Bikramjit Singh is currently Group Managing Director, CEO, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. His online ecommerce business (Interactive Era ) dealing in products and services such as digital e-learning via tablets (www.iScuela.com), Technology Wellness (www.iliveon.net) and Club Memberships (www.fantasyresorts.net), has expanded over 15 countries in just 3 years.
Bikramjit Singh who is from Malaysia, has homes in Kuala Lumpur, India and Melbourne, Australia. He is an engineer by training, having studied at the University of Sunderland UK.
"One of the main reason I choose education as a premium product is I strongly believe it is the single most powerful vehicle to bring about change. Every child in this world must be given the opportunity to learn and develop - that's a human right. However in India for instance 60% of the kids are not given adequate education. To show our commitment to this cause, we have pledge our products iscuela for free to 100,000 underprivileged children in view with the WSYA and UNDP goals."
Together with his dynamic team, that he firmly believes in, has won awards and recognition globally with His recent product iScuela, is the overall winner in the Education for All category at WSYA 2013 and also won an award at World Education Congress 2013, for best use of mobile technology for learning. Nominated at the World Education Summit 2013, for "ESTADIO" a gamification concept.
"Not only do we want to make a lasting change", says Bikramjit, "we are passionate about building a business we can transfer to the future generations"
Gloria Silas Mangi, Tanzania
Media and Communication Director @ Maanisha! Limited
Gloria has over four years of experience in the field of media and journalism working for various television and media outlets. As the Media and Communication Director for Maanisha! Limited, she is in charge of creatively managing, presenting and coordinates all media initiatives for Maanisha as well as supervise the different shows and programs for the company.
Gloria’s experience in Tanzania started in 2010 when she produced and directed a successful TV talk show that dealt with social issues in Tanzania and revolutionized the Tanzanian mainstream media. She was also the key anchor and reporter for the 2010 elections in Tanzania for Capital TV, which saw a drastic increase in its ratings. In 2010-2011 she helped produce, direct, as well as write scripts for a very popular series of theater productions that showcased here in Tanzania and was widely received. Gloria is a Milead Fellow and was also selected in 2012 among thousands of applicants from Africa and the diaspora, and the only Tanzanian, as a 2012 MILEAD fellow: a renowned leadership program based in Ghana and Washington. She has gone on to win international awards for her award-winning project‘African Queens project.
Maninder Singh Bajwa, India
Managing Director @ iScuela
Maninder Singh Bajwa is a Social Entrepreneur and currently acting as the Managing Director at iScuela, which is having its business operation in 10 countries. His EdTech company iScuela is fast becoming a credible name, that provides high quality education through the use of mobile technology bridging barriers of demographics, affordability and availability of resources.
Maninder, finished his Software Engineering degree from Monash University, Melbourne Australia after which he commenced his journey as an Entrepreneur. After being in IT Service Industry, he decided to move into Product space and education was the field the entire team wanted to be involved in. His recent product iScuela was the overall winner in the Education for All category at WSYA 2013 and also won an award at World Education Congress 2013, for best use of mobile technology for learning.
Currently he has been appointed as World Summit Youth Award Ambassador and also is on the Executive Committee and Incubation committee of a non profit organisation SACC (Sikh American Chamber of Commerce).
Maninder believes that in todays times and the future, societies and cultures that do well are not the ones who have more and better weapons or oil but the ones that are more educated and empowered.
Analy Paz, Guatemala
Special Needs educator & Board member of Paz Joven
Is a psychologist and Special Needs educator, passion by social work and part of the board of the organization Paz Joven Guatemala, traveling and working with adolescents and youth people in 20 states of the country, she gives self-steem, identity and Sexual and Reproductive health conferences to them , the organization promotes and creates opportunities for , training in values for built and live in a culture of peace, political participation and integration in the formal spaces of decision-making at local and national levels, young people actually have the ability, the strength, the energy, the talent and empowerment needed to generate significant changes in our country.
