2014 Laureate Global Fellows


Laureate Global Fellows, a member of YouthActionNet

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 900 young people maximize their impact in communities around the world.

The members of the 2014 class represent 17 countries. They are all social entrepreneurs who have produced successful projects on a range of issues, including education, the environment, economic stability and the empowerment of women. They will gather this year in Lima, Peru, and have the opportunity to showcase their work to students, faculty, business leaders and government officials during a conference and roundtable session at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas’s Villa campus.

Ana Gabriela Loayza Nolasco

Ana Gabriela Loayza Nolasco

Project: PER Creatives — Peru | Age: 25

Ana co-founded PER Creatives, an architecture studio that focuses on sustainable, socially-responsible initiatives, including Project Puno, an effort to design and build low-cost homes benefiting low-income families living at high altitude in the Andes. Learn more: www.facebook.com/percreatives1

Anoka Abeyrathne

Anoka Abeyrathne

Project: Growin’ Money — Sri Lanka | Age: 23

Through Growin’ Money, Anoka promotes economic and environmental sustainability through replanting mangroves that are then used by local community members to produce handicrafts and organic products. Learn more: www.sustainsolutions.org

Ana Gabriela Loayza Nolasco Anoka Abeyrathne
Benjamin Bonnell

Benjamin Bonnell

Project: Hotaï Village — Senegal | Age: 29

Through Hotaï Village, Benjamin promotes alternative tourism, linking travelers to volunteer opportunities. Visitors to Joal-Fadiouth, a coastal community in western Senegal, contribute to the area’s social and economic development through working in schools and hospitals, constructing new facilities, cleaning beaches, and more. Learn more: www.hotaivillage.com

Cherrie Atilano

Cherrie Atilano

Project: Agricool — Philippines | Age: 27

Cherrie co-founded Agricool at the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, a social agri-business, to encourage the younger generation to pursue careers in agri-related enterprises. Central to Agricool’s mission is promoting reverse migration from urban to rural areas to sustain local development and ensure no one is left behind.

Benjamin Bonnell Cherrie Atilano
Christen Brandt

Christen Brandt

Project: She’s the First — United States | Age: 25

Through She’s the First, Christen provides high school and university students across the U.S. with leadership and fundraising training to generate much-needed resources to support girls’ secondary educations in low-income countries. Learn more: www.shesthefirst.org

Daniel Uribe

Daniel Uribe

Project: Costas Verdes — Costa Rica | Age: 28

Through Costas Verdes, Daniel empowers communities with the knowledge and tools to preserve precious coastal ecosystems. Through the initiative, more than 2,500 volunteers have planted over 10,000 trees, engaging local educational institutions and businesses as part of the solution. Learn more: www.costasverdes.org

Christen Brandt Daniel Uribe
Emma Colenbrander

Emma Colenbrander

Project: Pollinate Energy — India | Age: 25

Through Pollinate Energy, Emma provides affordable, clean energy solutions designed to improve the lives of India’s fast-growing urban slum population. The social enterprise equips local entrepreneurs (Pollinators) to sell solar lamps and improved cookstoves in slum communities, resulting in reduced carbon emissions and improved health and wellbeing. Learn more: www.pollinateenergy.org

Enes Kaya

Enes Kaya

Project: Cinema is in the Villages Now — Turkey | Age: 26

Through Cinema is in the Villages Now, Enes and a cadre of youth volunteers provide children and youth living in rural areas of Turkey with access to cultural activities—and the opportunity to expand their sense of what’s possible in their lives and communities. Learn more: www.sinemasal.org

Emma Colenbrander Enes Kaya
Fabian Martinez

Fabian Martinez

Project: PuntajeNacional.cl — Chile | Age: 28

Through PuntajeNacional.cl, a free web-based platform, Fabian seeks to reduce social and economic divides by providing quality online education to students and teachers in Chile and throughout Latin America. Learn more: www.puntajenacional.cl

