ILA alumni

Inspired Leadership Award winners and short-listed nominees join a diverse and dynamic community.

Many of these leaders have connected to mentors and collaborators at TPT – and continue to inspire us as they scale their ideas and impact.

Tarek Alsaleh, 2018
FOUNDER, CAPOEIRA4REFUGEES
WINNER

Tarek won for ‘Capoeira4Refugees’, which he founded in Syria in 2007, and which runs sport, music and play projects in prisons, with refugees, and in safe houses for women and girls. He’s gone on to support over 60,000 refugees across the Middle East and beyond.

Tarek won for ‘Capoeira4Refugees’, which he founded in Syria in 2007, and which runs sport, music and play projects in prisons, with refugees, and in safe houses for women and girls. He’s gone on to support over 60,000 refugees across the Middle East and beyond.

Victor Ochen, 2018
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AFRICAN YOUTH INITIATIVE NETWORK
NOMINEE

Victor spent 21 years as a refugee in camps and grew up in conflict that displaced over three million people. His organisation provides reconstructive medical repair to victims of rape, mutilation and gun shots, as well as rehabilitation and reintegration to tens of thousands of child soldiers.

Victor spent 21 years as a refugee in camps and grew up in conflict that displaced over three million people. His organisation provides reconstructive medical repair to victims of rape, mutilation and gun shots, as well as rehabilitation and reintegration to tens of thousands of child soldiers.

Nazma Akter, 2018
PRESIDENT, SOMMILITO GARMENTS SRAMIK FEDERATION (SGSF)
NOMINEE

Nazma is the head of a trade union in Bangladesh, which now has a membership of over 70,000 women garment factory workers. There are 50 affiliated trade unions under the SGSF banner and they have signed 10 collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) with factory management.

Nazma is the head of a trade union in Bangladesh, which now has a membership of over 70,000 women garment factory workers. There are 50 affiliated trade unions under the SGSF banner and they have signed 10 collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) with factory management.

Joanna Bichsel, 2018
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, KASHA
NOMINEE

Joanna was recognised for founding Kasha, a platform for women’s health products and information serving women across all socioeconomic levels in urban and rural areas. Kasha is named after her daughter, because all mothers want their daughters to live their best lives.

Joanna was recognised for founding Kasha, a platform for women’s health products and information serving women across all socioeconomic levels in urban and rural areas. Kasha is named after her daughter, because all mothers want their daughters to live their best lives.

Isaac Nyangolo, 2018
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, LITEMORE LIMITED
NOMINEE

As part of Litemore, Isaac developed Zeraki, an online platform for students and educators. Previously, he was founding director of a programme providing support to 2.5 million primary school pupils and pathways to employment for 30,000 university graduates.

As part of Litemore, Isaac developed Zeraki, an online platform for students and educators. Previously, he was founding director of a programme providing support to 2.5 million primary school pupils and pathways to employment for 30,000 university graduates.

Dale Pfeifer, 2018
FOUNDER AND CEO, GOODWORLD
NOMINEE

Dale is on a mission to make payments a force for good. She was shortlisted for her company Goodworld, which makes charitable giving on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram frictionless, viral and secure, and is used by over 3,000 of the world’s top charities.

Dale is on a mission to make payments a force for good. She was shortlisted for her company Goodworld, which makes charitable giving on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram frictionless, viral and secure, and is used by over 3,000 of the world’s top charities.

Dr Nthabiseng Legoete, 2017
FOUNDER, QUALI HEALTH
WINNER 2017

Nthabiseng won the award for her work as founder of Quali Health, an organisation established to provide affordable, high-level healthcare services to the disenfranchised communities of South Africa. Previously, she worked extensively in the private health sector in varying roles.

Nthabiseng won the award for her work as founder of Quali Health, an organisation established to provide affordable, high-level healthcare services to the disenfranchised communities of South Africa. Previously, she worked extensively in the private health sector in varying roles.

Dr Jamie Chiu, 2017
FOUNDER, THE BRIGHTLY PROJECT
NOMINEE

Jamie was recognised for founding The Brightly Project, which creates apps that help young people fight the stigma of mental health. By reducing fear among those seeking help, the apps show teens they are not alone and connect them to people who care.

Jamie was recognised for founding The Brightly Project, which creates apps that help young people fight the stigma of mental health. By reducing fear among those seeking help, the apps show teens they are not alone and connect them to people who care.

Masami Sato, 2017
FOUNDER, B1G1
NOMINEE

Masami was nominated for Buy1GIVE1 (B1G1), which enables businesses to embed giving into their everyday activities. She’s also authored three books and worked in an array of roles, including teacher, translator, health consultant, natural food chef, author and entrepreneur.

