2021 Webinars Series: Come and join!
As the Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs is a new venture which comes about since they see an urgent need for elders to support each other in practical matters and matters relating to their the feelings as older people, the Council offers this choice of webinars for all Fellow Elder Social Entrepreneurs:
Upcoming Webinar: Changes: Facing and managing change through your life and career.
After the wonderful song Changes, by David Bowie, we invite three extraordinary African women to reflect on transition and succession in their lives: Angela Benson, from Liberia, Salamatu Garba from Nigeria and Mahali Hlasa from Lesotho. Each will reflect upon the next steps they are thinking about as they each consider the transition pathway and a variety of options for succession. After a successful career with the WHO Angela co-founded Benson Hospital with her husband, Salamatu is the founder of WOFAN an association of thousands of women farmers and Mahali was the Chief Public Health Inspector for Maseru and is now Chairman and Country Director of Riders for Health, Lesotho.
When: June 21, 2021 17:00 PM (CEST)
This is the third Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs webinar for 2021 and we are enormously looking forward to your joining us for this next insightful session.
Please click on this link to register for the webinar and receive the Zoom link.
Who Are We?
To support the creation of the Elders Council, Ashoka Europe Fellowship hosted a first convening of elder social entrepreneurs at the Wellbeing "Elders Retreat" in September 2019, in Aix-en-Provence (France). That's when 10 Ashoka Fellows gathered and signed the first declaration of the new-born global network: We, the elders from Ashoka Fellowship, pledge to work together to establish a Council of Elders to represent and support social entrepreneurs (in Ashoka) in every phase of transition. Find out more about it in the Executive Summary.
The core group and main contacts of the Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs:
Co-founder of Riders for Health
Andrea co-founded Riders for Health 30 years ago after seeing that failed logistics services and failed transport halts the ability to achieve universal health coverage.
Riders is now enabling health care to reach 24 million people in 5 African countries. However, the global health community's attitude to transport and logistics remains, at best, ambivalent and my goal remains set on changing that view as well as advocating a greater focus on the importance of maintenance of vehicle assets for the sake of cost effectiveness and sustainability and health care access for all.
Founder of Thrive
Chris Underhill MBE is a social entrepreneur, professional mentor and a global expert on mental health delivery. In 1978 he started his first social enterprise. This is called Thrive and it is the UK organisation that uses gardening to bring about change in the lives of those living with disabilities or ill health. In 1985 he founded Action on Disability and Development (ADD) that works with disabled people in developing countries. In 1995 he was invited to be the CEO of the Intermediate Technology Development Group, now known as Practical Action and in 2000 he went on to found BasicNeeds the mental health charity working in developing countries which he retired from in 2016. Currently he is building his mentoring practice Mentor Services. Chris is a Senior Ashoka Fellow, and a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and of the Schwab Foundation award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2000 he was honoured by HRH the Queen with an MBE for services to disability and development.
Ashoka Fellow and President of Homeless World Cup
Mel Young MBE is an Ashoka Fellow and a serial social entrepreneur. He has founded and run several successful social enterprises including Homeless World Cup where he is President. He has worked with homeless people across the globe since 1993. His latest venture is New Ism, an organization dedicated to coming up with system change to create a fair and equitable world. He is also chairman of Sports Scotland, the national sports agency in Scotland. Author of Home Game, the story of the Homeless World Cup and he has received numerous awards.