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A selection of AIESEC’s Alumni mostpromising young leaders of tomorrow.40under40A selection of AIESEC’s Alumni,some of the...
40 under 40IntroductionSarah Endline and Ardantya SyahrezaPedro Santos and Theofilos VasileiadisGabriela Albescu and Diego...
40 under 40Sarah EndlinesweetriotFounder and CEO/Master & Chief RioterUnited StatesSarah’s company, sweetriot, is 100%huma...
40 under 40After serving as President of AIESEC International in 2003-2004. hejoined DHL as the Management Assistant of th...
40 under 40Diego, from Colombia, is currently the High Commissioner and Director of the Presidential Agency for Social Act...
40 under 40Fernando is an entrepreneur like no other; he was one of thefounding members of AIESEC in Mozambique when the i...
40 under 40Marianne is a young woman of Danish and Zimba-bwean origin. Marianne was President of AIESECInternational in 19...
40 under 40Márton was enrolled in AIESEC from 1995 to 2000, and held variousleadership positions in AIESEC in Hungary and ...
40 under 40After completing his time working for AIESEC Inter-national in 2007, Ryan moved to Hungary where heestablished ...
40 under 40After his experience in AIESEC International, Ema-nuel started a fruitful career in Cadbury as a globalmarketin...
40 under 40Brenda is a distinguished business woman in Nigeria, she is accountant by professionbut her passion for media l...
40 under 40Stefan spent 5 years in AIESEC Romania and Belgium leading teams at localand national levels. During the follow...
40 under 40Brodie BolandCase Westerns Reserve University – Organizational BehaviourPhD StudentCanadaAfter finishing his te...
40 under 40James EderThe Beans GroupCo-Founder and Commercial DirectorUKAfter graduating from university and at the age of...
40 under 40Shudzeka Jean Louis BimelaCo-Founder of NAVTI FoundationCEO of BIMELA International ltd Hong KongCameroonIn 200...
40 under 40Mojmír JiříkovskýJRK Waste ManagementOwnerCzech RepublicIn 2007 Mojmír along with Nina Ročiaková and Marián Kob...
40 under 40Vincent KalimbaLand O’LakesOrganisation CoordinatorRwandaVincent may be just 28 years old, but he has achievedg...
40 under 40Doctor in Management from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland,Lassaad is a recognized expert in e-business...
40 under 40Teia GavrilescuFuturePlus (ViitorPlus)President and founder of Future PlusRomaniaTeia comes from Romania but he...
40 under 40Yasmine KhaterCo-Founder of Gone Cyclin’Coach at TranspiralEgyptYasmine’s idea of happiness: “Happi-ness for me...
40 under 40Piyush SuriCo-Founders5by7IndiaPiyush and Ripun are both entrepreneurs and AIESECAlumni. They met when they wer...
40 under 40AcknowledgementsAIESEC Alumni – 40 Under 40Publication Manager: Fatima Rocha Layout and Design: Larry Ioannidis...
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  1. 1. A selection of AIESEC’s Alumni mostpromising young leaders of tomorrow.40under40A selection of AIESEC’s Alumni,some of the most promisingyoung leaders of tomorrow.AIESECAlumni
  2. 2. 40 under 40IntroductionSarah Endline and Ardantya SyahrezaPedro Santos and Theofilos VasileiadisGabriela Albescu and Diego MolanoFernando Mendes and Ted KouriMarianne Knuth and Jarda DokoupilMárton Svékus and Mairi JüriskaRyan Peden and Tori AndersonEmanuel Gävert and Piyush TewariRajeev Mecheri and Brenda NwagwuStefan Palarie and Anirban BlahBrodie Boland and Kate LarsenJames Eder and Paul CoffeyShudzeka Jean Louis and Chad ParkMojmír Jiříkovský and Kurt ArcherVincent Kalimba and Vinay JajuLassaad Ghachem, Jeremy Higgs and Abu MusuuzaTeia Gavrilescu and Mohamed Fawzy El-HawYasmine Khater and Richard Seshie AhedorPiyush Suri, Ripunt Mehta and Tamer ZikryIn a time that society largely recognises the importance of global leaders, large impact across regions, building consid-erable fortunes from start-ups, AIESEC took the opportunity to publish a list of Alumni that have incredible stories thatrepresent the importance of thinking global and acting local.Looking at Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin & Larry Page, or Marc Andreessen you might think there aren’t toomany inspiring and empowering stories out there. Through this list, AIESEC intends to showcase that there are far morestories than just the ones the common person would know about. We found 40 extraordinary stories of people under 40years old, that come from all corner of the world and sectors: from technology, health care, sustainability, finance, anentrepreneurship.What do they have in common? They are creating a positive impact, being role models for their communities, enhancinglocal leadership, innovating and growing their businesses/products/ideas. They have a global mindset, while applyinglocal expertise by being entrepreneurs.Ready to know more about them? Check our AIESEC Alumni 40 under 40.AIESEC Alumni40 under 40Table of Contents23456789101112131415161718192021
  3. 3. 40 under 40Sarah EndlinesweetriotFounder and CEO/Master & Chief RioterUnited StatesSarah’s company, sweetriot, is 100%human, globally responsible, irreverentand built for a new generation. sweetriotproduce natural and healthy chocolate ina way that builds Latin American com-munities, supports fair trade, showcasesartwork on every package, and provesthat business can be done responsibly,plus is really tasty!She often calls sweetriot an ‘AIESECcompany’ as she believes the values in-side were directly crafted from her per-sonal experiences in AIESEC – team-work, vision, ownership, positive energy.Sarah founded sweetriot in 2005. sweetriot’sproducts are sold in over 2,000 stores including Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Wegmans, Zabar’s. It also owns the titleof being the very first food product ever sold at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Design Store. sweetriot was nameda finalist on Fast Company’s ‘Fast 50’ list and in the Top 3 of Fortune’s Small Business Competition. The sweet treathas been called out as a ‘Sustainable Product & Green Gift’ by Vanity Fair, CNN, Food & Wine, and was selected for theNew York Gift Show’s “Sustainability: Design for a Better World”. Sarah’s work and sweetriot have been featured by theNew York Times, Today Show, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, Business Week, Gourmet, People, and more. Sarah hasa Bachelor from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.Sarah’s favourite quote:“Never doubt that a small, groupof thoughtful, committedcitizens can changethe world. Indeed, it is the only thing thatever has.” Margaret MeadArdantya SyahrezaOwner & CEO at K-Food IndonesiaOwner & CEO at PT. Marketing Komunikasi IndonesiaIndonesiaArdantya is a well known and respected alumnus in the AIESEC community in Indone-sia. In 1998-1999 he served as President of AIESEC Indonesia, and during the following5 years he gained experience in marketing research and advertising companies.In 2005 he started his own business, K-Food Indonesia, which is a small enterprise lev-eraging the local potential of the Indonesian food industry. He also initiated PT. Market-ing Komunikasi Indonesia, a strategic marketing communication and research agencyto help brands in Indonesia interact with their target market.“As an entrepreneur, as well as the excitement and adrenaline of making business, Ibelieve being an entrepreneur is about taking responsibility to lead change; it is our jobis to seek opportunities and initiate innovations for the people and the society” Ardantyarecalls, “Being an entrepreneur is a noble job and carries great responsibility, to takecare of our employees and to ensure the better living of our stakeholders.”In an interview with Ardantya, he mentions the following “Entrepreneurship, in Indone-sia, is our key to become a welfare nation. A normal welfare nation needs at least 2%of the total population to be entrepreneurs. Indonesia still has only 0.18% of its totalpopulation engaged in entrepreneurship. There is still a lot of work to do and it needsthe support of current entrepreneurs. An entrepreneurship solution can help addressunemployment and poverty in Indonesia.”40 years old in 201134 years old
