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Alessandro Valera

Launch director, Ashoka Italia

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

I graduated from one of the United World Colleges in Canada. I went on to study Politics at the University of Essex and speacialised in Political Communication at the LSE. After graduating, I worked for five years in London in the field of Communication Research, particularly in the sector of education and young people, for IFF Research and EdComs. In 2010 I returned to Italy to become the Director of Policy and Participation for European Alternatives, a youth-led civic society organisation seeking greater democracy and equality in the European Union. I also founded my own communication consultancy called Con-Senso. Since June 2014, I have the privilege of being assigned the task to take to Italy the ground-breaking work that Ashoka has carried outacross the world.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is the initiative you will be presenting at the LHFORUM all about ?

Ashoka selects the best social entrepreneurs across the globe in different fields, including health and education, supports them financially and connects them with other fellows across the globe to maximise the impact of their activities. Italy is about to join in this global changemaking process which will be presented.

LOCATION/In which part of the world do you conduct your activities ?

Ashoka operates in 36 countries and has fellows in 70 of them. We are working to launch a new Ashoka Italia operation based in Rome or Milan.

IMPACT / What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental impact of the activity, initiative, startup, company?

56% of Ashoka Fellows have achieved business-social congruence at a national level within 5 years of their election. This means that 61% Fellows receive revenue through a for-profit element providing an average of 41% of their budget. 28% of Fellows have a joint venture with a business

QUOTE / A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

Everyone can be a change-maker!