The work focuses on rural areas, and the 350 the volunteers who are part of the organization are those that perform various activities to inform their communities about various topics such as advocacy, sexual and reproductive health, teen pregnancy, social responsibility. Work on new technologies is essential because very few people in rural areas have access to, so we work in creating audiovisual material created by adolescents and young people promoting different topics, and we won WSYA 2013 , by creating a platform that informs and empowers women of rural places in sexual health issues, where is really difficult talk about those topics, mostly if you are a girl and minor, we made it through text messages, which they can respond anonymously and their doubts are resolved, the project “connecting for my health” was possible by the alliance and support with UNICEF, Guatemala.
Personally she believes that providing opportunities to interact with technologies, it also help them for growth when education and culture does not meets a proper role.
Ana Pantelić, Serbia / Colombia
Serbia / Colombia
International development consultant and social innovator & PhD candidate at the University of Belgrade
Ana Pantelić is an international development consultant and social innovator with an interdisciplinary education and multicultural background. A PhD candidate at the University of Belgrade, she has lived and worked on three continents, focusing her professional activities on sustainable development, poverty alleviation and innovation for change. An enthusiastic proponent of the notion that disruptive ideas change the world, Ana spent two and a half years working withFundación Capital in Bogotá, Colombia to alleviate poverty by designing, developing and disseminating technology-based tools for scaling up financial inclusion. This LISTA Initiative was awarded the World Summit Youth Award and runner-up for the European Youth Award in 2013, and its innovative tools are being scaled up and spread to countries in the Latin American region and beyond. In 2011, she also started the Sustainable Habits for Sustainable Development project, through which she continues to promote sustainability via an online platform in her native Serbia.
Growing up between Serbia and the United States, technology has played a crucial role in her life, and she now builds off her interdisciplinary studies to do the same with others, by bringing education via tablet computers into the homes of the rural poor. Ana frequently lectures at universities and conferences, appears on television, and has even spoken at a TEDx event in San Diego. A published author, amateur photographer, and frequent traveler, she is fluent in three languages and seeks to leverage all of her personal, professional and academic interests in order to improve her work and make a difference in the lives of others.
Iqbal Hariadi, Indonesia
Student @ Universitas Indonesia
Iqbal Hariadi is undergraduate student at Universitas Indonesia. Although majoring biology, he is so passionate about technology and creative industry. He is active member of Young Entrepreneur Association of Universitas Indonesia. He is also a contributing writer at Indonesia Kreatif, an online digital platform covering creative industry development in Indonesia.
Iqbal - together with his friends from Lendabook project - won a World Youth Summit Award 2013 for Create Your Culture category.Lendabook is a social networking site where every person wherever they are can be facilitated mutual borrowing and lend their books. Since becoming one of the winner, his project is growing and reaching more people for raising reading-culture through the country. He is now one of the WSYA Ambassador, promotingyoung digital entrepreneurs and activists using Internet and Mobiles to take action on the UN MDGs and social change.
Vintagesam Okoroafor, Nigeria
HR and Business Strategist @Globalplux Consulting Services
Vintagesam Okoroafor is Nigerian based HR and Business Strategist with Globalplux Consulting Services. He is a B. Sc degree holder with Delta State University and a full member of Institute of Chartered Portfolio Management of Nigeria (ICPM), and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM).
His hunger for service above self and humanity led him into Rotary International from a young age.
Vintagesam is interested in agricultural sector and wants to change the face of the agriculture in Africa with technology.
In 2013, his project 'OpinionNigeria' (www.opinionnigeria.com) was a runner up in the World Youth Summit Award 'Pursue truth' category.
Presently, he's into huge and fascinating projects that needs global sponsorships and partners across the world. Join me lets revolutionize the world.
Sk. K. Shareef, India
Shareef comes from a humble rural background in India. By profession he is Design Manager in a software company from Hyderabad, India. By passion he is great social activist. Since last 10 years his commitment towards society is outstanding. Founder atfriends2support.org, the world's largest voluntary blood donor network, which have been saving more than 200000 lives and continuing. They have 1, 50, 000 registered volunteers to help the needy 24X7. His efforts towards saving lives, supporting meritorious poor students, providing resources to rural child education, conducting health camps and saving environment are remarkable.
Apart from this, every year he present merit awards, scholarships and cycles to meritorious poor students in and around his village in a grand manner with 10% of his income.
