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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 celebrates 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 that is having phenomenal success that we would like to bring on campus.”

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

YearHonoree Speaking at TEDxBYUOrganization
2022Ashish GadnisBanQu
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
2009Jim FruchtermanBenetech
2008Bette GibsonAcademy for Creating Enterprise
Stephen W. GibsonAcademy for Creating Enterprise
2007Martin BurtFundación Paraguaya
2006Mushtaque ChowdhuryBRAC
Jordan KassalowVisionSpring (Formerly Scojo Foundation)
2005Warner WoodworthBrigham Young University
2004Chris DunfordFreedom from Hunger
2003Sam Daley-HarrisRESULTS Educational Fund
2002Kathleen CloseMicro-Business USA
2001John HatchFINCA 


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