List of social entrepreneurs
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- Vinoba Bhave (India) – Founder and leader of the Land Gift Movement, he caused the redistribution of more than 7,000,000 acres (28,000 km²) of land to aid India's untouchables and landless. Mahatma Gandhi described him as his mentor.
- David Brower (U.S.) – Environmentalist and conservationist, he served as the Sierra Club's first executive director and built it into a worldwide network for environmental issues. He also founded Friends of the Earth, the League of Conservation Voters and The Earth Island Institute.
- Akhtar Hameed Khan (Pakistan) – Founder of grassroots movement for rural communities Comilla Model, and low-cost sanitation programmes (Orangi Pilot Project) for squatter settlements.
- Maria Montessori (Italy) – Developed the Montessori approach to early childhood education.
- John Muir (U.S.) – Naturalist and conservationist, he established the National Park System and helped found The Sierra Club.
- Florence Nightingale (UK) – Founder of modern nursing, she established the first school for nurses and fought to improve hospital conditions.
- Frederick Law Olmsted (U.S.) – Creator of major urban parks, including Rock Creek Park in Washington DC, Central Park in NYC, and Mount Royal Park in Montreal, he is generally considered to have developed the profession of landscape architecture in America.
- Gifford Pinchot (U.S.) – Champion of the forest as a multiple use environment, he helped found the Yale School of Forestry and created the U.S. Forest Service, serving as its first chief.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen (Germany) – Pioneer of the rural bond of association as a substitute for collateral in microfinance, and a principal founder of the credit union and cooperative bank sectors that now form a major segment of the European banking system.
- Margaret Sanger (U.S.) – Founder of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, she led the movement for family planning efforts around the world.
- John Woolman (U.S.) – Led U.S. Quakers to voluntarily emancipate all their slaves between 1758 and 1800, his work also influenced the British Society of Friends, a major force behind the British decision to ban slaveholding. Quakers, of course, became a major force in the U.S. abolitionist movement as well as a key part of the infrastructure of the Underground Railroad.
- Ibrahim Abouleish (Egypt) – Founder of SEKEM, a biodynamic agricultural corporation, alternative medicine, and educational center located outside of Cairo.
- Gennady Alferenko (Russia) – Founder of the Foundation for Social Inventions and Foundation for Social Innovations.
- Ela Bhatt (India) – Founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) and the SEWA Cooperative Bank in Gujarat.À
- Bruce Poon Tip (Canada), Founder of G Adventures
- Thinlas Chorol (India) – Founder of the Ladadakhi Women's Travel Company, which despite social norms work to bring women into, the otherwise male-dominated Ladakhi tourism industry.
- Nand Kishore Chaudhary (India) – Founder of Jaipur rugs, which promotes rural development through capacity building of rural people in carpet weaving.
- Arunachalam Muruganantham (India) – the man who made sanitary napkins accessible for rural women in India
- Nathaniel Dunigan (Uganda) – Founder of Aidchild; Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School; the Dammeyer Fellow in Global Education Leadership at the University of San Diego; and Cordes Fellow at the Opportunity Collaboration 2012.
- Marian Wright Edelman (U.S.) – Founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and advocate for disadvantaged Americans and children.
- Harish Hande (India) – Founder of Selco India, a solar electric light company in 1995, which over the years has lit up over 120,000 households, to emerge as India's leading solar technology firm. Magsaysay Award 2011.
- Pamela Hartigan (U.S.) – Founding partner of Volans Ventures and founding managing director of the Schwab Foundation
- Amir Alexander Hasson – Founder of First Mile Solutions and United Villages, Amir has built networks impacting the lives of millions in Asia, Africa, and Latin America is currently an Entrepreneur In Residence at MIT and a Mentor at the Harvard iLab.
- Dr. Verghese Kurien (India) – Founder of the AMUL Dairy Project.
- Jamie Oliver (U.K.) – TV chef who campaigned to improve children's diet at school. He also trained disadvantaged young people to become chefs. He created a restaurant – a social enterprise – called Fifteen which employed these newly trained youngsters. Fifteen is now a global chain of four restaurants.
- Bunker Roy (India) – Founder of Barefoot College, which promotes rural development through innovative education programs.
- Amitabh Shah (India) – Founder of Yuva Unstoppable, which works for 250,000 underprivileged children mobilizing 100,000 volunteers from 32 cities.
- Yashveer Singh (India) – Founder of National Social Entrepreneurship Forum, supporting youth-driven social entrepreneurship.
- Dr Willie Smits (Borneo, Indonesia) – Founder of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, Founder and Chairperson of the Masarang Foundation
- Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh) – Founder of microcredit and the Grameen Bank. He was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
- Sumit Singh Gandhi (India) – Founder of SoundsofSilence.in. He was awarded the World Education Summit Award for Innovation in teaching hearing impaired.Sumit is a graduate of SPNM program at Harvard Business School and also Finalist at Stanford Dhirubhai Ambani Award.
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- "Nileema Mishra, Harish Hande win Magsaysay award". The Times of India. July 27, 2011.
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- Interview: The Future of Social Entrepreneurship in India, Social Earth, August 8, 2011