Ha Lam Thi Thuy

Ha Lam Thi Thuy

Project: Triip.me — Vietnam | Age: 27

With a passion for travel and experiencing diverse cultures, Ha Lam co-founded Triip.me, a web-based platform, to enable travelers to book tours directly with local experts, promoting both local entrepreneurship and cultural awareness. Learn more: www.triip.me

Fabian Martinez Ha Lam Thi Thuy
Hamza Arsbi

Hamza Arsbi

Project: Scientific Culture Society — Jordan | Age: 23

Believing that science has the power to solve many of society’s toughest challenges, Hamza launched the Scientific Culture Society to improve science education in Jordan while fostering critical thinking and scientific experimentation among students. Learn more: www.scs.jo

Mariana Astrid Gonzalez Pacheco

Mariana Astrid Gonzalez Pacheco

Project: Iluméxico — Mexico | Age: 27

Mariana co-founded Iluméxico, a social enterprise, to eradicate energy poverty by providing solar energy to rural communities in Mexico without electricity. Learn more: www.ilumexico.mx

Hamza Arsbi Mariana Astrid Gonzalez Pacheco
Michael Long

Michael Long

Project: SailFuture — United States | Age: 23

Through SailFuture, Michael utilizes sailing and mentorship to inspire and empower youth at-risk to make transformative life changes. Learn more: www.sailfuture.org

Mowmita Basak Mow

Mowmita Basak Mow

Project: Center for Leadership Assistance & Promotion (CLAP) Foundation — Bangladesh | Age: 23

Through the Center for Leadership Assistance & Promotion (CLAP) Foundation, Mowmita equips youth volunteers with the leadership skills they need to build a more inclusive Bangladesh that honors and upholds the rights of social, ethnic, and religious minorities. Learn more: www.clapbangladesh.org

Michael Long Mowmita Basak Mow
Peggy Mativo

Peggy Mativo

Project: PACE — Kenya | Age: 25

To address overcrowding and understaffing in Kenyan schools, Peggy launched PACE, which recruits and trains recent high school graduates to volunteer as teaching assistants at schools. Learn more: www.pacekenya.or.ke

Qasim Aslam

Qasim Aslam

Project: The History Project — Pakistan | Age: 26

Qasim founded The History Project to revolutionize how history is taught around the world. Through its programs, students studying history are encouraged to understand the other side of every story and to question their assumptions. Learn more: www.thehistory-project.org

Peggy Mativo Qasim Aslam
Silvia Vargas

Silvia Vargas

Project: Yo hago el Cambio (I Make Change) — Costa Rica | Age: 28

Through Yo hago el Cambio (I Make Change), Sylvia delivers integrated recycling services, including the collection of cooking oil to make biodiesel, to more than 35 restaurants and hotels, while also advising them on social responsibility practices and employee volunteerism strategies. Learn more: www.yohagoelcambio.org

Surya Karki

Surya Karki

Project: Maya Universe Academy — Nepal | Age: 23

Surya co-founded Maya Universe Academy as a youth-led movement to improve the quality of primary education in rural villages of Nepal through actively engaging parents and community members as part of the solution. Learn more: www.maya-nepal.org

Silvia Vargas Surya Karki
Wiclif Otieno

Wiclif Otieno

Project: Kito International — Kenya | Age: 28

Wiclif founded Kito International to prepare street youth, ages 17 to 24, for a better life. Its holistic approach includes training in life skills, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and basic IT, along with professional development. Learn more: www.kitointernational.org

Yaseen Khan, MD

Yaseen Khan, MD

Project: The Open Medicine Project South Africa — South Africa | Age: 29

Seeking to improve health care through the innovative use of mobile technology, Yaseen co-founded The Open Medicine Project South Africa (TOMPSA). TOMPSA creates open-access mobile applications that connect health workers with clinical information and the tools needed to support care decisions. Learn more: www.tompsa.co.za

Wiclif Otieno Yaseen Khan, MD