They are big-picture thinkers who defy convention. They combine passionate concern over the state of our world with pragmatic idealism. They are the 2012 Laureate Global Fellows. These 20 young social entrepreneurs from 16 countries have each pioneered innovative solutions to a host of urgent societal challenges—using bicycles to empower low-income youth with livelihood skills, transforming ‘rice straw’ into renewable fuel, and putting technology to work to build sustainable, local economies.

The Laureate Global Fellows program, launched this year, is an extension of the seven-year partnership between the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation and the International Youth Foundation (IYF) through IYF’s YouthActionNet® initiative. Laureate has also played a critical role in the expansion of YouthActionNet®, with eight national-level youth leadership institutes created through Laureate International Universities.

The Laureate Global Fellows will benefit from leadership training, advocacy, networking, and funding opportunities—and join a thriving community of more than 600 young social entrepreneurs in 71 countries, who are collectively impacting the lives of more than a million people around the world. Together, they demonstrate Laureate Education Inc.’s commitment to developing a generation of global leaders who are Here for Good.

  AGE COUNTRY
AFRICA    
Tolulope Sangosanya 29 Nigeria
Nicole Le Roux 25 South Africa
Muhammed Kisirisa 24 Uganda
Jane Nampijja 29 Uganda
ASIA & THE PACIFIC    
Lachlan Ritchie 26 Australia
Sambat Choan 27 Cambodia
Arun Krishnamurthy 25 India
Yashveer Singh 26 India
Dang Hong Thai 22 Vietnam
Gökden Ipek Yosunlu 21 Turkey
EUROPE    
Besa Luci 28 Kosovo
Karina Peña 27 Spain
Miriam Reyes Oliva 26 Spain
LATIN AMERICA &  THE CARRIBEAN  
Rafael Henrique Siqueira Rodrigues 29 Brazil
Benjamin Faivovich 24 Chile
Gabriela Chumpitaz Aguirre 28 Peru
Cristian Jonathan Vélez Ramirez  25 Peru
Agustin Lorenzo Rodriguez Ake 26 Mexico
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA  
Afif Tabsch 24 Lebanon
NORTH AMERICA    
Alex Budak 28 United States