• meet the CGA 2018 Cohort

    Low Carbon City

    Juliana Gutierrez, Colombia

    Juliana Gutierrez worked with organizations like UN-Habitat, UNDP, Amnesty International, AIESEC, La Ciudad Verde, among others for environmetal causes. She has a BS in finance and international relations Postgraduate studies in political studies, and international cooperation. MA in environmental studies MA in international studies from Korea University. In 2017 she became the first Colombian to become the American Echoing Green Climate Change Fellow.


    Andrei Toma, Romania

    Andrei Toma worked closely with architects and designers for properties in London and abroad. One of his works include the designing of the LSE building in Holborn where his research to reduce building was funded by InnovateUK with a 5k grant in 2015. His startup was previously accelerated by Climate KIC, and was shortlisted for EYIF Young Innovator award in 2016, among several other awards.

    Imperfectly GOOD

    Katy Renwick, United Kingdom

    Katy Renwick possesses a wealth of experience from her days planning and executing high-profile, time-pressured marketing projects for demanding corporates. Having been brought up in rural Kent, she has always valued produce & products made with a respect for nature. The growing issue of food waste in London and across the globe made her decide to pursue her passion and dedication to her then corporate project-based work.


    Gwen Wong,


    Gwen Yi Wong is a writer, social entrepreneur and community builder from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has worked with hundreds of communities across 30 countries and 5 continents to build empathy, understanding and connection through authentic conversations. Her past work has earned her recognition from UNICEF, Ashoka, MasterCard, Telenor and the Nobel Peace Prize Convention, and most recently, the Associate Fellowship at the Royal Commonwealth Society.


    Berat Kjamili,


    Berat Kjamili is a graduate from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He was previously recognised in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) in Turkey, TechAnkara Project Market by the EU and Ankara Development Agency, semi-finalist in the "Innovate for Refugees" of MIT Enterprise Forum, listed as one of the Top 50 Startups in Startup Istanbul.


    Tram Anh Nguyen,


    Tram Anh works as a marketing executive and loves human connection over and above all things. In 2017, her startup was selected for Facebook’s startup accelerator program and was awarded $80k sponsorship to develop Sumi. Her team received a total of $120k from angel investments through Microsoft to support their data infrastructure.

    You, Baby & I

    Shaney Vijendranath, South Africa

    Shaney Vijendranath is an experienced mom-entrepreneur and a marketing expert. She has connected with thousands of mothers and businesses worldwide. Her blog is recognised as the most influential parenting site in South Africa and in the African region. She has been featured and has written for Huffington Post and other prominent online publications in South Africa.


    Sarah Tuck, New Zealand

    Sarah Tuck, along with her co-founders Bop and Jody, started out with Pat-A-Cake, a theatre production company, before they founded CoLiberate. They discovered their passion for caring about people sustainability and processes of looking after ourselves whilst making theatre shows. They made a commitment in 2013 to always work in a way that puts wellbeing and health first.


    Rene Espinoza,


    Rene Espinoza is an electrical engineer from the Universidad de Chile, specializing in electronics, mobile technologies, machine learning and assistive technologies. He has work in previous startups in the fields of mobile apps and health devices. He is a fellow of The Collective Global Accelerator, Westerwelle Young Founders Program and the Young Leaders of the America Initiative.


    Arthur Gopak, Netherlands

    Arthur Gopak worked as a journalist for over 5 years and won several national and international writing and essay competitions.

    He, along his brother and co-founder Eric, participated in several conferences and won international competitions in business and finance, and are 'olympiads' in IT and math.

    Maestros Leadership Team

    Charles Lipenga, Malawi

    Charles Lipenga is a Future Forward ASHOKA Change-maker and was awarded as one the best Young African Leaders in The Future of Work in Africa. He was sponsored by the MasterCard Foundation to be trained under the Innovations in Youth Employment. He was a recipient of the Environmental and Humanitarian Heroes Award by The United Nations, and The Commonwealth Youth Award, among other recognition for his excellence in works.


    Meet the game changing entrepreneurs of the 2017 cohort, hailing from Asia, Africa, South America and the United States.

    The Biz Nation

    Daniela Carvajalino

    22 years old, from Colombia

    Daniela is the co-founder of The Biz Nation, an online platform that provides high quality, real world applicable and productive skill oriented education that generates personal, social and economic development. Daniela has been nominated to different international awards including the White House Champions of Change.


    Italo Alves

    25 years old, from Brazil

    Italo is is the co-founder of TODXS, a start-up that focuses on making Brazilian businesses more LGBT-friendly. TODXS is also building a mobile app that maps the LGBT+ resources available in Brazil, and an app that ranks schools according to their level of bullying discrimination incidence. Italo's educational background is in Global Affairs and Public Policy, and Italo is a Global Shaper from the World Economic Forum, a Global Teen Leader from the Three Dot Dash programme, a Global Changemaker and a Schwarzman Scholar.


    Tizzita Tefera

    24 years old, from Ethiopia

    Tizzita is the founder of mTena, an sms based platform that provides women in Ethiopia maternal and infant care information. The information is tailored to the gestation period of the users and includes information such as appointment reminders, immunization reminders, danger signs to watch out for, and contextually relevant nutritional advice.

    Food for All Africa

    Elijah Amoo Addo

    26 years old, from Ghana

    Elijah is the founder of the Food for All Africa programme, a social enterprise that uses advocacy and an app to create sustainable means of nutrition for vulnerable communities through food recovery, redistribution and farming. Elijah was awarded Young Leader by Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace in 2017 and Food for All Africa is gradually becoming West Africa's leader in creating efficiency and food supply efforts to the low income, poor and hungry.


    Pieter Doevendans

    27 years old, from the United States

    Pieter is the co-founder and COO of Ava, a software that translates any conversation into text and will color code the different speakers, so that you can easily distinguish who says what. It enables deaf and hard of

    hearing people to have more equal chances in their social and professional lives. Pieter is a Resolution Project and Kairos fellow, and his educational background is in Civil Engineering and Innovation Sciences.

    Suncrox Solar

    Noor Shahiwan Ismail

    29 years old, from Malaysia

    Noor is the founder of Suncrox Solar, a Malaysian social enterprise that provides solar energy solutions by eliminating grid and fuel power dependency for home. Suncrox Solar aims to provide solar energy to more than 10,000 direct beneficiaries in 5 years time, and helps low income and rural communities with special solutions that meet their needs, by implementing a cross-subsidisation model where profit from commercial projects are channelled to subsidize social initiatives up to 100%.


    Ernest Gavor

    34 years old, from Ghana

    Ernest is the co-founder of Moja,

    a SaaS platform that leverages the increased use of mobile phone devices to increase reliable blood donation by providing incentives and motivation to encourage citizens to volunteer blood regularly. Moja is on a mission of improving the blood donation rate in low to middle income countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa from the current WHO estimate of 4.6 donations per 1000 people to 33.1 donations per 1000 people. Ernest is a multiple-award winning African social entrepreneur and a Unicef Change Leader.


    Jaryd Ridgeway

    26 years old, from South Africa

    Jaryd is the founder of MUZI, a start-up that democratizes and decentralizes health diagnostics. MUZI's first target is HIV in South Africa. With Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, their aim is to increase the amount of HIV tests by a factor of 10 in the next 3 years. Jaryd’s educational background is in Molecular Biology.

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