Faculty & Guest Speakers
The faculty body consists of distinguished experts from leading academic institutions, succesful social entrepreneurs, and professionals from private, not-for-profit-, public and financial-sectors.
Nassir has over 10 years of entrepreneurship, social enterprise and private sector development experience in East Africa. As the Venture Manager for Ashoka in East Africa, he spent eight years developing and supporting East Africa’s largest network of leading social entrepreneurs to refine and scale their models for systemic transformation of sectors including agriculture, health, education and human rights among others.
In 2013, Manuela became the global lead of Boehringer Ingelheim’s initiative Making More Health (MMH), a long-term initiative launched by Boehringer Ingelheim in partnership with Ashoka. This initiative aims to improve health around the world by supporting social entrepreneurs and change-making ideas that creates win – win situations while linking the social to the business world.
Joseph is a practicing professional social entrepreneur who has spearheaded empowerment of over 1.5 million Uganda smallholder coffee farmers in 200 cooperatives and associations using his innovation of the farmer ownership model that has improved household income by 250%. This model earned Joseph the Ashoka Fellow in 2013.
Nneka is co-founder and CEO of mDoc, a digital health enterprise which integrates proven methodologies in quality improvement, data and behavioral science with technology to support people in Africa to manage their chronic health needs.
Florian leads on systems change partnerships, research, and training in the UK and he co-designed Ashoka's European Fellowship program where he co-leads the systems change, new leadership and wellbeing modules. His work in recent years has increasingly focused on the ecosystem for social entrepreneurs – in particular on funding for their systems changing work.
Giulia has been part of Ashoka since the beginning of 2016, dealing with Program Management for Ashoka Italy and collaborating with the international Ashoka Globalizer program. In addition to working for Ashoka, Giulia is an active member of the Free Antimafia Association and leads numerous projects in the fight against organized crime.
Simon started ColaLife with his wife Jane in 2008 to address the deeply entrenched problem of childhood diarrhoea in sub-Saharan Africa by establishing a new, user-led, private sector supply chain.
A former public defender, Karen Tse developed an interest in the intersection of criminal law and human rights after observing Southeast Asian refugees held in a local prison without trial, often tortured to obtain "confessions."
Paweł has been running the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland since August 1998 and he has been actively involved with the third (non-governmental) sector for more than 20 years.
Katarzyna's organization runs litigations against the most powerful people to disclose political decisions to citizens.
As serial entrepreneur, Alon has founded, co-founded or invested in over 25 businesses across 16 countries to date.
Mónica supports enterprises and social businesses transform into purpose-driven, people-centered and adaptive organizations to improve their triple bottom impact.
Mónica Expositor Blasco
Laura is an energetic social intrepreneur born and raised in Romania, where she led various youth empowerment projects. She studied Sociology in Romania and Sweden and pursued a Master’s program in Italy in Social Enterprise Management.
Sascha founded Citymart with the goal of transforming the way cities procure solutions to deliver better services.
Stephan throughout his career was and is dedicated as a leader of teams to building and helping to improve businesses and networks, which are aimed to have a positive impact.
With Ashoka Austria/CEE, Loic focuses mainly on developing the Impact Transfer Agency, that supports the transfer of proven social innovations into new geographies.
Loic Van Cutsem
She managed the organization Specialisterne Austria (founded by Ashoka Fellow Thorkil Sonne). She is a trained actress having studied theatre and acting, German and Romance Philology in Vienna and Milan.
Georg is Country Director of Ashoka Austria. Before Ashoka, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to create an organization for the development of socio-economic projects in Mexico, to develop a program of study for social entrepreneurs in Austria and to found a consulting firm specializing in environment and development.
Amir is a serial entrepreneur, active in the social and business arena since 1998. His proven track record of leading transformative initiatives, from inception to an impactful execution, led him to his current position as the head of Ashoka Israel.
Iman is the Vice President of Ashoka Global and the Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World. She is a visionary for social entrepreneurship and a pioneer of women-led and gender-focused development initiatives for over 30 years.
Head of Analysis & Research and member of the executive board of PHINEO, Berlin. He is responsible for PHINEO’s impact measurement activities as well as consulting NGOs, foundations, and private philanthropic donors/high net worth individuals. Philipp holds a PhD in Political Science.
Impact Investor and Social Entrepreneur with a long-standing career and background in the banking and strategic consulting business. He is the co-founder and managing director of Good Roots and Germany's Country Representative at European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA).
Sarah is now responsible for all social impact planning, monitoring and analysis processes at buddY E.V./Education Y. Her work is vital for the organization, as it decided on a significant change of strategy towards a strong focus on social impact.
Markus Freiburg is Co-Founder of FASE, a financing agency for Social Entrepreneurs, was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, and provided pro-bono consulting for a number of social entrepreneurs.
Stephanie Schmidt develops major partnerships with foundations, corporations, and academic institutions to spread the impact of social innovations.
With SYNCON Waltraud Martius is an independent franchise consultant and her book Fairplay Franchising is the standard reference text in the field.
