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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.

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 Trampusch

Head of International Programs at Austrian Red Cross

Osterreichisches Rotes Kreuz

In addition to her work as chairwoman of Grow Together, Katharina works as a pediatrician at the "Kaiser Franz Josef Hospital" in Vienna as the head of the child protection group and the "Baby Care Department".

Katharina Kruppa

Founder and Chairwoman Grow Together

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.

Karsten Ottenberg

Former CEO of BSH Home Appliances Group and Innovator and Purpose-driven leader by heart

Since 2019 Natalia has been chairwoman of the Expert Council for the Development of Social Entrepreneurship under the Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship in the State Duma of the Russian Federation of the 7th convocation.

Natalia Peryazeva

Doctor of Social Work and Business Administration Social entrepreneur

Heidrun is a marketing expert. In 2013, she founded her own consulting company called Gruber-Grösswang Consulting to support companies and regions in their marketing, product development, innovation strategies and brand positioning.

Heidrun Gruber-Grösswang

Head of Gruber-Grösswang Consulting

Gruber-Grösswang Consulting

Christian is working as head of the project department of the association in support of the blind and visually impaired in Austria (HGBS).

Christian Vogelauer

Head of Projects

From mid-May 2018, Magdalena is the CEE Director for Climate-KIC, a European leading climate innovation organization. She is a professional manager with diversified experience in leading and developing organizations.

Magdalena Dul-Komosińska

Head of CEE Geography for Climate-KIC


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.

Jindra Marešová

Director Albatros Foundation

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 Rauth

Head of Head of Finance & Service at the Österreichische Caritaszentrale (ÖCZ)

Caritas Austria

Andreas Papp is an aid worker who began his professional engagement in humanitarian assistance in 2004 as Logistic Administrator with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in West Darfur. After this initial assignment, he continued coordinating missions on project or country level in Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Lebanon and Iraq.

Andreas Papp

Emergency Response Director SOS Children’s Villages International

SOS Children’s Villages

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.

Andrea Martens


Harald is designer, design theorist and curator. He is partner at the design studio EOOS and director and founder of the IDRV - Institute of Design Research Vienna. He is specialized in the research and application of social and sustainable design strategies.

Harald Gründl

Managing Partner / Chairman EOOS Design, IDRV - Institute of Design Research Vienna

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.

Mustapha Jazar

Founder and Director , Lebanese Association for Scientific Research (LASeR)


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

Executive Director of Hub and Coworking SNEMOVNI 7

When she joined Ashoka in Summer 2019, Agnes did Communications at Ashoka Austria and Program Management of the Visionary Program.

Agnes Schillhuber

Zeina is an Education and Youth Empowerment-ish social entrepreneur.

Zeina Awaydate

Youth Empowerment Program Manager & Head of Communication

Emilie is a Partnership Manager at Ashoka, based in Geneva. 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.

Emilie Romon

Partnership Manager Ashoka

Elisabeth Pipic currently works for the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF), a public fund and partner of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

Elisabeth Pipic

Change Manager and Community Mobilizer at Ashoka Czech Republic


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.

Michael Lorz

Managing Director of the Foundation MyHandicap

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.

Christina Kauer

UK Fellowship Manager

In 2014, Katharina joined the European Forum Alpbach (EFA) Foundation as Head of scholarship programme.

Katharina Okulski

Co-Founder & CEO DAHIR

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 Ludwing Boltzmann Gesellschaft

Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft

Simona is Vice President, Founder, Communication and Growth Director NEVER GIVE UP Onlus (NPO) for beating Feeding and Eating Disorders.

Simona Sinesi

Co-Leader of EU-funded ERASMUS+-project “Society in motion”

Ole Kassow, Founder of Cycling Without Age, is a changemaker and a social entrepreneur.

Ole Kassow

Regional Manager for the Institute for Inclusive Education

Violeta Philippitsch joined Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria) in 2005.

Violeta Philippitsch

Operations Manager Ashoka CEE

Stefan Lilischkis is a senior researcher and consultant at empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH in Bonn, Germany.

Stefan Lilischkis

Lecturer at Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb

After six years of experience talking, mentoring, coaching persons from more than 10 countries, Jose wishes to go on!

Jose Morales

Manager Accenture

Christoph, who is a business economist by profession, strives for a role where he can reconcile commercial with social and ecological paradigms.

Christoph Soukup

Senior Project Manager HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank

Vadim is an Information Engineering Incubator for young people from the age of 12, aimed at solving knowledge-intensive and technological challenges from customers from the real sector of the economy.

Vadim Poluga

“i3” (I-Cube) Information Engineering Incubator