  4. 4. 40 under 40After serving as President of AIESEC International in 2003-2004. hejoined DHL as the Management Assistant of the CEO of DHL in AsiaPacific. He continued his career in DP DHL until 2009. In this timehe worked as the Regional Program during 4 years in Singaporeand then as Regional Costumer Manager in Hong Kong, where hewas responsible for commercial customer relations with some of DPDHL’s main clients in AP such as Dell, Adidas and Nike. In 2009 Pe-dro decided to return to his home country, Portugal, where he startedhis own business, a beauty spa chain.After getting that project off the ground Pedro decided to devote him-self to what really inspires him, which is working in the area of peopledevelopment. Currently Pedro is one of the Directors at Sintese Azul,a renowned training and consultancy firm in Portugal.“One of my favourite quotes is “Success is a journey, not a destina-tion”. For me success is to achieve the goals that were set but also to doit in the right way. It is to be happy with the now; it’s not only about looking tothe future or to the past” Pedro remembers, “I try to live my life with a purposeand have a positive influence in everything I do. I have moved from a verysuccessful corporate life to a small organization which has a focus on workingwith people because I feel that’s where I can have a stronger contribution. Myvision in life is to help individuals to discover and develop their dreams. Thisis what moves me in life.”Pedro SantosSientese AzulDirectorPortugalTheofilos has been a role model for a generation of AIESEC-ers in Greece, as he has managed to overcome a climate of resistance to entrepreneurialinnovation in Greece, by building his own group of successful companies.Currently Theofilos is the CEO of Group IMI, his exhibition business. He is also the VP of Strat-egy for CareerBuilder in Europe, Middle East and Asia, which creates new business in India,South East Asia and the Middle East.Theofilos is a true inspiration for many people, as he is also a founding member of Mela-mpous, an NGO fighting skin cancer. He is also participating in the Millennium Promiseinitiative in Malawi, Africa. Theofilos is a proud Harvard Alumni, graduating from theOPM at Harvard Business School in Boston in 2010.Theofilos always refers to AIESEC as the single most powerful and life-changing experi-ence in his life. “AIESEC unlocked my potential, creating a leader out of me and guidingme to see the world as my oyster! If I hadn’t set foot in the AIESEC office in October1994, my life wouldn’t be as it is now...”In his words: “Defining success by itself is narrowing its real meaning. ParaphrasingAristotle, success is not an achievement, it is a habit. If I could locate the characteristicsof successful individuals, I would say that it is if their dreams are more important to themthan their achievements. Success isn’t the sum of what you conquered in the past, buta combination of what you live through today and what you dream for yourself and thepeople around you in the future.”Theofilos VasileiadisVice-President Strategy EMEA at Careerbuilder.comFounder- CEO of Group IMIGreecePedro’s motto is: “Makingit happen.”Theo’s favourite quote:Only A+ people make A+ organizations33 years old3535 years old
  5. 5. 40 under 40Diego, from Colombia, is currently the High Commissioner and Director of the Presidential Agency for Social Action andInternational Cooperation - “Acción Social”. This is the government agency responsible for social affairs in Colombia.As part of his work in Acción Social, Diego was one of the architects of the Law of Victims, recently approved by theColombian Congress, which establishes a framework to repair those Colombians who have been directly affected byarmed conflict. He also carries the responsibility of applying and executing this law as the person responsible for socialaffairs in Colombia.Diego was part of AIESEC International team during 1992-1993 and he holds an MBA from Columbia University, US.“Inspiration and role-model: Diego is the clearest example of the positive leadership that AIESEC creates in society forColombian youth. He is a true change maker who is changing the lives of millions of Colombians who live in poverty andundesired social conditions.” Lucas Florez – President AIESEC Colombia 2008-2009.Gabriela AlbescuDirectorThe HubRomaniaGabiza, as people know her, was involved in AIESEC during7 years leading projects first in Romania and Moldova andthen in AIESEC International as President for the term 2007-2008. Gabiza is an agent of positive change, committed tobring new ways of organising communities into structuresthat effectively generate a sustainable world and a connect-ed humanity as a force for good.After her experience in AIESEC Gabiza joined Future Con-siderations where she worked in designing and deliveringlarge scale organisational transformation and leadershipprogrammes with key clients across several sector such asTATE Britain, BP, KPMG and HSBC.Recently Gabiza joined The Hub as a member of theglobal team overseeing the organisational developmentand design as part of the efforts of The Hub to becomethe leading global network in stimulating social innova-tion and entrepreneurship.Diego MolanoHigh Commissioner and Director of Acción SocialColombia28 years old40 years old in 2011
  6. 6. 40 under 40Fernando is an entrepreneur like no other; he was one of thefounding members of AIESEC in Mozambique when the initiativebegan in 1999. Over the past few years, Fernando has startedseveral companies in Portugal and Mozambique. His first project in2001 was On-Spot Marketing, which was the first campus market-ing agency in Portugal. In 2002, he started his second company;Q21 is a consultancy company and he founded together with an-other AIESEC Alumnus. It was in 2005 when he initiated Kulungain Mozambique, a market research and training company whichrecently merged with Portugal’s largest market research agency.In 2007, Fernando started Weekeego, which is a platform to pro-mote community tourism.In the past two years, Fernando started two new initiatives: Pata-mar is a platform for entrepreneurs in Mozambique, which may berecent but is already supporting six companies in Maputo. His sec-ond initiative is CoWork Lab, which is a space for entrepreneursseeking a collaborative environment in Lisbon.AIESEC still has a lot of impact on Fernando’s daily life. His newestventure is with two fellow alumni, both of whom were Presidentsof AIESEC in Portugal. ”AIESEC was the most important schoolI attended, which is to say the least,“ he recalls, ”The leadershippositions I held in AIESEC, especially as President of AIESEC inPortugal, were crucial to build up my self-confidence, develop astrong personal vision and train a portfolio of soft skills.”After his year on the national staff of AIESEC Canada in 1997-1998, Ted partici-pated in AIESEC’s internship programme, taking a position with Delta Marketing,the Latvian office of advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather.In 1999, Ted co-founded Incite Solutions Inc. with Jared Smith (also an AIESECAlumni). Based in Edmonton, Incite Solutions is an outsourced marketingcompany that specialises in relationship management and B2B mar-keting. Incite Solutions won the Edmonton Chamber of CommerceSmall Business Owners of The Year Award in 2004 and the BDCAlberta Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008.“During my university career 80% of everything I learnt, I learntin AIESEC. AIESEC was an organisation that gave people thechance to learn about the world and their community. It gavethem the opportunity to develop and grow; to make mistakes,learn from them and move on. Without this organisation, Iwouldn’t have been able to develop my business network atsuch a young age and I wouldn’t have had the confidenceto start my own business right after my internship. AIESECgave me the tools to become a young entrepreneur and to dosomething in which I believed.”Ted’s favourite quote: “Whatyou are must alwaysdispleaseyou if you areto attain thatwhich you are not.” St. AugustineTed KouriIncite SolutionsPrincipalCanadaFernando MendesBLUE GOOwner and Business DeveloperPortugalFernando’s favourite quote: “If I wouldhave asked people what theywanted they wouldhave said faster horses.” Henry Ford34 years old36 years old
