Carina Schmid, Germany
Carina is the co-founder and CEO of The Global Experience, a non profit organization and international youth media network dedicated to increase the intercultural dialogue. Since being in high school Carina enjoyed exploring different fields of work, including media production, marketing and journalism. A trip to Namibia eventually changed her life and made her become passionate about creating opportunities for young people to gain intercultural experiences – offline, as well as online. During her studies she dedicated most of her time on building up The Global Experience that eventually...
Bikramjit Singh, Malaysia &Australia
Bikramjit Singh is currently Group Managing Director, CEO, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. His online ecommerce business (Interactive Era ) dealing in products and services such as digital e-learning via tablets (www.iScuela.com), Technology Wellness (www.iliveon.net) and Club Memberships (www.fantasyresorts.net), has expanded over 15 countries in just 3 years.
Bikramjit Singh who is from Malaysia, has homes in Kuala Lumpur, India and Melbourne, Australia. He is an engineer by training, having studied at the University of Sunderland UK.
"One of the main reason I choose...
Gloria Silas Mangi, Tanzania
Gloria has over four years of experience in the field of media and journalism working for various television and media outlets. As the Media and Communication Director for Maanisha! Limited, she is in charge of creatively managing, presenting and coordinates all media initiatives for Maanisha as well as supervise the different shows and programs for the company.
Gloria’s experience in Tanzania started in 2010 when she produced and directed a successful TV talk show that dealt with social issues in Tanzania and revolutionized the Tanzanian mainstream media. She was also the key anchor and...
Maninder Singh Bajwa, India
Maninder Singh Bajwa is a Social Entrepreneur and currently acting as the Managing Director at iScuela, which is having its business operation in 10 countries. His EdTech company iScuela is fast becoming a credible name, that provides high quality education through the use of mobile technology bridging barriers of demographics, affordability and availability of resources.
Maninder, finished his Software Engineering degree from Monash University, Melbourne Australia after which he commenced his journey as an Entrepreneur. After being in IT Service Industry, he decided to move into Product...
Analy Paz, Guatemala
Is a psychologist and Special Needs educator, passion by social work and part of the board of the organization Paz Joven Guatemala, traveling and working with adolescents and youth people in 20 states of the country, she gives self-steem, identity and Sexual and Reproductive health conferences to them , the organization promotes and creates opportunities for , training in values for built and live in a culture of peace, political participation and integration in the formal spaces of decision-making at local and national levels, young people actually have the ability, the strength, the...
Ana Pantelić, Serbia / Colombia
Ana Pantelić is an international development consultant and social innovator with an interdisciplinary education and multicultural background. A PhD candidate at the University of Belgrade, she has lived and worked on three continents, focusing her professional activities on sustainable development, poverty alleviation and innovation for change. An enthusiastic proponent of the notion that disruptive ideas change the world, Ana spent two and a half years working with Fundación Capital in Bogotá, Colombia to alleviate poverty by designing, developing and disseminating technology-based tools...
Iqbal Hariadi, Indonesia
Iqbal Hariadi is undergraduate student at Universitas Indonesia. Although majoring biology, he is so passionate about technology and creative industry. He is active member of Young Entrepreneur Association of Universitas Indonesia. He is also a contributing writer at Indonesia Kreatif, an online digital platform covering creative industry development in Indonesia. Iqbal - together with his friends from Lendabook project - won a World Youth Summit Award 2013 for Create Your Culture category. Lendabook is a social networking site where every person wherever they are can be facilitated mutual...
Vintagesam Okoroafor, Nigeria
Vintagesam Okoroafor is Nigerian based HR and Business Strategist with Globalplux Consulting Services. He is a B. Sc degree holder with Delta State University and a full member of Institute of Chartered Portfolio Management of Nigeria (ICPM), and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM).
His hunger for service above self and humanity led him into Rotary International from a young age.
Vintagesam is interested in agricultural sector and wants to change the face of the agriculture in Africa with technology.
In 2013, his project 'OpinionNigeria' (www.opinionnigeria.com)...
