2017 Global Social Impact House Fellows

The Global Social Impact House will bring together global social entrepreneurs, creative intrapreneurs, community alchemists and innovators who are actively working on a social impact initiative in their organizations, industries and communities. 


Alexandra Ruiz

Alexandra Ruiz is the founder of the nonprofit organization Immigrant Advancement Matters (I.A.M.). Currently, I.A.M. serves the immigrant community in Queens, NY by offering ESL classes, conversation practices, and personal advancement workshops. Alexandra also serves as Executive Director of Business Development & Strategy at the New York City government agency Small Business Services supporting strategic initiatives reaching over 20,000 small businesses. In 2015, she completed her Masters in American History where she focused on studying the history of inequality in the U.S. She has 8+ years of experience in government, nonprofit management and media.

Coming to us from:

New York, USA

IAM (Immigrant Advancement Matters) | iamnonprofit.org


Angela Luna
Angela Luna bio

Angela Luna is the Founder and CEO of ADIFF, a humanitarian clothing startup that uses design intervention to assist globally displaced persons. She is a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, winner of Parsons’ 2016 Designer of the Year Award, and winner of the Eyes on Talents Innovation Award. Based in New York, she is a solution-based designer who is committed to creating products and services that better the world.

Coming to us from:

Brooklyn, USA

ADIFF | www.adiff.com




Arielle Sandor

Arielle Sandor is an entrepreneur, a creator, and expert in recruiting amazing teams in chaotic job markets. Arielle is the founder and CEO of Duma Works, the human-centered, technology driven recruiting platform that is transforming how growing companies in emerging markets hire and manage top talent. Arielle founded Duma Works based on the core principle that if companies and candidates can connect more effectively, businesses will grow faster, employment levels will increase, and economies will develop more sustainably. Arielle graduated Princeton University in 2012 with a BA. in East Asian History and Chinese Language and then moved to Kenya to launch the company. Arielle is an Unreasonable Fellow, member of the Kairos Society, and guest lectures in social entrepreneurship at Princeton University. When not working on Duma Works, Arielle enjoys writing books, painting, sketching charcoal portraits, and learning new languages.

Coming to us from:

Nairobi, Kenya

Duma Works | www.dumaworks.com



Asher Dov LandesAsher

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Asher is a trained chef turned urban farmer and rooftop beekeeper. As co-founder of Empress Green Inc, Asher runs the day to day farming and apiary operations at our flagship site on Staten Island. When Asher is not in the field, he can be found chatting with chefs, meeting the locals at the pub or cooking beautiful food for friends and family!

Coming to us from:

New York, USA

Empress Green | www.empressgreen.com




Azadeh Tajdar

Azadeh is a social entrepreneur and emerging markets startup and organizational capacity expert. She is passionate about unlocking the full potential of high impact and innovative mission-driven social change organizations.

Coming to us from:

New York, USA

Shetab Afghanistan | http://shetabafghanistan.com



Carla Grados Vilamar

Carla is a business major with post graduate studies in inclusive business that firmly believes in social entrepreneurship and its capacity to transform the economy. She is proudly part of two social enterprises: PROA and Recilando. Currently, Carla works in Peru 2021, a non-profit that seeks to transform people and companies for a sustainable Perú. Her job is to promote social innovation and entrepreneurship. Her dream is to enhance strategic connections between companies and Social Enterprises to achieve hybrid value chains.

Coming to us from:

Lima, Peru

Peru 2021 | www.peru2021.org



Emilie Röell

emilleEmilie Röell is a consultant and social entrepreneur from the Netherlands based in Myanmar since early 2013. An anthropologist by training, she is interested in creating solutions that make use of and preserve cultural and natural capital while creating sustainable community impact. She is the founder of Doh Eain (“Our Home”), a social enterprise aimed at heritage conservation and urban renewal in Yangon, and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network’s representative in Myanmar, and previously worked for the EU, UNDP, WWF, IUCN and a number of other organisations in Myanmar, the Pacific and Tanzania.