Masami was nominated for Buy1GIVE1 (B1G1), which enables businesses to embed giving into their everyday activities. She’s also authored three books and worked in an array of roles, including teacher, translator, health consultant, natural food chef, author and entrepreneur.

Lindsay Stradley, 2017
CO-FOUNDER, SANERGY
NOMINEE

Lindsay’s work as co-founder of Sanergy – a social enterprise in Nairobi, Kenya, dedicated to making hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible – garnered her nomination. She’s previously worked for Google, plus co-founded a school in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Lindsay’s work as co-founder of Sanergy – a social enterprise in Nairobi, Kenya, dedicated to making hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible – garnered her nomination. She’s previously worked for Google, plus co-founded a school in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Jun Yuan Tan, 2017
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, 11TH HOUR
NOMINEE

A former food stall hawker turned tech startup entrepreneur, Tan was recognised for his work as CEO and co-founder of 11th Hour. He has also previously had stints as a strategy consultant and a tech product manager.

A former food stall hawker turned tech startup entrepreneur, Tan was recognised for his work as CEO and co-founder of 11th Hour. He has also previously had stints as a strategy consultant and a tech product manager.

Mani Vajipey, 2017
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, BANYAN NATION
NOMINEE

Mani was recognised for his work as co-founder and CEO of Banyan Nation, a technology driven recycling company that is changing the way India looks at plastics, recycling and waste management. Banyan recently or won the Dell Circular Economy People’s Choice Award.

Mani was recognised for his work as co-founder and CEO of Banyan Nation, a technology driven recycling company that is changing the way India looks at plastics, recycling and waste management. Banyan recently or won the Dell Circular Economy People’s Choice Award.

Arunachalam Muruganantham, 2016
SOCIA ENTREPRENEUR, JAYAASHREE INDUSTRIES
WINNER 2016

Arunachalam won for inventing a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine and for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic menstruation practices in rural India. In 2014, TIME magazine listed him as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’.

Arunachalam won for inventing a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine and for generating awareness about traditional unhygienic menstruation practices in rural India. In 2014, TIME magazine listed him as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’.

Carlos Cadena Gaitan, 2016
PROFESSOR, EAFIT UNIVERSITY (MEDELLIN) AND DIRECTOR, LA CIUDAD VERDE
NOMINEE

Carlos was recognised as co-founder of La Ciudad Verde, a Colombian activist think-tank that promotes sustainable cities through citizen participation and creativity. Carlos also coordinates the World Bicycle Forum, which campaigns for cycling as a serious form of urban transport.

Carlos was recognised as co-founder of La Ciudad Verde, a Colombian activist think-tank that promotes sustainable cities through citizen participation and creativity. Carlos also coordinates the World Bicycle Forum, which campaigns for cycling as a serious form of urban transport.

Manjula M Dissanayake, 2016
FOUNDING PRESIDENT, EDUCATE LANKA FOUNDATION INC
NOMINEE

Banker turned social entrepreneur Manjula was nominated as founder of Educate Lanka. His work has been recognised by the UN, USAID and Clinton Foundation, while Manjula has been named as a top social innovator in the US by Ashoka and American Express.

Banker turned social entrepreneur Manjula was nominated as founder of Educate Lanka. His work has been recognised by the UN, USAID and Clinton Foundation, while Manjula has been named as a top social innovator in the US by Ashoka and American Express.

Sam Goldman, 2016
FOUNDER, D.LIGHT
NOMINEE

It was Sam’s work as co-founder of d.light, a social enterprise providing solar energy to the two billion people living without power, that saw him nominated in 2016. He helped invent award-winning solar products, which are ultra-low-cost, safe and CO2 free.

It was Sam’s work as co-founder of d.light, a social enterprise providing solar energy to the two billion people living without power, that saw him nominated in 2016. He helped invent award-winning solar products, which are ultra-low-cost, safe and CO2 free.

Shaharzad Akbar, 2016
COUNTRY DIRECTOR, OPEN SOCIETY AFGHANISTAN
NOMINEE

Shaharzad was the first Afghan woman to gain a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford in 2011. She was nominated as both country director for Open Society Afghanistan and as co-founder of Afghanistan 1400, a group dedicated to bringing young Afghans into the political process. 

Shaharzad was the first Afghan woman to gain a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford in 2011. She was nominated as both country director for Open Society Afghanistan and as co-founder of Afghanistan 1400, a group dedicated to bringing young Afghans into the political process. 

