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 2018 Laureate Global Fellows hail from 16 countries and are impacting thousands of lives through their innovative work.

2018 Laureate Global Fellows

Alberto Cabanes

Alberto Cabanes

Project: Adopta Un Abuelo — Spain | Age: 29

Alberto launched Adopta Un Abuelo (Adopt Grandparents) to ensure the elderly in Spain feel heard, accompanied, and loved. To date, more than 620 youth volunteers have been paired with 365 elders, whom they meet with once a week, gaining valuable experience and wisdom.

Allister Chang

Allister Chang

Project: Wash & Learn — United States | Age: 27

Through Wash & Learn, Allister installs curated WiFi hotspots in laundry mats enabling patrons to develop literacy and digital literacy skills with the help of in-person facilitators. An initiative of Libraries Without Borders, Wash & Learn is active in 4 states, reaching 16,000 people annually.

Alberto Cabanes Allister Chang
Alparslan Demir

Alparslan Demir

Project: Alparslan Demir — Turkey | Age: 25

Through Biryudumkitap, Alparslan provides more than 250,000 email subscribers with daily five-minute readings of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. The book previews and excerpts are designed to boost literacy, nurture empathy, and enhance communication among the public at large.

Andrea Gonzalez Negron

Andrea Gonzalez Negron

Project: Salto Peru — Peru | Age: 27

Through Salto Peru, Andrea connects low-income micro-entrepreneurs to trained university students, who provide business consulting services and access to expanded business networks. To date, 300+ micro-entrepreneurs have benefited from the advice of over 120 volunteer consultants.

Alparslan Demir Andrea Gonzalez Negron
Anika Manzoor

Anika Manzoor

Project:Youth Activism Project — United States | Age: 26

Anika co-founded the Youth Activism Project (YAP) to promote teen-led action to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In 2017, 120 YAP-trained activists in the US and Mali led campaigns on girls’ education, gun violence, sex trafficking, and other issues.

Cleofash Alinaitwe

Cleofash Alinaitwe

Project: Art Planet Academy — Uganda | Age: 26

Through Art Planet Academy (APA), Cleofash trains youth to replicate innovative farm technologies across five priority enterprises. Its 40 certified trainers have contributed to increased agricultural output among 1,000 rural homesteads.

Anika Manzoor Cleofash Alinaitwe
Daniela Retamales Gomez

Daniela Retamales Gomez

Project:Fundación Prótesis 3D — Chile | Age: 29

Through Fundación Prótesis 3D, Daniela provides free prosthetics to children and adults with upper extremity disabilities. Youth in detention contribute to the process of printing the 3D prostheses. To date, the initiative has impacted 36 families, with 12 youth trained in job readiness skills.

Germán Santillán

Germán Santillán

Project: Oaxacanita Chocolate — Mexico | Age: 26

Germán is Founder and CEO of Oaxacanita Chocolate, a company that uses artisanal chocolate production to generate positive economic, social, and environmental impact in the Mixtec region of Oaxaca. The company has created a productive and collaborative value chain that now engages 26 indigenous families.

Daniela Retamales Gomez Germán Santillán
Jacqueline Lawrence

Jacqueline Lawrence

Project: Mbeya Highlands FM Radio — Tanzania | Age: 26

Jacqueline founded Mbeya Highlands FM Radio to give voice to the voiceless in southern Tanzania. Mbeya’s ‘media for development’ approach advances solutions to social challenges through public forums and radio programming reaching roughly 2.7 million people annually.

Jemma Phibbs

Jemma Phibbs

Project: School Space — United Kingdom | Age: 24

To address school funding cuts and community members’ need for space to carry out activities, Jemma co-founded School Space. Through facilitating the rental of school facilities, School Space has generated £500,000 for its 25 school partners, with 60,000 community members accessing school facilities monthly.