Coming to us from:

Yangon, Myanmar

Doh Eain | www.doheain.com


Ethan Kay

Dr. Ethan Kay is Managing Director of Emerging Markets at BioLite. BioLite develops and distributes clean energy products for off-grid households in the developing world. Ethan has spent the last 12 years commercializing market-based solutions to poverty in India and Sub Saharan Africa. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and Sauvé Scholar. His doctoral research examined the cultural complexities of retailing clean cookstoves in rural India. He also holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Together with BioLite, Ethan was awarded the Fast Company Innovation By Design Award and was selected for the Public Interest Design ‘Global 100’.

Coming to us from:

New York, USA

BioLite | www.bioliteenergy.com


Guy Lieberman


Guy Lieberman is the Director of the FCB Foundation and Founder Trustee of the Giant Flag Project. He is a social entrepreneur and activist and has produced festivals,conferences and directed films on human rights, culture, music and ecology. As an activist, Guy has been closely engaged in the Tibetan freedom struggle and acts as liaison for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visits to South Africa. In this role he helped facilitate both meetings between the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. In the 90’s Guy was a director of the South African chapter of the Peace Jam Foundation, an organisation that creates apprenticeships in peacemaking between teens from communities torn by violence and Nobel Peace Laureates.

Coming to us from:

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Giant Flag | www.giantflag.co.za


Kyle Lukianuk

kyleKyle is a social entrepreneur with a love for business and a passion for the power of millennials to address world-scale challenges. He is the co-founder and President of Good Returns Network (GRN), a Dallas-based social enterprise that is focused on mobilizing private capital, specifically from businesses, into the social sector more effectively and sustain-ably. Prior to Good Returns, Kyle’s background was in finance, compliance, and risk management, all knowledge areas he has used in the development of GRN. Kyle also served on the board of Chiapas International, an antipoverty foundation in Dallas that raised over $6MM to fund
microcredit initiatives in South and Central America.

Coming to us from:

Dallas, USA

Good Returns Network | www.goodreturns.org






Juan Barbed Isusi

Ever since he can remember, Juan imagined himself suit up and working in the stock market. After a couple of years working in Investment Banking he realized the true passion was serving others. How? Leveraging the power of finance to give opportunity to those that don’t have it. This is why Juan joined KIVA in 2012, supporting our strategy in different continents and pushing the boundaries of our model, currently in Southeast Asia region.

Coming to us from:

Bilbao, Spain

Crowdvetting by KIVA | www.crowdvet.org



Julia Rodrigues Melo

Julia is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil and moved to São Paulo in 2014 to co-found Amani Institute in Brazil. She holds a certificate in Social Innovation Management and did her undergraduate studies in Communication. With extensive experience with international peace building, Julia has been promoting youth exchange programs for the last 16 years. Also, she has a solid background in education with experiences that range from training teachers in rural schools in the Amazon to building curriculum and delivering classes for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs. Today Julia`s passion and focus is on inspiring people in their search for purpose and on building a career meaning and impact.

Coming to us from:

São Paulo, Brazil

The Amani Institute | http://www.amaniinstitute.org


Lillian Kline

Lillian is a passionate social justice warrior, facilitator, mentor and mother of four. She was the inaugural Director of the Pathways to Politics Program for Women at Melbourne University and currently works with Small Giants, an organisation that creates, supports, and empowers businesses that have a positive impact on the world. She was the former Development Director at Stand Up, a Jewish social justice organisation. Over the last 15 years Lillian has held roles in private legal practice, government and the arts. She has consulted widely in the areas of development and strategy within the for purpose sector. Lillian has Bachelor Degrees in law and business management as well as a Masters in Human Rights Law, from Monash University.

