2015 Laureate Global Fellows


The Laureate Global Fellows program is a partnership of the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation and the International Youth Foundation's YouthActionNet® program. Laureate has expanded YouthActionNet® to campuses in Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, Spain, Peru, Chile and Turkey. The YouthActionNet and Global Fellows programs have helped over 1,000 young people maximize their impact in communities around the world.

The members of the 2015 class represent 19 countries. They are all social entrepreneurs who have produced successful projects on a range of issues, including education, sustainability, economic stability and the empowerment of women.

Ayaz Shalal Hassan

Ayaz Shalal Hassan

Project: Asuda’s Gender-based Violence Prevention — Iraq | Age: 25

As founder of Asuda’s Gender-based Violence Prevention and Women’s Protection Project, Ayaz empowers thousands of women in Iraq’s Syrian refugee and Kurd populations through creating safe spaces at community women’s centers that offer training and resources related to legal rights, health, and family wellbeing.

Ayşe Gökçe Bor

Ayşe Gökçe Bor

Project: Eşya Kütüphanesi — Turkey| Age: 29

Through Eşya Kütüphanesi (Library of Stuff), an online platform, Ayşe enables people to lend and borrow—rather than purchase—the items they need. Its goal: to decrease depletion of natural resources while nurturing community ties. To date, more than 2,000 people have used the open-source platform.

Ayaz Shalal Hassan Ayşe Gökçe Bor
Blessing Mene Oritseweyinmi

Blessing Mene Oritseweyinmi

Project: UNFIRE — Sri Lanka | Age: 27

Mene founded UNFIRE to provide farmers with access to sustainable, low-cost animal feed and engage more youth in agriculture. UNFIRE’s highly-nutritious feed blend results in higher profits and increased availability of protein-rich foods in rural areas.

Carolina Zuheill Candelario Rosales

Carolina Zuheill Candelario Rosales

Project: GUIMEDIC — Mexico | Age: 29

Carolina founded GUIMEDIC, a system of mobile medical clinics that provides medical assistance and preventative education to Mexico’s most isolated and vulnerable communities. In 2014 alone, GUIMEDIC reached 10,600 patients.

Blessing Mene Oritseweyinmi Carolina Zuheill Candelario Rosales
Crystal Goh

Crystal Goh

Project: Diamonds on the Street — Singapore | Age: 28

A talented singer/songwriter, Crystal founded Diamonds on the Street to empower youth at-risk, ages 13 to 21, to craft new life narratives and turn their personal reflections into art. In 2014, the initiative benefited 80 youth while sharing its message of hope and resilience with thousands of audience members at public events.

Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill

Project: Green Impact Campaign — United States | Age: 28

Daniel co-founded Green Impact Campaign, which provides cloud-based tools and training to university students to conduct free energy assessments for local, small businesses, resulting in reduced carbon emissions and empowering a new generation of climate leaders. Since 2011, students at 100 universities have completed assessments for 300 small businesses.

Crystal Goh Daniel Hill
Deepa Gupta

Deepa Gupta

Project: Jhatkaa.org — India| Age: 27

Deepa founded Jhatkaa.org to build a nationwide, non-partisan movement of Indian citizens who hold their decision makers accountable on issues of public welfare. Jhatkaa has used text messages, automated voice calls, email, and social networks to mobilize 100,000+ citizens to take action to combat racism, gender-based violence, and more.

Gabriela Destephen

Gabriela Destephen

Project: Capsule — Honduras | Age: 27

Gabriela co-founded Capsule, a company that designs and builds sustainable architectural solutions for people who have lost their homes or lack adequate housing. By engaging families from the start, the company nurtures a sense of ownership among those it serves.

Deepa Gupta Gabriela Destephen
Gustavo Reis

Gustavo Reis

Project: 4YOU2 — Brazil | Age: 22

Gustavo founded 4YOU2, a language learning enterprise that enables residents of Brazil’s favelas to access high-quality English classes at 20% of the market rate. Through conversation-based classes taught by teachers from diverse countries, the initiative has promoted language learning and cultural exchange among 3,500+ Brazilians and 100 volunteer teachers.

