The GLG Social Impact Fellowship is a multiyear pro bono partnership between the world’s insight network and some of the world’s most impactful social innovators.
Issue Area: COVID-19 and Public Health
Joe Agoada is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sostento, a U.S.-based nonprofit that builds networks, mobilizes resources, and delivers digital tools and services to help solve the toughest challenges facing frontline health workers in public health emergencies.
Joe has spent the last 15 years working at the intersection of public health and communication technology in low-resource settings, leading public health and disease control projects in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and North America. Joe holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Issue Area: COVID-19 and Information Access
Aimee Ansari is the CEO of CLEAR Global, a global nonprofit that helps international aid organizations communicate more effectively by developing language and communications technology and providing language services in more than 200 marginalized languages.
Aimee has over 25 years of experience leading humanitarian, development, and microfinance programs in the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and East Africa. She previously worked at the UN, CARE, Oxfam, and Save the Children. Aimee holds degrees from the Ohio State University and Emory University.
Issue Area: Social Welfare
Tarun Cherukuri is the Founder and CEO of Indus Action, a New Delhi-based nonprofit that builds civic-tech solutions and mobilizes communities to enable policy implementation and help vulnerable families in India access legislated rights, including education, healthcare, and social security.
Tarun is passionate about advancing social justice in India through community organizing, active citizenship, and systems leadership. He is a 2019 Obama Foundation Fellow and previously spent a decade serving in multiple roles at Teach For India. Tarun holds degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and the Birla Institute of Technology and Science.
Issue Area: Maternal and Child Health
Dr. Aparna Hegde, MD, is the Founder and Managing Trustee of ARMMAN, a Mumbai-based nonprofit that reduces maternal and child mortality by training health workers and providing mothers with life-saving preventative medical information through weekly voice-call services.
Aparna serves as Associate Professor (Hon) of Urogynecology at Grant Medical College’s Cama Hospital, in Mumbai, and is setting up India’s first Department of Urogynecology there. She is an NIH grant recipient, one of Fortune’s “50 Greatest World Leaders” of 2021, and a 2020 TED Fellow. Aparna holds degrees from the University of Mumbai and Stanford University, and completed a fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida.
Issue Area: Civic Engagement
Fion Leung is the Co-Founder and CEO of Time Auction, a Hong Kong-based nonprofit that connects civic-minded individuals with skill-based volunteer opportunities at nonprofits, as well as access to community leaders and empowering learning experiences.
Fion is dedicated to making volunteering a fulfilling and vital part of people’s lives. She was recognized on the Gen.T List in 2019 as an impactful young leader in Asia. Prior to Time Auction, Fion worked at a media startup and Barclays. Fion holds a degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Issue Area: Job Training and Employment
Dr. Mona Mourshed, PhD, is the Founder and Global CEO of Generation: You Employed, a global nonprofit headquartered in the U.S. that trains and places people who are unemployed or underemployed into new careers, focusing on adult learners of all ages.
Mona previously founded and led McKinsey & Company’s global education practice and has authored widely cited reports and articles on the global education and workforce space. She has been featured in Fortune’s “40 under 40,” sits on the boards of New America and Teach for All, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mona holds degrees from MIT and Stanford University.
Issue Area: Human Rights
Swapna Reddy is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, a U.S.-based nonprofit that provides services, resources, and advocacy programs to help asylum seekers build good lives in the U.S.
Swapna has over a decade of experience in artificial intelligence, empirical research, and immigration law. Her work has been recognized with fellowships from Ashoka, Echoing Green, Emerson Collective, and the J.M. Kaplan Fund. Swapna, a daughter of Indian immigrants, holds degrees from Yale Law School and Harvard College.
Issue Area: Racial Equity and Education
Evin Floyd Robinson is the Co-Founder and President of America On Tech, a U.S.-based nonprofit that creates pathways for high school and college students of color to pursue degrees and careers in technology.
Evin has received numerous awards and fellowships, including being named a Black Enterprise Modern Man and a Kauffman Entrepreneurship Engagement Fellow, and has been featured on Forbes’s “30 Under 30.” Evin completed his executive education at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and holds degrees from Syracuse University.
Issue Area: Mental Health
Dr. Ashwin Vasan, MD, PhD, is the President and CEO of Fountain House, a U.S.-based nonprofit that supports people living with serious mental illness through direct service, innovative care models and programs, and political advocacy.