Shareef with his friends won the World Summit Youth Award 2013 and became Runner-up in the WSYA 2009 for his efforts in both supporting rural child education and saving lives by providing voluntary blood donors completely free of cost.
Won several awards and recognisation by his name including Limca Book of Records, India Book of Records, Asia Book of Records, Assist World Records, State Government Awards, Manthan Award, mBillionth South Asia Award and many more.
When he gets time, he travels to some place and conduct awareness camps, rallys to promote the cause. He believes…”It is our minimum responsibility to support our society and not more than that”.
Shareef is a role model for many rural Indian youth to pursue their ambitions for education and involve themselves in social causes using their knowledge and their networks of friends. Instead of lamenting on the failure of prevailing systems, it is far more commendable to seize all opportunities to work to impact society along with one’s personal choice of career. Social conditions the world over would be better with more youth taking up approaches like that of Shareef.
Muthoni Njuguna, Kenya
Systems Administrator and CSLT Facilitator @ Jesuit Refugee Services Based in Kakuma
Muthoni is currently Systems Administrator and CSLT Facilitator at the Jesuit Refugee Services Based in Kakuma, a Kenyan non-profit organisation. She has many year of experience as account and project manager in the field of ICT. Muthoni has worked with Net Plan East Africa, a provider of telecommunication solutions, with Virtual City, a Kenyan Software Company, and with Arkworks Advertising.
Muthoni worked as well with Digital Concepts Limited as System Analyst where she designed new IT solutions to improve business efficiency besides being responsible for the over-all project management.. Muthoni holds a degree in computer sciences from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
She first learned about the WSYA during the IGF Workshop held 2011 in Kenya and is since then an enthusiastic supporter: “I am fascinated by what WSYA does, introducing to the world brilliant innovative minds, which would have been unknown otherwise.”
Fungai Machirori, Zimbabwe
Blogger, journalist and photographer - 'Fungai Neni' and 'Her Zimbabwe'
Fungai Machirori is a Zimbabwean blogger, journalist and photographer. In 2011, her blog 'Fungai Neni' (www.funganeni.com) was a runner up in the World Youth Summit Award 'Power 2 Women' category.
In 2012, Fungai founded Zimbabwe's first web-based portal for women, Her Zimbabwe (online at www.herzimbabwe.co.zw) which discusses and interrogates issues affecting Zimbabwean women.
Bistra Kumbaroska, Macedonia
Master candidate @ International Business at University of Ljubljana / Network Coordinator and Co-founder @ Mladiinfo
Bistra Kumbaroska, 29 years old. Since her earliest age, Bistra spends her time in witnessing courageous steps made by humans, leading towards life-changing experiences and long-lasting impact. Youth activism, social innovation and poetry are her three main passions. Challenge Future (www.challengefuture.org), Mladi Info (www.mladiinfo.eu) and AIESEC (www.aiesec.net) are three crucial organizations that enabled her to take part in creating new perspectives and possibilities for young people all over the world. At the moment, she is developing Mladi Info Network and offering free education information to more than 100,000 visitors per month. At the same time, together with more than 32,000 young members of Challenge:Future community, Bistra establishes and nurtures a solid platform for youth innovations, positive impact and growth. She has been participant and speaker at several international conferences and summits: International Conference of Social Innovation - Lahore, Pakistan; "Y Generation - Create Future with Creating Jobs" - Izmir, Turkey; European Youth Awards 2012 - Graz, Austria; Global Social Business Summit 2012 - Vienna, Austria; IRDO Conference 2012 - Maribor, Slovenia; Innovations and Social Media - Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina etc.
Momal Mushtaq, Pakistan
Founder and Executive Director @ The Voice of Youth
Hailing from Pakistan, Momal Mushtaq is a freelance writer, activist and an aspiring social entrepreneur, gifted with creativity skills which she expands enthusiastically in pursuing her ambitions. Her work in development and media communications, with focus on youth and gender equality, is recognized by global awards. Having seen the effects of violence on a first-hand basis and messages of hate it can bring to youth, Momal founded The Voice of Youth, an award-winning youth network spread across 151 countries of the world. She founded The Freedom Traveller (TFT) to connect and empower female travellers, especially from the countries where freedom of movement for women is restricted, with a platform where women of all nationalities and beliefs can actively network, share knowledge and resources, and map their experiences of travel. Momal enjoys learning new things and meeting new people. She spends most of her free time travelling, reading and documenting her life through photographs or words.
