Ashoka Fellows

Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who we recognize to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 70 countries around the globe in every area of human need.

All Ashoka Fellows must undergo a rigorous search and selection process in which they demonstrate that they fully meet Ashoka's selection criteria. Upon election, all Fellows agree to abide by the Conditions of Association with Ashoka and gain lifetime support through the world’s leading network of social entrepreneurs. Ashoka helps seed that network investment through stipends that allow Fellows the financial flexibility to fully dedicate themselves to their new ideas.

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Ashoka categorizes our Fellows broadly into one of six fields of work: Civic Engagement, Economic Development, Environment, Health, Human Rights, and Learning/Education. Search for a Fellow by name, country, or topic area.

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Country: India
Organization: Rural Volunteer Centre
Date of Election: 2007-05-13
Field of Work: Environment
Ravindranath “Ravi” is turning villages and communities in flood-ravaged regions into institutions prepared to predict, confront, and cope with floods, turning a one-time calamity into opportunities for people to create new and alternative livelihoods.
Country: Indonesia
Organization: InterAksi
Date of Election: 2008-01-07
Field of Work: Economic Development
Pamikatsih “Pikat” is leading people with disabilities in Indonesia towards economic independence through self employment. Once they become active in securing their livelihoods, she helps them work together to effectively lobby for their rights at the municipal level.
Country: Indonesia
Organization: RPUK
Date of Election: 2006-12-17
Samsidar is rebuilding community ties in Aceh, where the social fabric has been devastated by thirty years of armed conflict, military rule, and natural disaster. Samsidar links women victims with each other to promote healing, and then helps them to reconnect with their...
Country: Indonesia
Organization: Puspita Bahari
Date of Election: 2013-05-31
Field of Work: Human Rights
Masnu’ah is working to change the marginalization of women through her fisherwoman cooperative, Puspita Bahari. Masnu’ah’s organization gathers the community to learn about gender equality and income-generating activities; through these workshops, men and women are better...
Country: Brazil
Organization: AGEMTE
Date of Election: 2013-07-15
Field of Work: Economic Development
Country: Mexico
Organization: Reinserta Un Mexicano
Date of Election: 2015-06-08
Field of Work: Human Rights
Saskia Niño de Rivera is fighting to change the current Mexican penitentiary system, which is popularly known as the country’s ‘university of crime.’ Saskia believes that coming from a family with a criminal history or growing up inside a prison should not destine one to a...
Country: Nicaragua
Organization: Paso Pacifico
Date of Election: 2015-08-18
Field of Work: Civic Engagement
Sarah Otterstrom is collaborating with the government, private and citizen sector and involving the citizen sector in Nicaragua’s biologically diverse dry tropical forest, in order to create a form of development conservation that both empowers local populations and changes...
Country: Hungary
Organization: Roma Managers Professional Association / Cigány Vezetok Szakmai Egyesülete
Date of Election: 2000-12-11
Field of Work: Economic Development
Istvan has designed a program for education reform and skill training that addresses discrimination against Roma people in Hungary. He has been remarkably successful in involving municipalities in decreasing school dropout rates among Roma, also known as Gypsy, children and...
Country: Togo
Date of Election: 2011-07-28
Field of Work: Economic Development
Tiyeda Abalah has laid the foundation for the revival of a creative and forward thinking agro-pastoral approach to small-scale farming in Togo and neighboring Central Sahel. Her work has been built upon the principles of organic and sustainable cultivation. With a series of...
Country: Chile
Organization: Tour Marginal
Date of Election: 2003-02-09
Field of Work: Civic Engagement
Raúl Abásolo has devised a support and social integration system for marginalized youth that combines nonviolent channels of expression and access to health, education, and job opportunities with the creation of greater acceptance of these vulnerable youth within the...