  7. 7. 40 under 40Marianne is a young woman of Danish and Zimba-bwean origin. Marianne was President of AIESECInternational in 1997 and after her experience inAIESEC she completed her Masters in InternationalBusiness and Economics at the Business School ofCopenhagen in 1999; after finishing her studies shedecided with a group of friends to create Pioneersof Change, a global learning community aimed atfostering the understanding, capacities and relation-ships needed by younger practitioners committed tostepping forward and creating the change they wantto see in the world Pioneers of Change attracted over1,000 individual pioneers in 70 countries, all of whommade a personal commitment to continuous learningand social contribution.After leading Pioneers of Change for three yearsMarianne returned to her roots in Zimbabwe to startone of her dreams, The Kufunda Learning Village.The purpose of Kufunda Learning Village is to inspirethe co-creation of strong life affirming communities inZimbabwe and beyond by living and sharing the wis-dom, practices and social systems that are requiredfor such communities.Kufunda Village strives to be a resource for the worldgiving people a place where they can explore any-thing they believe to be possible. Currently, Kufundais working with leaders from several primarily ruralcommunities in Zimbabwe, in their quest to supportlife-affirming communities.‘’I think I must have been born with the passion and love that I feel so deeply for this continent and the people. I knowthat Africa has many gifts to offer both herself, and the rest of the world, and so in a way I think that Kufunda Village isa part of a dream and a vision I have for an awakened Africa’’ Marianne Knuth.Marianne KnuthKufunda Learning VillageFounderZimbabweJarda was actively involved as a member in AIESEC until 2007when he finished his term as Regional Director for Central andEaster Europe in AIESEC International. After a very strong andmeaningful experience in AIESEC Jarda joined Future Consid-erations in the UK, where he worked as facilitator, learning de-signer and project manager on clients such as HSBC, KPMG,Thames Water, Shell and AIESEC.In 2010 Jarda founded the Tribe Network, which connects leadingindividuals and organisations and helps them to do what matters.Jarda has over 10 years of experience in facilitating leadershipdevelopment and social change in over 20 countries. In 2010, hehas written ‘The Invitation’ which invites readers to fully step intotheir lives based on freedom, inspiration and active participationin shaping our future. “It is an invitation to all of us to create aworld that we know deep inside us is around the corner.” Jardamentions. To know more about please visit www.invitationtribe.com, www.jardadokoupil.com or www.tribenetwork.org.Jarda’s favourite quote at the moment is: “Come to the edge.We might fall. Come to the edge. It’s too high! COME TO THEEDGE. And they came. And he pushed. And they flew” Christo-pher Logue.Jarda DokoupilFounder and Director at Tribe NetworkConsultant at Future ConsiderationsCzech Republic - UK40 years old in 201130 years old
  8. 8. 40 under 40Márton was enrolled in AIESEC from 1995 to 2000, and held variousleadership positions in AIESEC in Hungary and Switzerland. After themeaningful AIESEC experience he had, Márton worked in severalcompanies such as SIEMENS ICM and Bryanston Square, both jobshad a strong connection with AIESEC. It was in 2004 that he beganworking for Common Purpose International, and thereafter establishedthe affiliated office in Hungary. Common Purpose is an independentnot-for-profit organisation that aims to develop leaders who can leadbeyond authority. It targets leaders in profit-oriented, non-profit andstate-run organisations and enables them with skills and attitudes tolead our society towards a balanced, more cooperative and sustainablestate. Márton measures success by the individuals changed and thosethat choose to further develop themselves. This mission is achievedthrough the courses of Common Purpose and these individuals drivechange in all levels of Hungary’s society.Márton is widely recognised in Hungary, and in 2010 was awarded theCivilian Knights’ Cross-of the Republic of Hungary by the Presidentof Hungary, László Sólyom. Nowadays Márton is still contributing toAIESEC through mentoring members and by supporting the fast grow-ing internship program by referring AIESEC to other companies. Webelieve Márton is a clear role model for AIESEC in Hungary today.Márton’s favourite quote: “We cannotwait for great visions from greatpeople, for they are in shortsupply. It is up to usto light our own smallfires in the darkness.” Charles HandyMairi is a committed social entrepreneur in the field of health,especially health promotion. Her most recent experience wasrunning the Health Estonia Foundation and Estonian BusinessCoalition on HIV and AIDS. In the fall of 2011, she will begina Masters programme at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden inpublic health policy, economics and management to continueher contribution to the benefit of improved health globally. Inher spare time she assists various civic movements, includingWorld Cleanup 2012 and is a member of AIESEC Estonia’sBoard of Advisors.In AIESEC, Mairi held various leadership positions for 4 yearsconsecutively, enabling her to practice leading people andmanaging organisations and projects towards a desired state.Thanks to AIESEC, she became aware of her values and foundher raison d’etre.‘’Imagine waking up in the morning, having your loved ones aroundyou, feeling that it is important for you to start working in something sin-cerely relevant, which depends on you and how well you do your job” is the definition of success according to Mairi.Mairi took on the role of CEO at Health Estonia Foundation right after her term in AIESEC International. During her ten-ure as CEO, she established the Estonian Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS. Consequently, she received recognitionfrom the Estonian Network of Non-Profit Organisations and the Chairman of the Estonian Parliament and was honouredby the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves. Thanks to her work, more than 15,000 people in Estonia have beeneducated on HIV and AIDS in the past 4 years.Mairi JüriskaHealth Estonia FoundationCEO at the moment on maternity leaveEstoniaMárton SvékusCommon Purpose HungaryFounder and Managing DirectorHungary37 years old28 years old