Renato Dornelas, Brazil
Project Manager @ Read My Voice
Renato Dornelas is the Project Manager of Read My Voice, an international photo campaign to promote global awareness in various issues through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest. (http://www.readmyvoice.org/)
He is also part of the British Council Global Changemakers network, and is an active member of the inaugural US Ambassador’s Youth Council for US State Department Mission Brazil, a national civic engagement project building connections with local communities.
In 2011, Renato was nominated Youth Ambassador of the Americas by the US Embassy in Brazil, and in the following year he was awarded “Changemaker of 2012” by the World Learning Organization.
He has been to several conferences worldwide, such as Northwestern University Global Engagement Summit, in Chicago; he helped to organize and facilitated at British Council Global Youth Summit 2011 and 2012, in London; and has been invited to Women Deliver Global Conference, in Malaysia.
Currently, he is an Associate Project Manager at Brainswork in Vienna, Austria, one of Europe's most influential consultancies for startup & new business. Prospective student of International Affairs, Renato loves to travel and meet new people. He likes to swim, read, and sing. He is always into new adventures, and it is easy to find him laughing and smiling!
Sébastien Bourdu, France
Co-founder and CTO of Leeftr.com & Member of MakeSense
Sébastien Bourdu is a young sense maker. He is a freelance web developer and UX designer doing his best to work on meaningful projects and to have a positive social impact. Prior to that, he worked two years in the R&D center of Orange. He is also a co-founder and CTO of Leeftr, a trusted community marketplace for remote computer assistance.
Sébastien, together with his friends, won a World Summit Youth Award in 2011 for the ikoproject in the category “Education for all”.
Sébastien loves the convergence of like-minded people. He is an active member of MakeSense, an open project bringing people together to solve the challenges of social entrepreneurs. He is also a happy member of Sandbox-- a global community of young sense makers. Sebastien has also hosted about a hundred people in his flat in Paris through CouchSurfing, because he likes meeting and connecting with travelers from all over the world.
He thinks that his generation could eradicate poverty and design a system that could make us live in a world of abundance.
Sébastien can’t wait to party with you at the Burning Man festival aka the paradise.
Rafael Rivera, Mexico
Consultant at McKinsey & Company
Rafael Rivera is a young entrepreneur and winner of World Summit Youth Award in 2010 with the project JOIN Jóvenes Informados, in the category Pursue Truth. Rafael has previous experience in journalism in Mexico, where he has written some articles for important newspapers such as El Universal and Milenio, and for TV as well for the national chain TV Azteca. Within McKinsey, he has worked in social sector studies in Latin America and India.JOIN Jovenes Informados allows youngsters to communicate their ideas to key decision makers in the country. With more than 10 thousand readers a month, JOIN Jovenes Informados is also an electronic platform to keep in touch with the most relevant topics in his country and to make proposals about it.
Alexander Ojo, Ghana
Software Developer/Entrepreneur, Co-Founder and Project Manager @MaternalPortal
Alexander is an Electricals/Electronics Engineer, turned Software Developer/Entrepreneur. He graduated from the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, where he studied Software Development and Entrepreneurship. He led a team, which won seed funding from the Meltwater Foundation to start their own software company. Prior to that, he worked in various managerial positions, as an IT director and also a technical director.
When asked about his career, Alex pointed out that he was always that one person with his hand raised, to contribute to the change that the world needs. He volunteered for every opportunity that came along, from teaching, to assisting start-ups, more so out of his desire to learn and gain new experiences.
Additionally, his passion for women's health, through a personal experience, garnered him international recognition forMaternalMortalityPortal.org, a web application that contributes to the MDG 5, by sourcing information from health professionals, to prevent maternal mortality in developing countries. “The new phase of this project looks very promising. We will reach more women in the remotest parts of Ghana. The new sms and voice platform will reach out to over 12,000 women and families across the country, through localized text and voice messages. This platform will inform them when, where and how to seek care and have access to skilled healthcare personnel and Traditional Birth Attendants”, he added.
