2014 American Express Ashoka Changemakers Emerging Innovators Announced

May 21, 2014—American Express and Ashoka Changemakers have recognized 45 innovators as future leaders of social change across North America. Their solutions tackle a wide range of the world’s most critical challenges. The innovators, representing organizations from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, will attend 2014 American Express Emerging Innovators Leadership Boot Camps in New York City, Toronto, and Mexico City this June and will collaborate with American Express executives, Ashoka Fellows and other thought leaders in the field of social innovation.

The 2014 American Express Emerging Innovators are:

United States:

·       Alex Epstein, The Philadelphia Urban Creators

·       Alexandra Meis, Kinvolved

·       Andrea Lo, Piggybackr

·       Andres Marquez-Lara, Promethean Community

·       Arati Sureddi, LOTUS Alliance

·       Claire Charmanac, Women LEAD

·       Harlyn Pacheco, Qlovi

·       Jessica Ladd, Sexual Health Innovations

·       Jordyn Lexton, Drive Change

·       Laurin Hodge, Mission: Launch, Inc.

·       Karim Abouelnaga, Practice Makes Perfect (PMP)

·       Mike Norman, WeFunder

·       Sara Haghdoosti, Berim

·       Tammy Tibbetts, She’s the First

·       Tyrone Mullins, Green Streets



·       Agazi Afewerki, Youth Empowering Parents

·       Anique Jordan, CRAFT Community Economic Development and Art 

·       Candice Lys, FOXY

·       Derrick Kim, Bridging Talent

·       Emerson Csorba, Gen Y Inc

·       Fadi Al Qassar, Uganda Venture

·       Gonzalo Riva, Twenty One Toys

·       Habiba Cooper Diallo, Women's Health Organization International

·       James Arron, The Dupont

·       Kevin Davies, Green Start

·       Philippe Levesque, The Agrarian Revolution

·       Reheena Dhaya, Fair(e) Enough Inc.

·       Sarah Anne Drew, Every1 Games

·       Simone Holligan, Savannah Communication Arts

·       Teriano Lesancha, Supa Maasai


·       Claudia Núñez Sañudo, Metodo Click

·       Daniel Serrano de Rejil, Insade

·       Gerardo González Marquez, Noxtli

·       Greta Lucero Ríos Téllez Sill, Ollin

·       Joseliny Omar, Pachamama

·       Juan Carlos Luna Hernández, Pachamama

·       Karla Breceda Elenes, El Buen Socio

·       Ma. Teresa G. Farfán Munguía, Atomo Educativo

·       Maria del Carmen Vazquez Valdéz, Nutricampeones

·       Maricruz Cruz Zepeda, Diverpsige Ac

·       Ramón Agustín Bacre González, Biotecnología Mexicana contra el Cambio Climático

·       Sergio Humberto Elenes Islas, FastBloc

·       Sofía Fabiola Jiménez Rojas, Panamedica

·       Sofía Sánchez Serrano, Deportesi

·       Tamara Bardasano, Juguetes Mi Taton

Check out the Emerging Innovators Campaign & Online Toolkit, which highlights the stories of these innovators though podcasts and interviews sharing what they have learned throughout the launch and growth of their organizations. Check back for updates about the American Express Emerging Innovators Leadership Boot Camps, and watch for blog posts by the innovators and notable social entrepreneurs who will contribute their knowledge about leadership, social change, and entrepreneurship.