  9. 9. 40 under 40After completing his time working for AIESEC Inter-national in 2007, Ryan moved to Hungary where heestablished his own business, SELTI International.SELTI provides language training for individuals andbusinesses in the areas of general English, exampreparation and business training. In 2011 Ryan com-pany began a new joint venture, Bridge EducationCentre, in Qatar, providing English training to manydifferent levels of society and business.“Since working full-time on my business in 2007,SELTI has grown from a one-man company to a mil-lion US dollar plus company, which has providedemployment to over 60 people during our 4 year his-tory” Ryan recalls, “We achieved this during the worsteconomic downturn since the Great Depression, bydeveloping innovative projects and identifying newmarkets to approach, while many of our competitorswere going out of business. I am proud of the factthat despite the market downturn our perseveranceand innovation has meant that as the economy con-tracted, we didn’t have to fire a single person as wefound ways to continue to be profitable, while pro-viding security to our loyal staff during an insecuretime. Our company does not only have employees inHungary, we also have people in the Czech Republicand Qatar. We will not stop until we reach our ambi-tion of being the next major player in the worldwidelanguage education industry.”Ryan PedenCEO at SELTI InternationalGeneral Manager at Bridge Education Centre in QatarNew Zealand“Happiness for me is verysimple. Being able to go aloving home every evening aftera day where I knowI did everything Icould at work toensure future success” Ryan Peden.Tori AndersonChildren UnitedFounderAustraliaTori has been working in the development sector for the last 9 years where she has focused on issues to do with wom-en’s and youth empowerment, child marriage, micro-credit initiatives and most recently she has represented Australiain establishing and producing a documentary on child sex trafficking throughoutSoutheast Asia. The film, entitled: ‘Corridors of Children’ is due to be aired onglobal television in 44 countries towards the end of the year. This documentarywill be used by anti-human trafficking NGO’s working in Southeast Asia, aswell as by universities across Australia as an educational tool to stop childrenfrom being trafficked. In conjunction with this film, Tori has founded the NGO‘Children United’ (www.childrenunited.org.au) which raises awareness aboutchild sex trafficking and advocates towards tighter law enforcement on childsex tourism. AIESEC has played a strong role in Tori’s life, she was founder and Presidentof AIESEC at Edith Cowan University, a Local Chapter in Australia, and alsofounded and served as the President of AIESEC in Pakistan. She read-ily comments that because of her AIESEC days she now has theskills, network and ability to strive to create a positive change.Tori constantly aim to challenge her personally and profes-sionally. The definition of success to Tori is very tangible,and can be measured by each child that she is able torescue from the sex industry and place into education orvocational training.Tori continues to be an active alumni of AIESEC. She isa mentor to several AIESEC members and is a memberon the Supervisory Group for AIESEC in Pakistan andhas been on this board for the last 6 years.Ryan27 years old29 years old
  10. 10. 40 under 40After his experience in AIESEC International, Ema-nuel started a fruitful career in Cadbury as a globalmarketing analyst. In 2010, Emanuel became Inno-vation Leader for Cadbury-Kraft Foods and today heis Innovation Manager of Global Chocolate in KraftFoods.Emanuel defines success as living a life of integrityfor himself and with his most important relationships.His vision is to make an organisation thrive while be-ing in harmony with all aspects of our society. “It isimportant to recognise that my business, as any busi-ness, has one ultimate goal – return to share owners.Whilst I find it hard to believe that business’ ultimategoal will change in the near future, I do believe corpo-rations are amongst, or even, the most advanced socialsystem in our current paradigm and, as such, one of themost influential” Emanuel recalls.“Before deciding to join Kraft, Cadbury at the time, I was asking myself if I wanted to be the person trying to tell peopleinside the gates of businesses that what they are doing is wrong, recognising that I would only have assumptions abouthow they are actually doing things, or is the best that I can do actually entering the gates to better understand andeventually influence. My thinking at the time, and still today is if I can gain an understanding of how business works, show that I can be suc-cessful and expand my circle of influence, while playing by the existing rules, then maybe I can build enough credibilityto get the mandate to fully pursue my secret mission.”Emanuel is constantly involved in various organisations and networks. Specifically he is advising Grasslands trust inthe UK, a charity committed to preserve grasslands across the UK with the vision of every family in the UK being ableto live close by grassland.EmanuelGävertManager Innovation, Global ChocolateKraft FoodsSwedenPiyush is considered an agent of positive change for his dedication to ensure that the cause of Emergency Care &Road Safety receives immediate attention in India. Piyush founded the SaveLIFE Foundation to prevent unnecessaryroadside fatalities by enabling Police and public to become first-responders to victims. The foundation trains police of-ficers and volunteers to provide rapid trauma care, including CPR, bleeding control and spinal immobilization, for roadaccident victims.Piyush won the 2010 Rolex Award for Enterprise and the inaugural Rolex Young Laureates Award for breakthrough in-novation in the area of emergency medical response in India. His story was coveredby CNN, BBC, ABC News Australia, the International Herald Tribune and TimeMagazine, among others.SaveLIFE Foundation shares two of AIESEC’s values, Striving for Ex-cellence and Acting Sustainably. The recognition received from Rolex,a brand known for its excellence in quality, is in itself a testimony to thefoundation’s focus on excellence. SaveLIFE also has a strong focus onsustainability. For instance, not only has the foundation trained Policeofficers in Delhi but has also helped institutionalize the programme bysupporting the Delhi Police Training College add the programme toit’s curriculum, allowing all officers joining the force to learn importantlife-saving skills.Piyush’s most difficult challenge over the past year has been, “Makinga choice between continuing a successful corporate career and dedi-cating myself full-time to the cause of saving road victims has been themost difficult challenge I have faced in the past year. I have eventuallyquit my corporate job and now focus full-time on SaveLIFE.”Piyush TewariSaveLIFE FoundationFounder and PresidentIndia28 years old31 years old