Without doubt, it was his hard work and desire to make a change that made Maternal Mortality Portal, a winner at the 2011 World Summit Youth Award.
Nathan Masyuko, Kenya
Chief Executive Gamer @ NexGen Ltd.
Nathan Masyuko has dedicated his life and career to growing and developing the gaming industry in Kenya and the wider African region. In the year 2007, he founded and assumed the position as “Chief Executive Gamer” at Kenya’s premier gaming company,NexGen Ltd.
Through Nathan’s guidance NexGen became the first company in the region to join the World Cyber Games (WCG) and in 2009 sent its first ever team to compete in the Grand Finals held in Chengdu, China that year. Since then, Nathan has made NexGen the company of choice when looking for gaming solutions and planning a gaming tournament and/or event.
In 2011, Nathan joined the award winning team at Afroes Company Ltd, a social enterprise that develops mobile games to address important social issues in Africa. Together, they madeHaki: Shield & Defend, one of the first few games to be developed in Kenya. Haki went on to win a World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) for using technology to help promote social awareness and action towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Nathan represented Afroes in Montreal to accept the award and during this trip he, together with 7 ICT industry leaders, took part in a panel, which discussed “Digital Era and Society” that was moderated by Larry King.
Today he is at the helm of NexGen Ltd. and is founding NexGen Studios which he seeks to make the hub that will house the very best in the regions game development talent. At NexGen Studios Nathan hopes to solve the problems society faces in industries such as Finance, Marketing, Education & Distribution through the use of technology as well as his background in creating gamified experiences and products.
Through every phase of his career, Nathan’s goal has been to unite the youth, both male and female, regardless of their social divides, through gaming in the way that sports does. He is continually seeking partnerships with established companies and non-profits organizations to assist him in achieving this. He is building a universal community that is defined by their passion for gaming.
Jithin Krishnan, India
Senior Resources Manager @ Atma
Jithin Krishnan is a Senior Resources Manager at Atma. Atma is a non-profit which provides intensive support to education non-profits and social enterprises, helping them solve their daily operational challenges and plan for their future growth. Jithin is trained as a journalist and has worked at some of India's most reputed news organizations. He started his social sector journey while still in college, with Make A Difference, a non-profit which works with children at risk in orphanages and street shelters, and has held multiple profiles in the organization in his volunteering capacity.
His passion for grass-root social change, eventually resulted in a jump from journalism to the social sector permanently. After working as the Chief Communications Officer at Make A Difference for a couple of years, Jithin moved to Mumbai and started working with Atma. At Atma, he works on projects that look at integrating technology into the social sector to solve it's biggest challenges. Jithin's passion for making a difference stems from the core belief that non-profits which build strong internal capacity is better able to serve their beneficiaries.
Jithin received the World Summit Youth Award in 2011, was first runner-up in Mahindra's Spark the Rise in 2012 and was awarded the Leader in Volunteer Engagement by IVolunteer in 2013, on behalf of the work done with Make A Difference.
Stephan Hamberger, Austria
Product Manager Web - Red Bull TV, Red Bull Media House
Stephan Hamberger is an award-winning web and mobile developer, designer and product manager with a passion for user experience, technology and design. He studied Interactive Media at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria - Campus Hagenberg. Since 2007 Stephan is working for Red Bull where he gained experience in Web & New Media (Austria) and Digital Marketing (USA). In August 2012 he was appointed as Product Manager Web - Red Bull TV - at Red Bull Media House in Salzburg, Austria. Since Stephan learned to program when he was 13 he started several internationally successful projects to connect people across the globe, among them Facebook Application Intercultural, CreARTive.io, Ctact.me and the YA Friends Platform. In 2012 he was appointed as World Summit Youth Award Ambassador.
Pooja Dharan, USA
Founder & CEO @ Lil´MDGs
Pooja Dharan is the CEO and a founder of Lil' MDGs, a unique international development and youth empowerment organization, at the age of 8. Lil’ MDGs’ mission is to leverage the power of the internet, digital, and social media to educate, engage, inspire, and empower children in all corners of the world to forward the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To date, they have mobilized over 3 million children worldwide to work on a variety of issues. They now have more than 24,000 regular volunteers hailing from 41 countries.