Jacqueline Lawrence Jemma Phibbs
Leonardo Capel

Leonardo Capel

Project: A+ Educação — Brazil | Age: 25

Leonardo co-founded A+ Educação to provide Brazil’s school teachers with a voice, resources, and recognition. The social enterprise operates a crowdfunding website where teachers publicize their needs and provides online and in-person teacher training. In 2017, 2,850 students benefited from new materials, with 100+ teachers trained.

Luis Pazos

Luis Pazos

Project: Recidar — Peru | Age: 29

Through Recidar, Luis bridges the needs of low-income families for household goods and individuals looking to donate items they no longer use. Recidar operates a free pick-up service for donated items that are sold through its community store, which offers fair prices and a dignified buying experience. The Recidar movement now comprises 6,000+ families and 60 institutions.

Leonardo Capel Luis Pazos
Manvendra Singh Inaniya

Manvendra Singh Inaniya

Project: Alaap People’s Foundation — India | Age: 27

Through the  Alaap People’s Foundation, Manvendra works to restore the native forests of the Himalayas. Alaap’s community-driven model mobilizes citizens to create native forests; promotes sustainable livelihoods; and empowers youth as eco-changemakers. Over 200 eco leaders are now engaged, with 7 native forests planted.

Maria Elisa Munoz

Maria Elisa Munoz

Project: D'Cuero — Ecuador | Age: 25

Elisa launched D’Cuero to connect rural producers of handcrafted, high-quality leather footwear to expanded markets through a walk-in store and online sales platform. In 2017, D’Cuero empowered more than 30 artisans with skills training while promoting sustainable business practices.

Manvendra Singh Inaniya Maria Elisa Munoz
Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed

Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed

Project: Social Innovation Lab — Pakistan | Age: 28

Maryam founded the Social Innovation Lab (SIL) to enable young change-makers to build sustainable social enterprises, create ecosystems that support social innovation, and push for human-centered policy-making. Since 2013, SIL has worked with 38 consultants and incubated 86 social enterprises, which have impacted over 3.8 million lives globally.

Maulen Akhmetov

Maulen Akhmetov

Project: Kunde Social Café — Kazakhstan | Age: 22

with mental disabilities, Maulen founded the Kunde Social Café. The organization trains and employs adults with mental disabilities while fostering a positive space for interaction with the public, including university student volunteers. In 2017, 115 individuals with disabilities received training.

Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed Maulen Akhmetov
Muhammad Faisal Laghari

Muhammad Faisal Laghari

Project:LearnOBots — Pakistan | Age: 28

Muhammad co-founded LearnOBots, an educational technology company that seeks to revolutionize education through creative products and services that promote STEAM education. With a special focus on girls and young women, in 2017 LearnOBots reached 2,000 students.

Prince Agbata

Prince Agbata

Project: Coliba Waste Management Services — Ghana | Age: 26

With less than two percent of plastic in Ghana recycled, Prince co-founded Coliba Waste Management Services. Among its activities, the company sets up buy-back centers for segregated plastics, establishes school recycling programs, and operates a ‘trash to wealth’ recycling program serving over 4,000 households.

Muhammad Faisal Laghari Prince Agbata
Simotwo Zainabu

Simotwo Zainabu

Project: Mashinani Hub — Kenya | Age: 24

Simotwo co-founded Mashinani Hub, which offers business incubation services, along with solar-powered office space, e-learning, mentoring, and internet access. In 2017, more than 1,500 youth and women in rural Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo benefited from the Hub’s services, with 16 youth enterprises incubated.

Sonal Jain Padamchand

Sonal Jain Padamchand

Project: Boondh — India | Age: 25

Sonal co-founded Boondh to reduce the stigma surrounding menstruation in India while propagating affordable, eco-friendly period products. In 2017, Boondh reached 11,000 women with menstrual literacy programs, de-stigmatization workshops, and the sale of reusable menstrual cups.

Simotwo Zainabu Sonal Jain Padamchand