Sk. K. Shareef, India
Shareef comes from a humble rural background in India. By profession he is Design Manager in a software company from Hyderabad, India. By passion he is great social activist. Since last 10 years his commitment towards society is outstanding. Founder at friends2support.org, the world's largest voluntary blood donor network, which have been saving more than 200000 lives and continuing. They have 1, 50, 000 registered volunteers to help the needy 24X7. His efforts towards saving lives, supporting meritorious poor students, providing resources to rural child education, conducting health camps and...
Muthoni Njuguna, Kenya
Muthoni is currently Systems Administrator and CSLT Facilitator at the Jesuit Refugee Services Based in Kakuma, a Kenyan non-profit organisation. She has many year of experience as account and project manager in the field of ICT. Muthoni has worked with Net Plan East Africa, a provider of telecommunication solutions, with Virtual City, a Kenyan Software Company, and with Arkworks Advertising.
Muthoni worked as well with Digital Concepts Limited as System Analyst where she designed new IT solutions to improve business efficiency besides being responsible for the over-all project management...
Fungai Machirori, Zimbabwe
Fungai Machirori is a Zimbabwean blogger, journalist and photographer. In 2011, her blog 'Fungai Neni' (www.funganeni.com) was a runner up in the World Youth Summit Award 'Power 2 Women' category.
In 2012, Fungai founded Zimbabwe's first web-based portal for women, Her Zimbabwe (online at www.herzimbabwe.co.zw) which discusses and interrogates issues affecting Zimbabwean women.
Bistra Kumbaroska, Macedonia
Bistra Kumbaroska, 29 years old. Since her earliest age, Bistra spends her time in witnessing courageous steps made by humans, leading towards life-changing experiences and long-lasting impact. Youth activism, social innovation and poetry are her three main passions. Challenge Future (www.challengefuture.org), Mladi Info (www.mladiinfo.eu) and AIESEC (www.aiesec.net) are three crucial organizations that enabled her to take part in creating new perspectives and possibilities for young people all over the world. At the moment, she is developing Mladi Info Network and offering free education...
Momal Mushtaq, Pakistan
Hailing from Pakistan, Momal Mushtaq is a freelance writer, activist and an aspiring social entrepreneur, gifted with creativity skills which she expands enthusiastically in pursuing her ambitions. Her work in development and media communications, with focus on youth and gender equality, is recognized by global awards. Having seen the effects of violence on a first-hand basis and messages of hate it can bring to youth, Momal founded The Voice of Youth, an award-winning youth network spread across 151 countries of the world. She founded The Freedom Traveller (TFT) to connect and empower female...
Renato Dornelas, Brazil
Renato Dornelas is the Project Manager of Read My Voice, an international photo campaign to promote global awareness in various issues through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest. (http://www.readmyvoice.org/)
He is also part of the British Council Global Changemakers network, and is an active member of the inaugural US Ambassador’s Youth Council for US State Department Mission Brazil, a national civic engagement project building connections with local communities.
In 2011, Renato was nominated Youth Ambassador of the Americas by the US Embassy in Brazil, and in the...
Sébastien Bourdu, France
Sébastien Bourdu is a young sense maker. He is a freelance web developer and UX designer doing his best to work on meaningful projects and to have a positive social impact. Prior to that, he worked two years in the R&D center of Orange. He is also a co-founder and CTO of Leeftr, a trusted community marketplace for remote computer assistance.
Sébastien, together with his friends, won a World Summit Youth Award in 2011 for the ikoproject in the category “Education for all”.
Sébastien loves the convergence of like-minded people. He is an active member of MakeSense, an open project...
Rafael Rivera, Mexico
Rafael Rivera is a young entrepreneur and winner of World Summit Youth Award in 2010 with the project JOIN Jóvenes Informados, in the category Pursue Truth. Rafael has previous experience in journalism in Mexico, where he has written some articles for important newspapers such as El Universal and Milenio, and for TV as well for the national chain TV Azteca. Within McKinsey, he has worked in social sector studies in Latin America and India.JOIN Jovenes Informados allows youngsters to communicate their ideas to key decision makers in the country. With more than 10 thousand readers a month, JOIN...
Alexander Ojo, Ghana
Alexander is an Electricals/Electronics Engineer, turned Software Developer/Entrepreneur. He graduated from the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, where he studied Software Development and Entrepreneurship. He led a team, which won seed funding from the Meltwater Foundation to start their own software company. Prior to that, he worked in various managerial positions, as an IT director and also a technical director.