Pooja develops ideas and strategies to inspire youth internationally to work together to forward the UN MDGs. Pooja and her organization is a recipient of numerous international and national honors, and her work with Lil' MDGs has been recognized by The Most Rev. Dr. Desmond Mpilo Tutu, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the United Nations, as well as by three U.S. Presidents.
To learn more about Pooja and her work visit: lilmdgs.org.
Abe Fergusson, Trinidad Tobago
Trinidad - Tobago
Natural Disasters Youth Ambassador
Abraham Fergusson is living proof that the information superhighway can truly connect the world. This student of El Dorado Secondary Comprehensive has been surfing the Internet since he was 7 years old. He first became a "technophile" through his involvement with the International Education and Resource Network of Trinidad and Tobago (IEARNtnt). This non-profit group uses global communication technology to allow young people in Trinidad and Tobago to connect with more than 4,000 schools in 108 countries around the world and become "global citizens". Abe is an active member of the Port-of-Spain/Sister Cities UNESCO Youth Clug, and a member of the Trincity Community Youth Group. By realizing the fear of natural disasters and learning the importance of life, while cooperating and collaborating with the aim of empowering the children of the region to build a network for the culture of disaster prevention through International Education and Risk Management Education, his "Local Action for Global Challenge" Natural Disasters Youth Summit and Global Safety Map Project was introduced for the fruitful future of the region, utilizing Information, Communication and Technology.
Adam Itzkowitz, USA
Co-Founder @ Greenlighted.com
Adam Itzkowitz is a Co-Founder of Greenlighted.com, a social venture engaging companies, causes, and individuals in online challenges to create collective impact. Greenlighted was a winner of the 2009 World Summit Youth Awards. Adam is the former Executive Director of Orbis Institute, a US non-profit organization focused on global leadership development.
Prior to his work at Orbis Institute, Adam worked with Electro-Chance on energy saving technologies, worked in management at Barnes and Noble, and worked with several organizations as a strategic planning consultant.
Adam currently serves on the Board of Directors for Orbis Institute and Advisory Boards for the University Community Partnerships for Social Action Research, Institute for International Education’s Young Professionals, the Jokom Riak Foundation, and Ngaathaje Development Organization.
Rapelang Rabana, South Africa
Founder Rekindle Learning
Featured on the cover of Forbes Africa before the age of 30, Rapelang Rabana was the founding CEO of Yeigo, an innovative Cape Town based company that developed some of the world’s earliest mobile VoIP applications. Yeigo created ground-breaking applications and services that took advantage of the internet, mobile and cloud computing technologies to tackle the cost of communication. In 2008, the Swiss-headquartered Telfree Group of Companies, a pioneering next-generation telecoms operator, acquired a majority stake in Yeigo, enabling the group to provide the full range of telecommunications services as a fully licensed operator in South Africa.
Coined by CNN.com as one of Africa’s Marissa Mayers, Rapelang recently founded education technology company Rekindle Learning, delivers learning solutions that apply the latest learning pedagogies to address the matter of ‘how we learn’ in order to ensure that learning actually happens, whether in corporate training or school classrooms. She was invited to present Rekindle Learning at the World Economic Forum meeting on Africa. Rekindle Learning was profiled in the McKinsey report - Lions go Digital:The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa - as a striking innovation in mobile learning. Rapelang has been appointed to the Advisory Board of Grindstone, a new business accelarator for post-revenue high-growth technology-enabled SMEs in South Africa to become sustainable and fundable. She also serves as the Chairperson for Ubuntu Africa Child Healthcare, an NGO providing lifesaving health and support services exclusively to children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Rapelang was selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and invited to join the Annual Meeting in Davos in 2012 where she shared a panel with Mohammed Yunus and Klaus Schwab. She has also been listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 – Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs and the Oprah Magazine ‘O Power List’. She is an Ambassador and Juror for the United Nations World Summit Awards, a Harambe HEA ’13 Associate and also an Endeavor ‘high-impact’ entrepreneur. Rapelang graduated in 2005 with a B.Bus.Sci (Comp Sci) degree from the University of Cape Town after which, she and her classmates co-founded Yeigo.