Laureate Global Fellows


The Laureate Global Fellows program is a partnership of Laureate International Universities and the International Youth Foundation's YouthActionNet® program. Through the Laureate Global Fellowship, we are annually selecting 20 exceptional young social entrepreneurs who are carrying out high-impact ventures and providing them with mentorship and community that will allow them to have an even larger impact. Laureate Global Fellows hail from across the world and provide an interesting picture of the state of social entrepreneurship in many countries and issue areas. The fellowship works in partnership with local YouthActionNet programs based on Laureate campuses and allows us to reach an even greater number of young entrepreneurs.

Current and past classes of fellows can be found here. Applications for the fellowship generally open in February of each year, and close in April. More information can be found on the YouthActionNet website.

The 2016 Laureate Global Fellows hail from 18 countries and in 2015 alone, impacted more than 290,000 lives through their ventures and initiatives in a range of fields

Aditya Gupta

Aditya Gupta

Project: People for Parity — India | Age: 27

Aditya co-founded People for Parity to engage youth in taking ownership on gender issues and preventing gender-based violence (GBV) and discrimination in India. To date, PFP has delivered gender education to over 6,000 students, with 150 youth trained to lead GBV prevention efforts.

Chris Mukasa

Chris Mukasa

Project: Fatuma’s Voice — Kenya | Age: 27

Through Fatuma’s Voice, Chris encourages Kenyan youth to express themselves through art, poetry, and music, while creating bottom-up solutions to social issues. In 2015, the initiative reached over 1,860 young artists and 450,000 online and in-person audience members.

Aditya Gupta Chris Mukasa
Daniela Calderón

Daniela Calderón

Project: Semillas: Arquitectura en Comunidad — Costa Rica | Age: 25

Through Semillas: Arquitectura en Comunidad (Seeds: Community Architecture), Daniela engages citizens, businesses, NGOs, and the public sector in a participatory process to rehabilitate public spaces and help communities reach their goals. To date, Semillas has worked with five urban and two rural communities.

Imran Sarwar

Imran Sarwar

Project: Rabbt — Pakistan | Age: 29

As Co-founder of Rabtt, Imran trains university students to serve as volunteer teachers and mentors of high school students, who develop critical and creative thinking skills, self-confidence, and empathy. To date, Rabtt has reached 1,800 high school students and 1,200 university students, teachers, and corporate professionals.

Daniela Calderón Imran Sarwar
Irene Hofmeijer

Irene Hofmeijer

Project: Life Out of Plastic — Peru | Age: 28

Irene created Life Out of Plastic (L.O.O.P.), a social enterprise, to reduce the impact of plastic waste on marine ecosystems. To date, L.O.O.P. has removed over 95 tons of waste, upcycled 1.3 million plastic bottles, and engaged 30,000 people through campaigns and clean up efforts.

Jacqueline Joseph

Jacqueline Joseph

Project: Equal Playing Field — Papua New Guinea | Age: 27

Jacqueline co-founded Equal Playing Field to end violence against women and girls and promote gender equality through a prevention-based, sport-for-development model targeting adolescents and actively engaging men and boys. Since 2014, over 1,100 students in 4 schools have participated.

Irene Hofmeijer Jacqueline Joseph
Jordan O’Reilly

Jordan O’Reilly

Project: Hireup — Australia | Age: 27

Through Hireup, an online platform, Jordan is revolutionizing the way that people with disabilities in Australia choose, hire, and manage their support workers. In 2015, the Hireup platform attracted more than 1,000 individuals with disabilities and support workers.

Leo Henghes

Leo Henghes

Project: UniTED — United Kingdom | Age: 24

Through UniTED, Leo seeks to unite and strengthen student action globally by facilitating consulting relationships between university students in developed nations and their peers in low-income countries with an initial focus on Uganda, where 85 youth-led projects are benefiting.