Isaac Gogo

Isaac Gogo

Project: Linda Mtoto — Kenya | Age: 28

Isaac founded Linda Mtoto to provide women in the Nyatike District with free health-related messages via mobile technology aimed at improving infant health while reducing maternal and child mortality. The initiative has worked with 20 hospitals to develop a database of 1,500 mothers and children.

Gustavo Reis Isaac Gogo
Leonardo Párraga

Leonardo Párraga

Project: BogotArt Foundation — Columbia | Age: 22

Leonardo launched the BogotArt Foundation to empower youth and community members with the training and tools needed to identify local needs and develop arts-based solutions. Through its democratization of the arts, neighborhoods once characterized by discrimination and violence are being transformed into cultural hubs.

Luke Rodgers

Luke Rodgers

Project: Foster Focus — United Kingdom | Age: 24

Luke founded Foster Focus to challenge the stigmas assigned to foster children and provide solutions for foster care policies and practices that incorporate the voices and experiences of the youth they serve. In 2014, the initiative reached 1,000 children in care.

Leonardo Párraga Luke Rodgers
Matthew Morantz

Matthew Morantz

Project: Making Waves Canada — Canada | Age: 29

Matthew founded Making Waves Canada to provide therapeutic swim lessons to children with severe developmental disabilities, increasing their water safety and instilling a love for staying active through swimming. The organization serves nearly 900 families each week in 14 cities across Canada, and has trained 780 student volunteers since 2009.

Muhamad Iman Usman

Muhamad Iman Usman

Project: Ruangguru.com — Indonesia | Age: 23

With the goal of closing Indonesia’s education gap and supporting livable wages for tutors, Iman founded Ruangguru.com, the country’s largest online marketplace for private tutors and classes. In its first year, the platform attracted 10,000 tutors who provided lessons in 100+ subjects.

Matthew Morantz Muhamad Iman Usman
Nafula Wafula

Nafula Wafula

Project: SEMA Initiative — Sri Lanka | Age: 25

Nafula founded the SEMA Initiative to help Kenyan youth recognize their power to combat gender-based violence (GBV). By training youth to lead workshops, events, and GBV help desks in their communities, the initiative has engaged over 4,000 Kenyan youth in GBV prevention.

Natalie Emery

Natalie Emery

Project: Change the World Trust — South Africa| Age: 25

Through the Change the World Trust, Natalie provides unemployed youth and disadvantaged students with free IT training to support their entry into the workforce or self-employment. In 2014, the Trust provided training to 1,200 unemployed youth and students.

Nafula Wafula Natalie Emery
Oscar Contreras-Villarroel

Oscar Contreras-Villarroel

Project: Fundación Ciencia Joven — Chile | Age: 25

Oscar founded Fundación Ciencia Joven (Youth Science Foundation) to ensure that all students recognize the STEM fields as viable career paths. Through summer camps, after-school programs, and learning publications, the venture has reached 30,000 students and teachers in four countries.

Queen Baboloki Kgeresi

Queen Baboloki Kgeresi

Project: The Dream Hub — Botswana | Age: 25

Queen founded The Dream Hub to help young women survivors of sexual violence regain their confidence and dignity. Through its holistic intervention, 500 young women and girls have gained access to mentorship, psychological support, and job skills training.

Oscar Contreras-Villarroel Queen Baboloki Kgeresi
Teresa Boullón

Teresa Boullón

Project: Un Millón de Niños Lectores — Peru | Age: 29

Through Un Millón de Niños Lectores (One Million Readers), a social enterprise, Teresa engages parents, volunteers, and companies in building libraries in low-income schools with the goal of strengthening literacy, educational outcomes, and active citizenship. To date, the initiative has impacted over 7,500 students, 4,000 parents, and 1,200 teachers.

Teresa Boullón