Voices from the jury: Making the world of tomorrow a better place.

While the members of the jury are doing their work – evaluating the entries of the empowering people. Award – we asked them why they have made a commitment to this competition.

“The empowering people. Award gives global visibility and an important platform to outstanding social innovators and tech solutions that the world so urgently needs. With its early stage approach it invests in a critical phase in the social entrepreneurial lifecycle and motivates many engaged people to continue with their seemingly unreasonable task: to make the world of tomorrow a better place.”

Michael Vollmann, member of the jury.Michael Vollmann has been an International Program Director at Ashoka since 2012, responsible for the Globalizer Program – an international cross cutting accelerator program for advanced Social Entrepreneurs around the world. Over the last five years, over 140 select Ashoka Fellows from over 35 countries have participated in the Globalizer process, along with hundreds of senior business leaders, management consultants and other thought experts from around the world.

Michael Vollmann started a strategic multi-year partnership between Ashoka and Siemens Stiftung, a global collaboration platform for social entrepreneurs with tech innovations targeting basic needs of rural communities in developing countries. This international network supported social entrepreneurs from more than a dozen developing countries in Latin America and Sub-Sahara Africa in refining their business model, making them investor-ready and exchanging learnings as peers.

He received his diploma degree in Intercultural Business Studies at the University of Passau, Germany and the State University of Rio de Janeiro and is an active Alumni of the International Scouting Movement. In 2012 he visited the Executive Course on Social Entrepreneurship at INSEAD Business School. Michael Vollmann is co-founder of an impact start-up named nebenan.de.

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