borders

Doris works as a curator, art manager, consultant and author focussing on the intersection between art, creativity, economy & society.

Doris Rothauer

Counsellor, expert and author of

Büro für Transfer

A lawyer by training and a care-giver by calling, Samira works through her PeopleShare Foundation to mobilize people around the world to empower echildren.

Samira Rauter

Founder of

People Share Foundation

Gebhard is co-CEO of Teach For Austria, where he is in charge of the areas of Program, HR, Finance, Marketing, Legal and Leadership Development.

Gebhard Ottacher

CEO of

Teach for Austria

Matthias is the founder of interprAID. He has a background in Development Studies, Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing.

Matthias Monreal

Founder of


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 Miklosko

Ashoka Fellow and founder of

Úsmev 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 Lodeizen

Ashoka Fellow and founder of

Young In Prison

Marie is a psychologist and coach with a major in educational and organizational psychology. She was also working for Teach for Austria, an education initiative.

Marie Langer

Psychologist and Coach at

Teach for Austria

Elisabeth managed the organization Specialisterne Austria. She is specialized in teaching integrated museum methods and improvisation theater skills.

Elisabteh Krön

Founder of


Aleksandra works as an independent expert for Brussels-based non-profit organisation – AEIDL – facilitating transnational cooperation between Member States.

Aleksandra Kowalska



David has worked in IT-trading , formed a trading company and another one in telecoms before joining the social sector with SOS-Children’s Villages about 11 years ago.

David Katzlinger

Head of Institutional Partnership Development of


Hannes is the managing director of the Tobacco Monopoly Agency. He also gives strategic guidance to the ministry of finance.

Hannes Hofer

CEO of


Reinhard worked 5 years as a development worker in Ecuador. Coming back to Austria, he co-founded the NGO JUGEND EINE WELT.

Reinhard Heiserer

CEO of

Jugend eine Welt

Nina Schnider

CEO, Co-Founder, Board Member, Campaign Management

Demokratie 21

After working for the ministry of finance in Vienna and other ministries Nina started to work for NGOs in the develpment aid field.

Nina Hechenberger

Project Manager of


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 Haselmayer

Head of Care and Specialist Counselling of

Haus der Barmherzigkeit

Alexander is enthusiastic about bringing his years of consulting expertise in business development and strategy to projects that can change the world.

Alexander Ertler

Changemaker & Social Investor

Ashod is a business and project development executive, offering 10+ years proven success in achieving goals in the NGO sphere.

Ashod Derandonyan

Project Development Executive of

Union of the deaf in Bulgaria

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 Kahane

Project Manager Zero Project

Essl Foundation

Christoph was born and raised in Vienna and has been active in municipal politics for 25 years.

Christoph Chorherr

Regional Council

Die Grünen

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 Černá

Project Manager of

FOKUS 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 Bianchini

Project Manager of

Source International

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

Stephan Dertnig

Founder & CEO

DD Management & Advisory

As Federal Rescue Commander, Gerry is responsible for deployment, innovation and investments in the Austrian Red Cross, General Secretariat.

Gerry Foitik

Management Board Member of

Red Cross Austria

Petr Lebeda

Founder & Director of


Wolfgang Kowatsch

Managing Partner at myAbility


Carolin Schmid-Schmidsfelden

Founder of

Schmidsfelden Communications

Markus Luger

Communication and Education Pioneer at


Georg Schön


Michael Hagelmüller

Project Manager Bildünger

Martin Kirchner

Co-founder of Cohousing Pomali and

Pioneers of Change

Philipp Haydn

Business Angel and Founder of


Raphaela Toncic-Sorinj

Director Visionary Program

Kirsten Tangemann

Managing Partner at

Quadris Consulting

Martin Hollinetz

Ashoka Fellow and founder of


Sandy Croatto

Senior engineer at Toyota Motor Europe

Klaus Candussi

Ashoka Fellow and founder of


Evgeni Mitev

Social Entrepreneur and Consultant

Eudaimonia Solutions

Bernhard Hofer

Ashoka Fellow and founder of

Walburga Fröhlich

Ashoka Fellow and founder of


Dagmar Doubravova

Ashoka Fellow and founder of


Gregor Demblin

Ashoka Fellow and founder of myAbility


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.

Valeria Duflot


Venezia Autentica