Co-Founder & President
As a social entrepreneur, Rodrigo founded the CDI (Center for Digital Inclusion), a global NGO headquartered in Brazil that seeks to empower people to fight poverty, stimulate entrepreneurship and create change makers through the use of information and communication technology. CDI supports 842 CDI Community Centers in 15 countries in Latin America and Europe, and in 20 years it has impacted more than 1,64 million people.
Named one of “100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum.
Ashoka Fellow, Skoll Awardee, Avina Fellow, Schwab entrepreneur and YPO member.
Willy Foote founded Root Capital in 1999 and has since grown the organization to over 130 employees, with clients across Latin America and Africa, and $125+ million in assets. Root Capital received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2005.
Foote was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2007 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008, became a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in 2009, was listed as one of Forbes’ “Impact 30” in 2011 and is a Henry Crown Fellow (Class of 2012).
Jeroo is a serial social entrepreneur who has founded seven organizations including Aflatoun International. Jeroo was named an Ashoka Innovator in 1999 and received the Schwab Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs in 2001 among many other awards for her work. She was featured in David Bornstein’s book ‘How to Change the World’.
Dr Taddy Blecher is the CEO of the Community and Individual Development Association and the Maharishi Institute which facilitates University education for unemployed youth from 11-countries in Africa. He also founded the broad-based BEE fund: Imvula Educational Empowerment Fund. Together with the Rockefeller Foundation, he started the Impact Sourcing Academy and Invincible Outsourcing, which provides theoretical and practical training in the Business Process Outsourcing sector to unemployed youth, thereby bringing them into the economy.