  11. 11. 40 under 40Brenda is a distinguished business woman in Nigeria, she is accountant by professionbut her passion for media lead her to build experience in this industry for over 10 years.Brenda is also a very respected alumnus in Nigeria, since she finished her term aPresident of AIESEC in Nigeria in 1998 Brenda always supported AIESEC in differ-ent ways such as coaching and mentoring, internship raising and as member of theBoard of Advisors.“I met Brenda since I joined AIESEC in Nigeria, she was always inspirational to me,she represents the courage and dedication of women in Nigeria. It is almost impos-sible to go through to AIESEC without making a remark on how much she holdsthe values and purpose of the organization through commitment, support, passionand dedication.”Elema David.President of AIESEC in Nigeria 2009-2010Africa Director in AIESEC International 2010-2011Brenda’s idea of happiness: “My idea of happiness is being with familyparticularly my children, because as time goes by, all that is ever left atthe end is family. When I look at my children, I see a part of me that Ihelped create, and that fills me with immense awe and joy.”Rajeev’s story as a young entrepreneur is an in-spiration to many members of AIESEC India. Aftercompleting his experience as President of AIESECIndia in 1990 and an internship in Sweden in 1991,Rajeev started to build 1993 with his brother a suc-cessful company , DATS India Limited (DATS stoodfor Digital Alarm Technologies).While raising private equity, Rajeev completed anacquisition of an Irish Company before selling thebusiness to Siemens for a tidy sum. During this timeRajeev also started The Mecheri Foundation Trustthat provides educational scholarships to studentsevery year and contributes to the life improvementof underprivileged children. He is also the ChapterChair of Youth Presidents Organisation (YPO).In addition, Rajeev founded the Entrepreneurs Or-ganisation in Chennai, making him a first generationentrepreneur in the building automation and securityindustry. Rajeev is a successful entrepreneur and arole model for many people. In 2010 Rajeev was in-ducted into AIESEC’s Global Alumni Hall of Fame. Rajeev MecheriManaging Director at Mecheri Smart Capital Pvt LtdIndia40 years old in 2011Brenda NwagwuHead of Media Strategy and Planning in All Seasons Mediacom NigeriaPrincipal Consultant at QTV Media LimitedNigeria37 years old
  12. 12. 40 under 40Stefan spent 5 years in AIESEC Romania and Belgium leading teams at localand national levels. During the following seven years, Stefan gained experi-ence in different companies such as IBM, Interact, and P&G. It was in 2009when Stefan started his organisation, School of Values. School of Valuesis a modern organisation that supports education with innovative methodscombining the experience of trainers, psychologists and educators. School ofValues currently holds a strong partnership with AIESEC in Romania wherethe internship programme plays an important role.“…more than anything else I am driven by a vivid passion for creating some-thing valuable for the Romanian Society. For this I use all the strengths I havegained both in the non-corporate environment, AIESEC and JCI, and in thecompanies I have worked, DHL, Procter & Gamble, IBM, and Interact.”“The idea of the School of Values (www.scoaladevalori.ro) came up from thequestions that have tormented me for some time: How can I help Romania?What am I best at? How can I make my personal and professional experi-ence relevant for the society in which I am living?AIESEC didn’t just “contribute” to my development around these areas, butit helped me to totally build another mentality and believe “I can!”. My expec-tations about my future and personal performance exploded once I joinedAIESEC.“For Stefan, being successful means, “having a wonderful family with two kidsand being appreciated for the value I create in the society by doing what Ilike.”Stefan PalariePresident at School of ValuesTrainer and Consultant at InteractRomaniaAfter Anirban’s experience in AIESEC concluded in 2002 he founded his first venture, GloboSports, with the celebritytennis player Mahesh Bhupathi, GloBoSport is an entertainment and marketing company focus on sports.In 2009 Anirban found himself in the entrepreneurial seat once again, starting his own firm, KWAN. Today KWAN is In-dia’s first ever entertainment marketing company with a global outreach. KWAN is present in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad,Chennai and Bangalore.Anirban built KWAN with a strong social responsibility foundation. In partnership with Akshara Centre, they promote eco-nomic independence of socially disadvantaged women through formal, non-formal and vocational education. Throughthis partnership all the KWAN celebrities and talent help raise scholarships and give financial support to 150 womenfrom Akshara Centre.Anirban’s idea of happiness is :“Remember that financial andprofessional success are notwhat leads tohappiness, butrather having afulfilling and balanced life.”Anirban BlahManaging DirectorKWANIndia32 years old33 years old
  13. 13. 40 under 40Brodie BolandCase Westerns Reserve University – Organizational BehaviourPhD StudentCanadaAfter finishing his term as President of AIESEC International, Brodie graduated from the Universityof Calgary and landed a position at the world’s top consulting firm, McKinsey and Company.  Heworked as a business analyst, gathering more experience in organizational strategy but froma very different perspective than the one he had in AIESEC.  After his time at McKinsey, hewas inspired to pursue a PhD and is doing so at Case Western Reserve University, one ofthe top institutes in the world in the field of Organizational Behaviour.  He is exploring howwhole societies can change themselves to become environmentally sustainable.  He hashad papers accepted to international conferences, including  Academy ofManagement and the European Group of Organizational Studies.  He wasalso one of ten scholars selected for the distinguished George WashingtonUniversity - CIBER Summer Doctoral Institute.  Brodie is an exemplary case of someone who combined their experience inAIESEC and the idealism and values it fosters, with real world understandingand work, to find an avenue in which he could truly become an agent of positivechange. He exemplifies the quote “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs – ask yourselfwhat makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs are peoplewho have come alive.” Brodie’s idea of happiness: “I’m sitting with the peo-ple I love around a campfire on a rocky shoreline ofa Canadian wilderness lake.  The stars and moonare mirrored in the still water, and the sounds of ourlaughter join the call of the loon in the quiet night.”Kate started her AIESEC career in Auckland in 1998, later working withAIESEC United States (but based in Beijing) in 1999 and 2000 in the pro-ject team which opened AIESEC in Mainland of China as China extensionmanager.After her experience with AIESEC, Kate gainied experience in companieslike Yahoo Inc., Future Considerations, and ERM (Environmental Resourc-es Management) consulting.In 2006 she entered Burberry as Manager of Corporate Responsibility forAsia. She now leads a team that manages ethical trading and environmen-tal management in the Asia region. As now Senior Manager at Burberry,she continues to also develop global policy.Kate represents Burberry participation in workgroups such as in BSR (Busi-ness for Social Responsibility), the Ethical Trading Initiative, Save the Chil-dren, Leather Workgroup and with UNCTAD on biodiversity. On a personalnote Kate is an avid dragonboater, hiker, and a member of Greenpeace,WWF, Amnesty Intl, and has volunteered teaching english to refuggess inHong Kong.Kate LarsenSenior Manager, Corporate Responsibilityfor AsiaBurberryNew Zealand“I am an agent of change asI speak up for sustainabledevelopment andhow we can protectthe planet and our people whileachieving profit.”28 years old
