Social Innovator of the Year

The Ballard Center’s Social Innovator of the Year Award recognizes an exceptional individual who is committed to finding and participating in innovative solutions to social problems.

Misan Rewane, the Founder & CEO of West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE) received the “2019 Social Innovator of the Year” award.

Each year the Ballard Center celebrate’s our Social Innovator of the Year at an invite-only luncheon. Attendees have the privilege to hear exclusive insights from leading experts in social innovation. “There are a number of social ventures in the world that are recognized by various groups,” says Todd Manwaring, Ballard Center director. “What we do is we pick a group who is having some phenomenal success that we would like to bring on campus.”

For a complete list of past honorees, please see below.

YearHonoree Speaking at TEDxBYUOrganization
2021Solomon King BengeFundi Bots
2019Misan RewaneWest Africa Vocational Education (WAVE)
2018Alexandra BernadotteBeyond 12
2017Sam CobbsFirst Place for Youth
2016Bill SomervillePhilanthropic Ventures Foundation
2015Jane LeuSmarter Good
2014Jake HarrimanNuru International
2013Kushal ChakrabartiVittana (Now merged with Kiva)
2012David BornsteinSolutions Journalism Network
2011Willy FooteRoot Capital
2010None awardedNone awarded
2009Jim FruchtermanBenetech
2008Bette GibsonAcademy for Creating Enterprise
 Steve GibsonAcademy for Creating Enterprise
2007Martin BurtFundacion Paraguaya
2006Mushtaque ChowdhuryBRAC
 Jordan KassalowVision Spring (Formerly Scojo Foundation)
2005Warner WoodworthBrigham Young University
2004Chris DunfordFreedom From Hunger
2003Sam Daley-HarrisRESULTS Educational Fund
2002Kathleen CloseMicro-Business USA
2001John HatchFINCA