Coming to us from:

Melbourne, Australia

Small Giants | www.smallgiants.com.au




Linzi Hawkin

Linzi is passionate about building brands with purpose – and for me that means helping others find a way to balance profit, people & planet in their business through Hello Glow and doing it herself with SUPKids. She has experienced the highs and lows of entrepreneurship – from teaching kids to surf to running music festivals. Linzi has achieved some pretty awesome stuff and had one spectacular failure. Her experiences as a self-taught entrepreneur have defined & honed her skills as a brand strategist. Building & growing businesses from scratch has enabled her to develop creative marketing expertise & given her a practical, solution based work ethic. Every business has a story to tell. Linzi blends business smarts with creativity to craft innovative & engaging brands.

Coming to us from:

Jersey, Channel Islands, UK

SUPKids | www.sup-kids.com


Matan Berkowitz
Ma Tan

Matan Berkowitz, Interdisciplinary artist and entrepreneur, Forbes Under 30. Matan lives in the nexus of art, technology and positive impact. His inventions translate physical signals from the human body into music, turn everyday objects into instruments and have won awards in 5 countries.In 2015 Matan pioneered a prototyping framework dedicated entirely to music technology for people with disabilities, developing devices that enable paralyzed, blind, amputated and autistic musicians to express themselves in new ways. Matan regularly speaks and performs worldwide and has appeared on stages such as TEDx, Google Day, Microsoft Think Next, Forbes Under 30 Summit, Re:Publica and Music Tech Fest. His presentations often combine live demos of his inventions, and his unique interactive art installations have been exhibited in museums, galleries and events.As the founder of Shift, a company which specializes in impact-driven innovation, Matan works with international organizations on forward thinking projects – from developing rehabilitation technology with a major hospital to serving as the Creative Director for the Affordable Housing Team at XPrize Visioneers.

Coming to us from:

Tel Aviv, Israel

Shfit | http://MatanB.com



James Matthew P Marshallmatthew

Matthew Marshall is Co-Founder and Head of Product at New Story, a nonprofit that builds safe homes and transforms slums into thriving communities. Matthew was born and raised in Eatonton, GA and graduated from the University of Georgia. He currently resides in San Francisco.

Coming to us from:

San Francisco, USA

New Story | www.newstorycharity.org



Max Oliva
Max Oliva HUB en Antigua

Max Oliva, Co-Founder TEAMLABS/, Impact Hub Network & Impact Hub MadridMax, is our most passionate international entrepreneur. He started his first entrepreneurial adventure more than 15 years ago, connecting youth from across the world with Nobel peace prize laureates, scientists, social entrepreneurs and more than 200 Heads of State in order to find solutions to the global challenges of the XXI Century. Since then, his passion for exploring and engaging in glocal projects has taken him from learning journeys to Antarctica, together with young entrepreneurs and scientists in order to experience first hand and fight climate change; to co-founding five social enterprises, amongst them the largest high impact entrepreneurship network in the world, Impact Hub. Born in Mexico, Max has lived in four countries and has traveled to more than 60, having developed projects, delivered classes, conferences and workshops in more than 20 countries with organizations such as Stanford d.school, Unreasonable Institute, Mondragon Team Academy, Aiesec, KaosPilot, St. Gallen University, among others. Max is professor at IE Business School and has postgraduate degrees from Stanford GSB, IE Business School, Tiimi Akatemia and is an engineer by Tec de Monterrey.

Coming to us from:

Madrid, Spain

Emzingo | www.emzingo.com



Mohammad Modarres

Mohammad Modarres, MSc, is the founder of Interfaith Ventures, a social enterprise that is promoting interfaith dialogue and unity through Shabbat Salaam! interfaith dinners and the production of the first products that are both Halal and Kosher. Prior to his interests in tackling the rise of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, Mohammad co-founded Mount Tam Biotechnologies and conducted research at the intersection of climate change and public health with CARE International. Mohammad studied public health at Johns Hopkins University and Development Practice at Trinity College Dublin as a George Mitchell National Scholar. As a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he analyzed the work of social entrepreneurs from around the world with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Coming to us from:

Portland, USA

Interfaith Ventures | http://www.InterfaithVentures.com



Mónica Ivelisse Feliú-Mójer


Monica grew up in rural Puerto Rico, surrounded by nature, catching lizards and with a cow in her backyard, which sparked her interest in all things biology. A PhD scientist-turned-communicator, she uses online technologies, storytelling, and culture to make science and scientists accessible to all. Her work focuses on empowering individuals from underrepresented communities, particularly Latinxs, through bilingual science outreach, communication, education and mentoring. Monica is the vice-director of Ciencia Puerto Rico, a non-profit organization using social networks to improve public understanding of science, transform K-12 science education and support the career development of young scientists. She is also the Outreach Manager for iBiology, a non-profit organization that produces and distributes free online videos about research, the process of science and professional development featuring the world’s leading biologists. You can find Monica on Twitter @moefeliu.

Coming to us from:

San Francisco, USA

Ciencia Puerto Rico| http://www.cienciapr.org


Abdul Samad Khan

Samad (2)

Samad is the founder and CEO of Youth Impact. A cancer survivor, Khan has dedicated his second life to help young people discover and maximize their potential. Co-founder of wilderness based corporate leadership trainings in Pakistan and also founded Markhor, Pakistan’s 1st wilderness based youth leadership conference held annually. Samad has trained 20,000+ youth during last four years at the platform of Youth Impact.

Coming to us from:

Islamabad, Pakistan

Youth Impact | www.theyouthimpact.org



Sarika Bansal

dafadfI have been a journalist and editor for six years, largely focused on global health, poverty, and social enterprise. My byline has appeared in the New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Guardian, VICE, Forbes, FastCompany, and many other publications. Prior to running Bright and The Development Set on Medium, I worked at the Solutions Journalism Network for three years, where I developed curriculum and tools for journalists. I have previously worked in management consulting with McKinsey & Company and in microfinance business development in India. I hold an undergraduate degree from Harvard College (cum laude with High Honors) and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Coming to us from:

New York, USA

Honeyguide Media | thedevelopmentset.com


Shawn Brandon ShafnerShawn headshot

Shawn Shafner is an artist, educator and activist. Creator of The People’s Own Organic Power Project (www.thePOOPproject.org), he has catalyzed conversation about sustainable sanitation from the top of NYC’s largest wastewater treatment plant to the floor of the United Nations. Major works include: An Inconvenient Poop (Time Out NY Critic’s Pick, New York International Fringe Festival Award for Overall Excellence in Solo Performance); Eat $h*t (“the most important show in the 2012 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival…ahead of its time,” The Scotsman), Flush: The Documentary due to premiere in 2017, family musical Innie / Outie and ongoing monthly episodes of SHHH: The Poopcast (aka Sh*t and Shame with Shawn). Community-based projects include The Clap (with Laura Silver), a tashlich art walk for Elastic City (with Amichai Lau-Lavie, featured in their forthcoming book), and Latch/Attach for the World Policy Institute, Fourth Arts Block and Cooper Union. Shawn was a 2014-15 LABA Fellow, 2014-15 iLAND resident in collaboration with LMCC, and is a member of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman’s ROI Community.

Coming to us from:

Brooklyn, USA

The People’s Own Organic Power Project | www.thePOOPproject.org


Tia KansaraHarsha

Dr Tia Kansara is an award-winning entrepreneur. She is the founder and director of Replenish Earth Ltd., Thousand Network Ltd. and Kansara Hackney Ltd. (KH), a partnership with Dr Rod Hackney (Past President: Royal Institute of British Architects and Union of International Architects). KH are the first ISO certified sustainable lifestyle consultancy in the UK, leading specialists in sustainable design and implementation for the future generation of private and commercial clients.

Coming to us from:

London, UK

Replenish Earth Ltd | www.replenish.earth