Siddhartha Das, 2016
DIRECTOR, SIDDHARTHA DAS STUDIO
NOMINEE

Siddhartha curates and designs projects that see culture as a driver of economy, and was shortlisted for his diversity of projects that meld design with architecture, arts and crafts. Siddhartha also won the ‘Young Design Entrepreneur Award, India’ 2008 from the British Council.

Siddhartha curates and designs projects that see culture as a driver of economy, and was shortlisted for his diversity of projects that meld design with architecture, arts and crafts. Siddhartha also won the ‘Young Design Entrepreneur Award, India’ 2008 from the British Council.

Jane Chen, 2016
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, EMBRACE INNOVATIONS
NOMINEE

Jane was nominated for Embrace, a social enterprise start-up that aims to help the 20 million premature and low-birth-weight babies born every year via a low-cost infant warmer. Previously, Jane worked with non-profit organisations on healthcare issues in developing countries.

Jane was nominated for Embrace, a social enterprise start-up that aims to help the 20 million premature and low-birth-weight babies born every year via a low-cost infant warmer. Previously, Jane worked with non-profit organisations on healthcare issues in developing countries.

Jeremy Heimans
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, PURPOSE
WINNER

Jeremy won for his work at Purpose, a home for building movements and crowd-based social and economic models to tackle the world’s biggest problems. He’s won a plethora of accolades, co-authored the book ‘New Power’, and is now on our ILA Committee.

Jeremy won for his work at Purpose, a home for building movements and crowd-based social and economic models to tackle the world’s biggest problems. He’s won a plethora of accolades, co-authored the book ‘New Power’, and is now on our ILA Committee.

Ben Knelman, 2015
FOUNDER AND CEO, JUNTOS FINANZAS
NOMINEE

Ben was nominated as CEO and co-founder of Juntos, which builds empowering personal finance tools for newly-banked households globally. A World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper under 30’, Ben’s background is in user-centric product development and economics.

Ben was nominated as CEO and co-founder of Juntos, which builds empowering personal finance tools for newly-banked households globally. A World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper under 30’, Ben’s background is in user-centric product development and economics.

Kajsa Li Paludan, 2015
CO-FOUNDER, REDEFINE.XYZ AND CULTURA21
NOMINEE

Kajsa was recognised as co-founder of Cultura21 and Redefine.XYZ, a crowd-sourced online tool to provide people with the means to communicate about sustainability. She was named ‘Future Sustainability Leader 2014’, by DNV GL and Sustainia.

Kajsa was recognised as co-founder of Cultura21 and Redefine.XYZ, a crowd-sourced online tool to provide people with the means to communicate about sustainability. She was named ‘Future Sustainability Leader 2014’, by DNV GL and Sustainia.

Alec Loorz, 2015
DIRECTOR, CIRCLE OF FIRE
NOMINEE

Alec was nominated for his work as director of Circle of Fire, a project connecting and training young leaders with global decision-makers. He also founded the non-profit Kids vs Global Warming when he was just 13 years-old, and the iMatter Movement aged 16.

Alec was nominated for his work as director of Circle of Fire, a project connecting and training young leaders with global decision-makers. He also founded the non-profit Kids vs Global Warming when he was just 13 years-old, and the iMatter Movement aged 16.

Alejandro Maza Ayala, 2015
FOUNDER AND CEO, OPI
NOMINEE

Alejandro was shortlisted for OPI, a Mexico City-based social impact startup bringing high-tech tools for data generation and analysis to tackle the region’s most pressing social issues. His work has been recognised by MIT Technology Review and the Tech Museum of Silicon Valley.

Alejandro was shortlisted for OPI, a Mexico City-based social impact startup bringing high-tech tools for data generation and analysis to tackle the region’s most pressing social issues. His work has been recognised by MIT Technology Review and the Tech Museum of Silicon Valley.

Tom Szaky, 2015
FOUNDER AND CEO, TERRACYCLE
NOMINEE

Tom is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, an international leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste. TerraCycle has received awards from the likes of the UN, World Economic Forum and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Tom is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, an international leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste. TerraCycle has received awards from the likes of the UN, World Economic Forum and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Siya Xuza, 2015
FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, GALACTIC ENERGY VENTURES
NOMINEE

Siya was nominated for Galactic Energy Ventures, an investment company creating smart energy opportunities. He’s also been recognised by Former US First Lady Michelle Obama, Nobel Foundation and NASA affiliated Lincoln Laboratory, which named a minor planet in his honour.

Siya was nominated for Galactic Energy Ventures, an investment company creating smart energy opportunities. He’s also been recognised by Former US First Lady Michelle Obama, Nobel Foundation and NASA affiliated Lincoln Laboratory, which named a minor planet in his honour.