Ashwin serves as Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health and Medicine at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He holds degrees from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Michigan, Harvard University, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Issue Area: Environment
Nick Wise is the Founder and CEO of OceanMind, a UK-based nonprofit that leverages satellite data, AI, cloud computing, and marine expertise to protect the world’s oceans through enhanced regulation enforcement and compliance.
Nick has designed large-scale, secure software solutions for more than 20 years. Before becoming a social entrepreneur in 2014, he started an internet-security business and managed product development at a billion-dollar multinational corporation. Nick holds a degree from the University of Leicester.
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Our Fellow organizations do some of the most impactful social sector work anywhere in the world. We are honored to help them along the way.
Global Press builds a more informed and inclusive world by training and employing women journalists in the world’s least-covered places. With independent news bureaus across 40 global communities, Global Press produces ethical, accurate, on-the-ground news coverage. Global Press sought to better understand news consumption patterns, values, and demographics in the countries they operate to ensure they were reaching the right people with their news. Global Press collaborated with the GLG Survey Team to draft and design a B2C survey, with support from GLG experts who could speak to target countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Then, GLG and Global Press launched their first survey in Zimbabwe, reaching 300 unique respondents, a number that would not have been possible without GLG’s vast network and recruitment capabilities.
Photo credit: Gamuchirai Masiyiwa, Global Press Journal Zimbabwe
Nexleaf Analytics designs sensor technologies, generates data analytics, and advocates for data-driven solutions to global challenges, including vaccine delivery. As part of Nexleaf’s efforts to assist with the equitable and safe distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, GLG helped the organization conduct research into cold storage supply chains – connecting them with a former director of vaccine supply and demand at an international vaccine specialty organization, as well as a former executive at a pharmaceutical company with 16 years of experience manufacturing and managing cold chain distributions channels. Nexleaf has also turned to GLG experts for best practices in strategic marketing and communications, increasing the organization’s focus, clarity, and capability to effectively share their message.
Foster America improves the lives of America’s most vulnerable children by building a pipeline of leaders and innovators to transform the child welfare system. COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on communities of color – and the over-representation of Black children in the child welfare system – made Foster America’s social justice mission even more critical. Foster America was committed to continuing their operations without disruption during the pandemic, so GLG connected the team with U.S. policy and banking experts to help them understand their funding options. The team spoke with the executive vice president of a large bank and a former chief of staff at the U.S. House of Representatives, whose insights helped Foster America access crucial financial support through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
Simprints builds biometric digital identity tools to help ensure every vaccine, dollar, and public good reaches the people who need them most. At the onset of COVID-19, the Simprints team used GLG to leverage their technology in support of relief efforts. They conducted research into contact tracing, response efforts in remote regions, and the technologies being deployed in the hardest-to-reach areas. Within a week, GLG connected Simprints with a former WHO surveillance medical officer, a former CDC senior global public health analyst, and a former CDC epidemiologist. The insights from these experts helped Simprints prepare for COVID-19 vaccine delivery and rapidly improve their digital health systems to drive an efficient public health response – all while keeping individual data secure.
Recidiviz uses data-informed tools to help criminal justice leaders develop a real-time picture of their system, diagnose issues, and drive meaningful change. Recidiviz was developing a set of products to help parole and probation officers manage their caseloads, which can cover as many as 200 clients, as well as better track their performance metrics and intervene earlier. As part of their product development and refinement process, GLG connected the Recidiviz team with 12 former parole and probation officers from across multiple states. These conversations provided unique and objective user experience feedback for product development, ensuring Recidiviz could design the most helpful and impactful product.
Noora Health trains hospital patients and caregivers in India and Bangladesh in high-impact, life-saving skills to reduce preventable complications following surgery. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Noora Health has worked to expand their digital health services through WhatsApp and automated voice assistants. GLG has supported Noora Health in this process, connecting them with the head of experience at a digital health platform, the former director of product and analytics at a digital media company, and other relevant experts. These insights informed Noora Health’s COVID-19 patient support program. They created content about COVID-19 prevention and healthcare worker safety and broadly disseminated these tools in partnership with government bodies.
Our Global Community of Fellows
Since 2014, GLG has welcomed 75 exceptional social sector leaders to our global community. Fellows are the leaders of organizations at inflection points in their growth – whether they are responding to crisis, scaling their reach, pivoting their strategy, or enhancing their services.