  14. 14. 40 under 40James EderThe Beans GroupCo-Founder and Commercial DirectorUKAfter graduating from university and at the age of 22James set up his business; studentbeans.com isa website offering the latest student deals, dis-counts, university advice and job offers for stu-dents in different cities of the UK.In 2005 James recognised a need to help stu-dents in the UK stretch their loan and savemoney and time. The site provides a valuableresource to help students make the most of theiruniversity experience.James is also an ambassador for Make YourMark. And he’s a guest lecturer at BirminghamUniversity. “If you ask a group of 15-16 year oldswhat they plan to do after school, the majoritywill say, ‘Go to university, then get a job’,” saysJames Eder. “I ask them, ‘How about startingyour own business?”Today James leads a team of 24 people in student-beans.com and the site is now recognized as theleading UK site for marketing to 15-24 years old reaching600,000 registered users. In 2010 James was named one of the top ten Future 100 Young Entrepreneurs of the year.AIESEC is still very much part of who James is and he is looking forward to continuing his involvement, giving even moreback and recruiting more AIESECers for many years to come.James’s favourite quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do thanby the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails.Explore. Dream. Discover” Mark Twain.Paul strongly believes in bringing cultures and people together, an attitude he has role modelled in his life. Paul hasspent the last 5 years building a business that encourages and fosters the ability to fluently speak a second language.This business has developed a unique process and software package that allows individuals to rapidly learn a secondlanguage, no matter the time available to them. Through his entrepreneurial spirit, Paul actively demonstrates a com-mitment to personal growth and a desire to help others bridge the language and culture divide inherent in cross-culturalliving.In 2003, after his term working for AIESEC globally, Paul was passionate about finding business opportunities thatmade a difference to society. After learning to speak Mandarinand Cantonese fluently he became a founding managerof Third Ear Publishing, established in 2008. Third EarPublishing works with teachers in rural China, donat-ing products and expertise, to help them cross the lan-guage divide. Starting in October 2008, Paul spent 18months working on the “Kungfu English Application” foriPhone. In 2010 Kungfu English was the 4th HighestGrossing App in the Chinese iTunes Store, and wasthe highest grossing app in the education category.Roles which Paul took in AIESEC helped him to;develop the ability to lead a team; collaborate withstakeholders and believe that the impossible can beachieved, if you work hard enough. Paul left AIESECwith the self confidence and skills required to run abusiness, as well as the ability to harness the en-thusiasm of different people to aid in building thebusiness.Paul CoffeyThird Ear Publishing LimitedDirectorAustralia28 years old32 years old
  15. 15. 40 under 40Shudzeka Jean Louis BimelaCo-Founder of NAVTI FoundationCEO of BIMELA International ltd Hong KongCameroonIn 2002 Shudzeka co-founded the NAVTI Foundationwith other members of his community. “Navti” in thenative language Lamnso means “to repair”. NAVTIFoundation’s goal is to act as a pivot centre forrural developmental issues within our region; tohelp groups work towards self reliance and sus-tainability. NATVI offers vocational training, edu-cation in health, HIV and AIDS and communitydevelopment to local Cameroonian communities.During the last seven years, NAVTI has changedthe landscape of development in the North WestRegion of Cameroon with his innovative fundrais-ing actions and international network. Shudzeka’sleadership has led to the construction of a hospi-tal in Nseh, five primary schools and the abilityto receive over 30 volunteers from different coun-tries to assist the community. He has organizedand trained many people and groups on how todevelop projects, create fundraising strategies,manage groups, market and build good govern-ance structures. His charity is the first to crest a poultry farming project with incubator facilities in the region.“We focus our work in a largely rural area of 420,000 inhabitants who suffer from unavailable good road networks, insuf-ficient education facilities, lack of adequate water and electricity and high poverty levels. We strive to assist in the fightagainst poverty for the underprivileged in our community of which rural women, the disabled and orphaned children facethe greatest difficulties.”Chad ParkCo-Founder of the Natural Step CanadaCanadaChad is a founding member of The Natural Step Canada. As Director of Programmes and Strategy, Chad oversees thestrategy and delivery of The Natural Step Canada’s programmes, including advisory services for sustainable business,sustainable communities, sustainability learning programmes, emerging leaders, and The Natural Step Exchange.Chad is a past national president of AIESEC Canada from 1996 to 1998, and his facilitation and envoy experienceshave taken him to dozens of countries around the world. Chad is a great inspiration for AIESEC members in Canada.Chad’s favourite quote is an extract of a speech of Va-clav Havel:“In today’s multi-cultural world, the truly reliablepath to co-existence, to peaceful co-existenceand creative co-operation, must start from whatis at the root of all cultures and what lies infinitelydeeper in human hearts and minds than politicalopinion, convictions, antipathies or sympathies;it must be rooted in self-transcendence. Tran-scendence as a hand reached out to those closeto us, to foreigners, to the human community, toall living creatures, to nature, to the universe;transcendence as a deeply and joyously experi-enced need to be in harmony even with what weourselves are not, what we do not understand,what seems distant from us in time and space,but with which we are nevertheless mysteriouslylinked because, together with us, all this consti-tutes a single world. Transcendence as the onlyreal alternative to extinction.”31 years old36 years old
  16. 16. 40 under 40Mojmír JiříkovskýJRK Waste ManagementOwnerCzech RepublicIn 2007 Mojmír along with Nina Ročiaková and Marián Kobolka start-ed a new company in the field of waste management. In that momentMojmír and his new partners Nina and Marián, also AIESEC Alumni,observed the positive trend that people in Slovakia was adoptingtowards the environment, they also realized that in countries such asNorway, Denmark and Germany there was already a strong traditionof composting organic waste and they identify the need of bringingthese services to Slovakia. Today JRK Waste Management, offer so-lutions to households, restaurants and also municipalities to supportproper waste management not only in Slovakia but also in CzechRepublic and very soon in Hungary and Romania; after one yearof existence his company became number one on the Czech andSlovak market.For Mojmír entrepreneurship and social responsibility are importantvalues in his daily life and it was because his experience in AIESECand his term in the national office of AIESEC in Czech Republic thathe developed this values and found his passion for this sector.Through the example of Mojmír members of AIESEC and otheryoung people in the Czech Republic see that the change in societyand entrepreneurship is possible and everyone has achance to make a difference to an entire communityand country!Kurt has founded 2 NGOs that focus on youth leadership towards finding environmental solutions in a course of twoyears. The first he began in 2008, Bangalore, India together with AIESEC alumni called myworldmychoice.org. Kurt thenbrought that program back to Canada and through his AIESEC network launched two chapters, one in Calgary and theother in Guelph in the same year. Now through his mentorship the AIESEC chapter in Lahore, Pakistan is running theprogram while taking 3 interns!The second organization he founded was Pakistan Sustainability Network which aims to bring together youth and vari-ous actors across Pakistan to build the environmental momentum within the country. To date he has engaged over 100volunteers and dozens of organizations to better coordinate this cause.Success for Kurt is seeing local leaders take initiative, startup projects on their own, or having young people justbelieving in themselves. ‘’Real success is when normsbegin to shift and new behaviours get adopted’’ Kurtmentioned.Kurts favourite quote is: “Therecanbenopurposemoreenspiritingthantobegintheageofresto-ration,reweavingthewondrousdiversityoflifethatstillsurroundsus.” Edward O. WilsonKurt ArcherMy World, My Choice! / Pakistan Sustainability NetworkFounding DirectorCanada26 years old29 years old
