The Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2014

Publication date: 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 13:00

Meet the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2014.

The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Awardees are leading 30 organizations operating in more than 20 countries that are pioneering solutions for social and environmental challenges including urban revitalization, renewable energy, unemployment, and more. 

“Social entrepreneurs are the driving force behind innovations that improve the quality of life of individuals around the world, and they represent an integral and dynamic community of the World Economic Forum,” Hilde Schwab said. “It therefore gives me great pleasure to announce the 2014 Schwab Social Entrepreneur awardees. The 37 outstanding social entrepreneurs we have selected into the Schwab Foundation community this year are designing transformative models in collaboration with government and business partners to generate truly inclusive growth.” Hilde Schwab 

The 2014 awardees include: Seiko Adachi & Masue Katayama of Shinko Fukushikai (Japan); José Vicente Aguerrevere of Día Día Practimercados (Venezuela); Shaikh Saif Al Rashid of JITA (Bangladesh); A.T Ariyaratne & Vinya Ariyaratne of Sarvodaya (Sri Lanka); Patrick Awuah of Ashesi University (Ghana); Richard Barth & Mike Feinberg of KIPP Foundation (USA); Shelly Batra of Operation ASHA (India); Marc Freedman of Encore (USA); Erin Ganju of Room to Read (USA); Ashifi Gogo of Sproxil (Nigeria); Sam Goldman, Donn Tice and Ned Tozun of D.light (USA); Rupert Howes of Marine Stewardship Council (United Kingdom); Tim Jones of Artscape (Canada); Martin Kariongi Ole Sanago of Institute for Orkonerei Pastoralists Advancements, IOPA (Tanzania); Jay Kimmelman and Shannon May of Bridge International Academies (Kenya); Sasha Kramer of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (Haiti); Javier Armando Lozano of Clinicas del Azucar (Mexico); Nancy Lublin of Dosomething.org (USA); Jean-Daniel Muller and Jean-Michel Ricard of Siel Bleu (France); Rosario Perez of Pro Mujer, Sanduk Ruit of Nepal Eye Program Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (Nepal); Gbenga Sesan of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (Nigeria); Merula Steagall of Associação Brasileira de Linfoma e Leucemia (Brazil); Patrick Struebi of Fairtrasa (Peru); Luis Szaran of Sonidos de la Tierra (Paraguay); Adina Tal of Nalaga’at (Israel); Chris Underhill of BasicNeeds (United Kingdom); Chetna Vijay Sinha of Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation (India); Charles Edouard Vincent of Emmaus Défi (France); and Allen Wilcox of VillageReach (Mozambique).