2013 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. YouthActionNet® will soon add a 10th Laureate campus — Universidad Tecnológica de México in Mexico City, Mexico.

The members of the 2013 class represent 18 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 gathered in São Paulo, Brazil, and attended leadership development workshops and seminars at Universidade Anhembi Morumbi’s Vila Olímpia and Morumbi campuses.

Adam Camenzuli

Adam Camenzuli

Project: KARIBU Solar Power — Canada | Age: 25

Adam cofounded KARIBU Solar Power, which plans to make affordable solar lamps available to low-income families in Tanzania. Learn more: www.karibusolar.com

Alejandro Maza Ayala

Alejandro Maza Ayala

Project: Yo Propongo (I Propose) — Mexico | Age: 26

Through Yo Propongo, Alejandro and his team use technology to translate citizen input on social problems into data that policymakers can use. Learn more: www.yopropongo.org

Adam Camenzuli Alejandro Maza Ayala
Andi Taufan Garuda Putra

Andi Taufan Garuda Putra

Project: Amartha Microfinance — Indonesia | Age: 26

Andi founded Amartha Microfinance to provide affordable financial services to low-income women in remote rural areas of Indonesia. Learn more: www.amartha.co.id

Anna Oposa

Anna Oposa

Project: Save Philippine Seas — Philippines | Age: 25

Through Save Philippine Seas, Anna and a network of volunteers lobby for environmental laws and engage in conservation efforts to protect the region’s marine biodiversity. Learn more: savephilippineseas.tumblr.com

Andi Taufan Garuda Putra Anna Oposa
Anna Sowa

Anna Sowa

Project: Chouette Films — United Kingdom | Age: 27

Through Chouette Films, Anna produces high-quality, low-cost films about important work that's being done to improve lives in the developing world, including in the areas of agriculture, education, and human rights. Learn more: www.chouettefilms.co.uk

Basant Motawi

Basant Motawi

Project: Imprint Movement — Egypt | Age: 24

Basant cofounded the Imprint Movement to combat sexual harassment in Egyptian society by recruiting and training volunteers who work with police to patrol high-risk neighborhoods and distribute educational information.

Anna Sowa Basant Motawi
Carolina Garcia

Carolina Garcia

Project: Bellelli Educación — Costa Rica | Age: 29

With a passion for child-directed play and a strong belief in every child's potential, Carolina founded Bellelli Educación, which organizes Pop-Up Playgrounds in public spaces and is pursuing the development of a new kind of school. Learn more: www.bellellieducacion.com

Charles Batte

Charles Batte

Project: Family Health Centre — Uganda | Age: 26

An aspiring heart surgeon, Charles developed the Family Health Centre to ensure that patients at clinics in rural Uganda receive the same level of care as patients in urban areas.

Carolina Garcia Charles Batte
Donnie Seet

Donnie Seet

Project: Youth Enterprise Academy International — Singapore | Age: 30

Donnie cofounded the Youth Enterprise Academy International to provide practical, accessible entrepreneurship education to children and youth, ages 7 to 25, in Singapore and disadvantaged students abroad. Learn more: www.yea.sg/

Gitanjali Babbar

Gitanjali Babbar

Project: Kat-Katha — India | Age: 27

Through Kat-Katha, Gitanjali uses education and training to give women working in New Delhi’s brothels a greater sense of self-worth. Learn more: www.kat-katha.org

Donnie Seet Gitanjali Babbar
Katy Digovich

Katy Digovich

Project: Positive Innovation for the Next Generation — Botswana | Age: 28

Through Positive Innovation for the Next Generation (PING), Katy uses technology to improve systems in health and education. Learn more: www.pingsite.org

Kellen Ribas

Kellen Ribas

Project: Cicla Brasil (Brazil Cycle) — Brazil | Age: 29

Kellen cofounded Cicla Brasil to improve communication among waste pickers and businesses, with the goal of fostering social inclusion and investment opportunities. Learn more: www.ciclabrasil.com.br

Katy Digovich Kellen Ribas
Kevin Morgan-Rothschild

Kevin Morgan-Rothschild

Project: VertiFarms — United States | Age: 24

Through VertiFarms, Kevin develops rooftop, aeroponic gardens to provide fresh, locally grown produce to residents of New Orleans. Learn more: www.growvertifarms.com

Kumari Middleton

Kumari Middleton

Project: Mayibuye — Australia | Age: 28

Kumari launched Mayibuye in Australia, South Africa and Cambodia to encourage young people to overcome negative peer pressure and avoid risky behavior through engagement in the performing arts. Learn more: www.mayibuye.org.au

Kevin Morgan-Rothschild Kumari Middleton
Lee Crockford

Lee Crockford

Project: Spur Projects — Australia | Age: 28

Lee cofounded Spur Projects to make it easier for young men to take action rather than take their own lives. Spur raises awareness of suicide among young men in Australia helps them get the help and support they need. Learn more: www.spurprojects.com.au

Lina Khalifeh

Lina Khalifeh

Project: SheFighter — Jordan | Age: 29

Lina created SheFighter to teach women self-defense techniques that empower them mentally and physically. Learn more: www.shefighter.com

Lee Crockford Lina Khalifeh
Naomi Chepchumba

Naomi Chepchumba

Project: Street Level Initiative Kenya — Kenya | Age: 24

In response to the high rate of HIV among young people in Kenya, Naomi launched Street Level Initiative Kenya to train nightclub DJs and musicians to educate patrons about responsible sexual behavior.

Pablo Alvéstegui

Pablo Alvéstegui

Project: A-dedo (Hitchhiking) — Chile | Age: 28

Pablo and two friends created a website called A-dedo that encourages carpooling, more sustainable transportation and less carbon emissions. Learn more: www.empresas.a-dedo.cl

Naomi Chepchumba Pablo Alvéstegui
Patricia Barrios

Patricia Barrios

Project: Voluntariado Kúrame (Healing Volunteers) — Peru | Age: 27

Through Voluntariado Kúmare, Patricia manages some 8,000 volunteers who provide emotional support and recreational and educational activities to hospital patients in Peru. Learn more: www.iluyana.org

Tarek Ziad Hussein

Tarek Ziad Hussein

Project: Team Success — Denmark | Age: 21

Tarek co-founded Team Success to provide academic tutoring, life skills and career planning support to immigrant youth. Learn more: team-succes.dk

Patricia Barrios Tarek Ziad Hussein