  17. 17. 40 under 40Vincent KalimbaLand O’LakesOrganisation CoordinatorRwandaVincent may be just 28 years old, but he has achievedgreat things professionally as he follows his passionabout building Rwanda as a country in any way hecan.In 2009, Vincent started to work for Land O’Lakesunder its International Development Division and hehelped start a project that supported Rwandan farm-ers to produce high quality milk so that the industrycould raise the quality of their produce according tointernational standards. Today, the project is supportedby USAID and has been implemented nation-wide. In2010, Vincent initiated the Rwandan National Dairy Boardthat represents the dairy sector. Vincent also co-founded DQAL Inc., to assist farmers in ensuring quality milk throughoutRwanda.Vincent is one of the founders of AIESEC in Rwanda, and it was after his term as Vice-President of Talent Managementthat he realized his capabilities to make a positive impact on society in the way he felt most needed. He identified thatthere were no quality testing laboratories for food in Rwanda, and some food had to be imported from neighbouringcountries, which increased the price of these goods, making them unattainable by most people. He then applied for agrant at USAID to begin milk and food testing, and that’s why the Dairy Quality Assurance Laboratory became a signifi-cant influence in Rwandan’s dairy industry. Since then, he has expanded quality testing to more products to ensure thatthe right nutrients are included in an entire diet.Kalimba, as he is known by many people in his community, is both a role model and leader for current and formerAIESEC members, his colleagues, family and friends.Kalimba’s favourite quote:   “Be theChange you want to see inthe World.” Mahatma GandhiVinay JajuCo-Founder and Director at ONergyIndiaAfter his internship in GE Commercial Finance in Australia, Vinay co-founded ONergy in 2009 and since then he hasbeen focused on eradicating the use of kerosene and diesel as a source of fuel in rural Indian communities.. ONergyis a renewable energy venture, passionately committed to sustainability and equity, providing energy solutions in ruralIndia while teaching them how to use appropriate renewable technology. ONergy has a vision to “ONergize” the lives of1 million people in India by 2015.Vinay and his team in ONergy distribute Solar LED Lights, solar home electrification systems, solar water heating sys-tems, solar TV and computers, water purification systems, solar cookers and bio-energy solutions in rural communities.They currently have interest in building such infrastructureand distribute renewable energy solutions in otherparts of India without losing focus on the bottom ofthe pyramid.Most inspiring person for Vinay Jaju:“My mother, for her strength, uncondi-tional love and trust.”28 years old27 years old
  18. 18. 40 under 40Doctor in Management from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland,Lassaad is a recognized expert in e-business and entrepreneurship notonly in his home country but also in Canada and Switzerland. One of hislatest publication is the book ‘’How to launch an E-Business”. Lassaadis actually professor at the Faculty of Economics and Management inMahdia Tunisia.Lassaad is as well a very important alumnus for the AIESEC communityin Tunisia, he was a member of AIESEC from 1994 to 1998 and held dif-ferent positions such as national vice-president of AIESECin Tunisia and Organizing Committee President of severalnational and international congresses.Lassaad’s favourite quote: “Failingto Plan is Planning to Fail.”Winston ChurchillLassaad GhachemE-Business ConsultantProfessor at the Faculty of Economics, MahdiaTunisiaJeremy comes from Sydney Australia but during 2008he moved to Pakistan where he became President ofAIESEC in Pakistan; after his AIESEC experience Jer-emy stayed there to lead a new organization, NOWP-DP.NOWPDP is the first of its kind in Pakistan and seeksto make significant difference to the quality of life andwelfare of persons with disabilities by the provision ofstrategic support augmenting the functioning of organi-zations, and with, such persons across Pakistan.NOWPDP acts as a catalyst for 200 organisationsworking on disability in Pakistan, while implementinginnovative projects in the areas of education, employ-ment, awareness and rights. In the past two years, NOWPDP has placed 200 people with disabilities into full-time jobs.It is also conducting training sessions for teachers in the province of Sindh (teaching techniques) and in partnership withthe AKDN in the Gilgit-Baltistan region (inclusive education).Without Jeremy’s experience in AIESEC, he never would have travelled to Pakistan, and developed the skills necessaryto lead an organization at the age of 26. His experience in AIESEC has connected him to powerful concepts and mod-els of understanding of societal impact, relevance, and social entrepreneurship. He continues to inspire local PakistaniAIESEC members and contributes regularly to AIESEC Pakistan by attending events, working on the supervisory groupfor the national office, delivering trainings, speaking at conferences and working as a mentor.Jeremy HiggsNetwork of Organizations Working for People with Disabili-ties, Pakistan (NOWPDP)CEOAustraliaAbu was President of AIESEC in Uganda in 2003-2004 and after his experiencein AIESEC Abu started his career with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, spend-ing 6 years and 3 years as Director for East Africa to become one of the top con-sultants on social entrepreneurship in East Africa.In 2009 Abu co-founded Village Energy Ltd to bring safe and sustainable elec-tricity to the 85% of Ugandans who live in villages without access to electricity.The company employs peri-urban and rural based Ugandans to assemble, mar-ket and install low cost solar systems for rural and peri-urban households andsmall businesses. Village Energy will be the first social enterprise that assemblesmicro-solar systems locally in Uganda.Abu’s favourite quote is “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare,it is because we do not dare that they are difficult” Seneca.Abu MusuuzaCo-Founder of Village EnergyUganda38 years old26 years old31 years old
  19. 19. 40 under 40Teia GavrilescuFuturePlus (ViitorPlus)President and founder of Future PlusRomaniaTeia comes from Romania but her intense AIESECexperience offer her the opportunity to work in5 different countries including Belgium, Ger-many and Costa Rica where she served asnational president.‘’Everything you do inAIESEC is about lead-ership; to join the organization in Bucha-rest I had to apply and be selected among400 other students. I had to pass througha selection process where it’s important tohave a vision for the future of the organiza-tion, share it with the others and get themon board to actually make it happen!’’ Teiamentions during an interview with AIESECmembers.After her AIESEC experience Teia workedfor ABN Amro Bank during tree years inThe Netherlands and Romania. After thatshe worked in the national department onStrategic Planning for Sustainable Devel-opment within the National Ministry of En-vironment in Romania. Teia was in chargeof the National Sustainability Strategy revision, approval and implementation. Moreover she was also the focal point forRomania’s Sustainability strategy within the EU institution.In 2006 she started her own NGO and today Teia is the President of ViitorPlus (www.viitorplus.ro). ViitorPlus is dedi-cated to implement sustainable development at individual, organizational and community level. Some of the latest pro-jects of ViitorPlus include ‘’Adopt a Tree”, “La Recyclette” and “ECOmmunity” these projects are focus on environmentalsustainability.Teia idea if happiness: “Living my dreams. The ones related to my life, what it’s up to me, what I consider important andrelevant, what makes sense for now and the future.”Mohamed has been always interested in projects that can support the education system and development of kidsin Egypt and after working during two years in projects related with education Mohamed decided with another 3 Co-Founders to start Taleeda Foundation which is the envision to be social venture launch pad.Educate-Me is one of the projects that Taleeda is driving right now. This project aims to en-able unprivileged children to discover their own aspirations and dreams, they guide themon what changes can make evolve their community and they train them on transferableskills such as being proactive, building their own vision, problem solving, active listening,deductive thinking and team work using a highly creative and experiential learning ap-proach.AIESEC was a great university and platform for Mohamed to discover, practice and de-velop most the necessary skills for him to start his own foundation as well as holding suchan important position in Alcatel-Lucent as the Head Employee Learning in Middle Eastand Africa at such a young age.Mohamed’s favourite quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyondmeasure. It is our light, not our darkness that mostfrightens us.’ We ask ourselves, who am I to bebrilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually,who are you not to be?...” Marianne WilliamsonMohamed Fawzy El-HawCEO and Co-Founder at Taleeda FoundationHead of Employee Learning in Alcatel-Lucent MEAEgyptTeia32 yearsold26 years old
  20. 20. 40 under 40Yasmine KhaterCo-Founder of Gone Cyclin’Coach at TranspiralEgyptYasmine’s idea of happiness: “Happi-ness for me is to continuously chal-lenge myself to follow my passionsand transform them fromthought to action. Iam happy on a dailybasis but even moreif I have had to go to hell and back tospark the change.”Over the past few years, Yasmine found a way tosupport causes through a distinct approach. In 2010,she and other AIESEC Alumni from Singapore madea trip that helped her to discover the power of sup-porting women and children living with disadvantag-es through sports.Yasmine is not deterred by challenges; this is evi-dent in the tasks she has taken up for herself andher community in previous years. In 2010, Yasmineco-founded the organisation Gone Cyclin’; GoneCyclin’ recruits young professionals to take up en-durance cycling challenges such and raise funds forthe purpose of investing in and empowering womenin marginalized areas to become self sufficient. In2010, 3 riders raised 25,000 USD and helped 360disadvantaged women in Timor. There are currently12 riders preparing to embark in an effort to raise ad-ditional funds for impoverished women in Cambodia.Yasmine was a member of AIESEC from 2004 to2008, the last position she held was as project man-ager for AIESEC in Middle East and Noth Africa.Richard Seshie AhedorCo-Founder at VivusExecutive Director at AIESEC Alumni Sustainability NetworkCote d’Ivoire and GhanaYasmine26 years old24 years oldRichard Seshie Ahedor is a seasoned sustainability professional with over 7 years of experience. He currently servesas the Clean Energy Practice Leader for Green Cross Ghana where he incubates 2 ambitious programs of deliveringa sustainable charcoal industry and greening clinics in Ghana. He previously served in different capacities with AshokaInnovators for the Public, Innovest Group and Microsoft. He co-founded ‘My World, My Choice!’ a premier internationalsustainability leadership program for youth based in Canada and is the acting Executive Director of the AIESEC AlumniSustainability Network, a not-for-profit membership association of over 400 Sustainability professionals. Richard is alsorecognized as a British Council Global Changemaker fellow.In 2008 and 2009 Richard went on internship with AIESEC to India as an analyst for amicro insurance programme for Ashoka; afterwards Richard went to Morocco where heworked for Microsoft as a coordinator in the area of Community Affairs.‘‘AIESEC has helped me many ways; the environment I grew up in Cote D’Ivoirewhen the civil unrest happen made me realize what was the difference I want to makein my community, at that time I was enrolled in AIESEC and the people I worked withbecame my family and support, that is why I try to show gratitude to this organizationby contributing back in different ways.’’Richard’s favourite quote: “If you’re doingyour best, you won’t have any time toworry about failure.” H. Jackson Brown
  21. 21. 40 under 40Piyush SuriCo-Founders5by7IndiaPiyush and Ripun are both entrepreneurs and AIESECAlumni. They met when they were members of AIESEC inIndia in 2003. After their AIESEC experience both of themstarted a new business with 5by7. 5by7 offers design andinnovation to medium scale businesses with technologicallysavvy systems, personal attention and customer focus. Bothof them often support AIESEC in India in different ways likecoaching members of the local office in Delhi, by sponsoringevents or helping raising internships in 5by7.Tamer was part of AIESEC International team in 2007-2008. After his experienceas Director of AIESEC in MENA Tamer started a master in Management of Tel-ecom and Digital Business at Instituto de Empresa in Spain.It was after his studies in Spain when he joined Ericson to start a successful careerthere.“Tamer Zikry is an unforgettable name in the history AIESEC Egypt and alsoAIESEC MENA.His dedication and commitment towards this organization has been evident notonly throughout his experiences and roles in AIESEC but also in his massive sup-port to the organization as an Alumnus.Tamer never hesitated in supporting or empowering young leaders, being onehimself, he has personally taught me manythings and I am grateful and indebted for hissupport that helped me be where I am to-day.”Nour El Din HusseinPresident AIESEC in Egypt 2010-2011AIESEC International Country Development2011-2012Ripun MehtaCo-Founders5by7IndiaTamer ZikryHR Business Partner and Subject Matter Expert for Talent ManagementEricssonEgypt28 years old30 years old27 years old“Ripun and Piyush have always been a motivation toAIESECers. Having done brilliantly well in their AIESECcareers, they moved ahead to doing really well in theirprofessional careers. Looking at them achieve so much intheir start up 5By7, which is now rapidly moving towards aSME, is highly inspiring. They illustrate leadership, hard workand the concept of breaking mindsets in the best possiblemanner. They are not just fantastic working professionals,but are also amazing individuals who have a true sense ofresponsibility towards the society.”Aastha GovilAIESEC in India - National Vice-President 2010-2011
  22. 22. 40 under 40AcknowledgementsAIESEC Alumni – 40 Under 40Publication Manager: Fatima Rocha Layout and Design: Larry IoannidisSpecial thanks to: Ruthie Garelik, Jake Formosa, Hugo Pereira and all AlESEC Alumni who con-tributed to this first edition.The 40 Under 40 publication is available for download on the global website. This edition wascompiled and edited at the AIESEC International Office in The Netherlands.Copyright © 2011 by Stichting AIESEC InternationalPublished by Stichting AIESEC InternationalTeilingerstraat 126, 3032 AW Rotterdam, The NetherlandsTel: +31 10 443 43 83Fax: +31 10 265 1386Web: www.aiesec.org
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