Rodrigo Baggio, 43, is one of the world’s foremost champions of information technology and education for all. The Brazilian social entrepreneur has worked tirelessly to overcome what he calls "digital apartheid".
Driven from the age of 12 by two passions - technology and helping disadvantaged young people in Rio's favelas - Baggio found a way to combine them in 1995 by founding CDI - Center for Digital Inclusion. The mission of CDI (http://www.cdi.org.br) is to utilize IT as a tool to promote social inclusion and bridge the digital divide.
At the same time, he opened the first Information Technology and Citizenship School. Currently, the non-profit organization is present in 12 countries, 9 in Latin America, and provides computers and training at over 717 Digital Inclusion Sites, benefiting more than 1,450,000 people.
Among his many honours, Baggio was named one of the leaders for tomorrow by CNN, the World Economic Forum and Time magazine. "Putting computers and training in the hands of the powerless will change the world," he says.