Jordan O’Reilly Leo Henghes
Luisa Bonin

Luisa Bonin

Project: Tamo Junto — Brazil | Age: 26

Luisa co-founded Tamo Junto (We Are Together) as Brazil’s first online platform providing low-income micro-entrepreneurs with the knowledge and opportunities to develop their businesses. An initiative of Aliança Empreendedora, Tamo Junto has over 4,500 registered users with 350 companies and NGOs offering their support.

Maia Freudenberger

Maia Freudenberger

Project: Projet Jeune Leader — Madagascar | Age: 24

Through Projet Jeune Leader, Maia works to reduce teen pregnancy, school dropouts, and risky sexual behavior among young adolescents through a comprehensive, school-based, sexual health and leadership education program, now operating in 7 middle schools and reaching over 8,500 adolescents.

Luisa Bonin Maia Freudenberger
Maria Fe Cajina

Maria Fe Cajina

Project: Arte Manifesto — Peru | Age: 22

Maria Fe co-founded Arte Manifesto, the first social network for emerging artists in Latin America, to elevate the role of artists and provide them with a means of marketing and selling their work. To date, 2,000 artists have participated, with 20,000 people viewing their creations.

Michelle Chimuka

Michelle Chimuka

Zambia | Age: 25

Michelle founded the Sani Foundation to facilitate the full inclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities into Zambian society, beginning with training youth and young adults for jobs in the open labor market.

Maria Fe Cajina Michelle Chimuka
Rainier Mallol

Rainier Mallol

Project: AIME — Dominican Republic | Age: 25

Rainier co-founded AIME to predict and help prevent disease outbreaks using a combination of artificial intelligence, epidemiology, and public health expertise. With 88 percent accuracy, AIME supplies vital information to public health officials, saving lives and money.

Rashida Namulondo

Rashida Namulondo

Project: Sophie Muwanika Institute of Art for Change — Uganda | Age: 28

Through the Sophie Muwanika Institute of Art for Change, Rashida uses theater and storytelling to help secondary school students experiencing depression, low self-esteem, and/or trauma to heal emotionally, while educating audiences about their needs.

Rainier Mallol Rashida Namulondo
Rehab Eldalil

Rehab Eldalil

Project: Catherine Exists — Egypt | Age: 26

A documentary photographer, Rehab launched the Catherine Exists Project to raise awareness of and support for the people of St. Catherine’s Protectorate in South Sinai, with the goal of promoting intercultural understanding and dialogue.

Robert Lee

Robert Lee

Project: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine — United States | Age: 25

To address the dual problems of food waste and food insecurity in the U.S., Robert co-founded Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC). Now operating in 12 cities, RLC volunteers pick up uneaten food from over 100 businesses, delivering it to 300 food shelters.

Rehab Eldalil Robert Lee
Saddam Sayyaleh

Saddam Sayyaleh

Project: I Learn — Jordan | Age: 25

Through I Learn, Saddam creates knowledge spaces for vulnerable women, girls, boys, and men to develop themselves through academic and psychosocial support, legal education, cultural activities, and life skills training. The initiative’s learning spaces in 12 communities have served 700+ participants.

Salaheddine Moutacharif

Salaheddine Moutacharif

Project: Msroufy — Morocco | Age: 22

Salaheddine launched Msroufy, a social enterprise, to help low-income university students connect to part-time and freelance jobs so they can stay in school. In the last year, Msroufy engaged more than 20 employers as partners, who offered part-time jobs to 300 students.

Saddam Sayyaleh Salaheddine Moutacharif
Sharon Adongo

Sharon Adongo

Project: Uwazi Technology Consulting — Kenya | Age: 26

Sharon co-founded Uwazi Technology Consulting to strengthen the impact of social change organizations through technology solutions that improve financial and operational systems, track outcomes, and increase efficiencies, with sales revenues among Uwazi’s social enterprise clients having increased by 27 percent.

Tsechu Dolma

Tsechu Dolma

Project: Mountain Resiliency Project — Nepal | Age: 23

Through the Mountain Resiliency Project, Tsechu works with isolated communities negatively impacted by climate change to ensure greater food and water security through the building and maintenance of greenhouses and orchards, with over 700 students and women trained in 2015 alone.

Sharon Adongo Tsechu Dolma