Felix Oldenburg is an expert at the interfaces of the social, business and political sectors, and has launched national and international programs at Ashoka that accelerate the spread of social innovations.
Rizwan Tayabali has worked on the ground in 23 countries, advised more than 100 social enterprises and 34 Ashoka Fellows around the world, and is an experienced Globalizer mentor.
Rizwan TayabaliPATRI Framework
Andreas Heinecke founded the widely successful exhibition and franchise 'Dialogue in the Dark.' He is an Ashoka Fellow and Professor for Social Business at the EBS Business School.
Andreas HeineckeDialogue Social Enterprise
Mark Cheng is founder of social venture investment and advisory firm Chelwood Capital and Director of Ashoka UK and Ashoka Europe.
Filippo Addarii is the Director of International Strategy and Head of EuropeLab at The Young Foundation (UK), and senior research associate at the Global Climate Forum, a research center for sustainable development.
Filippo AddariiThe Young Foundation
Kerstin Humberg is the founder of a mission-driven start-up in Berlin and was a core member of McKinsey’s ‘Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice’.
Ryszard is the former founding director of Ashoka Poland, currently a consultant for Ashoka and a researcher emeritus at the University of Warsaw; also a Professor at the International Institute for Social & European Studies (ISES) based in Hungary and a lecturer at the Academy of the Psychology of Leadership.
Bénédictehas the HEC Chair in Social Business and is director of the HEC Paris Master of Science in Sustainable Development.Her research focuses on "reverse innovation" processes.
Bart has become an Ashoka Fellow in 2006 with his life-saving project APOPO, which trains African giant pounched rats to detect land mines. Recently APOPO has begun training rats to sniff out tuberculosis in human sputum samples.
In his role at Ashoka Europe, Adam develops and implements our vision of a world in which everyone can be a Changemaker. The title of his upcoming book says it all: "Small is powerful: why the era of big business, big government and big culture is over.
With 30 years of experience in marketing and advertising, Antonella brings an inspired energy and sophisticated approach to her support for various platforms for social entrepreneurs.
Professor Helga Kromp-Kolb is head of the Centre for Global Change and
Sustainability at BOKU University in Vienna. She is one of Austria´s leading
experts in meteorology and climatology.
Prof. Dr. Barbara Scheck is Assistant Professor for Social Investment at the University of Hamburg.
Dr. Frank Hoffmann is gynaelocologist and founder of the social business discovering hands. It uses the enhanced tactile senses of visually impaired people to early diagnose breast cancer.
Frank Hoffmanndiscovering hands
Liz Hamburg is the President & CEO of the Taproot Foundation, a nonprofit connecting nonprofits and social change organizations with skilled volunteers through pro bono service. Liz has over 20 years of experience starting up and growing innovative businesses.
Liz HamburgTaproot Foundation
Josef Waltl is a retired Executive Vice-President of Royal Dutch Shell Plc., UK. During his 32 years with the company he had an extensive international carrier. Since 2009 he is lecturing at Wirtschaftsuniversität, Vienna and has been recognized for his teaching with the CEMS Course of the Year Award 2013.
Carola von Painen was for 9 years employed by the personal procurement firm
Randstad. 2012 she founded the recruitment agency Talents4Good, that focuses on personnel consulting for social, ecological and sustainable enterprises.
Carola von PeinenTalents4Good
In 1996, Arnoud developed his first prototype of the mobile school as a thesis topic. He worked briefly in the private sector, while in his free time continuing to work on improving the mobile school. In 2002 the organisation Mobile School was founded in the form of a NPO.
Arnoud RaskinMobile School
Ana Bella leads the survivor movement network in Spain. By offering peer-to-peer support based on portraying positive testimonies of survivors, Ana Bella is enabling abused women to empower themselves as social changemakers.
Ana Bella EstevezFundación Ana Bella
Philippe Greier is co-founder and board member of presente! a global think & do tank for education and social innovation. His specialities are Game Theory Thinking and Systemic Transformationing.
He is the Founder of 'New Paradigm Ventures', serves as an Advisor on Impact Ventures & Investment to the WWF, as a Director for impact investment firm Angello Capital Ltd, and on the Board of Heifer International. He co-founded the Investment Ready Program, and the CEE Impact Day,
He is a co-founder of abgeordnetenwatch.de. With his platform he strives to strengthen democratic structures by incorporating citizens into political processes, as well as introducing political transparency. He is also part of the Young Global Leader Network of the Schwab foundation.
Attila v. Unruh is founder of TEAM U – the first German social enterprise to support small companies & self-employed in crisis. TEAM U has helped more than 16.000 entrepreneurs with their successful restart and scaling process. Attila is a certified business consultant, debt counsellor & systemic business coach. ©Christian Klant
Attila von Unruh
Together with Walburga Fröhlich, he founded the social business atempo and is an Ashoka Fellow. He is the co-managing director and co-franchise manager. Klaus Candussi studied musicology and social management and used to work as a journalist, as well as a directing manager in the disability sector.