When asked about his career, Alex pointed out that he was always that one person with his hand raised, to contribute to the change that the world needs. He volunteered...
Nathan Masyuko, Kenya
Nathan Masyuko has dedicated his life and career to growing and developing the gaming industry in Kenya and the wider African region. In the year 2007, he founded and assumed the position as “Chief Executive Gamer” at Kenya’s premier gaming company, NexGen Ltd.
Through Nathan’s guidance NexGen became the first company in the region to join the World Cyber Games (WCG) and in 2009 sent its first ever team to compete in the Grand Finals held in Chengdu, China that year. Since then, Nathan has made NexGen the company of choice when looking for gaming solutions and planning a gaming tournament and...
Jithin Krishnan, India
Jithin Krishnan is a Senior Resources Manager at Atma. Atma is a non-profit which provides intensive support to education non-profits and social enterprises, helping them solve their daily operational challenges and plan for their future growth. Jithin is trained as a journalist and has worked at some of India's most reputed news organizations. He started his social sector journey while still in college, with Make A Difference, a non-profit which works with children at risk in orphanages and street shelters, and has held multiple profiles in the organization in his volunteering capacity.
Stephan Hamberger, Austria
Stephan Hamberger is an award-winning web and mobile developer, designer and product manager with a passion for user experience, technology and design. He studied Interactive Media at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria - Campus Hagenberg. Since 2007 Stephan is working for Red Bull where he gained experience in Web & New Media (Austria) and Digital Marketing (USA). In August 2012 he was appointed as Product Manager Web - Red Bull TV - at Red Bull Media House in Salzburg, Austria. Since Stephan learned to program when he was 13 he started several internationally successful...
Francesca Ronchi, Italy
Francesca Ronchi was born in Milan, Italy. She specializes in classical studies. Along side English, she speaks German and French. Since early 2005 she works for the MEDICI Framework and eContent Award based in Italy where she is organizing the young talents part of the Award. In 2010, she supported the WSYA contest in New York, as an Ambassador. Till date, she is still an Amabassador for the WSYA.
Pooja Dharan, USA
Pooja Dharan is the CEO and a founder of Lil' MDGs, a unique international development and youth empowerment organization, at the age of 8. Lil’ MDGs’ mission is to leverage the power of the internet, digital, and social media to educate, engage, inspire, and empower children in all corners of the world to forward the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To date, they have mobilized over 3 million children worldwide to work on a variety of issues. They now have more than 24,000 regular volunteers hailing from 41 countries.
Pooja develops ideas and strategies to inspire youth...
Abe Fergusson, Trinidad Tobago
Abraham Fergusson is living proof that the information superhighway can truly connect the world. This student of El Dorado Secondary Comprehensive has been surfing the Internet since he was 7 years old. He first became a "technophile" through his involvement with the International Education and Resource Network of Trinidad and Tobago (IEARNtnt). This non-profit group uses global communication technology to allow young people in Trinidad and Tobago to connect with more than 4,000 schools in 108 countries around the world and become "global citizens". Abe is an active member of the Port-of-...
Adam Itzkowitz, USA
Adam Itzkowitz is a Co-Founder of Greenlighted.com, a social venture engaging companies, causes, and individuals in online challenges to create collective impact. Greenlighted was a winner of the 2009 World Summit Youth Awards. Adam is the former Executive Director of Orbis Institute, a US non-profit organization focused on global leadership development.
Prior to his work at Orbis Institute, Adam worked with Electro-Chance on energy saving technologies, worked in management at Barnes and Noble, and worked with several organizations as a strategic planning consultant.
Adam currently serves on...
Rapelang Rabana, South Africa
Featured on the cover of Forbes Africa before the age of 30, Rapelang Rabana was the founding CEO of Yeigo, an innovative Cape Town based company that developed some of the world’s earliest mobile VoIP applications. Yeigo created ground-breaking applications and services that took advantage of the internet, mobile and cloud computing technologies to tackle the cost of communication. In 2008, the Swiss-headquartered Telfree Group of Companies, a pioneering next-generation telecoms operator, acquired a majority stake in Yeigo, enabling the group to provide the full range of telecommunications...