She managed the family education in Norderstedt and Hamburg-Niendorf for over 20 years. During this time period, many innovative ideas for the support of families lead to the construction of wellcome.
He has had a lot of experience as a sales manager and managing director. In 2010 he co-founded Career Moves and in 2015, he co-founded DisAbility Performance Social Enterprise GmbH.
Career Moves’ goal is to create societal equality through new instruments in the labor market.
Michael Vollmann used to be the Venture and Fellowship Representative for Ashoka Germany and the co-director of the Ashoka Globalizer Program. Additionally, he leads the CIDG. He is the co-founder of the Good Hood GmbH (nebenan.de), a free, local platform for exchange between neighbors.
In areas where independent media remains fragile, Jeremy’s organization, Transitions (TOL), seeds the field with professional journalists who are trained to uphold only the highest core professional journalism standards in some of the most difficult contexts.
Tobias Leipprand is the CEO and Founder of the LEAD Academy, as well as being a change consultant, a digital expert and a public speaker. He is a serial social entrepreneur passionate about finding new ways to lead in the digital age.
Hermann Arnold is an Ashoka Support Network Member. He is the Co-founder, Chairman and Encourager at Haufe-umantis AG. He is on a constant search for visionary people and companies, challenges and world improvers.
Kate Effland is the Director, Strategic Partnerships at the Taproot Foundation. In this role, Kate is responsible for the development of creative partnerships that support fundraising, program/strategy development, and external positioning for Taproot to stakeholders.
Gerry Foitik is the Austrian Red Cross’ general secretary in the areas of: deployment, innovation and participation. Together with the Austrian radio station Hitradio Ö3, the Austrian Red Cross founded the “Team Österreich”
Stefan Faatz-Ferstl is a partner of dwarfs and Giants, an innovative organization-design and strategy partner for the 21st century that follows the purpose to rewrite the future of organizations.
Steffen supports enterprises and social business in their organizational design and agile transformation. He is an ASN member, a co-founder of Impact Transfer by Ashoka, and now works as evolutionary catalyst with dwarfs & Giants.
Bernhard Hofer is the managing director and founder of talentify.me. talentify.me is an educational project of Bernhard’s social business talentify GmbH. It is their goal to establish a sustainable peer-to-peer online platform, helping youths to unfold their full potential
Ross is currently directing Ashoka’s education strategy for triggering a fundamental change in the experience of education so that every young person is empowered to make a better world.
Pavel is a global thinker, change catalyst, and facilitator working with systemic social innovations in education, business, social entrepreneurship, culture, and urban development. He is the founder and CEO of Global Education Futures
Joshua is the author Prototyping Our Future: Social Labs For A Sustainable, Regenerative & Thriving Future. Joshua is the founder of Evolution Lab, a consultancy offering experiential and experimental prototyping and systemic innovation processes.
Jos is an Ashoka Fellow and founder of Buurtzorg, offering community based (home) care services to more than 60.000 patients a year. Buurtzorg has transformed home-based health care and it has created an innovative method for nursing care at home.
Jos de Blok
Odin leads Advisory at Ashoka Globalizer, an accelerator program that develops impact strategies with advanced social entrepreneurs from around the world that aim at social system change.
Daniel is the vice-president of the independent Viennese Academy of Consciousness Research, forthcoming editor of a book on perspectives on consciousness and research associate of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of System Science.
David Bornstein is a Canadian journalist, specialized on the topic of social innovation. He is the co-founder of the “Solutions Journalism Network” that strives to spread the methods and praxis of solutions journalism - a rigorous, fact-based reporting method, which focuses on answers to social problems.
Emmanuel de Lutzel became a social intrapreneur in 2006, initiating at BNP Paribas the microfinance and later the social finance activities, which supports 40 microfinance institutions in the world and 400 social businesses in Europe.
Emmanuel de Lutzel
Stephanie serves as the Program Director for Ashoka Changemaker Alliances in Europe that aims at accelerating the growth of social entrepreneurs and maximizing the “changemaking” potential of companies for greater impact through collaboration.
Valeria Budinich has been at the helm of thinking how to link entrepreneurs with venture capital. At Ashoka, she is Vice President of the organization and runs the Full Economic Citizenship Initiative (FEC) in which she enables commercial alliances between social entrepreneurs and private companies.
Philipp is the CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim. Innovative medicines for people and animals have for more than 130 years been what the research-driven pharmaceutical company stands for. They seek to foster economic and social well-being in the countries and communities in which they do business and corporate citizenship is an integral part of our corporate culture.
Philipp von Lattorff
He is Director of the Belgian NGO Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland (RLKM), President of the largest network on the natural heritage in Europe, EUROPARC federation; full member of the EU chapter of Club of Rome and council member of the largest nature conservation organization in Flanders, Natuurpunt.
Manager of Partnerships, Director of Storytelling/Comms Innovation for Youth Venture at Ashoka and founder of #MeWeSyria